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Morning Catholic must-reads: 26/07/12

A daily guide to what’s happening in the Catholic Church

By on Thursday, 26 July 2012

CDF prefect Archbishop Gerhard Müller (CNS)

CDF prefect Archbishop Gerhard Müller (CNS)

Archbishop Gerhard Müller, the new prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, has said it is vital “to overcome ideological differences” in the Church among both “so-called traditionalists and progressivists” (full interview in English, PDF of article).

Archbishop-elect Philip Tartaglia of Glasgow has come under fire for comments about a gay politician who died aged 44.

American Bishop Leonard Blair has defended the Vatican’s criticisms of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) in an interview on National Public Radio.

SSPX Bishop Richard Williamson has claimed that the 7/7 London bombings were an inside job and that the Olympics will be hit by “an atomic explosion” (video).

Rome Reports says that with American Cardinal James Francis Stafford turning 80 today there are now 120 cardinal electors (video).

Irish missionary Brother Colm O’Connell talks to Vatican Radio about training 800m Olympic favourite David Rudisha (audio).

Ross Douthat responds to a critique of his claim that liberal Christianity is dying.

And Rasmus Karkov argues that monks made the western world the economic force that it is today.

For updates throughout the day follow me on Twitter @lukecoppen

  • Parasum

    “American Bishop Leonard Blair has defended the Vatican’s criticisms of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) in an interview on National Public Radio.”

    ## Too many Blairs around.

    “Archbishop Gerhard Müller, the new prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, has said it is vital “to overcome ideological differences” in the Church among both “so-called traditionalists and progressivists””

    ## The tension might be lessened if people on both sides had a good understanding, not of doctrine alone, but of its theological & historical foundations.  A lot of criticisms from both sides are based on a failure think theologically: “knowing the Faith”, simply by itself, is equivalent to having a cake, while having no understanding of how it came into being. It’s no different from knowing only the Bible, & is as incomplete. 

  • Nat_ons

    Sadly, the Leadership Conference of Women Religious shows that it does not ‘think theologically’ (on the study of God as God) but merely act politically (as one opinion among many co-equal authorities). Theology in an orthodox catholic form does not set up a group teaching authority beside the apostolic Teaching Authority, as if a political rival or theological alternative or philosophically loyal opposition. To be a Catholic in an orthodox Faith – a living faing faith, not just having a knowledge of beliefs, opinions, ideologies – is to be open the correction by the allotted leaders of the Church, the authoritative, official Magisterium, not some freelwheeling, self-affirming, privately-interpreting, opinon-giving theologians sic.