Catholics and Orthodox Seek Unity

Alan links to Fr. Z.’s comments on a Canadian Press article about recent conversation between Catholics and Orthodox. A joint commission working to heal the 1,000-year split between the Catholic and Orthodox churches has agreed the Pope has primacy over all bishops but disagrees over just what that authority permits him to do. The Joint…

Christian Century on Latest Behe Book

Christian Century has a review of Michael Behe, The Edge of Evolution: The Search for the Limits of Darwinism, by Joan Roughgarden, professor of biological sciences at Stanford. ID is commingled with creationism, even though it is different. Unlike creationists, ID proponents accept the old age of the earth, acknowledge that all life—including humans and…

Dulles on Ecumenism

From First Things: Avery Dulles, “Saving Ecumenism from Itself.” It’s a hard-hitting critique of the method of “convergence,” and the attempt to go beyond historical dogmatic differences by coming out with a tertium quid rooted in historical-critical analysis of controverted Biblical passages. When the dialogues attempted to go beyond convergence and achieve full reconciliation on…

New Catholic Bishops’ VP: “I was more concerned about his drinking.”

Bishop Jerry Kicanas is the new Vice President of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops. The Chicago Sun-Times reports (via SNAP). While rector of Mundelein Seminary in the 1990s, Bishop Gerald Kicanas says he knew about three reports of “sexual improprieties” against then-seminarian Daniel McCormack. Still, Kicanas supported McCormack’s ordination, he told the Sun-Times. “It…

Water Torture in Mississippi

Andrew Sullivan has a fascinating post on the use of a water torture in Mississippi in 1926 to extract a confession from a black man accused of murdering a white. Funny how racist Mississippians in that period could uncategorically define the technique as torture and repugnant, and our attorney general hems and haws and “Christians”…