Book reviews: That Thomas Merton would catch the attention of an Anglican priest and a Benedictine nun is tribute to his genius and his difficulties.
When Trappist Fr. Matt Torpey speaks of his mentor, teacher and friend Thomas Merton, the words flow like a gentle stream.
After spending a sabbatical year spearheading his own research into the unknown lives of Catholic deacons, Joseph Ferrari learned that permanent deacons, no matter their age or location, have similar leadership styles.
Spirituality: Had he not died in 1968, what would America's most famous monk, mystic and hermit, Thomas Merton, done? We shall never know.
I'm not a football fan, but I was fascinated by recent polling numbers published by the Public Religion Research Institute on religion and football.
Like many commentators, I too worry that the church's contraception policy causes great and unnecessary harm nowhere more than in the third world.
I am mourning the loss and celebrating the new life of a great friend, Joseph Grilliot, who passed into eternal life Tuesday at his home in Roeland Park, Kan. His son, Marvin, and his wife, Rachel, and a loving niece, Barbara Martin, were at his bedside.
In Paul's first epistle to Timothy, he specifies women once in his advice about qualifications for overseers and deacons: "In the same way, the women are to be worthy of respect, not malicious talkers but temperate and trustworthy in everything" (1 Timothy 3:11). Footnotes in the New International Version suggest Paul may have been referring either to the wives of deacons and overseers, or to women like Phoebe, a deacon of the church in Cenchreae whom Paul personally greets in Romans 16:1.
Appreciation: I still remember my very first class with Fr. Richard McBrien. Two insights from that day in 1997 have stayed with me.
Just Catholic: The New York Times paints a cold, hard picture of the church. But the church can fairly easily end a marriage for substantial or administrative reasons.