My one issue with way the Synod on the Family is going down is transparencyWhatever happened to this idea?I’m all for the theological experimentation and I recognize that a Synod is a good time to look at controversial issues, be open to the Spirit, et…
Articles by Father John Hollowell
What would Pope Benedict say to all the people running around hoping that the Church will change some fundamental teaching?
I think he already said it several decades ago. There’s a silver lining in the fact that people even care what the Church teaches in the first place.
He noted in Called to Communion:
“In the midst of a world full of harsh discipline and inexorable pressures, a secret hope still looks to the Church… Consequently, this rage at the Church, or disappointment with her, has a particular quality, because in their heart of hearts people expect more of her than of all worldly institutions.”
Not to be un-ecumenical here or anything but if the Budhists (or Anglicans or daoists, or wiccans, etc. etc.) were having something like our Synod on the Family, would there be anything approaching the interest that even those outside the Church are giving to this Synod?
A secret hope indeed!
You can read my letter by clicking here: http://www.thedepauw.com/news/view.php/1012108/Letter-to-the-EditorBACKGROUND: “The DePauw”, the student newspaper of DePauw University (where I am the Catholic chaplain) published an editorial in the…
“We do not want, as the newspapers say, a church that will move with the world. We want a church that will move the world.” -G.K. Chesterton
There is a GIGANTIC difference between saying
“I struggle with the Church’s teaching on ____________”
“I’ve DECIDED the Church IS WRONG on ____________”
And before you say “the Church changed on usury or slavery” please look those issues up yourself and do some studying first.
Bishop Olmsted of the Diocese of Phoenix just did something crazy. Here’s the trailer:Bishop Olmsted didn’t just write a letter, he put a trailer together for it (#Blackstone Films!), but he created a website for men to visit as well. You …
There is a VAST difference between the following two statements1) I WISH Pope Francis would say __________________________________and2) Pope Francis SHOULD BE saying ________________________________The Church says that ONE MAN is in position to be guid…
The text I preached off of is a bit “outliney”
…that was completely twisted by some in the media.
I saw one outlet that was reporting that the Pope, at Vespers at St. Pat’s, admonished priests for the sex abuse crisis.
What he ACTUALLY said was beautiful and moved me a great deal. Here’s what he actually said
I know that, as a presbyterate [group of priests] in the midst of God’s people, you suffered greatly in the not distant past by having to bear the shame of some of your brothers who harmed and scandalized the Church in the most vulnerable of her members… In the words of the Book of Revelation, I say that you “have come forth from the great tribulation” (Rev 7:14). I accompany you at this moment of pain and difficulty, and I thank God for your faithful service to his people.
Beautiful. Pray for the victims AND for all those priests who’ve never done any of the evil that it is fashionable to hoist on every priest
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