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Katie van Schaijik

More on Christopher West

Aug. 24, 2009, at 10:27am

For those interested in the Christopher West/TOB/prudishness discussion, don’t miss this comment box, which has seen some substantive new contributions from Fr. Geiger, Josef Seifert and others in the last few days.


Jules van Schaijik

Is there any precedent for West’s views in the tradition?

Jun. 21, 2009, at 1:21pm

Even though I agree with Katie’s point (in the previous post) about there being legitimate (even desirable) ways of being “out of step” with Catholic tradition, I would still like to see some evidence for claims such as that “liturgists and theologians from the early days of the Church have understood the Easter Candle just as West does.”

Does anyone know of any?


Katie van Schaijik

Fr. Geiger’s latest on the West debate (continued 3)

Jun. 20, 2009, at 8:41pm

See below for the 4th part of the comments elicited by Fr Geiger's latest on the West debate.

Katie van Schaijik

Fr. Geiger’s latest on the West debate (continued 2)

Jun. 20, 2009, at 8:40pm

See below for the 3rd part of the comments elicited by Fr Geiger's latest on the West debate.

Katie van Schaijik

Fr. Geiger’s latest on the West debate (continued 1)

Jun. 20, 2009, at 8:39pm

See below for the 2nd part of the comments elicited by Fr Geiger's latest on the West debate.

Katie van Schaijik

Fr. Geiger’s latest on the West debate

Jun. 20, 2009, at 8:38pm

Yesterday a friend sent me Fr. Angelo Geiger’s latest guest post at the Dawn Patrol on the controversy surrounding Christopher West. I have less sympathy with it than I did with his first piece. I think he is unfair to West and his defenders.
For instance, in his first paragraph he identifies part of the debate as being over whether CW’s approach is “out of step with Catholic tradition.” I find this an unhelpfully ambiguous phrase. It seems clearly meant to indicate unsoundness. But there are ways of being “out of step” with the tradition that are thoroughly legitimate. Wasn’t Joan of Arc’s taking on the role of a soldier rather out of keeping with tradition? Couldn’t Dietrich von

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