Archive: July 15, 2007 - July 21, 2007
In the Qu’ran, God himself anticipated earthly extremism. “We have made you a middle people,” Allah says to the Muslims in Chapter 2, verse 143—a suggestion that Islam was founded, in part, as a means by which the people of...
By David Waters | July 20, 2007; 11:23 AM ET | Comments (2)
In order to understand Pope Benedict, you must remember that in his heart he is a German academic.
By Thomas J. Reese, S.J. | July 20, 2007; 9:15 AM ET | Comments (97)
All good ecumenical discussions proceed not in dumbing down our differences but in exploring them always in service of the truth.
By Charles "Chuck" Colson | July 20, 2007; 8:18 AM ET | Comments (30)
While some interpreted the restatement as shunning non-Roman Catholics, the most important section was virtually ignored by the media.
By Bob Edgar | July 20, 2007; 6:11 AM ET | Comments (257)
The papacy and hierarchy of Roman Catholicism have failed by refusing their sacramental vocation to lead by serving from below rather than by ruling from above
By John Dominic Crossan | July 19, 2007; 9:40 AM ET | Comments (37)
What is important about this pope's preoccupations is his obliviousness to certain real and disturbing moral issues.
By Susan Jacoby | July 19, 2007; 8:32 AM ET | Comments (99)
Jesus decides to entrust his Church, his entire legacy, into the hands of flawed human beings like Peter.
By Randall Balmer | July 19, 2007; 7:42 AM ET | Comments (38)
Happily, there are thousands, perhaps millions, of Roman Catholics who cheerfully ignore all this and establish excellent relationships.
By Nicholas T. Wright | July 19, 2007; 6:07 AM ET | Comments (86)
The problem this time was not the positive claim but the negative stress on how non-Catholic Christians cannot be church.
By Martin Marty | July 18, 2007; 9:56 AM ET | Comments (98)
To those for whom religious "preference" is of no more consequence than any other lifestyle choice -- something like Saab or Volvo, Nationals or Orioles, medium-rare or rare, chardonnay or chablis -- the recent document from the Vatican's Congregation for...
By George Weigel | July 18, 2007; 8:34 AM ET | Comments (64)
Jesus saw his church as a body of believers in whom He would dwell, not an ecclesiastical hierarchy which he fought against in His time.
By Cal Thomas | July 18, 2007; 7:23 AM ET | Comments (45)
For political purposes, Eisenhower was right when he said you should have a religion and it doesn’t matter which one it is. For religious purposes, it matters a lot. You should believe in a religion you think is true, even...
By Richard Bushman | July 18, 2007; 6:12 AM ET | Comments (84)
As an Anglican, my tradition held from our beginning that the language of the liturgy should be in the language of the people.
By Jane Holmes Dixon | July 17, 2007; 9:44 AM ET | Comments (6)
The timing of the re-introduction of the Latin Mass at this time is very instructive, especially in regard to the U.S. Catholic Church. At a time when the Catholic Church in the U.S. needs to be working on becoming more...
By Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite | July 17, 2007; 8:26 AM ET | Comments (54)
People should be free to worship in their language of choice, even if they are romantics.
By Anthony M. Stevens-Arroyo | July 17, 2007; 8:06 AM ET | Comments (46)
The real issue is the power of local bishop to decide whether the pre-Vatican II mass will be said in his diocese.
By Thomas J. Reese, S.J. | July 17, 2007; 7:27 AM ET | Comments (257)
If a religion changes, it may go wrong; if it does not, it must go wrong.
By John Dominic Crossan | July 16, 2007; 9:07 AM ET | Comments (75)
The Latin Mass began to speak to me not as something old-fashioned and oppressive but instead of things wonderful and awesome.
By Donna Freitas | July 16, 2007; 8:03 AM ET | Comments (60)
Worship, or liturgy, is built on tradition. Much of what we do in our houses of faith has roots in history. Even the self-described non-denominational or non-liturgical churches perform actions done thousands of years ago. Singing in church has roots...
By Bob Edgar | July 16, 2007; 7:33 AM ET | Comments (20)