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Wacky Theologians

A Peek into Papal Priorities

NEW OXFORD NOTEBOOK

Pieter Vree

December 2019

Here’s your Pope: When pagan idols are removed from a sacred space, he apologizes; when his belief in the divinity of Christ is questioned, he’s silent.

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Father Figuring

NEW OXFORD NOTEBOOK

Pieter Vree

July-August 2019

The Catholic Church's sex-abuse problem is caused by predators who wear clerical collars and who are protected by a clericalist culture.

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Catholic Dreamers’ Failed Dialogue with Islam

Anne Barbeau Gardiner

November 2018

Interreligious talks have proven fruitless, and our own theologians have not told us even the minimum of truth about Islam.

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The Futility of Trying to Derive a Religion from a Book

HOW “SCRIPTURE ALONE” FAILS BOTH MUSLIMS & PROTESTANTS

Howard P. Kainz

November 2018

‘Scripture Alone’ fails both Muslims and Protestants, as living by one text leads to problems of authority and fundamentalism.

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Who Determines Scripture's "Plain Meaning"?

Casey Chalk

July-August 2018

A review of Roman but Not Catholic: What Remains at Stake 500 Years after the Reformation

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The Narcissist's Religion

GUEST COLUMN

David Mills

June 2017

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Return of the Gnostic Jesuits
June 2017

To say that we cannot rely on the Gospels as clear accounts of Jesus' doings and sayings is tantamount to saying that the Gospels are unremarkable, uninspired, and unreliable.

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Welcome to the Battlefield
December 2015

Liberal Catholic theologians cannot brook dissent from their own way of thinking. They won't debate subjects they consider long settled, and will resort to censorship to silence dissent.

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The Green Goddess

Anne Barbeau Gardiner

January-February 2015

In Ask the Beasts, Sister Elizabeth Johnson develops her own evolutionary theology, and of course attacks Church teaching.

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Reverend Mother Libertine

Anne Barbeau Gardiner

September 2009

Feminist Sister of Mercy Margaret Farley, who has taught ethics for three decades at Yale, defends the entire gamut of sexual activity outside of marriage.

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The Charismatic Appetite

THE CULT OF EXPERIENCE

Heather M. Erb

November 2008

The charismatic quest for paranormal experiences of God is also a contrived pseudo-communion of ecstatic emotional dissolution.

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A Legacy of Dissent

THE MEMOIRS OF CHARLES CURRAN

Daniel B. Gallagher

September 2008

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On Retreat With Sister Rupp

EXERCISES IN TRANSPERSONAL PSYCHOLOGY

Ginger Hutton

June 2008

This popular author and conference speaker, with a master’s in transpersonal psychology, is an evangelist for New Age syncretism.

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Thank Goodness for the Unitarians!
May 2004

The new queer theologians don't need your approval.

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Would You Like to "Search for Truth" in an "Open Church"?
May 2002

One may wonder why Michael Novak allowed his 1964 book to be republished.

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Oh Pain, Where Is Thy Sting?
October 2000

Psychobabble and weird theology can be used to justify anything.

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The Hydra of Heterodoxy
October 2000

America magazine makes a case for a Deistic conception of God.

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Idiocy Undisturbed
June 2000

The complete idiot's guide to misunderstanding Catholicism

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When 'Faith-Sharing' Isn't

FAITH WITHOUT DOCTRINE IS NOT FAITH

Jeffrey Gordon

May 2000

A Catholic high school teacher explains why a trendy (and mandated) exercise is really just an exercise in narcissistic self-indulgence.

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"Jesus is God": Can That Statement Be True for Me but False for You?

THE ILLOGIC OF RELIGIOUS INDIFFERENTISM

John Schommer

September 1999

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McNuggets From McCormick

THE BRITTLE ARCHES OF DISSENT

James Hitchcock

November 1998

Dissent has long been noisy, abrasive, and antagonistic. Dissenters seldom pause long enough to consider that they may be in error.

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Karl Rahner's Baneful Impact on Theology

FROM MYSTERY TO OBSCURITY

Charles W. James

September 1995

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Leonardo Boff, Harvey Cox & Liberation Theology

CHRIST & NEIGHBOR

John C.Cort

July-August 1989

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Pros & Cons of Pentecostalism & Charismatic Catholicism

James J. Thompson Jr.

April 1989

Having banished one strange tongue — Latin — the Catholic Church witnessed an odd phenomenon in the 1960s: an out­break of “unknown tongues” or glossolalia.

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The Mormons Reconsidered

GUEST COLUMN

Bill Kauffman

October 1988

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A Summer With the Moonies

DECEITFUL LOVE

Thomas W. Case

March 1988

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An Inside Look at a Moonie Training Session

ON THE NOW-RESPECTABLE MOONIES

Thomas W. Case

January-February 1988

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The Infantile Illusion of Omnipotence & the Modern Ideology of Science

NOTES ON GNOSTICISM

Christopher Lasch

October 1986

Renewed scholarly interest in gnosticism has been, for the most part, remarkably sympathetic, as if it represented an important corrective and alternative to Christianity.

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Is Christianity the Same as Buddhism Underneath?

SEARCHING FOR THE REAL GOD

Thomas W. Case

May 1986

By some stretch of the imagination, Buddhism can be chopped down to fit Christianity, but Christianity cannot be chopped down to fit Buddhism.

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