The Editor of Catholica, Brian Coyne came across a section in a book of Eugene Stockton a few days ago comparing Jesus to a Larrikin.
The editor of Catholica, Brian Coyne, has chimed in with a response that will serve as today's lead commentary.
endeavours to answer two fundamental questions: (i) What are the fundamental drivers to religion and spirituality? and (ii) Is Jesus/Christianity fundamentally about dogma and dogmatic beliefs?
The Editor of Catholica, Brian Coyne, has built on that to ponder on whether the Church can be rebuilt and what might be required for it to happen.
This is NOT a conversation you're likely to hear going on amongst any bishops, at a Catholic university or in a Catholic classroom these days. ...Brian Coyne, Editor[monday's email] | [the conversation on our forum]
This led Brian Coyne
to wondering if the likes of successful media executives like Tim Worner, or papal knight, Rupert Murdoch, might offer lessons to the Church in how to market or evangelise Jesus, God or Catholicism. [more]
The editor of Catholica, Brian Coyne, today offers a review and overview of Bishop Robinson's new book and what he is proposing. [more]
The editor of Catholica, Brian Coyne, today offers a review and overview of Michael Morwood's new book "It's Time: Challenges to the Doctrine of the Faith".
Today's lead commentary by the editor of Catholica
, Brian Coyne
, has been triggered by an interesting conversation on our forum about the nature of Revelation.
Editor, Brian Coyne's commentary, which we present as the lead commentary today, might seem to go off at a tangent discussing some interesting stuff about an old school mate of his who is today involved in some high tech commercial work in the United States.
In the final analysis though he
brings it back to some relevance to the question Sue posed. [more]
11 Mar 2013
What is the state of Reform & Renewal in Catholicism today? (Part 1) Last Friday the editor of Catholica
, Brian Coyne
, participated in a panel discussion on renewal movements in four of the major religious traditions at a Conference for teachers of "Studies in Religion" in New South Wales secondary schools.
The four panelists* presented perspectives from Judaism, Islam, Buddhism and Christianity.
As well as the conversation at the Conference itself, the panelists were asked to provide written responses to three targeted questions examining renewal movements in their traditions.
What immediately follows in this introduction is the format the panelists were asked to follow.
Following that are Brian Coyne's
responses to the first two questions and the answer to the third question follows on a separate page.
What would be required to turn this crisis around and rejuvenate Catholicism?Dr Andrew Kania's commentary yesterday, as well as the unfolding events with the revelations about and resignation of Cardinal O'Brien, have had the editor, Brian Coyne, thinking about what sort of a message a new Pope might deliver that might have some hope of rejuvenating Catholicism and bringing it back from the cliff that it seems set to be pushed over.
penned what might be the initial draft of an address a new pope might make to the world on his
election that might restore some faith in the institution.
In this commentary, editor, Brian Coyne
offers some perspectives drawn from his recent reading of Daron Acemoglu's and James Robinson's book Why Nations Fail: The Origins
of Power, Prosperity and Poverty. [more]
Catholica editor, Brian Coyne, has been mulling on these sort of questions and comes to the conclusion there is in fact no "ideal Catholic".
Catholica editor, Brian Coyne, has been reading the book over the weekend and has prepared this essay, based on the findings of Denis McLaughlin, that provide further valuable fodder for our conversations. [more]
God and religion as a response to the inherent injustice of life?Catholica editor, Brian Coyne, has been mulling again in the midst of the decline in religious practice, if there might be a very practical reason why so many human beings in so many different cultures down through history have invented the idea of religion and a supernatural being.
Despite some optimistic stats the overall picture is still bleak...Catholica editor, Brian Coyne, came across a report on vocation trends in the United States earlier today on NCR.
This led to the uncovering of an even more recent report from the Center for Applied Research
in the Apostolate (CARA) at Georgetown University
on emerging new models of pastoral ministry which makes for interesting reading against the decline in vocations.
One might even begin to get one's hopes up that things might be turned around.
argues though from a trawl through other statistical trends that the situation remains bleak. [more]
A few week's ago, Catholica editor, Brian Coyne, published a preview of this newly published book by Kevin Peoples, Santamaria's Salesman: Working for the National Catholic Rural Movement, 1959-61.
Catholica Editor, Brian Coyne, chose Thomas as his confirmation name at the age of 11 or 12 because the story of Doubting Thomas had some impact on him.
A second look at a valuable insight into where Catholicism is heading... Over the last few weeks Catholica editor, Brian Coyne, has been having a more leisurely read of Tom Roberts' recently published book, The Emerging Catholic Church.
We reviewed it on Catholica
with some haste when it was first published [LINK] but on a second, more detailed reading Brian Coyne
concludes " this is a 'tour de force' analysis of the challenges facing institutional Roman Catholicism".
The new confidence in the voice of mainstream Catholic priests...Catholica Editor, Brian Coyne, has been noticing a new assertiveness on the part of mainstream priests to speak out about the crisis institutional Catholicism is in today.
In this commentary he
directs your attention to a number of places where this new, more assertive voice might be found.
Catholica Editor, Brian Coyne, has been reading the document and offers this overview of its contents. [more]