Category Archives: Church history

Thoughts on sacramental preparation in the Catholic Church today

@VictoriaGaile I would love to read your thoughts on anything related but esp things like homework for 1st communion but not for marriage? — Rae (@VitaCatholic) September 25, 2016 Note: some of what I’ve written here is based on my … Continue reading

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Codification, Development, and Freedom: Completing Part 2, Dialogue with a Living Tradition: ch 5, 6, &7 of #FOGAP

In these three chapters, Johnson meticulously engages with Christian tradition to trace the early origins, later development, and contemporary teaching on the saints, particularly but not exclusively with Catholic tradition. She sees evidence of both the companionship and patronage models, … Continue reading

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Amazing Grace: the President preaches in the Black Church

I’d heard that President Obama delivered the eulogy for State Senator Rev. Clementa Pinckney; but that doesn’t begin to describe the sermon he preached. I would especially encourage white Christians who are unfamiliar with the black church, to take half … Continue reading

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The Best Option for Intellectual Women

I was very intrigued to learn, some years ago, that during medieval times, the convent was almost certainly the best available option for women who were intellectually gifted or ambitious. Women in religious life were often educated beyond the ordinary … Continue reading

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Review: Edith Stein: Scholar, Feminist, Saint

Edith Stein: Scholar, Feminist, Saint by Freda Mary Oben My rating: 4 of 5 stars Picked up this short little book at the interfaith library booksale today – it caught my eye because I recently learned about St Edith’s work … Continue reading

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Blast from the Past: Rock Mass Our Father

Although this recording of Sr. Janet Mead’s rock mass setting of the Lord’s Prayer made the top 10 in 1974 and became a gold record, I don’t believe I ever heard it on the radio. I learned it when I … Continue reading

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Historia, Theoria

in the Alexandrian tradition of biblical exegesis … every Old Testament narrative (historia) is expected to have a corresponding Christian allegorical meaning (theōria). – Richard Bauckham, writing about the The Bride of God or the Lost Gospel of Joseph and … Continue reading

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“All Shall Be Well” at Disoriented. Reoriented.

Paul over at Disoriented, Reoriented is starting a great new series blogging through a book on universalism: “All Shall Be Well”: Universal Salvation Through History. As the subtitle indicates, universalism is the belief that everyone goes to heaven, no one … Continue reading

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When St. Joseph was added to the Eucharistic Prayer in Nov 1962

In response to the recent instruction to add St. Joseph’s name to the other Eucharistic Prayers, dotCommonweal shares this amusing diary entry from an amused Congregationalist observer of the Second Vatican Council, made at the time that St. Joseph was … Continue reading

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Cardinal Braz de Aviz’ Remarks on Authority in the Church

Let me start this essay with a sort of dramatis personae: The International Union of Superiors General (IUSG) is an organization consisting of the leadership of all the vowed religions orders of women and men (ie, nuns and monks). The … Continue reading

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