If you have lived 50 or more years of your life in the 20th century, then you probably remember when Catholicism was a religion of the supernatural. So much of the faith was concerned with "the other side," where the souls of the faithful were united with God and where we anxiously hoped our souls might find rest someday, enjoying the beatific vision. And there was a constant interchange between these two worlds, the natural and the supernatural. We sent prayers and sacrifices from our side on behalf of those suffering in purgatory on the other side.
Several presenters at a theological conference found a shift in emphasis between Pope Francis and his two immediate predecessors.
"This teaching that 'women are not fully in the likeness of Jesus' -- qualifying ... as a theological explanation -- is utterly and demonstrably heretical," Fr. John Shea wrote.
It was inevitable, and the time has come. I need to write my first critical blog post on Pope Francis. It turns out that the Vatican guesthouse, Domus Sanctae Marthae, does not appear to be far enough away from the apostolic palace. Francis is unfortunately starting to sound too much like a pope. The powers that be may be getting to him even at his current residence.
For decades, many liberation theologians globally have lived with a looming possibility: A letter could arrive from the Vatican contesting their work.
While Pope Francis calls for "a church of the poor and for the poor," those preparing for the priesthood at St. Mary of the Lake Seminary near Chicago will soon have a radically redecorated chapel dedicated to the memory and teachings of Pope John Paul II.
Book excerpt: Author and Jesuit Gerald O'Collins in On the Left Bank of the Tiber discusses life as a theologian living in Rome.
A funeral Mass was celebrated Feb. 7 for Philip Seymour Hoffman, who died Feb. 2 of an apparent heroin overdose. But was it appropriate?
Grace on the Margins: After the fight over Quest for the Living God, Sr. Elizabeth Johnson's new project focuses on God's relationship with nonhumans.
A two-day conference at Gonzaga University this week will delve into the work of Jesuit Fr. Walter Ong, a well-known scholar-philosopher and one-time student of famed philosopher and communications theorist Marshall McLuhan (1911-1980).