Will innovation save this church?
Hollands towering Dominican theologian, Fr. Edward Schillebeeckx,
is with us yet, though at 93 his physical presence has diminished even as his
Throughout Holland the word is that Gerard de Korte has a good chance to
become the next archbishop of Utrecht and eventually the tiny countrys
next cardinal. He is currently the auxiliary bishop of the archdiocese (one of
only three auxiliaries in the seven Dutch dioceses). The current
cardinal-archbishop, Adrainus Simonis, is retiring this month.
Eric Borgman is a Dutch force of nature whose opinions on Christianity in
general and Catholicism in particular can be read on the op-ed pages of daily
newspapers, heard on radio religion commentary and experienced in lecture halls
at the Catholic university in Tilburg, where he is a professor of systematic
theology. When he entered a restaurant in Utrecht for an interview, his bright
eyes, long white hair and beard gave him the look of an Old Testament prophet.
And he sounds like one, too.
Rape victim's lawyer disciplined
Abdul Rahman Al-Lahem, the lawyer who
represented a rape victim sentenced to 200 lashes and six months in jail for
being in a car with a male who was not a relative, faced a closed-door
disciplinary hearing Dec. 5.
Bangladesh sees in the United Nations climate change conference, which
met the first 11 days of December on the Indonesian resort island of Bali, an
opportunity to remind the world of its special vulnerability.
Francis X. Rocca
In response to a letter from Muslim leaders seeking better relations
with the Christian world, Pope Benedict XVI Nov. 29 invited those leaders to
the Vatican for a working meeting on interreligious dialogue.
At least 300 Catholics and supporters braved cold temperatures and gusty
winds to gather outside the Cathedral of St. Paul Dec. 2 in a vigil of
solidarity with gay and lesbian Catholics and their families.
Timing of St. Thomas shift in board policy questioned
A bylaws change approved by the board of trustees of the University of
St. Thomas here at its Oct. 25 meeting has raised questions in some circles
about whether the university was attempting to distance itself from an incoming
From Holland, a refreshing notion
American Catholics should take note of what is happening in the
Netherlands. Not that it will result in sudden, dramatic change in the church,
or that it needs to, but because it reveals a different, much freer way of
being church than American Catholics are normally used to. Dutch Catholics have
been facing all the same church issues we find here: a priest shortage, a
leadership vacuum, an official preference for the temple priesthood over the
pastoral, while the world races toward an unknown future like a crowded bus
without brakes or headlights. They have some ideas.
The real wizardry of Oz
Fr. Pierre Teilhard de Chardin defined contemplation as the world
becoming luminous from within as one plunges into human activity. St.
Teresa of Avila tagged it awareness, absorbed and amazed.
A sigh of relief
-- Mohamed ElBaradei, head of the International Atomic Energy Agency,
describing his reaction to the National Intelligence Estimate on Iran,
published Dec. 3, which concluded that Iran had halted its nuclear weapons
program in 2003
The missing multitudes at the Wall
Bishops eschew single-issue politics
Its been 16 years since Ive graduated from Unity High
School. Located in Khartoum, Sudan, its in the news for all the wrong
Catholic News Service
Los Angeles Cardinal Roger M. Mahony told archdiocesan priests in
October that he was assaulted during the summer by a man who was angry over the
churchs sexual abuse scandal, according to reports from priests who
attended the annual meeting.
Peace group barred from some Florida schools, welcomed by others
Inter Press Service
Public school districts in two Florida counties are
refusing to allow members of a peace organization to counter the presence of
military recruiters by talking with high school students about alternatives to
joining the military, according to a spokesperson for the group.
North American Muslims issue fatwa against terrorism
Religion News Service
North American Muslim clerics issued a fatwa against
Islamic terrorism here Nov. 30, hoping to build on the just-completed Mideast
peace talks and a Vatican invitation to meet with Muslim leaders.
FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK
Finding our way home
We began reporting two months ago on a story coming out of the
Netherlands about a group of Dutch Dominican priests and their proposed
solution to the priest shortage -- to allow the laity to select leaders from
their own faith communities and designate them as the official presiders at
Mass. While the recommendation showed great concern for the well-being of the
Catholic community, the Dominicans Rome-based leaders have questioned the
proposed solution as beneficial to the church or in harmony with church
Artist Allan Rohan Crite was keenly aware of the presence of Christ
in the world.
A writer, a rock star and a peacemaker
Joseph Cunneen and Kevin Doherty
'Starting Out in the Evening' quietly studies a literary life; 'I'm
Not There' is a confusing look at Bob Dylan; Demme is back in
Frank talk about the Israel lobby
Philip C. Wilcox Jr.
The new evangelical elite
Poetry December 14, 2007
Letters for December 14, 2007
Classifieds for December 14, 2007
News Briefs for December 14, 2007
People for December 14, 2007
A memorable quote from this
In the story "Liberal theologians sway Latin America"
(NCR, Nov. 23), a book by Dominican Fr. Edward Cleary was misidentified.
The correct title and publisher is How Latin America Saved the Soul of the
Catholic Church from Paulist Press.