archive-org.com » ORG » C » CATHOLICCULTURE.ORG

Total: 1401

Choose link from "Titles, links and description words view":

Or switch to "Titles and links view".
  • Commentary : Insights | Catholic Culture
    Feeds Contact Us Advertise Subscribe Login Donate Commentary Home On the Culture On the News In Depth Analysis The City Gates Insights Reviews On the Good Most Popular Archives Action Alert SOLIDARITY MONTH 10 is as good as 1 000 Help set a new record for the number of gifts this month Goal 1 000 769 to go The Insights eNewsletter Insights provides critical perspective on the issues that affect your life as a Catholic today Delivered twice weekly Subscribe This Insights eNewsletter was sent to subscribers on October 27 2015 eNewsletter Subject Wrapping up the Synod and Moving On We will not see the final Synod document in an official complete English translation for some time And under the new rules this year that document is really for the Pope s eyes only Nonetheless all sides seem to be claiming victory Perhaps that s not a very fruitful approach To keep up however I recommend our Catholic World News story with particular attention to the sources on which it is based as listed at the bottom Prominent prelates differ sharply on Synod s final report See also Pope Francis rather striking closing address to the Synod Our news report

    Original URL path: http://www.catholicculture.org/commentary/insights.cfm?task=show&id=3229 (2016-02-11)
    Open archived version from archive


  • Commentary : Insights | Catholic Culture
    Tour Web Widgets Feeds Contact Us Advertise Subscribe Login Donate Commentary Home On the Culture On the News In Depth Analysis The City Gates Insights Reviews On the Good Most Popular Archives The Insights eNewsletter Insights provides critical perspective on the issues that affect your life as a Catholic today Delivered twice weekly Subscribe This Insights eNewsletter was sent to subscribers on October 23 2015 eNewsletter Subject Good news of all kinds First Phil Lawler explains that as far as the Synod goes those who wish to change the Faith have lost The Synod s liberal cabal in damage control mode Of course I did tell everyone this would be the outcome back on October 6th before it happened but I mentioned that in a previous message This week I try to explain the important shift that has been taking place Indissolubility as liberation From accommodation to evangelization on marriage Thinking partly of the small number of self proclaimed prophets of change at the Synod I penned this brief reflection with a little help There s prophetic witness and then there s not More good news for the Church is that the severe scholarly separation of Scripture from faith and

    Original URL path: http://www.catholicculture.org/commentary/insights.cfm?task=show&id=3228 (2016-02-11)
    Open archived version from archive

  • Commentary : Insights | Catholic Culture
    critical perspective on the issues that affect your life as a Catholic today Delivered twice weekly Subscribe This Insights eNewsletter was sent to subscribers on October 20 2015 eNewsletter Subject Synod coverage spurred by 60 000 challenge grant I am very happy to announce that our CatholicCulture org Boosters along with several other key supporters have put together a 60 000 challenge grant This will bring in about 80 of

    Original URL path: http://www.catholicculture.org/commentary/insights.cfm?task=show&id=3221 (2016-02-11)
    Open archived version from archive

  • Commentary : Insights | Catholic Culture
    The City Gates Insights Reviews On the Good Most Popular Archives Action Alert SOLIDARITY MONTH 10 is as good as 1 000 Help set a new record for the number of gifts this month Goal 1 000 769 to go The Insights eNewsletter Insights provides critical perspective on the issues that affect your life as a Catholic today Delivered twice weekly Subscribe This Insights eNewsletter was sent to subscribers on October 16 2015 eNewsletter Subject A New Initiative but the Same Faith On October 24th we plan to release a new design for CatholicCulture org The most obvious change will be to the home page which will provide a better overview of the materials posted day by day over the past ten days along with particularly important items at the very top of the page But the site as a whole will be streamlined and optimized for quick and easy use on mobile devices According to the latest statistics about a third of all users most frequently visit websites on their phones and small tablets Another big deal is our Fall Challenge Grant which we ll announce on Monday Stay tuned Meanwhile our careful coverage of events and ideas of

    Original URL path: http://www.catholicculture.org/commentary/insights.cfm?task=show&id=3220 (2016-02-11)
    Open archived version from archive

