Category Archives: Church History

Waiting for the Council

The Spring, 1962 issue of Cross Currents contains an article by the Dominican theologian Yves Congar that is of more than historical interest. Pére Congar attempted to answer the question, “What do you see in the Council for the future … Continue reading

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How to Be a Seventeenth Century Bishop

from Neil   Todd has commented that his Vatican II posts seem to lower blog traffic. I’m not sure why. I wonder if, a generation after the council, the language of Vatican II now seems so familiar, so commonplace, that … Continue reading

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On the Way to Christus Dominus

(From Neil) As Todd reminded us, the first chapter of Christus Dominus says, “By virtue of sacramental consecration and hierarchical communion with the head and members of the college, bishops are constituted as members of the episcopal body.” This “order … Continue reading

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The Roots of Rerum Novarum

from Neil In his June 11 “Sacred Mysteries” column in the Daily Telegraph, Christopher Howse takes us back to 1887 London: “A great stir followed a declaration by Cardinal Manning that a starving man was not stealing if he took … Continue reading

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A Jesuit and the Witch Trials

from Neil Some of you might have come across Ronald Modras’ new book, Ignatian Humanism: A Dynamic Spirituality for the 21st Century (you can read a review here). I’d like to look at a very interesting chapter on the seventeenth-century … Continue reading

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Saint Thomas Aquinas

from Neil These brief comments, for the feast day of St Thomas Aquinas, are meant to answer the question: Why would any normal person want to read the Summa Theologiae? I am hardly an expert on Thomism, and perhaps I … Continue reading

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Robert de Nobili’s Approach

  from Neil I’d like to continue thinking about how the relationship of Christianity with other religions can actually become a source for mutual enrichment, instead of the violence that sadly seems to mark our times. In response to my … Continue reading

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The Turn Toward the Pastoral

  from Neil One of Todd’s posts below is titled, “The Good Ol’ Days: Then or Now … or perhaps both?” The balancing of “pre-Vatican II” with “post-Vatican II” goes on and on with little sign of resolution. Perhaps we … Continue reading

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