Reaching for Rome

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Another very good article from Massimo Faggioli on the continuing phenomenon of the splits both within the Catholic Church in the United States, and between some American Catholics – of the neotraditionalist persuasion – and Rome (by which is meant the Roman Pontiff, his Curia, and so on). Written with a firm understanding of history […]

The New Clericalism

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Much has been much in recent times within the Church about the scourge of clericalism. And much of what has been written on that subject is entirely valid and represents something to be expunged from the life of the Church for the sake of the Church moving forward. Unfortunately, sometimes the charge of ‘clericalism’ is […]

The Inevitability of Liturgical Reform

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Something interesting in a post on the PrayTellBlog today as part of its ongoing series of quotes from Pope Paul VI in preparation for his upcoming canonization. Paul VI, asked by his philosopher friend Jean Guitton why he would not concede the 1962 missal to Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre and his followers who rejected the liturgical reform: […]

The Deer’s Cry

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During our pilgrimage in Ireland today, we visited the Rock of Cashel, a place that has a legendary connection to St Patrick. Supposedly but erroneously attributed to St Patrick is the poem The Deer’s Cry, which is beautifully set to music by Shaun Davey. I first came across this many years ago on an album entitled The […]

Who Watches The Watchers?

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The need for good governance, accountability and transparency in the Church has never more clear than in the face of the revelations of the sexual abuse of children by clergy and other members of the Church. It is, quite clearly, a needed reform, and I would suggest that like most reforms in the Church it […]

I’m Not Staying; I Can’t Leave

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A very powerful and personal column from Massimo Faggioli appears in LaCroix International today that is brutally honest about the challenges and crises facing the Church…and the reason why he – and many others, including me – simply can’t leave. Thank you #MassimoFaggioli Why I cannot even think about leaving the Catholic Church We do not […]

A Pope Under Fire

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An interesting article from Richard Gaillardetz, writing for The Tablet, wherein he looks at the curious form of ecclesial infighting that is being experienced during the pontificate of Francis in a way that was never present during the reign of his predecessors. Gaillardetz concludes his article thus: Differences and disagreements are not to be feared or […]

Your Right To …

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A very good article from Simon Longstaff, Executive Director of The Ethics Centre, on the ABC Religion & Ethics website, talking about the limitations that must be navigated when talking about the applicability of human rights. Written in the context of the ongoing conversation about ‘religious freedom’ in Australia. Longstaff points out that “those who invoke […]