“Heretics and Schismatics”

I was chastised on another blog for saying that Pope Benedict XVI and the Catholic Church view Protestants as “heretics and schismatics” in my post on the recent CDF document. Well, here’s a point no one in the media or in the ecumenical world has paid attention to.  That phrase, “heretics and schismatics,” comes from…

Misunderstanding Indulgences

Let me give some personal reflections on the matter of indulgences and “temporal punishment,” which I began discussing in an earlier post. In today’s Catholic church, things are often not explained clearly by priests, lay catechists, and apologists. Rather than using the scholastic terminology, which requires some philosophical background to fully grasp, many often find…

On the Lighter Side …

Cacciaguida gives us … A national airline for the Holy See… TANTUM AIR-GO “Ultramontane” was never like this! * three cabins: first, business, and preferential option * all seats in first class are The Comfy Chair * unjust stewardesses * MP6 on every longhaul flight; MBJ23 in first class * airport lounge for our Golden…

Jacob Neusner on the MP

The Jewish Ledger interviews Professor Jacob Neusner: Q: What would you advise the organized Jewish community to do in light of this decree? Voice their concern? Sit back and relax? A: We should continue to say our prayer, the Aleinu, that thanks God for not having made us like the nations of the world and…

Ecumenical Reaction to CDF Statement

Catholic News Service reports “Protestant groups dismayed at new document on identity of ‘church.’” In its analysis, the CNS (the official news agency of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops) says: The Protestant communities, however, are not churches because they do not have apostolic succession — the unbroken succession of bishops going back to St.…

Doug Marlette, RIP

Doug Marlette, best known for his comic strip “Kudzu,” has been killed in a car accident–days after his father’s funeral. I especially liked his “Rev. Will B. Dunn” character. In the July 11 strip, he’s standing before a bride and groom at a rehearsal. “The bride will stand here … the groom there … we’ll…

Plain English

The CDF said: Those communities that Protestants call “churches” “cannot, according to Catholic doctrine, be called ‘Churches’ in the proper sense.” Fr. Philip Neri Powell, OP:  “our Holy Father, Benedict, did not declare that our Protestant brothers and sisters aren’t “real churches.” Further, he says: When the NYT, CNN, CBS News, and all the media…