There is a charming and instructive tradition in the Church—perhaps of apocryphal origin, I do not know—whose pedigree can be traced as far back as Tertullian, that fiery North African Father of the third century, according to which Christ came into the world on the
When the Second Vatican Council was putting the finishing touches on one of its key documents, the Dogmatic Constitution on the Church (Lumen Gentium), Pope Paul VI proposed that it include a statement that the pope is “accountable to the Lord alone.” The suggestion was
A new movie has stirred up controversy about Jesus’ human knowledge. What has the Church traditionally taught on the subject, and how is the teaching expressed today? The recent film The Young Messiah has raised the question of what Jesus understood in his human knowledge.
Churches should work together on points of common agreement not strive for the impossible I was in my early twenties when I first attended an ecumenical service which was arranged by a group of city centre churches. All six churches had signed a covenant which
A reader writes: “Our family loves Sean Bean (Boromir! Woot!) so we’ve been really looking forward toThe Young Messiah. I read your interview with the director and it sounds really interesting. After watching the trailer, though, I have some concerns about how Jesus is portrayed. (I know
Zika-infected mosquitoes aren’t just causing medical problems, they’re creating a theological conundrum for the Roman Catholic Church, according to priests and other experts. The church has long forbidden nearly every form of birth control, but health officials in some Latin American countries have advised women
Pope Francis formally opened the synod of bishops on Sunday, telling participants that the union between a man and woman is the foundation of God’s plan for the family and a solution to the many forms of loneliness in today’s world. “This is God’s dream
Joe Carter is an evangelical theologian who has taken Laudate Si seriously enough to give us a very good summary. – Al Kresta Today Pope Francis released Laudato Si’, his eagerly anticipated encyclical on the environment. The letter is important to Catholics around the globe