The Petrine Ministry And Christian Ecumenism

Thursday, July 9, 2009 \PM\.\Thu\.

Orientalium Ecclesiarum (Decree on the Eastern Catholic Churches) truly deserves more attention, as it remains vital to the self-understanding of the Catholic Church and for the prospect of Christian ecumenism in general.

Eastern Catholics are non-Latin Rite Christians who, at some point in the last thousand years, entered into communion with Bishop of Rome—though technically, some like the Italo-Albanian and Maronite churches, may have never left that communion. These Christians of the East are many, part of several churches, in communion with the Roman church. It is often forgotten that the Catholic Church, founded on the See of Peter, is a communion of twenty-two churches.

These Eastern-rite churches are significant to any real ecclesiology because their Catholic reality—their theological tradition, liturgy, spirituality, discipline, and customs—does not derive from Western influence. As a matter of fact, their Catholicism has its own apostolic foundations as old as, or even older than, those of Rome itself. Therefore, the way the Roman church understands its relationship to Eastern churches and the way in which it lives out that understanding is a clear marker to the shape a reunified Church will take in the future. Read the rest of this entry »

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Obama’s World Apology Tour

Thursday, July 9, 2009 \AM\.\Thu\.

Obama statue of liberty ed pic

This gave me a chuckle as our President Obama continues to blame America for every ill in the world.


Conservatism is Alive and Well

Thursday, July 9, 2009 \AM\.\Thu\.

BurkeIt has become popular to sound the death-knell of Conservatism.  I believe the evidence indicates otherwise.

The latest polls indicate that Conservatism is in great shape.  A plurality of Americans consider themselves conservative.

http://www.gallup.com/poll/120857/Conservatives-Single-Largest-Ideological-Group.aspx

At 40% self-identified conservatives are almost twice as numerous as self-identified liberals at 21%.

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Great Jesuits 1: The Ark and The Dove

Thursday, July 9, 2009 \AM\.\Thu\.

Father Andrew White, SJAs readers of this blog know I have a series of posts, Jesuitical, in which I have highlighted follies of some modern day Jesuits.  This series will put the spotlight on great Jesuits of the past and present.  First up is Father Andrew White, SJ.

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