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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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So Much Internet: November Post-Synod Edition

As we all continue to process the events and documents of #Synod14, there are bunches of stuff to read: Kyle Cupp directly examines the issue of Power and control in the church: topics which are all too often either unspoken … 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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Websurfers, Come Out! So much internet

Very, very terse roundup of things I’ve been reading whilst procrastinating on my thesis: Amazing pictures from the mass celebrated on the border of Nogales Beliefs can be unloving: if you follow only one link, follow this one. Excellent discussion … Continue reading

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So much internet, so little time

Here’s a roundup of some good stuff I’ve read lately: – Why English majors make lousy fundamentalists calls out seven key elements of approaching scripture as literature, and how they shape interpretation. Here’s a snippet: An English major assumes that … Continue reading

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Reform the Curia by Making it Diaconal?

Kurt Vorndran makes a very interesting suggestion in the comments section of a dotCommonweal blog post on reforming the Curia: …service in the Curia should be recognized as a diaconal ministry (which is what it is) and that those serving … Continue reading

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Francis: the bishop and the flock

The bishop has to be among his people in three ways. In front of them, pointing the way; among them, keeping them together and preventing them from being scattered; and behind them, ensuring that no one is left behind, but … Continue reading

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Christiansen on Francis on Synodality

As a result [of a Preliminary Note attached to Lumen Gentium by Paul VI], the Synod of Bishops has been a consultative, not a deliberative body, and its effectiveness depends on papal endorsement. . . . In mid-June, when [Francis] … Continue reading

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Interesting take on Francis’ reform commission

The Tablet interprets the context, charter, and membership of this commission as a move that may have profound ecclesiological significance. I’d noticed, too, that the commission is made up almost exclusively of current or former bishops, and that more than … Continue reading

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Conclave hopes and prayers

I don’t like to get very specific when asking God what I hope for in our next pope; it seems a bit like micromanaging. 😉 And I don’t like to focus on the problems that need solving, as most of … Continue reading

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