Category Archives: Ecclesiology

The Problem of Catholic Clerical Culture

Clerical Culture Among Roman Catholic Diocesan Clergy  By Voice of the Faithful  https://www.votf.org/ For the complete paper/article go to: https://www.votf.org/page/clericalism-reality-and-concerns/18094 “Many Catholics are unaware of the extensive consequences of the clerical culture in which priests and the hierarchy spend most … Continue reading

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“Is the Catholic Church at all interested in listening?”

What one priest learned from listening to transgender Catholics James F. Keenan Jesuit Fr. James F. Keenan is Canisius professor at Boston College, where he is vice provost for global engagement and director of the Jesuit Institute. by James F. … Continue reading

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Is Catholicism Resistant to Change?

Will the World Wide Catholic Synod change anything in the Catholic Church? Melissa Wilde, Associate Professor of Sociology, University of Pennsylvania wrote in The Conversation, https://theconversation.com/the-catholic-church-resists-change-but-vatican-ii-shows-its-possible-102543  “When Pope John XXIII announced the council in 1958, there was no real crisis … Continue reading

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Fellowship or “Followship”

Cults, Tribes, and True Communities Humans have a proclivity to ban together for many reasons. Being part of a family, tribe, group, or community is a very natural part of being human. The reason for belonging to such groups can … Continue reading

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Pope: Christian freedom leads to welcoming people and cultures

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Vatican Council II: An Insider’s Diary

My Time after the Council Part 4 Executing the Council leads to an execution! by Dr. Anthony Massimini, Ph.D. Preparing to Return to Philadelphia    A week or so after Kennedy’s visit, I defended my dissertation and was awarded my Doctor’s … Continue reading

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Vatican Council II: An Insider’s Diary

My Time at the Council Part 3 The First Session Ends, Pope John Dies Behind the scenes accounts of being a “periti” or theological advisor to the Cardinal Archbishop of Philadelphia, then a private viewing of Pope John’s body laid … Continue reading

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Vatican Council II: An Insider’s Diary

My Time at the Council Part 2  The Council in session by Anthony, Massimini , Ph.D.         Progressives vs. Conservatives    On October 13, 1962, Vatican II started its official work.  The day was short and dramatic. The council fathers took … Continue reading

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From Catholic Clericalism to Pharisaic Elitism

Deep-Pocketed Catholic Conservatives and Bishops  Reduce the Message of Jesus to Evangelization by Money and Moral Legalism In 2017, Tom Roberts, then the Editor of the National Catholic Reporter wrote an editorial entitled Conservative donors aim to shape Catholic narrative … Continue reading

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A Rose by any Other Name – The New Catholic Inquisition

A new “god squad” made up of Catholic “Investigative Journalists” maybe the Modern Version of the Catholic Inquisition Recently, it’s been reported that Monsignor Jeffrey Burrill, former general secretary of the U.S. bishops’ conference, announced his resignation Tuesday, after The … Continue reading

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