Every human organization's end is very much like its beginnings. As Jeroboam stood where he should not-over an altar, typically reserved to priests- a "man of God" from Judah foretold how the religious portion of Jeroboam's rebellion would be resolved. Jeroboam had claimed for himself the right as king to decide authoritatively on religious matters … Continue reading Jeroboam and the Man of God
Two things are simultaneously true about the current Catholic Church scandals: 1) Scandal is a constant part of human life, especially of large organizations; 2) The present crisis in the Catholic Church is unique and unprecedented and deserves not to have its uniqueness be muddied. Scandal is of a particularly evil quality when the institution … Continue reading On Authority and Scandal
Much has been made of Francis' joint document with Sheik Ahmad el-Tayeb of al-Azhar fame. That document created sparks in conservative and traditional outlets primarily because of a particular statement: "The pluralism and the diversity of religions, color, sex, race and language are willed by God in his wisdom, through which he created human beings…" … Continue reading Does God will a Multitude of Denominations?
In my previous blog post, I reflected on the fact that a set of policy proposals put forth by a self-identified Catholic (The Family Fun Pack, FFP) ended up further enshrining Liberalism, and represents a sort of fealty to the triumph of the liberal order and its institutions. It makes no effort to roll back … Continue reading Thoughts on the “Family Fun Pack”
I happened across a set of policy proposals by one Matt Bruenig, whose wife Elizabeth has a fairly well known (at least in Catholic circles) writing gig at the Washington Post. So, I decided to put up a pithy statement of my own thoughts on it. It represents the absolute best of intentions thoroughly undermined … Continue reading Catholic Socialism, Stalwart of Liberalism
A rare foray into poetry... Inches separate life and death Even borders imagined May separate sacred and profane Among rivers of asphalt Even flowers bloom if there be light and water The dull roar from engines, encased in Angled glass and steel, oft Colliding into twisted metal and spilled poisons The rush to possess, to win a race For … Continue reading The Alcove
This is a question that was posed to me through a family member by someone curious about Christianity, and I immediately liked the question because it brought to my mind some oft-glossed over things in Christian circles. We are so embedded in our own culture, which heavily prioritizes the "new" over the "old," such that … Continue reading Why is Jesus called Christ?