1999-11-19

Date: 
Friday, November 19, 1999

We're All Liberals Now

First of all, I think we might imagine today’s event as a three-hour rebuttal to Governor Jesse Ventura and his claim that participants in organized religion are...

An Exhausted Project?

Place yourself, if you can, at that most revealing late twentieth-century event—one sure to interest late twenty-first-century historians—a Catholic marriage...

Liberalism Doesn't Exist

I’d like to begin with the proposition error has no rights. That is a proposition I take to be indisputable. It’s the beginning of a major syllogism. And it is the...

Reinventing Liberal Catholicism

Let’s not waste a minute: What is a crisis? What is liberal Catholicism?Crisis. From the Greek verb krisis, turning point, from krinein, to separate, decide....

How Liberalism Fails the Church

As some of you might know, this event was conceived, in part, because of a fortuitous coming together of two circumstances. The first was my January 17, 1998 homily...

The Crisis of Liberal Catholicism

IntroductionAs part of our anniversary celebration, Commonweal has been reexamining some of the magazine’s founding ideas, liberal Catholicism being a central one....

Renewing Authority

First, let me set the stage by offering three brief anecdotes about the anxieties raised by doctrinal development and change within the church. Once, when the...

Galileo's Daughters

Can the church confess error? Of course we can.Whenever a human community realizes that its beliefs or practices have wreaked harm, then love of the truth and...

'Sentire Cum Ecclesia'

The questions posed by the editors are, I am glad to say, very easily answered. Yes, the church can confess error. She has done so innumerable times. She does so...

A Repenting Church

The editors of Commonweal have posed a three-part question on the church and the confession of error. The nature of the answer depends on the meaning given to the...

Mea Culpa, Mea Maxima Culpa

Can the church confess error? Will it ever do so? If so, how? Those were the questions Commonweal put to the four distinguished scholars and authors whose responses...

Commonweal Confronts the Century

This fat anthology is, as you might expect, deeply depressing. The material-the rise of Nazism, the Great Depression, the war in Vietnam-dictates it. But these...