Upcoming Presentation

It is my honor to announce that I will be presenting a paper at the upcoming Thinking Fatima Congress at the Sanctuary of Fátima this June 21-24, 2017.

The title of my paper is On Imaginary Visions in the Theological Commentary of Cardinal Ratzinger.

If you are able to make it, please do come and listen. There are many excellent talks that will be at this Congress. Not all are available in English, especially the individual language-group presentations. Nevertheless, there are plenty of bi-lingual people who are quite kind and may be willing to discuss summaries of the presentations with others.

The Congress will be a month after the canonization of Blesseds Francisco & Jacinta. I shall pray for all of you at their tombs.

Fr. Amorth and Medjugorje

Originally published at Catholic Lane on February 11, 2013.

Bishop Ratko Peric has accused renowned exorcist Fr. Gabriele Amorth and his former assistant of censoring damaging information concerning the Medjugorje phenomenon.

In an article dated January, 2010 and entitled, “Questionable Games Surrounding the Great Sign”, Peric discusses the history of statements made by the alleged visionaries concerning the sign to be left in Medjugorje.  During this history, Peric states Fr. Amorth, along with fellow exorcist Fr. Smiljan Dragan Kožul, “censored” a remark by alleged visionary Vicka Ivankovic-Mijatovic to author Fr. Janko Bubalo.

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Quis ut Deus? A Reminder on the Place of Politics

Originally published at Catholic Lane on October 13, 2012.

While following political developments, I became nonplussed but could not name why.  As I was puzzling-out my thoughts, I unexpectedly received assistance from the Servant of God, Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen.  I would like to share my observations and reflect for a moment on the place of politics in society.

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Discerning Private Revelation: A Particular Pitfall

Originally published at Catholic Stand on January 16, 2016.

Over the course of my now fourteen years of studying and working with the Catholic Church’s theology of private revelation, I have come to understand a particular pitfall in discernment. This pitfall concerns the dissemination of alleged private revelations. Unfortunately, there appears to be many different ideas and opinions as to how this dissemination works. This difference is part of the reason why I wrote the book Refractions of Light. In the article, I would like to discuss this particular pitfall in order to shed some light on the confusion that today continues unabated in the Church.

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Religious Pluralism and the Contemporary World

Originally published at Catholic Stand on September 15, 2015.

Several weeks ago, I published an article entitled Contemporary Culture Wars: Is History Repeating? Since the publication of that article, some significant issues and/or events have compelled me to reflect further on the theme of contemporary culture wars. I will continue to explore this subject here as a continuation of my previous article.

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Cardinal Muller References Bishop Peric’s Statement on Medjugorje

Over at Lettera43, Cardinal Muller (the Prefect of the CDF) has referenced in an interview the recent comments from Bishop Peric on Medjugorje.

In Italiano:

«Non si tratta di vere apparizioni della Beata Vergine Maria», ha ribadito mons. Peric. Il cardinal Mueller non commenta queste affermazioni, ma sottolinea: «So che la Chiesa locale ha assunto questa decisione. Dobbiamo comunque dire che il futuro della Chiesa non dipende» né da Medjugorje né «da conosciuti santuari come Fatima o Lourdes: aiutano, possono aiutare a fare più presente il messaggio della penitenza per il mondo di oggi» ma la fede è quella che si vive nella vita quotidiana «nella famiglia, nel lavoro, nella parrocchia».

In English:

“These are not true apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary,” reiterated Msgr. Peric. Cardinal Mueller does not comment on these allegations, but stressed: “I know that the local Church has made this decision. In any case, we have to say that the future of the Church does not depend” either on Medjugorje or “from known shrines such as Fátima or Lourdes: they help, they can help you make more present the message of repentance to the world of today” but the faith is the one that you live in daily life “in the family, at work, in the parish.”

The Cardinal does not comment on the merits of the statement. Meanwhile, Cardinal Muller seems to lament that there is too much hype (troppe esagerazioni) on Medjugorje.

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