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In her June 27 blog post, Jennifer Reek wrote: “Some Catholics are so busy being Catholics that they forget how to be Christians.” This simple reminder of what is to be at the core of our being and doing has remained with me. I wonder whether part of our ecclesial... Continue reading
Posted 5 hours ago at Go, Rebuild My House
For a few years, I have followed (and occasionally taken part in as @ProfDanRober) the Catholic conversations on the social media platform Twitter. There is much of value in this conversation – from it I have gained interlocutors, guest speaker and reading ideas. Catholic Twitter, and its subculture of “Weird... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Go, Rebuild My House
Last month I was one of four theologians invited to take part in an ecumenical summer school for theology students on the theme of “Theology and Plurality” in the beautiful old Croatian town of Dubrovnik. The school was organized by the Diocese of Dubrovnik, and participants came from all over... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2019 at Go, Rebuild My House
The Catholic Church has always been very good at baptizing, marrying and burying people. When I was in seminary (note: I was never ordained), the retired pastor of my boyhood parish told me: “When you become a priest, remember to shower almost all of your attention on the school children,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2019 at Go, Rebuild My House
Lately I have been thinking a lot about the idea of spiritual resistance. Essentially it means that as believers, our responsibility is to the gospel, not to any particular ideology or worldview. And in our day and age, this notion has resonance for Catholic Christians both centripetally and centrifugally. Catholics... Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2019 at Go, Rebuild My House
The slower summer pace on a university campus leaves plenty of time for reflection. My first summer in my current job, I spent many afternoons pondering an exquisite painting hanging on the wall outside my office. I knew neither the title of the work nor its subject, but the image... Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2019 at Go, Rebuild My House
As we near the one-year anniversary of the release of the Pennsylvania Grand Jury report, which catalogued the crimes of clergy sex abuse over 70 years and reawakened the sense of betrayal by those Church leaders who covered up those crimes, is it now possible to begin drawing distinctions and... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2019 at Go, Rebuild My House
It would appear that the Catholic church is entering into a period of acute contraction at the same time as the current Bishop of Rome is calling for expansion. Why the rupture or wide disjunction? Pope Francis’s radical—and it is radical, hence the aggressive resistance—call for a church of the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2019 at Go, Rebuild My House
There is a meme called “This Is Fine” that is so right for our cultural moment it is constantly reworked, reposted, revisioned, reanimated—gone viral, as they say. Begun as a comic by K.C. Green titled “The Pills Aren’t Working” or “On Fire,” the images picture an anthropomorphic hat-wearing dog drinking... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2019 at Go, Rebuild My House
Posted Jun 27, 2019 at Sacred Heart Writing Help
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Posted Jun 25, 2019 at Sacred Heart Writing Help
Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore recently wrote a column titled “Half Measures” reflecting on how parishes can respond to this challenge: “Mass attendance is down. Our absent Catholics aren’t merely out of town; many are gone. For a variety of distressing reasons, they are disconnected from the Lord, the Church,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2019 at Go, Rebuild My House
We welcomed two groups of freshmen and their parents to campus this week for orientation. We will welcome another group next week. The two-day event helps ease the new students into college life. They participate in academic sessions and receive their course schedules. They even get to meet faculty, staff... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2019 at Dr. Petillo's Blog
Like many Catholics, a few weeks ago I watched online the funeral mass for L’Arche’s founder, Jean Vanier. Those who know the mission of L’Arche are familiar with Vanier’s commitment to building communities that welcome people with developmental disabilities, not out of conventional charity, but out of a desire to... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2019 at Go, Rebuild My House
Thence entered I the recesses of my memory, those manifold and spacious chambers, wonderfully furnished with innumerable stores; and I considered... ­­ St. Augustine. Confessions, Book XIII The church of Notre-Dame de Paris is still no doubt, a majestic and sublime edifice. But, beautiful as it has been preserved in... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2019 at Go, Rebuild My House
The results of the recent Vatican summit on sexual abuse have been published; we await the document on Curial reorganization; and it is reported that the group studying the possibility of female deacons is deadlocked. Where stands the change agenda of the Catholic Church? In his programmatic Apostolic Exhortation, The... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2019 at Go, Rebuild My House
In the Middle Ages, the jurist Gratian compiled a compendium of papal decrees and acts of various synods and councils that became the basis for ecclesiastical law, the Condordia discordantium canonum. This influential work fostered an approach to understanding the church and its ministries in terms of power – often... Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2019 at Go, Rebuild My House
“Clericalism! Clericalism! Clericalism!” This is the cry of the People of God, resounding seemingly everywhere in the Catholic Church in the wake of the latest explosion of the clergy abuse scandal as we look for culprits and causes to vanquish in order to finally put an end to this eternal... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2019 at Go, Rebuild My House
The Church’s current state is a crisis of our own making. We have allowed a distorted understanding of the Gospel and of God to fester within the body of the Church to the extent that Pope Francis acknowledges the need to “combat the culture of abuse” now so evident. An... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2019 at Go, Rebuild My House
Two recent events have, in different ways, called to mind an influential yet deeply problematic strand of thinking – the equation of the church with a civilizational strand sometimes described as Western civilization, sometimes expanded to include “Judeo-Christian civilization” to avoid the appearance of Christian chauvinism. The first of these... Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2019 at Go, Rebuild My House
I am writing this from a beautiful Carmelite monastery in Snagov in Romania, where I am speaking at a gathering of Andante – the European Alliance of Catholic Women’s Organiations. I travelled here by train from London, because minor eye surgery prevents me from flying. My mobile phone provider tells... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2019 at Go, Rebuild My House
Many of us, in various parts of the world, watched in horror and disbelief when Notre-Dame de Paris went up in flames. It was especially gut-wrenching to witness an infernal beast consume the roof and topple the steeple of one of the world’s great Christian cathedrals at the very beginning... Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2019 at Go, Rebuild My House
It was thought-provoking to read Bishop Frank Caggiano’s wise words at Fordham on March 12, when he said that “young people are leaving the Catholic Church not because they are angry—but because they are indifferent.” Their lack of interest, he continued, was because “there are questions unresolved, and young people... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2019 at Go, Rebuild My House
By now, the sins of the fathers are well known. Seemingly weekly headlines underscore that the Catholic Church is riven by clergy sexual abuse, not only locally but globally, with reports on abuse cases surfacing from Australia to Africa. The intensity and immediacy of the current coverage make it easy... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2019 at Go, Rebuild My House
We are a little more than a month since the conclusion of the Vatican’s summit on combating the sexual abuse of minors by clergy and the history of covering up such abuse. What can we conclude about the meeting and about the trajectory for the Church, here in the U.S.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2019 at Go, Rebuild My House