  • Overcoming bad habits: Reuniting Scripture with theology and faith | Catholic Culture
    of the text again as if the Bible were just another book On the part of theologians this began to change with the New Theology or ressourcement movement among theologians such as de Lubac Congar von Balthasar and Ratzinger who insisted that theology must return to the sources of the faith in order to recapture its authentic spirit But it took a long time for a similar change to spread among exegetes Pope Benedict XVI hoped to provide an example to modern exegetes in writing his trilogy Jesus of Nazareth But he also tried to bring faith Scripture study and theology together again by devoting the 2008 Synod of Bishops to The Word of God in the Life and Mission of the Church In 2010 following the Synod the Pope issued an Apostolic Exhortation Verbum Domini Here at last was the blueprint for a fresh learned and faith filled approach to the Bible I do not usually recommend collections of academic essays but I will make an exception for Verbum Domini and the Complementarity of Exegesis and Theology edited by Fr Scott Carl and published earlier this year by William B Eerdmans In addition to providing a new appreciation for the relationship between exegesis and theology in the first part of the book the authors explore the Word of God in the formation of seminarians in a second part I suspect the value of the collection will be evident from a listing of the contents below Part I Denis Farkasfalvy O Cist Inspiration and Incarnation Francis Martin Spiritual Understanding of Scripture Brant Pitre Verbum Domini and Historical Critical Exegesis Pablo Gadenz Overcoming the Hiatus between Exegesis and Theology Guidance and Examples from Pope Benedict XVI Christian D Washburn The Catholic Use of the Scriptures in Ecumenical Dialogue Part II Peter

    Original URL path: http://www.catholicculture.org/commentary/the-city-gates.cfm?id=1175 (2016-02-11)
    Open archived version from archive

  • Famous actors bring the New Testament to dramatic life in this audio Bible | Catholic Culture
    stimulating the imagination without overpowering the Word Produced by Carl Amari Raymond Arroyo and Michael Stark Truth Life was an unambiguously Catholic project with a foreword written by Pope Benedict and endorsements from Cardinal Burke Cardinal George and Archbishop Chaput It comprises the entirety of the New Testament using the Catholic edition of the Revised Standard Version Perhaps the biggest appeal is the cast full of big names like John Rhys Davies narrator Neal McDonough Jesus Stacy Keach John Blair Underwood Mark Michael York Luke and Sean Astin Matthew In general these do an excellent job and really make the Gospel narrative come alive though I have to say that McDonough s performance of Jesus is a little over passionate his voice trembling with emotion far more often than is warranted But my favorite by far is the portrayal of St Paul by a lesser known actor Tony Mockus Sr whose distinctive voice conveys a manly almost rugged eloquence Bear in mind that Mockus does not just play St Paul in the Acts of the Apostles but also reads all of the Pauline epistles Really reads isn t the right word he performs them just as much as if they were lines of dialogue Mockus s achievement is twofold first that even in the parts of Paul s letters which have the character of a theological treatise the warmth of Paul s love and heartfelt concern for the people he is writing to are evident Second is the theology itself and the actual meaning of Paul s words which Mockus s reading makes remarkably lucid I can t imagine how many hours of study and scholarly consultation went into getting the sense of the text right but clearly the commitment was there Truth Life is available as an 18 disc

    Original URL path: http://www.catholicculture.org/commentary/the-city-gates.cfm?id=1132 (2016-02-11)
    Open archived version from archive

