Faith Maps: ten religious explorers from Newman to Joseph Ratzinger Michael Paul Gallagher SJ Darton, Longman and Todd, 2010 158 pages ISBN: 978-0-232-52797-1

It is a daunting undertaking. Fr Michael Paul Gallagher SJ embarks on a journey with ten ‘giants’ of modern Catholic scholarship and hopes that, by the end of the voyage, they will be accessible to others. The ‘ten religious explorers’ offer a fascinating list of possibilities: Newman, Blondel, Rahner, von Balthasar, Lonergan, O’Connor, Sölle, Taylor, Sequeri and Benedict XVI. Not all are conventional theologians, but all have a theology. Gallagher’s introduction is autobiographical: ‘What began with Enid Blyton ended up with Balthasar, with years of Bronte,...
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Cartoon Time with John Chuchman

Women Need Not Apply   There will no longer be female teachersin our seminaries and adult-ed programs;Their take on Catholic teachinghas become far too compassionate. Re-Assignment     We think you better serve the Churchby staying homeand delivering more Catholic Babies,leaving Church Administrationto those given the appropriate skills by God;Celibate Males.   Roman Ethics   Yes, the Nun was excommunicatedfor saving the Mother’s lifeat the expense of the fetus.Even though the alternative was to do nothingand watch both die,they then would have perished with the...
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Papist Pictures

      “I can’t believe I left my rosaries for the papal blessing in my hotel room!”   Thanks to American Papist blog...
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Can Entertainment Educate Us?

  One often hears it said, “I go to a film to be entertained, not to be educated. I don’t go to look for problems.” The other extreme from escapism-entertainment, (which also sends shivers up most people’s spines) is the relentless quest for problems, for instance, a German priest impressed with parish methods in the 1944 film, Going My Way, or scholars and film buff’s interminable analyses of the art forms of Ingmar Bergman – or of Jerry Lewis. Mutual wiping off employs terms like ‘arty’ and ‘snobbery’ or ‘escapist’ and...
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Receiving the Council: Theological and Canonical Insights and Debates, by Ladislas Orsy, S.J. Reviewed by Ron DuBois

  Ladislas Orsy, a well-known and respected canon lawyer from Georgetown University, was an advisor on the rights of Catholics to the founders of Voice of the Faithful. During the Second Vatican Council he was professor of Canon Law at the Gregorian University in Rome, and an expert advisor to an Archbishop at the Council itself. In the latter role he had access to the thoughts of the bishops in attendance and to the formation of the documents of the Council. In this recent book Orsy chronicles how one of the main themes of the Council-an emphasis on communion and respect for diversity in the...
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