Monthly Archives: December 2013

Francis, Discipleship, Fandom, and Factionalism

The varied responses that Pope Francis has evoked are illustrative of various dynamics described by mimetic theory. Some people have responded to him both positively and seriously: they not only applaud his words and actions, but sincerely attempt to emulate … Continue reading

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Hodie Christus Natus Est

Hodie Christus natus est; Hodie salvator apparuit. Hodie in terra canunt angeli, laetantur archangeli, Hodie exultant justi, dicentes Gloria in excelsis Deo, Alleluia! Alleluia, Alleluia! Today Christ is born; Today salvation appears. Today on earth angels sing, archangels rejoice, Today … Continue reading

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Magnificat

Did you sing a version of the Magnificat at church this weekend? If so, see if you can find a link to a recording of the setting that you sang to share. We sang this version to the tune of … Continue reading

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Barbara Brown Taylor, “Three Circles of Concern”

I am persuaded that every living religious tradition stays lively by attending to three overlapping circles of concern. The first is its institutional life, which includes the care and feeding of institutions so that the faith can be communicated from … Continue reading

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Happy Gaudete Sunday!

Rejoice! I’m busy working on my advice to the bishops today, so I’ll just share an earlier post about Gaudete Sunday. You might also like to head over to Are you Catholic? Did you know…? to check your knowledge of … Continue reading

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Noting Abusive Theologians

Ekklesia reports that the publishing agency of the Mennonite Church (USA and Canada) has decided, after a discernment process with denominational leaders, to include the following statement at the beginning of all books by John Howard Yoder: John Howard Yoder … Continue reading

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Mimetic Rivalry, Reform, and Unity in the Church

I read a commentary on church reform by Hans K√ľng last week, that lingered in my mind as an example of “doing it wrong,” at least from the perspective of mimetic ecclesiology. In this commentary, the substantive issues of church … Continue reading

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Advise the Bishops about Marriage and Family Life

Among other things that have been going on while I’ve been too busy to blog has been the announcement of an Extraordinary Synod of the Bishops on the family to be held in October 2014, accompanied by a preparatory document … Continue reading

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