Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Is a notion of ritual impurity sustainable in Christianity?

Via Byzantine, Texas: Purify Her Uncleanness by Carrie Frederick Frost
December 11, 2012

"Gregory" attempts to explain certain practices not through "ritual impurity" but concerns about physical integrity and safeguarding the mysteries, or something. Do the prayers and practices admit of this interpretation? This topic is somewhat new to me.

Sister Vassa Larin's opinion. And a response to Sister Vassa Larin by Fr. Sergei Sveshnikov. (He also has a follow-up article.)

Also from Byzantine, TX: Confession and the contrite heart

Will we return to this practice?

Infant Communion: The Ancient Western Tradition by Fr. John A. Peck

He cites the work of Archimandrite Robert Taft, S.J.

Some Catholics similarly advocate that Confirmation be restored to its place right after Baptism.

Natural Law Liberalism

Is this how we should understand the American founding fathers?

Sustainable Liberalism by Nathan Schlueter (via First Thoughts)

Better than Our Philosophy: A Response to Muñoz by Patrick J. Deneen

Why Social Conservatives Should Be Patriotic Americans: A Critique of Patrick Deneen by Vincent Phillip Muñoz