Catholic apocalypticism

The mainstream Catholic Church shies away from eschatological speculation, but–perhaps because of this–the fringes are full of it. Bits and pieces from different supposed “apparitions” of Mary and other saints are woven together to create a scenario including Three Days of Darkness, a Warning, a Chastisement, followed not by the return of Christ in glory,…

Purgatory

Dr. Philip Blosser posts an entry attributed to one “Ralph Roiter-Doister” on the subject of purgatory, commenting upon a bizarre book by Fr. F. X. Schouppe, SJ, Purgatory Explained By the Lives and Legends of the Saints. I say “bizarre,” because it is filled with silly little legends like the one of St. Gregory the…

Contempt for Jews

Take a look at the discussion over at Defenders of the Catholic Faith over the question of whether Christians should ever 1) celebrate a Seder or 2) attend one. And note the positions taken by the “Moderators” and “Head Administrator.” Would someone kindly let Steve Ray know what’s being done on his board?

Spirituality

When I was a student at Gettysburg Lutheran Seminary and taking courses in the history of Christian spirituality at Catholic schools in the DC area, one of my professors, Tom Ridenhour, asked with disdain, “Spiri-CHALL-ty? Wot the HAIL is that?” At times I’ve had an easy answer–it’s simply reflection on practical Christianity, how we live…