Category Archives: Theology

“The Church is not ours but His”

In these days after the Solemnity of the Ascension, it’s proper to reflect on the Church that our Lord left behind.
In the 1985 interview book “The Ratzinger Report“, Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger (now Pope Benedict XVI) said this to interviewer Vittorio Messori:

…the Church is not ours but his. Hence the ‘reform’, the ‘renewals’… cannot exhaust themselves in a zealous activity on our part to erect new, sophisticated structures…. Saints, in fact, reformed the Church in depth, not by working up plans for new structures, but

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“Private Apparitions in the Life of the Church”

I’ve just finished translating the late Fr. Jean Galot, SJ’s article on the role of private apparitions in the life of the Church and in salvation history. It has a good section with principles of discernment and an explanation of why Church approval of an apparition is never an infallible judgment. An excerpt:

Often apparitions have been received with a passionate enthusiasm, and have made crowds of faithful rush to the place where they have occurred. In effect, many expect to find a confirmation of their faith

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The Legion and Charism – another response to Ed Peters

Ed Peters has put together another response to the Legionaries of Christ / Regnum Christi (LC/RC) crisis, which is well worth reading. You can check it out here. Since I’m likely to be asked for a response, here’s a line-by-line:

I think that Fr. Alvaro Corcuera’s apparent claim that he knows nothing about Maciel’s behavior, except that Maciel sired a daughter, is utterly unbelievable. I have nothing else to say about this kind of stone-walling. I will simply re-endorse Dr. Germain Grisez’s and Mr. George

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Dr. Octopus and the Last Things

Preface: Charlie, my 5.5-year-old son, is fascinated with “Spider-Man,” though of course we won’t let him see either of the movies (not because they’re bad — we own them both — but because he’s way too young.) The following is an actual conversation about “Spider-Man 2”:
Charlie: Daddy, does Dr. Octopus die in the end?
Me: Yes, he does.
C: How come?
M: He drags his science experiment into the river so it won’t blow up and hurt lots of people.
C:

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Bede the Venerable on pastorship

“It is not only bishops, presbyters, deacons and even those who govern monasteries who are to be understood to be pastors; but also all the faithful who keep watch over the little ones of their house, are properly called pastors.”

Homily 1.7 – Homilies of the Gospels
Book One
Advent to Lent

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