Saturday, February 16, 2019

Edward Pentin Collects Some Responses

On the "It's not theology, it's diplomacy, or something" document. By what authority does the bishop of Rome have to make such a statement, with a representative of Islam?

Confusion in the patriarchate of Rome:

NCReg: Does the New Catholic-Muslim Declaration Deviate From Catholic Teaching? by Edward Pentin
The document’s statement that ‘diversity of religions’ is ‘willed by God’ has generated controversy.

What problem?

NCReg: The Church’s Long ‘German Moment’ by Father Raymond J. de Souza
COMMENTARY: The Church in Germany has heavily influenced the post-conciliar era at the Vatican, most notably during the ...

NCReg Symposium: “Abuse and the Way to Healing”

Despite Grave Problems, the Lord Will Never Abandon His Church by Archbishop Carlo Viganò
REGISTER SYMPOSIUM: I continue to have hope, because the Lord will never abandon his Church.

The Rotten Fruit of Secularization by Cardinal Gerhard Müller
REGISTER SYMPOSIUM: Only he who lives according to the commandments of God can be a good shepherd and a model for the flock.

Love, Care and Justice Must Be Paramount by Cardinal Wilfrid Napier
REGISTER SYMPOSIUM: “To each according to his needs” is a principle worth considering.

A Proliferation of Spiritualities?

Fr. Bouyer would have something to say about this. For that matter, so would Fr. Gabriel Bunge:

Another problem is that Christians have different personalities. Not all are given over to outward expressions of heartfelt piety even while they have deep faith and knowledge of God. Karl Rahner—who I suppose could be considered a pietist, even though he regarded pietism as exclusively Protestant—once said, “The Christian of the future will be a mystic or simply will not be.” That’s certainly within the spirit of pietism, but the problem is that mysticism is difficult for many. We should all attempt to engage in meditative and contemplative prayer, but different personalities gravitate towards different spiritualities. Carmelites are not Benedictines, and Dominicans are not Jesuits, and Franciscans are not Augustinians. Mysticism, above all, is a divine gift, and as such shouldn’t be expected of all.

The Problem of Pietism by Dr. Leroy Huizenga
We must overcome an overemphasis on religion as orthodoxy assenting to true doctrines while also resisting the reduction of our religion to feelings and activism.

"Aquinas the Biblical Theologian"

Forgot about this year's conference at AMU. Schedule and list of speakers here.