Jesuits

After 21 years as a Jesuit, Fr. James Martin, SJ, is finally taking his final vows. He talks about the process here. It’s a bizarre formation process–and he’s getting to take his vows earlier than some: they didn’t let Fr. Joe Fessio do it until he’d been a member 41 years!

Catholics and Translations

Bishop Donald Trautman of Erie is complaining (again) about translations of the liturgy. He’s a champion of the English translation of the mass that has been used in the US since 1970, which was based on the “dynamic equivalence” theory (and has been shown to have many problems). The Vatican has been pushing for a…

Adventist Campus Ministry

Cross posted from Ignition. I just got back from the 180˚ Symposium at Andrews University, sponsored by the Center for Youth Evangelism. Kudos to Ron Whitehead, Japhet De Oliveira, Steve Case, Ron Pickell, and all others involved. Our topic: public campus ministry. I presented a paper on Ellen G. White and the Secular Campus. Adventists…

Catholics and Anglicans

Recently, the Vatican announced that it would provide for a “personal ordinariate” for Anglicans entering the Catholic Church. Is there anything new here? Not really. It simply provides a canonical structure for what was already allowed under the 1980 Pastoral Provision. Groups of Anglicans/Episcopalians who become Catholic can have parishes that use a modified Anglican…

Eroticized Spirituality

A zealous Orthodox apologist describes “Why (he thinks) Orthodoxy is the true faith.” Along the way he makes some insightful criticisms of the eroticized and narcissistic spirituality of certain popular saints. I think he’s on to something. Lee Podles also discussed such things in his book, The Church Impotent.

A Surprising Lack of Anger

Lee Podles has been commenting on the case of Bishop Raymond Lahey of Antigonish, Nova Scotia, who was found with kiddie porn on his computer. He wonders why none of the official Catholic commentators express any anger at Lahey’s actions–following a consistent pattern of official Catholic response to sexual abuse.

Americans United Mocks Religious Liberty

Americans United ceased to be a religious liberty organization years ago and became just another leftwing agitator. That’s readily apparent in their article, “Whose Conscience Counts?” The issue is the “rights” (their scare quotes) of pharmacists who oppose abortion, and who want to follow “conscience” (their scare quotes again). The article is a flat out…

Church and State

The odd and questionable custom of the United States having an ambassador to a church continues. Miguel Diaz has been formally welcomed by Pope Benedict XVI. And let’s not play games and imagine that we send an ambassador to the Vatican because it is a “country.” We send an ambassador not to a square mile…