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De Mattei on the Pope's Pronouncements and Video: It's Not Only Heresy That Offends the Catholic Faith RORATE CÆLI - January 13, 2016 ... crucial relevance today. When the interviewer asked the Prefect what he thought of those Catholics who attack the Pope defining him "a heretic", he replied: "Not only because of my office, but from personal conviction, I must disagree. A heretic in the theological definition, is a Catholic who denies obstinately a revealed truth proposed by the Church that they are obliged to believe. It's another thing when those who are officially charged to teach the faith ...http://rorate-caeli.blogspot.com/2016/01/de-mattei-on-popes-pronouncements-and.html
Happy New Year to All Readers THAT THE BONES YOU HAVE CRUSHED MAY THRILL - January 4, 2016 ... entitled 'The Self-Absorbed Promethan Neo-Pelagians' about a fictional future 'purge' of the Catholic Church of its most foul members, according to the unique outlook of Pope Francis. I think the lyrics - composed with a little artistic license, are generally faithful to the book. When I get a little more time I'll record the song for those who can endure my ditties. It all seems a little puerile and the Christmas season gave me some time to ...http://thatthebonesyouhavecrushedmaythrill.blogspot.com/2016/01/happy-new-year-to-all-readers.html
The Russian Church in a Post-Soviet World BYZANTINE, TEXAS - December 24, 2015 ... explained to Slon, he felt obliged to speak out in part because another prominent figure in the Patriarchate had portrayed Russia's intervention in Syria as a "holy war"; the journalist feared that "we are only half a step away" from describing the conflict in Ukraine in similar terms. Mr Chapnin, who was born in 1968 and joined the church in 1989, gives a longer-term view of the trends at work in the Russian church in an article for First Things, an American journal. In the ...http://byztex.blogspot.com/2015/12/the-russian-church-in-post-soviet-world.html
On the Question of Church and State DAD29 - November 29, 2015 A fifteen-year-old essay by Avery Cdl. Dulles remains pertinent today, not only addressing the 'church/state' question--which is becoming more germane as SCOTUS delivers the modern agenda--but as to the internal issue of e.g. liturgical praxis. In the decade after Vatican II inculturation became a buzzword. Although popes have used the word only with caution, they have said on journeys to Asia and Africa that the Catholic Church in those continents ought not to be a ...http://dad29.blogspot.com/2015/11/on-question-of-church-and-state.html
My Verse for Today Καθολικός διάκονος - October 26, 2015 This morning, as I was ending my prayer and reflection time, I picked up off the floor my copy of Pope St John Paul II's book Memory and Identity . I read the chapter "Europe As 'Native Land.'" I removed the book from the shelf the last time I was preparing to preach, but I did wind up using the quote I looked up. Reading this chapter, however, was a nice complement ...http://scottdodge.blogspot.com/2015/10/my-verse-for-today.html
Did You Read What Damian Thompson Wrote About Pope Francis and the Synod CREATIVE MINORITY REPORT - October 19, 2015 I was pretty stunned to read Damian Thompson today on the irony of authoritarian decentralization of power. It's shocking title is "Pope Francis is now effectively at war with the Vatican. If he wins, the Catholic Church could fall apart." The Spectator : Pope Francis yesterday gave an address to the profoundly divided Synod on the Family in which he confirmed his plans to decentralise the Catholic Church – giving local bishops' conferences more ...http://www.creativeminorityreport.com/2015/10/did-you-read-what-damian-thompson-wrote.html