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Veritatis Splendor

"Keep your eyes fixed upon Jesus, who inspires and perfects our faith" --Hebrews 12:2


Pope Benedict XVI before our Lord

And only where God is seen does life truly begin. Only when we meet the living God in Christ do we know what life is. We are not some casual and meaningless product of evolution.
Each of us is the result of a thought of God.
Each of us is willed,
each of us is loved,
each of us is necessary.
There is nothing more beautiful than to be surprised by the Gospel, by the encounter with Christ. There is nothing more beautiful than to know Him and to speak to others of our friendship with Him.
~Pope Benedict XVI, Homily April 24th, 2005



Saturday, May 07, 2005

Jesuit editor of "America" mag is going bye-bye

Whoa, this is happening quickly!! I figured with the election of Benedict XVI that the liberal dominos would start to topple one by one, but hey!

So far we've got Marymount College getting disaffiliated from the Church for honoring Sen. Clinton, we've got Archbishop Flynn getting some backbone in the Rainbowcost" debacle, we've got Canadian bishops getting spunk regarding same-sex marriage and freedom of speech, we've got eBay agreeing in the face of massive protest to ban the sale of the Blessed Sacrament, and now we have one of the most "progressive" editors of a supposedly "Catholic" periodical resigning after the Vatican received complaints (from US bishops!) about the stuff he allowed to be printed!

EDIT -- Now, I'm *not* saying that "Papa Ratzi" had anything to do with any of this personally, trust me, I am not one of those folks. I just think all of this, including his election, is telling in terms of what direction the universal Church is moving in (towards Jesus of course!). And it's interesting the variety of different things that are happening that all point to "orthodox."

The editor of the Jesuit weekly America is leaving the magazine after the Vatican received complaints about articles he published on touchy issues such as same-sex marriages and stem cell research, Jesuit officials said Friday.

The Rev. Thomas J. Reese, a widely respected expert on the Catholic Church and the Vatican who was editor for seven years, is being replaced by his deputy, the Rev. Drew Christiansen, the magazine said in a statement.

Jesuit officials in Rome and the United States, who spoke on condition they not be identified, said some American bishops had contacted the Vatican's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith about articles in the magazine over the years that had presented both sides of controversies over sensitive church issues.


But the slightly less-appealing news is that Fr. Christiansen may or may not be an improvement -

In the statement from newly named editor Christiansen, he noted that under Reese, the magazine often gave two sides of the debate on sensitive church issues — and that made it more relevant.

"By inviting articles that covered different sides of disputed issues, Father Reese helped make America a forum for intelligent discussion of questions facing the church and the country today," Christiansen said.


Relevant? Hmm... where have we heard that before? And hey, look where Reese is going -- why is it that everyone always leaves for California?

When contacted Friday, Reese said only that his tenure ends on June 1 and that he would move immediately to California and continue in his Jesuit ministry.

Read the whole article at: Editor of Jesuit Magazine Leaving

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