Arbuckle describes the impacts of the pandemic through the lenses of cultural anthropology, scripture, and the writings of Pope Francis.Read more
Is a shared ecclesiology across the generations possible?
How can we be the Church together?Read more
Ordering the Body: 1. Unity in Difference
The first of a series on the Sacrament of Order. This piece begins to consider why the sacrament has that name and why the latin name is singular (“order”) and not plural (“orders”).Read more
Reading DW #3: Where are We About the Church?
The topic of the church remains an issue over which Lutherans and Catholics do not yet fully agree. But where are we on the road towards unity?Read more
What is the Declaration on the Way?
The Declaration on the Way: Church, Ministry, and Eucharist (DW), is a document of the US Lutheran-Roman Catholic Dialogue. It is an attempt to reviewRead more
A new treasury of primary source material for Vatican II
Newly published material, all of it predating the Second Vatican Council, illustrates a wide range of views on liturgical development and change.Read more
What is the Church? A reflection on the readings for Friday during the Easter Octave
“What is the Church?”
Simon Peter said to the other disciples, “I am going fishing.”
Simon Peter, the passionate. “Lord, not my feet only but also my hands and my head!”
Simon Peter, the spokesman. “Lord, to whom can we go? You have the words of eternal life.”
Simon Peter, the failure….Read more
Holding Eucharist as Central
By all means, let us look again at power and authority in the Church, and consider ways to reform its use and avoid abuses. But not by relinquishing the real strength of our tradition, which holds Eucharist as central.Read more
Reviewing Louis Bouyer Ten Years Later
My own impression of the purpose of [the increasinlgy speculative, abstract] development in his work was that it served to support the practical, clerical, highly conservative ecclesiology he promoted in his writings, lectures, and not least through his formative influence on an inner circle of students he nurtured in 1970s Paris, including (the later cardinals) Lustiger (Paris) and Shoenborn (Vienna) … .Read more
Community as Communio?
“Community is not formed by fellowship, familiar faces, and coffee and doughnuts after Mass; community is formed when all of the congregation lifts up our hearts and voices in praise of God. That is the deep and timeless fellowship that the Mass offers to each of its participants. Through the action of the Mass, the strangers and saints gathered together at Mass become a community.” — Renee RodenRead more