Back to School

I learned late this afternoon that enough students have enrolled in my “World Religions” class at Alvin Community College that they won’t be cancelling it (as they have the last couple of semesters, and as I was beginning to assume would happen again). So, I have a week and a half to get everything back…

The Orthodox Century?

“Will the 21st Be the Orthodox Century? Fascination with the Great Tradition may signal deep changes for both evangelicals and the Orthodox.” Reflections at Christianity Today by Bradley Nassif. The problem with the usual Protestant approach to the Great Tradition, however, is the gaps and inconsistencies in retrieval efforts. To many, the Great Tradition is…

“What Did the Pope Know, and When Did He Know It”?

Robert Miller at First Things looks at some apparently contradictory statements in the Wielgus affair. Wielgus … issued a statement in which he admitted that the allegations were substantially true and, surprisingly, that he had disclosed all this to Pope Benedict XVI prior to accepting his appointment. … Cardinal Giovanni Battista Re, the Prefect of…

Are Bishops Employees of the Vatican?

Judge John G. Heyburn II says Vatican can be sued as part of sex abuse cases. [But he] … said he is open to reconsidering his decision if the church can provide facts to challenge the idea that its bishops aren’t Holy See employees for purposes of the class- action suit.

Unity?

MLK Day was supposed to be about unity, I thought. Not in Houston, where rival groups of parade backers have fought, and a court says the city must have two parades.

Liturgical Translations and Ecumenism

New missal deals blow to ecumenism, Catholic liturgist says (Toronto Catholic Register, via Curt Jester). Issue is that the Catholic group responsible for common English translations, ICEL, has in the past worked with an ecumenical group, the English Language Liturgical Consultation (formerly the International Consultation on English Texts) in order to come up with universally…