By John Paul ShimekA U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops committee on ecumenical and interreligious affairs plans to send the Vatican a bold suggestion for “expansion of opportunities for Catholics and Lutherans to receive Holy Communion together.” The 118-page text of “Declaration on the Way: Church, Ministry, and Eucharist [PDF],” unanimously affirmed by the committee in … [Read more...] about Shared Communion Breakthrough?
Review by David HeetderksOlivier Messiaen (1908-92) is a formidable figure in 20th-century modernist music. In the 1930s and ’40s, he developed a unique musical style full of colorful, dissonant harmonies that juxtaposed extreme contrasts of loud and soft or fast and slow. He devised new ways of thinking about musical time, creating highly irregular rhythms and complex collages … [Read more...] about Rhythms of Catholicism
Adapted from Anglican Communion News ServiceTheologians met together in Durban, South Africa, on Monday for the opening of a fourth session of their current dialogue known as ARCIC III. The theme for this third phase of Anglican-Roman Catholic International Commission is to explore the Church as Communion, local and universal, and how, together, they come to discern correct … [Read more...] about ARCIC III in South Africa
Review by Amy Real CoultasThe practice of sharing spiritual fellowship through the exchange of letters has deep roots in Christian tradition. Spiritual Letters and Love and Salt are welcome contemporary responses to the call in Galatians to “Bear one another’s burdens, and in this way … fulfill the law of Christ.”Spiritual Letters is the first collection of personal … [Read more...] about Sister to Sister
Review by Derek Olsen Composed in the chaos of the Second World War, The Mass of the Roman Rite: Its Origins and Development brought an order and clarity to its subject with profound, far-reaching effects. Indeed, Joseph Jungmann’s scholarly masterpiece exerted powerful effects upon the liturgical work of the Second Vatican Council and, through it, upon western liturgical … [Read more...] about Returning to Jungmann
Review by Daniel Muth Throughout her history, the Catholic Church’s children have continually recognized her need for reform and renewal. From the time of Moses, through the reforms of Hezekiah and Josiah, and the great reformist movements of the Maccabean era, our Jewish forbears labored to the same end. Our Lord himself, during his earthly ministry, spent no small effort … [Read more...] about Lord, Renew Your Church
The ecumenical movement of the past 100 years has been wildly successful in eliminating old tensions and rivalries, but such pervasive success been can foster complacency, even in a time when a skeptical world needs to see more signs of God-given unity in action.That combination of joy and concern is a central motivator for the Rev. Callan Slipper, a Church of England priest … [Read more...] about Priest: Choose Church Unity
From Anglican Communion News ServiceCommuniqué from the Anglican-Roman Catholic International CommissionThe Anglican-Roman Catholic International Commission, the official body appointed by the two communions to engage in theological dialogue, has held the third meeting of its new phase (ARCIC III) at the Mosteiro de Säo Bento, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (29 April-7 May). This is … [Read more...] about ARCIC III Communiqué