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Trent: What Happened at the Council

Article by   August 2013
John W. O'Malley, Trent: What Happened at the Council. Cambridge, MA.: Belknap Press, 2013, 335pp. £20.00/$27.95Trent looms. Trent looms over Roman Catholicism as a grand mother who bequeathed her enduring theological furniture. Trent looms among Protestant theology and spirituality as... continue

Vatican Files no. 20

Article by   May 2013
After a couple of eventful months surrounding the Vatican, the time has come to shift into a more routine mood. Pope Francis has attracted a lot of attention from the media and has sent various messages of change and renewal. After the initial surprise, the various Vatican departments are coming to terms with a less pompous papacy, and the Pope himself is beginning to shape his own views on a number of open issues that are on the Vatican agenda. continue

Vatican Files no. 19

Article by   April 2013
"The beginning of wisdom is the definition of words" (Socrates). If you define a word in a certain way you make claims about reality. Our postmodern culture has stirred us to come to terms with the fact that words do not have stable meanings but exist in an flux that drives them in one way or another depending on the interests of their users. This is the current situation of the word "Evangelical". continue

Vatican Files no. 18

Article by   March 2013
The Three Tasks of Pope Francis The election of Cardinal Bergoglio to the papacy responds to three basic concerns that the conclave felt it necessary to address. These concerns helped to sketch the profile of the new Pope and Cardinal Bergoglio fitted it. continue

Vatican Files no.16

Article by   January 2013
The priestly prayer of the Lord Jesus in John 17 is unanimously recognized as one of the foundational texts, if not the text par excellence, dealing with Christian unity. There our Lord prays to the Father for His disciples to be one. The pattern of their unity is the relational life of the Trinity. As Father and Son are one, so Jesus prays for his disciples that their unity will be "as" the Triune God is one. continue

Vatican Files no.15

Article by   November 2012
The Synod for the New Evangelization can be thought of as "a master of a house, who brings out of his treasure what is new and what is old" (Matthew 13:52, ESV). Jesus's explanation of the parable of the net is a useful starting point to come to terms with what happened at the Synod that just ended (28 October 2012). After weeks of intensive discussions, its final act was the drafting of a list of 58 propositions (i.e. points worthy of attention) that were presented to the Pope for his consideration in the future promulgation of a papal document (Apostolic Exhortation) that will become part of the Magisterium of the Church. The shape of the New Evangelization (NE) is becoming more and more clear, at least on paper, while it remains to be seen what practical outcomes will result from it. The achievements of the Synod as reflected by these propositions are a mixture of new and old things that call for discernment in order to not concentrate on a few selected items alone. continue

Vatican Files no.14

Article by   September 2012
The recent death of Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini (1927-2012) provides an opportunity to reflect on wider Roman Catholic trends. He has been one of the most attractive and yet polarizing figures of the last thirty years. Jesuit, scholar, archbishop, popular writer, sought-after opinion maker, he has unwittingly created tensions between his numerous fans both inside and outside of religious circles. In addition to this, he has more than his share of vocal critics within the more conservatives sectors of the Roman Catholic Church. Even his death has seen the two parties commenting on it very differently. Martini's biography in itself is a trajectory which epitomizes some of the key features of post-Vatican II Roman Catholicism, e.g. Biblical renewal, the openness to the modern world, and the alleged inner conflicts within high-ranking Roman Catholic hierarchy. continue

Vatican Files no.13

Article by   August 2012
Journeys of Faith is the title of a recent book which contains a number of biographical narratives about people in the US context who have changed their Christian allegiance from one church or tradition to another. It is a fascinating account on the complex reality of religious changes in peoples' lives. continue

Vatican Files no. 12

Article by   July 2012
Every institution has its problems and conflicts.It is part of the fallen human condition to create on-going clashes between people, offices, and services that should work together. Sin is also able to create evil structures that manipulate and maneuver colleague against colleague, friend against friend, etc. The Church is no exception. The problem is that when the Church becomes something else other than what is supposed to be, its operations are often affected for the worse. continue

