Just Say No To Hermeneutics

11/17/2014 Comments (76)

I used to be a big fan of the “Hermeneutic of Reform in Continuity,” or, as commonly shortened, the “hermeneutic of continuity.” But I think that perhaps its day has passed.

For those unfamiliar, a hermeneutic is a certain way of interpreting a text. It is a lens, if you will, which allows you to interpret a text beyond just the words on the page.

Pope Benedict XVI famously contrasted "a hermeneutic of discontinuity and rupture" with "a hermeneutic of reform in continuity." The Pope criticized "a hermeneutic of discontinuity and rupture," which views the documents of Vatican II as a break from all that had come before, as if Church teaching was being created anew. The Pope rejected this...READ MORE

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Pope's Address to Colloquium on Complementarity of Man and Woman

11/17/2014 Comments (12)

Here below is Pope Francis' address given this morning at the opening of a 3-day international and interreligious colloquium on the complementarity of man and woman in marriage. 

The gathering in the Vatican synod hall brings together representatives from 14 religious traditions and 23 countries, each upholding the beauty and wisdom of marriage and showing that the Church is by no means alone in opposing its redefinition. The meeting will conclude with a joint statement on marriage. 

Full details on the conference can be found at www.humanum.it


Dear sisters and brothers, 

I warmly greet you. I thank Cardinal Muller for his words with which he introduced our meeting.  I would like...READ MORE

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What's the Status of the Vatican's Final Report on Women Religious?

11/17/2014 Comments (86)
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Whatever happened to the Vatican’s Apostolic Visitation of U.S. Women Religious conducted 2009-2010 by the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life?

That question takes on increasing urgency as the predicted deadline for releasing a Vatican report on that visitation looms in just days: Archbishop Jose Rodriguez Carballo, secretary of the Vatican’s congregation for consecrated life, told reporters last January that he thought the final report on the visitation likely would be made public before the Year of Consecrated Life begins Nov. 30.

The visitation had been initiated in late 2008 by then-prefect of the congregation, Cardinal Franc Rodé, with the...READ MORE

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The Glory and Peril of Music

11/16/2014 Comments (13)

To somebody thinking about postmodern culture, one of the most fascinating passages in the New Testament is Titus 1:12: "One of themselves, a prophet of their own, said, 'Cretans are always liars, evil beasts, lazy gluttons."

What is fascinating is not the slam on ancient Cretans, but the fact that Paul refers to the Cretan poet Epimenides as a "prophet." I think this fascinating because Epimenides was, among other things, what we would today call a poet or songwriter, not an inspired biblical prophet, as Paul well knew. In short, Paul recognizes the enormous power to lead and sway that a poet like Epimenides enjoyed.

It is, of course, a truism that music in praise of limitless sexual...READ MORE

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Register Radio - Catholic Schools and the Men’s Witness to Faith

11/14/2014 Comments (1)

This week on Register Radio, Jeanette DeMelo reports from the U.S. Bishops’ meeting, where she spoke with Bishop Daniel Flores of Brownsville about the bishops’ efforts to reach Latino and other under-served communities through Catholic schools.  Also Dan Burke speaks to Matthew James Christoff about his work to empower Catholic men in their witness to faith.

Catholic Schools with Bishop Daniel Flores

Bishop Daniel Flores, was appointed the sixth bishop of Brownsville Texas in 2009 by Pope Benedict XVI.  He is the third native Texan to serve the Rio Grande Valley as bishop.  He also serves as Chairman of the Committee on Cultural Diversity in the Church, and is on the board of directors...READ MORE

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Miles Christi: Men on a Mission

11/14/2014 Comments (2)

This Sunday, EWTN is airing “Miles Christi: Soldiers of Christ in America,” which has been four years in the making by StoryTel Foundation. It’s a one-hour documentary covering the Miles Christi order of priests and brothers. The film includes interviews with Cardinal Burke about Fr. John Hardon’s involvement and in-depth coverage of the formation these priests receive.

This is a rare inside look at an order many of us might not have heard of. They’re not a large order, and they’re relatively new, founded in 1994.

Miles Christi priests and brothers came to the United States with a couple of priests and $4000 and are now traveling all over the country, leading retreats and trying to revive...READ MORE

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7 Beloved Famous People Who Were Wildly Pro-Eugenics

11/14/2014 Comments (56)

Eugenics traces its roots back to the late 19th century when Charles Darwin's cousin Sir Francis Galton coined the term. The theory is that human characteristics and afflictions could be bred out of the human race. It was all the rage in the early 20th century until Adolf Hitler came along and ruined all the fun for everyone.

Despite being debunked, today, eugenics still is going strong except people don't call it that. Recently, the Kenyan bishops seemed to have exposed an involuntary sterilization program there. And in India, eleven women recently died after a botched sterilization surgery. There have been reports women were bribed to undergo sterilization surgeries in India.

While the...READ MORE

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Why We're Called the Catholic Church

11/13/2014 Comments (13)

G. K. Chesterton once remarked that Catholics agree about everything; it is only everything else they disagree about. That is to say, Catholics (and by this he meant "Catholics who know and believe their Faith") agree on a few cosmic truths summarized in the creeds, prayers, sacraments, and common life of the church. However, when it comes to the rest of human existence they not only disagree with one another, but take a rather gleeful pleasure in doing so.

I was reminded of this quite vigorously when, once upon a time, I wrote a review of the action flick The Matrix. I argued -- and still believe -- that this incredibly violent science-fiction film was, in fact, remarkably well-informed...READ MORE

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