Saint Anselm – Father of Scholasticism, Doctor of the Church, Faithful Catholic in all things


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A Catholic convert theologian writes about faith, love, death, God and “other stuff”


My first glimpse of God was the love which my parents shared with one another. It was a life-giving love centered upon a common faith that despite all the challenges of living out a common life together, they could entrust themselves to one another and find a path to their salvation through one another.

The true character of this love was revealed most poignantly to me when my mother was on her deathbed, emaciated and disfigured by the effects of aggressive cancer treatment. As the options dwindled, my father became more and more desperate, trying every possible medical and spiritual avenue to avoid losing my mom.

One afternoon, as he was venting his frustrations to God before a simple wooden crucifix, he heard God interrupt his stream of thoughts almost as if he were speaking audibly: “Do you trust me?” was the simple question posed to him.

Later, closer to the time of her death, my dad was able to look down at my mother’s unconscious face, and say “I have never loved your mother more than I do right now.” It is an inestimable blessing to be able to root one’s analogical appeal to God as “Father” in that kind of experience.

Hospitality and community were also key parts of my religious formation.

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German theologian says Catholic Church needs a revolution if it is to survive

Kung compared the changes needed in the Catholic church to the democratic changes taking place in the Arab world."When will in our church the youth take to the street? That is our problem; we have no young people anymore," he said to laughter from the 350 people present.


Seen on the web: Father John Corapi Taught Me All I Know About Spiritual Warfare.

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I think it is important to keep in mind that Fr. Corapi’s ministry represents a gifted theologian and speaker explaining Catholic teaching in a very orthodox manner. As such, he teaches and preaches the truths of Catholicism, not his own opinions or ideas. I once heard him say, “I’m here to teach what the Church teaches, so I am not saying anything new. If you ever hear me start teaching something new then head for the hills!”

In light of this, any sins he may have committed do not really have a bearing on the merits of his catechetical material. As Fr. Corapi often points out, the teachings of the Catholic Church are the teachings of Christ himself, and Christ, of course, is perfectly holy. Therefore, even if Fr. Corapi were guilty of some sort of mortal sin (and I do not believe these recent accusations are true), his catechetical material is still true and meritorious (just as his celebration of the Mass would be valid) because it ultimately comes from Christ. Of course, I also understand human nature, so I know that there will be those who will probably not embrace my line of reasoning and (unfortunately) will be dismissive of Fr. Corapi.

In terms of what Fr. Corapi is going through with these accusations and public scandal, the words of Jesus from the Beatitudes comes to mind:

“Blessed are you when they insult you and persecute you and utter every kind of evil against you (falsely) because of me. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward will be great in heaven. Thus they persecuted the prophets who were before you.” (Matthew 5:11-12, NAB)


“The possessed have almost invariably been involved in Satanism,” he says. “They are not innocents selected at random by passing demons. Most have made a deal with the Devil. Only later do they become aware of the Devil’s asking price.”

The late Jesuit Father Malachi Martin was a very interesting theologian, author and priest. He was also a trained exorcist. This is his own blow-by-blow account of what an exorcism is all about.

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Radical Catholic Feminist Theologian still dead after three days

The Globe finds it “remarkable in hindsight that she taught at a Catholic university for more than 30 years.” That begs the question of whether Boston College is either a university (it calls itself a “college,” after all) or Catholic. Because the Jesuits at BC are not “into” cashiering a theologian who describes herself as a “radical lesbian feminist.” They are more likely to force out someone who faithfully upholds and proclaims unaltered the doctrines and creeds of the “One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church” that have come to us from Christ through the Apostles. That is exactly what happened more than 60 years ago when four BC professors who insisted on defending and proclaiming the dogma “Outside the Church There is No Salvation” were shown the door at broadminded, ecumenical Boston College. That started the theological battle that brought about the silencing and even the bogus “excommunication” of Father Leonard Feeney, a Jesuit who defended the fired professors and forced Archbishop and later Cardinal Cushing to take a stand on the controversy. That Cushing did, by putting Father Feeney and the Saint Benedict Center, where he lived and taught, under interdict and eventually driving them out of the diocese.

Now one can choose between the vision and dogma of Father Feeney and the crusade of Saint Benedict Center and the vision of the feminist dogma of Mary Daly. The difference is that one has the weight of history and church tradition behind it and the doctrine in question has been dogmatically proclaimed by three popes and two councils of the Roman Catholic Church. The radical feminism of Daly has no such pedigree to recommend it. Guess which one Boston College has chosen, again and again and again. The same one the Boston Globe has chosen, again and again and again.

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St. Anselm’s Day


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Cardinal Dulles, Dean of American Theologians, Passes Away


Word from New York brings the sad news that Avery Dulles SJ — the celebrated convert, teacher, prolific author, first American theologian and US Jesuit elevated to the College of Cardinals, the dean of American theologians and a giant of the age — passed to his reward overnight.

Having suffered from a crippling post-polio syndrome in recent years, the Harvard man and scion of a Washington dynasty was 90. Yet even in the face of the illness’ physical toll, the ever hard-charging Navy vet — who usually traveled alone even into his late 80s — was still working away on a 32nd book in his last weeks.

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