A New Ecumenism?

In 2002 Christopher R. Seitz edited a book entitled Nicene Christianity: The Future for a New Ecumenism. The chapters of this book were written by different theologians, mostly from the Lutheran, Anglican, Catholic and Orthodox churches. My search for book reviews produced a number of books with a similar focus, the oldest of these by […]


Eucharist as a Celebration of Forgiveness

Eucharist as a Celebration of Forgivenesss by Francis J. Moloney, SDB.  New York, Paulist Press, 2017. Key to an understanding of this book and the theology of Fr. Moloney is a clear grasp of the concept of doctrine and the concept of teaching. Doctrine is related to creed and faith. Teaching is related to magisterium […]


The Church: Towards a Common Vision

  Introduction The World Council of Churches Faith and Order Commission issued an ecumenical milestone in 1982 with the publication of Baptism, Eucharist and Ministry, (Faith and Order Paper #111. Geneva: WCC, 1982). It sent that document to the churches which are members of the World Council and other churches who participate in the work […]


The Call to Holiness: From Glory to Glory

The Call to Holiness: From Glory to Glory The Report of the Joint International Commission for Dialogue between the World Methodist Council and the Roman Catholic Church (Houston, TX, August 2016) Since January 1967 Methodists and Catholics have been engaged in an international dialogue on various questions which are shared and divide the two Christian […]



Catholic History for Today’s Church

Catholic History for Today’s Church: How Our Past Illuminates our Present. By John W. O’Malley, SJ. New York: Rowman & Littlefield, 2015 (A Sheed & Word Book). Kindle edition. John O’Malley, SJ is a history professor in the theology department at Georgetown University and a specialist in the history of the Catholic Church in the […]


Reflections on the Reformation 500th

The Reformation began, according to historians, on the eve of All Saints (Halloween) when Martin Luther posted an invitation to debate the indulgence issued by the Pope Leo X (1513-1521)  to donors to the reconstruction of St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome. The invitation to debate was formulated in Luther’s famous 95 theses which were said […]



Exploring Catholic Theology

Exploring Catholic Theology: Essays on God, Liturgy and Evangelization. By Bp. Robert Barron. Grand Rapids, MI, 2015 (E-book edition).   Bp. Robert Barron was born in Chicago, Illinois on November 19, 1959 and ordained a priest on May 24, 1986. He earned his MA in philosophy and the Basselin Scholarship in philosophy and public speaking […]


The Road to Character

The Road to Character. By David Brooks.  New York: Penguin Random House, 2015. (Kindle edition).   Many of our readers know David Brooks from his editorials in the New York Times and his television appearances. For some time he has been writing editorials on what constitutes character. This is the trait of soul that marks […]