Posts Tagged ‘Commonweal’
The Pope is expected to name Archbishop Velasio DePaolis the Apostolic Delegate to the Legion of Christ.
The Archbishop of Canterbury and the Archbishop of York are reportedly preparing to make a last-ditch effort to prevent thousands of traditionalists leaving the Church of England.
A Vatican spokesman has denied reports that the disgraced former Archbishop of Poznań, Juliusz Paetz, is to be “rehabilitated”.
Zenit publishes the final part of Pope Benedict’s question-and-answer session with priests.
Fr Edward Daly welcomes the Saville report into Bloody Sunday.
Commonweal responds to criticism by the US bishops of its stance on the healthcare bill.
John Allen points out the “elephants in the room” of the Catholic debate on healthcare reform.
Kevin O’Rourke looks at “the complicated reasons behind an abortion at a Catholic hospital” in Phoenix.
George Weigel describes the alternative to “Catholic Lite”.
Karl Giberson urges Christians not to vilify the New Atheists.
Joanna Bogle profiles Catholic Voices, which aims to transform the media image of Catholicism during the Pope’s visit to Britain.
Austen Ivereigh applauds Archbishop Vincent Nichols’s efforts to promote the papal visit.
Rocco Palmo reports on the remarkable success of the iBreviary app for the iPhone.
And Fr Z wonders if the iPad will replace the altar missal.
Andrew Brown says Pope Benedict’s speech to the English and Welsh bishops yesterday “raised every residual Protestant hackle in the country” (Pope’s full address here, Archbishop Nichols’s address here, Fr Z’s fisk of Pope’s speech here, ad limina photos here, video report here).
More than 800 people have signed a petition to “Make the Pope Pay” for his visit to Britain.
The new English translation of the Mass is likely to be introduced in parishes in Advent 2011.
Pope Benedict’s full address to the Roman Rota is finally available in English.
The Catholic bishops of France have said that a ban on full face veils will lead to more persecution of Christians in Muslim countries.
Jesus broke “all PR rules”, Cardinal Christoph Schönborn of Vienna has said during his visit to America.
John Allen ponders two new documents that add to the debate about Pius XII’s wartime actions.
The hard-working NCR reporter also analyses the Italian bishops’ liberal stance on immigration.
And Commonweal talks to Diana Fritz Cates about St Thomas Aquinas and the emotions.
John Allen highlights the forceful environmental message in Pope Benedict’s World Peace Day message.
The Catholic News Service looks at the gulf between rich and poor countries at the Copenhagen climate summit.
Anna Arco invites a canon lawyer to interpret the new Motu Proprio, Omnium in mentum.
Symon Hill argues that Christians should welcome the judgment against a Christian registrar who refused to perform civil partnership ceremonies.
SPUC criticises the Irish supreme court ruling on the status of human embryos.
Commonweal considers the “potentially dramatic consequences” of Anglicanorum coetibus.
Fr Michael Monshau, OP, professor of liturgy, homiletics, and spirituality at the Angelicum, suggests that good preaching is a vital part of the Anglo-Catholic patrimony.
Fr John Hunwicke SCC wonders where Anglicanorum coetibus leaves Apostolicae Curae.
Michael Czerny SJ recalls an HIV-postive Kenyan mother’s response to the encyclical Caritas in Veritate.
WaPo reports on Georgetown University’s efforts to be both authentically Catholic and welcoming to gay students.
And Mirror of Justice debates the concept of Just War in the wake of President Obama’s Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech.
There’s an interesting article in this week’s issue of Commonweal by the former Tablet editor John Wilkins. (It’s available here, but you have to log in to read it.)
It’s headlined “The Tightrope” and it’s about the difficulties that editors of independent Catholic newspapers sometimes face in reconciling the pursuit of truth and respectful loyalty to the Church hierarchy. It’s main focus is on newspapers that sometimes challenge the Magisterium of the Church, but some of his points are relevant to anyone who works in (or uses) the Catholic media.
Here’s a taster:
I felt at the Tablet that I was walking a tightrope. I had a double responsibility. Yes, I had a responsibility to the Catholic faith and its official interpreters, but also one to the claims of all the baptised, who are called on to take a lead in the world. I never met a colleague from any continent who did not walk that tightrope. What happens if public opinion in the Church is unwelcome to the authorities? What should the independent Catholic media do then? To what extent can independent Catholic editors, like secular editors, invigilate power? …
Pius XII said that informed public opinion is necessary to the Church’s life. If that is the case, there has to be a way to communicate that opinion. Here, independent Catholic media that are critically loyal have an indispensable role to play provided their approach is founded on knowledge, research, love of the Church, humility, self-discipline, self-examination, and readiness to accept correction. At the Second Vatican Council, the Catholic Church defined itself as a hierarchically structured people’s Church. In that case, open channels for public opinion within it are even more essential now than before.
Photo: South Korean Kwon Won-tae walks a high wire during the World High Wire Championships in Seoul last year (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)