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Clericalism and the Doctrine of Scandal

The doctrine of scandal in the Catholic church is based on the scriptural injunction ((Romans 14:13ff, for example) to avoid doing anything that would shake the faith of others, particularly those whose faith is less mature. In practice, this has … Continue reading

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Peter’s Outrage

Peter was horrified by what he saw Jesus doing. When Jesus approached him, he had to ask, even though by this time Jesus’ intentions must have been obvious. Lord, are you going to wash my feet??!? It completely outraged his … Continue reading

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Children, Priests, and Scandal in Church

Here’s the story: on his way to the ambo (pulpit) to give his homily (sermon), the presiding priest detoured to approach “a family with several small children under the age of four who were sitting near the front of the … 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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Jottings on Sin: Relating feminist and mimetic hamartiologies?

I went on a database crawl last night looking for material by Mary McClintock Fulkerson, and have read lightly through a few papers that have prompted these still-embryonic thoughts about connections between the understandings of sin in traditional, feminist, and … Continue reading

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Refusing to be Scandalized

So there was this big Catholic news story a couple of weeks ago about the Vatican (the CDF) and the nuns (the LCWR). You might have been wondering why I haven’t said anything about it here. I’ve been thinking. Well, … Continue reading

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“Where cynics talk smut, thieves curse, and soldiers gamble”

I simply argue that the cross be raised again at the centre of the marketplace as well as on the steeple of the church. I am recovering the claim that Jesus was not crucified in a cathedral between two candles, … Continue reading

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Rejecting the Glamor of Evil

We were blessed this weekend by a first reading from a portion of Sirach (Sir 27:30-28:7) that begins this way: Wrath and anger are hateful things, yet the sinner hugs them tight. The vengeful will suffer the LORD’s vengeance, for … Continue reading

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