  • What I learned on my vacation, about God and man | Catholic Culture
    for serious Christians who are not essentially intellectuals Over the last few weeks I familiarized myself with four of their new titles Continuing my opening theme it is good to see the practical little book by Fr Thomas F Dailey OSFS entitled Live Today Well and even better to see it firmly rooted in the spirituality of St Francis de Sales After a brief introduction to Salesian spirituality Fr Dailey focuses soundly on the daily routine I alluded to above Rising preparation for the day intentions meals work leisure the evening examen and retiring to sleep A final section highlights the use of sacred moments to foster spiritual rhythm and renewal Meanwhile Kevin Vost who holds a doctorate in Psychology explores The Seven Deadly Sins a task he appropriately roots in the work of St Thomas Aquinas Dr Vost first traces the spiritual history which has led to the traditional breakdown of serious vices into seven life sapping categories Then he proceeds directly to what he calls battle plans to overcome the unholy seven Sloth envy avarice vainglory gluttony lust and wrath Both books cover their designated territory in about 200 pages They are well organized using a step by step format and are very accessible without risking superficiality And now back to Elijah and the spiritual adventure of Sacred Scripture Catholics sometimes fail to realize that the Word of God in Scripture conveys the grace and power of the Word of God Who is Christ Our Lord Sophia has wisely brought out a new edition of a book by Thomas Nash first published by Ignatius Press in 2004 The Biblical Roots of the Mass What I expected Nash to do was to trace the text of the liturgy to demonstrate its Biblical derivations This would have been a simpler task but what he actually did was something greater He explores the roots of the nature and action of the Mass in the Old and New Testaments including the Eucharist and the sacrificial Messiah prefigured in the Old Covenant and of course the derivation of the power of the liturgy from the saving actions of Christ Himself in the New Finally Sophia Press is offering a collection of eighty short essays by Catholic convert and apologist Dave Armstrong entitled Proving the Catholic Faith is Biblical Reading this is very like reading a collection of CatholicCulture org s commentaries by Phil Lawler or myself the little essays are drawn chiefly from Armstrong s excellent work online addressing questions that come up again and again as Protestants challenge the faith of their Catholic neighbors A great many individual topics are covered but the subtitle will give you the idea From priestly celibacy to the Rosary Renewing Family Ties Also during this relaxing period I was able to renew ties with all of my children and their children but in particular my oldest son Christopher his wife Ellen and their two little boys Jeffrey and Nathaniel who are usually fairly far away I

    Original URL path: http://www.catholicculture.org/commentary/otc.cfm?id=1316 (2016-02-11)
    Open archived version from archive

  • God the Designer: Yes or No? | Catholic Culture
    A Resounding Success And a very good argument it is too Augros knows it is not enough to prove the existence of a First Cause The New Atheists also accept a First Cause a simple kind of matter which they believe develops in constantly new and astonishing ways So the mere existence of a First Cause which has troubled no few thinkers over the centuries does not appear to be the key problem today Instead it is necessary to place the emphasis on what characteristics a first cause must inescapably possess Thus in the second chapter Augros proves that there can be one and only one First Cause and that all other things necessarily depend upon the First Cause Similarly in the third chapter he demonstrates that the First Cause cannot be a change in fact it cannot change at all but all changes depend upon it And since the First Cause cannot change it cannot be matter In the fourth chapter he further establishes that the First Cause cannot be bodily or dimensional in any way In the fifth chapter Augros argues that the First Cause contains in a simpler and superior way all the actualities it causes in other things and that the First Cause has nothing merely potential about it but is pure Act In the sixth he proves that the First Cause must be intelligent Finally in the seventh chapter Augros draws the obvious conclusion that since god is typically defined as a supernatural intelligence who deliberately designed and created the universe and everything in it the arguments for the First Cause prove that God exists More Interesting Still After completing the proof Augros goes on to deal with what makes the opposition tick Chapter eight discusses the problem of the will to atheism the rather obvious reasons why some people prefer to cling to atheism despite the faulty arguments used to sustain it Then in chapter nine he takes up the question of evil and how it can be understood in ways which do not undermine our understanding of an all knowing all powerful and all perfect Creator Augros points out for example that to be willing to create material things which operate through all kinds of secondary causes is to be willing to tolerate imperfection and failure even though the First Cause is perfect He also takes up the existence of beauty as an indicator of the incredible aptness of the First Cause s supreme Intelligence Then in the final chapter Hecklers Augros lists fourteen common objections to any proof for the existence of God drawn both from specific thinkers and from widespread opinions I was especially glad to see the author s response to the ridiculous arguments of Bertrand Russell whom many consider to have successfully demonstrated the bankruptcy of the argument for God from the idea of the First Cause Of course Russell did no such thing he mostly caricatured the argument with consummate dishonesty As if all this is not enough

    Original URL path: http://www.catholicculture.org/commentary/otc.cfm?id=1314 (2016-02-11)
    Open archived version from archive



  •