The Sacrifice of the Mass

Since the end of the Second Vatican Council, the Catholic liturgy has been more communal, involving all in responding and singing, as well as serving in various ministries; it has been more of a meal, with most of the faithful communing, and receiving also from the cup; it has been in the vernacular, with more…

Satisfaction

As noted in an earlier post, the 1999 Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification made no mention of indulgences or of temporal punishment (neither did the explanatory Common Statement and Annex, which were also signed at the same time by the representatives of the Lutheran World Federation and the Vatican). It should come as…

Mega-Trends in Catholicism: Defense of Catholic Identity

John Allen’s column today mentions his forthcoming book, Mega-Trends in Catholicism. He is one who sees the CDF statement on the church and the Pope’s motu proprio on the 1962 mass as related–“They are,” he says, “part of what I have identified as one of the ten ‘Mega-Trends’ in Catholicism today, which is the reassertion…

Walter Kasper Does Damage Control

Vatican ecumenical officer Cardinal Walter Kasper seeks to do damage control. The CDF document, he argues, “does not say anything new. It explains and, in a brief summary, clarifies positions that the Catholic Church has held for a long time. Therefore, no new situation has developed.” If we’re going to dialogue, he says, we have…

Campmeeting 2.0–On the Millennium and the End of Sin

Next installment in the series on “Blogging the 28,” is by Ed Guzman — ethical implications of the Adventist version of premillenialism. Here’s a snippet:   The kingdom is to be established at the final new creation, in contrast to being established on this present earth via institutional powers. The implication being that enmeshing ourselves…