Category Archives: Ecclesiology

(Reading Buddies and Conversation Partners and) Friends of God and Prophets

I’ve been wanting to read Friends of God and Prophets: A Feminist Theological Reading of the Communion of Saints by Sr. Dr. Elizabeth Johnson for years. It’s not a new book (published in 1998), but I’m especially drawn to it … Continue reading

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Holy Doors

Tuesday, December 8, 2015 will begin the Jubilee Year of Mercy. Popes have proclaimed a Jubilee Year from time to time since at least the fifteenth century. It’s inspired by the practice of Jubilee Years described in the Shared Scriptures, … Continue reading

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Pope Francis, Kim Davis, and the Care of Souls

During the time between the announcement, made mere hours after the his departure from the US, that Pope Francis had secretly met with Kim Davis, and Friday’s official statement from the Vatican clarifying the nature and implications of the meeting, … Continue reading

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The Feast of the Lateran Basilica: Lectionary Reflection

This Sunday was the Feast of the Lateran Basilica, the “mother church” and very first basilica (Roman-style large public worship space) of the Church in Rome after the persecutions were ended. So it was a good day for ecclesiological reflection … Continue reading

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Schism, Expulsion, and Ecclesiology

There’s been a lot of news coverage in the Catholic press & blogosphere about the language of schism coming from conservative Catholics after the synod. Like everyone else, I’m a bit surprised to hear such extreme disagreement with the Pope … Continue reading

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Synod 2014: Ecclesiology, Authority, Trust, and Fear as an Occasion of Sin

This portion of Francis’ opening remarks to the synod on the family instantly captured my attention: “I therefore ask you, please, have these attitudes of brothers in the Lord: speak with boldness and listen with humility. And do so with … Continue reading

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“The Different Pace of Renewal”: Powerful Insight from Sr. Dr. Elizabeth Johnson

One of the significant events in the Catholic world this past month was the annual meeting of the LCWR (Leadership Council of Women Religious): the leadership body of vowed women religious (sisters, nuns) in the US. This year, they bestowed … Continue reading

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Pride, Ecumenism, Contraception, and Divorce

There is often a disturbing element of ecclesial pride, even arrogance, in magisterial discussions of the moral and ethical (and usually gender, sexual, and reproductive) issues over which the Roman Catholic church increasingly finds itself differing from other Christian traditions. … Continue reading

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“Not even an ecumenical council”? Unpopular Church Teachings and the Appeal to Impotence

David Cruz-Uribe quotes Cardinal Mueller in his piece on Two Perspectives on Two Vexing Questions over at Vox Nova. I’m not engaging with his piece here, which is well worth a read; but this quotation leapt out at me: Not … Continue reading

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#2popesaints: A Creative Gesture of Desperately Needed Reconciliation

It’s commonplace in some circles to identify people as belonging to one of two divisions in the Roman Catholic church: there are those who are “Vatican 2 Catholics,” and those who are “JPII Catholics.” These labels do not literally refer … Continue reading

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