The Vatican Files no. 11

Article by   April 2012
If you visit St. Peter's square before the 15th of April, an unexpected and interesting attraction will be waiting for you. In the Braccio di Carlo Magno (i.e. Charlemagne wing) next to St. Peter's basilica under Bernini's colonnade on the right-hand side of the square, an exhibition entitled "Verbum Domini" (i.e. the Word of the Lord) will call for your attention. The colorful Italian-English brochure that will be put in your hands invites you to "Take a walk through the history of the Bible in this private collection of rare biblical texts and objects of enormous importance". Admission is free. continue

Pay No Attention to That Man Behind the Curtain! Roman Catholic History and the Emerald City Protocol

Article by   April 2012
In the field of Reformation studies, Professor Brad Gregory is somebody for whom I have immense respect. Those outside the discipline of history are possibly unaware of the ravages which postmodernism brought in its wake, making all narratives negotiable and fuelling a rise in interest in all manner of trivia and marginal weirdness. Dr. Gregory is trained in both philosophy and history and has done much to place the self-understanding of human agents back at the centre of historical analysis. Thus, for those of us interested in the Reformation, he has also played an important role in placing religion back into the discussion. For that, I and many others owe him a great debt of gratitude. continue

The Vatican Files no. 10

Article by   March 2012
Opening the Pontifical Yearbook is not an easy task. This thick book of more than 2350 pages contains all sorts of information about who's who in the Vatican and what happens there. Despite the practical problems of handling this tome, it is nonetheless a mine of precious information about the center of the Roman Church and the Vatican city. continue

The Vatican Files no. 9

Article by   February 2012
"The New Evangelization" is the buzzword for much of what happens at the Vatican. It could well become the catchword of Ratzinger's entire pontificate given the attention that is receiving. Benedict XVI instituted a new Pontifical Council in 2010 entirely dedicated to the New Evangelization. The latter is mentioned in nearly all his speeches and is slowly but steadily becoming the overarching theme of many projects sponsored by the Vatican. continue

The Vatican Files no. 8

Article by   January 2012
In the midst of various public events and engagements, the first day of 2012 saw the promulgation of a special Vatican document with particular reference to the former Anglicans wishing to be in full communion with Rome. The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith issued a decree which makes provisions for them to be fully accepted into the Roman fold. continue

The Vatican Files no. 7

Article by   December 2011
The Roman Catholic Church is masterful at celebrating special years: the year of Jubilee, the Holy year, the Marian year, the Year for priests, etc. In a sense, every year is a "special" occasion for something. So it was with the Pauline Year (PY). Designed to celebrate the bimillennium of the birth of St Paul, which historians place between the years 7 and 10 AD, the PY included a series of liturgical, cultural and ecumenical events, as well as various pastoral and social initiatives, all inspired by Pauline spirituality. continue

The Vatican Files no. 6

Article by   December 2011
His life was at the centre of the major affairs of the twenieth century: the tragedy of Nazism and the trauma of the Second World War, the apex and fall of Communism, the Second Vatican Council and its debated implementation, the apparent triumph of Western democracy and the oppressive costs of globalization for the Majority world, the fracture of ideologies and the rise of secular hedonism. Wojtyła played a significant role in all these major events. Supporters have acclaimed his achievements in terms of navigating, surviving and overcoming the dangerous streams of our post-something world. continue

Vatican Files N. 1

Article by   February 2011
[Editor's Note:] This is the first of a seven-part series on Roman Catholicism in the 21st century. A new entry in the series should follow every three weeks].Setting up a new Pontifical Council is not something that happens often in... continue

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That bad old Reformation...

Article by   February 2009
Channel 4, one of the UK's network TV channels, has recently been running a history of Christianity, fronted by some well-known figures. I have already blogged on the first episode, which pretty much argued that Christianity is anti-Semitic at heart.... continue

More on the Pope and Justification

Article by   December 2008
Well, how did I miss that? Scott Clark already had an excellent post on the subject. Here. At any rate, astute ref21 readers will have already correctly put their finger on the Pope's crucial ambiguity. What does he mean when... continue

The Pope on Justification by Faith and Love

Article by   December 2008
Well, Joseph Alois Ratzinger (Benedict XVI) preached an interesting sermon back in November, on Paul and justification. I've had a number of inquiries about it. Here's an English translation. Carl, I'd love to hear your assessment. In one portion, he... continue
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