Community Setting of Ordained Ministry

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To understand the relational nature of priestly spirituality, we must remember that the presbyter is ordained to three interrelated roles in the community: shepherd, prophet, and priest. … the glue which holds the three together is pastoral leadership. The presbyter acts, first of all, in persona Christi – in the person of Christ who is the […]

The Role of “Religion”

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The apparently “Christian” culture of the people of Spain between the sixteenth and nineteenth centuries left much to be desired, since both clergy and people were equally ignorant of basic essentials. “Religion” ended up (as in other parts of Europe) as an extension of social discourse rather than a system of faith; it was, in […]

Beware False Balance

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As somebody who still believes in facts, I don’t believe in false balance. The has become a major issue in contemporary media because frequently people representing inaccurate, fringe positions argue that if their voices are not given equal weight, it illustrates bias. The reality is there are not two equal sides to every issue. There […]

The Curse of Niche News

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That is why I am so alarmed by the influence of ‘opinion’ – with its basis in certainty – on the mainstream media. It flies in the face of historical experience, which has shown again and again that the application of a doubtful mind is the best way to wisdom and insight. That principle is […]

No To Spiritual Worldliness

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93. Spiritual worldliness, which hides behind the appearance of piety and even love for the Church, consists in seeking not the Lord’s glory but human glory and personal well-being. It is what the Lord reprimanded the Pharisees for: “How can you believe, who receive glory from one another and do not seek the glory that […]