Tagged: ecclesiology

The courage to speak freely

One word which Pope Francis has made very much his own in the course of his pontificate is the Greek rhetorical term parrhesia. Etymologically it is a noun that means something like ‘complete speech’ – saying everything, leaving nothing unsaid –...

The courage to speak freely

Is it so different?

Among the many accusations aimed at the post-Vatican II Church by radical traditionalists, the accusation of “difference” stands out. Traditionalists claim that the post-Vatican II Church is “different”; they claim that the liturgy, spirituality, and pastoral practice of the modern...

Is it so different?

Schism and the Ecclesial Vocation of the Theologian

As I shared last week, Sacred Heart University hosted a panel discussion entitled, “Francis: Is a Schism on the Horizon?” The discussion was organized and moderated by the Canadian academic and writer Michael W. Higgins and was hosted by Sacred...

Schism and the Ecclesial Vocation of the Theologian

Marcel Lefebvre: Father of Traditionalist Dissent

I have long argued that the rebellion against the Holy Father is at its core the same rebellion staged by the Society of St. Pius X (SSPX)  and other extreme traditionalists since the 1970s. A recently released transcript of a...

Marcel Lefebvre: Father of Traditionalist Dissent