Today in Rome the Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, released the second encyclical of his pontificate: “Spe Salvi Factci Sumus – In Hope We Were Saved”. Read the new encyclical in its entirely, and in English, right here.
I would do it all over again.
Book bound in skin of executed Jesuit to be auctioned in England
LONDON (CNS). A book bound in the skin of an executed Jesuit priest was to be auctioned in England. The macabre, 17th-century book tells the story of the 1605 Gunpowder Plot and is covered in the hide of Father Henry Garnet. The priest, at the time the head of the Jesuits in England, was executed May 3, 1606, outside St. Paul’s Cathedral in London for his alleged role in a Catholic plot to detonate 36 barrels of gunpowder beneath the British Parliament, an act that would have killed the Protestant King James I and other government leaders. The book, “A True and Perfect Relation of the Whole Proceedings Against the Late Most Barbarous Traitors, Garnet a Jesuit and His Confederates,” contains accounts of speeches and evidence from the trials. It measures about 6 inches by 4 inches, comes in a wooden box and will be auctioned Dec. 2 by Wilkinson’s Auctioneers in Doncaster, England. Sid Wilkinson, the auctioneer, said: “The front cover is rather spooky because where the skin has mottled or crinkled there looks to be a bearded face.”
Remember when the US “Catholic” suggested that fornicating shouldn’t be considered a sin if those involved were planning on getting married? Now the magazine is praising the suicidal ideas of dying Catholic theologians who want to “fix” the Church’s problems.
To succeed, each church needs freedom and flexibility. Though a limited universalism can go a long way toward maintaining unity of faith, rigid insistence on a single answer to practical challenges doesn’t help. As Schillebeeckx and theologians like him have long argued, now is the time to try new things.
How about just being Catholic instead?
You think Catholic music is bad? The Evangelicals have their own problems:
Without theology in music, we are offering fluff that will not comfort when bridges collapse and test reports are negative. Songwriters could provide true hope if they would write about the sovereignty of God rather than crying about “how safe I feel when Jesus is holding me.”
Charles Spurgeon had the same criticism of “Hymns for Heart and Voice” published in 1855. He condemned the hymns as being “little better than mermaids, nice to look at but dangerous because they cannot deliver what they promise.”