Throughout his recent book, The Social Mission of the U.S. Catholic Church, Charles Curran marvels at the Catholic Worker movement. He not only points out that it is "the longest lasting lay social movement in the U. S. Church, he provides us with two characteristics which help explain its... more
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In his latest book, The Social Mission of the U. S. Catholic Church, Fr. Charles Curran makes an interesting observation: "The Catholic approach to theology is characterized by "both-and" approaches rather than "either-or" approaches." Fortunately, this is frequently the way our sacred authors... more
Today's gospel passage provides us with a classic example of the dramatic shift in emphasis which took place after Jesus' death and resurrection. The late Rudolph Bultmann pointed out this phenomenon almost 100 years ago: "After Jesus died and rose, the preacher became the preached."
Because of the tabernacles in our churches, we Catholics could easily miss some of what Luke is trying to tell us in today's gospel pericope.
Reserving the Blessed Sacrament is a rather late development in the church's history. As a seminarian in Rome in the mid-60s, I'd sometimes... more