Monthly Archives: May 2013

Stories I’ve Found, 5/31/2013

Interesting stories I’ve found lately: Tony Magliano reminds us that there has been no recent work by U.S.Catholic Bishops on a Theology of Peace since their groundbreaking letter of 30 years ago. It’s long overdue, and it’s time we talked about more than weapons systems in seeking a lasting peace on Earth. The prominent author […]

The Leadership Principle

“The Fűhrer’s spoken word is above all written law.” This is the idea of Fűhrerprinzip, the “leader principle” which was the basis of the Third Reich in Germany. It wasn’t specifically formulated by the Nazis, first articulated by Hermann Graf Keyserling in the beginning of the 20th century with some debt to Hegel, but used […]

Homily: Trinity Sunday

Readings of the Day  A few years ago, I attended the fiftieth wedding anniversary of some dear friends of mine. It was a wonderful celebration with lots of good food and drink, good-natured kidding of the anniversary couple by the best man (the husband’s brother) and then they cut the cake and started the dance. […]

Stories I’ve Found, 5/24/2013

Interesting stories I’ve found lately: Francis tackles how diversity and unity are complementary.  His Pentecost homily is worth reading. And finally, his reminder that salvation is open to all people of good will, even those who don’t believe in God. Most people will think this is fiction, but it’s true.  A group of Imams visited […]

Walking Through Church History 4: Contemporary Church

On October 31, 1517, a young Augustinian monk posted a list of topics on the door of the chapel of German university town he wanted to debate. Debating was a main activity of his order: the German Augustinians traveled around taking opposite sides of disputed questions in public debates to entertain and educate the people, […]

Homily: Pentecost

Readings of the Day  May the Force be with You. It almost sounds like a ritual greeting, doesn’t it? Once I started a homily with this, and got the reply: “And also with you.” There is a solemnity when folks say this phrase, even when they’re joking. We’ve been doing it for 30 years, and […]

Stories I’ve Found, 5/17/2013

Interesting stories I’ve found lately: I’ve discovered what a great resource the English version of La Stampa is for Vatican coverage. A couple of good reflections from Pope Francis I’ve discovered there: Judas as ideologue, and this series of reflections that criticizes careerism among priests and bishops.  Here Pope Francis calls for an end to the […]

Walking Through Church History 3: Continental Church

The Emperor stood barefoot in the snow outside the fortress of Canossa, waiting for the Pope to forgive him. It was the high point in the Church’s influence over world affairs: the Pope forgave him after three day’s wait. It was also the last time a Pope clearly won a conflict with secular authority; after […]

Homily: Ascension

Readings of the Day  We’re in the graduation season. On Saturday May 11, Avila University, where I work now, held its commencement and almost every high school and grade school will have their exercises soon as well, if they haven’t already. I’ve graduated five times, although I only walked in commencement three times, and I […]

Stories I’ve Found, 5/10/2013

The Syrian Bishops are still captives and there is no reliable word of who’s holding them or why. Interesting stories I’ve found lately: In Proposals Abound for a Franciscan Reform of the Vatican,  John Allen surveys the first month of the new papacy and summarizes what’s happened and what’s likely next. The USCCB’s office on […]