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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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A Music Theologian Engages with Pope Francis’ Favorite Music:  An Interview with Dirk von der Horst

In December I finally got around to reading the papal interview, and I was very intrigued by the section in which he talked about his favorite music. I didn’t know the pieces he mentioned, though, and I found myself wondering … Continue reading

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Redekop’s Mimetic Structures of Blessing and Reconciliation

I got swept away by a productive digression in the middle of responding to Redekop’s outstanding paper, so this is part two. (Read part one.) Vern Neufeld Redekop, “Mimetic Structures of Violence and of Blessing: Creating a Discursive Framework for … Continue reading

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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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“Your Christianity will be Personal, or it will be Bullshit”: Beneath Grisez’s Critique of Francis

In response to Francis’ recently published interview with an atheist, Germaine Grisez had some startling criticism: I’m afraid that Pope Francis has failed to consider carefully enough the likely consequences of letting loose with his thoughts in a world that … 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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Francis on Isaiah 7:9 in Greek and Hebrew

I thought my readers might be interested in this excerpt from Pope Francis’ first encyclical letter, Lumen Fidei (English title On Faith), released yesterday. This is paragraph 23, the first paragraph of chapter 2. (I’ve added some paragraph breaks for … 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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Francis Respectfully Acknowledges Non-Believers

NCR reports on Pope Francis’ press conference today, including its remarkable closing. When a Pope gives an audience or speaks to a gathering, he normally concludes the audience by giving his “apostolic blessing,” which is a special blessing from the … Continue reading

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