Church Authority

Carrie at Beggers All notes that Catholic arguments for the church’s authority haven’t changed much over the centuries. She quotes from John Wycliffe (d. 1384): “As our Lord Jesus Christ ordained by the writing of the four evangelists, to make his gospel surely known, and maintained against heretics, and men out of the faith; so…

Pastors and Congregations

From Naked Religion, some points based on an exit interview the author had with the Pastoral Relations Committee of the church he was leaving. “What a Pastor Needs in a Congregation”: Pastors need their congregations to be honest and transparent in their relationship with the pastor and one another. Lack of honesty often results in…

Heaven as a Texas Barbecue

Rod Dreher links to an article in his newspaper about a Dallas barbecue joint that offers something special … Think of it as the Tuesday combination special at Smokey John’s BBQ – brisket and Bible study, prayer and potato salad, sweet tea and sympathy. “It’s real here,” said one woman who has attended the fellowship…

“Religious ‘Infantilization'”

R. Scott Appleby reviews book by Paul Lakeland, Catholicism at the Crossroads. …. [This is] the best educated and most sophisticated generational cohort of Catholics in the history of the United States, the apathetic majority of whom continue to accept religious “infantilization” within an ecclesial structure that privileges hierarchy at the expense of community, fosters…

Gaillardetz on the CDF on the Church

Catholic theologian Rick Gaillardetz looks at the CDF statement on the church in the latest America. He throws out this hypothetical as “a thought experiment”: Consider the following thought experiment. Imagine a neighborhood with two churches: Grace Lutheran and St. Bernadette Catholic parish. According to the council’s teaching, the Lutheran congregation would be lacking some…