When Popes speak

On December 3, 1839, Pope Gregory XVI issued a blistering condemnation of the slave trade, In supremo apostolatus. The abolitionist movement was in full swing. Eight years before, Garrison founded The Liberator. Six years before, Britain had outlawed slavery in its colonies. Just the year before the Maryland Jesuits had sold their own slaves (for…

Don’t buy this DVD

I loved Flags of Our Fathers–but I’m not buying the DVD. I rented it for $1 at Kroger–there are no extras of any kind on the DVD; you don’t even get the scene selection feature that’s on every other DVD ever produced. Rent it, if you didn’t see the movie. Don’t buy it.

John Allen at UCSB

John Allen reports on a talk he gave at UCSB. At one point during the seminar, [Fr. Virgil] Cordano spoke movingly about his pastoral difficulties in working with bright, theologically literate lay Catholics who are increasingly frustrated with what they see as a church that’s too out of touch, and not terribly interested in their…

ELCA jury verdict: Guilty, but law needs to change

Paul McCain (LCMS publishing house director) comments on the ELCA decision regarding Atlanta pastor Rev. Bradley E. Schmeling. The ELCA committee voted 7-12 to remove him, but issued a statement saying they were nearly unanimous that the policy was wrong. The text of the decision indicated that the committee was nearly unanimous in its concern…