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Sep. 18, 2009, at 10:53am
Paul Marshall reviews Christopher Caldwell’s book, Reflections on the Revolution in Europe. Caldwell “ponders the current state of a continent where the aging indigenous population is gradually being supplanted by young newcomers. Today’s immigrants might be considered hostile to European values, except that Europe itself increasingly has only a foggy sense of what those values might be.”
The author notes that even the prominent German philosopher Jürgen Habermas, who is an atheist, has acknowledged that “Christianity, and nothing else, is the ultimate foundation of liberty, conscience, human rights, and democracy, the benchmarks of Western civilization. To this we have no …
I am aware of that, and admire Fr. Bob Oliver very much. I am hopeful that the Brotherhood's involvement with the Sword of the Spirit will have a good influence going forward. Their involvement is a recent development.
Jul. 31 at 4:59pm | See in context
The Brotherhood of Hope is officially a part of SOS. See pdf page 2. Also see Fr. Bob Oliver on page 1
This link is the Brotherhood's official newsletter: http://brotherhoodofhope.org/documents/newsletters/nl-2013.01-lq.pdf
Jul. 31 at 4:43pm | See in context
All that you say is true and somewhere in there is the heart of the matter. When something is not what it should be or what others might think it is or what it claims to be, problems surface. As I said, just a caution. BTW, my reference is to community and not to the Brotherhood of Hope.
Jul. 31 at 4:17pm | See in context
If Bishops and Papal approval is not the criterion for authenticity this side of heaven, what is? I'm strictly speaking on a level of subsidiarity, that is, as a Catholic covenant community meets the approval of the local bishop/archbishop who is in communion with Rome
Jul. 31 at 3:56pm | See in context
Just a caution. Any community that has it's roots and is still associated with the Sword of the Spirit is one that should be carefully examined before it is held up as a model of community. From the outside it might look appealing, but unfortunately the Sword of the Spirit, while it claims to be ecumenical is more non-denomenational. This, imo, limits the potential of a community like this from becoming the force it should be in the Catholic Church. Unfortunately being approved by the Bishop of the diocese is no guarantee of authentic Catholic teaching within the community.
Jul. 31 at 3:43pm | See in context
It is true, the Brotherhood of Hope--and the community from which they originated
Jul. 31 at 3:16pm | See in context
Well you did say, " I wish Fr. Bob had time for conversations like that. On the other hand, I'm not sure he and I see eye to eye on the subject".
Forgive me if read into that...my point is broader. JPII sums it up nicely:"There is so much need today for mature Christian personalities, conscious of their baptismal identity, of their vocation and mission in the Church and in the world! There is great need for living Christian communities! And here are the movements and the new ecclesial communities: they are the response, given by the Holy Spirit, to this critical challenge at the end of the millennium. You are this providential response." (ibid)
Jul. 31 at 3:05pm | See in context
Further, I think you are overstating the case when you say Wojtyla strongly supports Catholic covenant community. The article you link says nothing about covenant communities. He is speaking generally about the "new movements" within the Church, including the charismatic renewal. I support those too.
And he reminds all that it is "easy to err", and that to "guarantee the authenticity" of a charism, it is essential to be in proper relation to the competent ecclesial authorities.
One of the ways (only one) the Covenant Communities went off track is that they were not properly related to the Church and Church authorities. This isn't my personal opinioin; it's the finding of the bishops.
My concern with this post isn't to diss community, but rather to make a start toward identifying and articulating the principles by which they can avoid error and dysfunction—the kind of error and dysfunction that caused so much damage in so many lives through the Covenant Communities of the 80s.
Jul. 31 at 3:00pm | See in context
How do you know that, Samwise, when I have said nothing of what he holds or what I hold, or where I see the difference between us?
Jul. 31 at 2:29pm | See in context
Wojtyla strongly supports Catholic covenant community:
So did Ratzinger and so does Bergoglio. Perhaps it's true that you don't see eye to eye with Fr. Bob...but I do
Jul. 31 at 2:24pm | See in context
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