Emerging Conversations

Emergent Village blog has a summary of articles about the recent dust up occasioned by Mark Driscoll’s criticism of some in the “emerging church conversation.” I finally got a chance to listen to Driscoll’s talk. Here’s a good report of what he said that got the EV folks upset: Driscoll previewed some of the research…

Tom Curry on Church and State

Bishop Tom Curry wants to get rid of the image of the “wall of separation”–but not because he’s against religious liberty. Interesting article. Curry is an unusual Catholic bishop, in that he does not believe Catholic schools should be looking for state funds (through vouchers or any other means), as it would lead to state…

NCR on the Catholic Parish

National Catholic Reporter praises the parish as the center of Catholic life–and acknowledges the frustrations. There are few perfect parishes (or congregations, if you prefer that term), regardless of the denomination.  I think the best Catholic parish I was a member of was St. Mark’s in Isla Vista (UCSB). It was a vibrant community of…

New Papal MC

John Allen reports, and Fr. John Z. comments, on the change of papal master of ceremonies. The outgoing MC and his replacement are both named Marini–but there the similarity ends. Under the outgoing Marini, papal liturgies had “enough dance to remind them of Broadway production numbers” (John Allen’s quote), and a fondness for questionable indigenous…

A Former Presbyterian

Someone sent me this link to someone talking about his growing frustrations with the liberal Presbyterian Church (USA), and why he finally chose to leave.