“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…

Komonchak on Subsistit In

Joseph A. Komonchak is one of the leading experts on the Second Vatican Council, having edited the English version of Giuseppe Alberigo’s multi-volume History of Vatican II (Orbis/Peeters). He’s one of the contributers at the Commonweal blog, and today offers his reflection on the recent CDF document: The Subsisting Church. He’s polite, scholarly, respectful–but the…

Ecumenical Reaction to CDF Statement

Catholic News Service reports “Protestant groups dismayed at new document on identity of ‘church.’” In its analysis, the CNS (the official news agency of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops) says: The Protestant communities, however, are not churches because they do not have apostolic succession — the unbroken succession of bishops going back to St.…

Plain English

The CDF said: Those communities that Protestants call “churches” “cannot, according to Catholic doctrine, be called ‘Churches’ in the proper sense.” Fr. Philip Neri Powell, OP:  “our Holy Father, Benedict, did not declare that our Protestant brothers and sisters aren’t “real churches.” Further, he says: When the NYT, CNN, CBS News, and all the media…

Vatican: Catholicism “is” the Church

It was released without the sensationalism accompanying the motu proprio on the Latin mass, but is just as significant in that it, like the other document, asserts the continuity of Catholic teaching before and after Vatican 2. From the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Responses to Some questions Regarding Certain Aspects of…