Posts Tagged ‘William Grimm’

Forwards to the first century

Monday, August 16th, 2021
foreward to the first century

One of the first big crises the Church faced was one that Jesus had probably not anticipated. He certainly did not leave any instructions or even advice on how to deal with it. The problem appears in the Acts of the Apostles: “Now during those days, when the disciples were increasing in number, the Hellenists Read more

Fed up, but still Catholic

Thursday, July 15th, 2021
foreward to the first century

One of the fastest-growing religious affiliations, or more accurately disaffiliations, is the large number of people who declare themselves to be former Catholics. Departures from the Church are especially pronounced among the young but are not limited to them. In places like Australia, France, Germany and increasingly in the United States, which for many years Read more

The unintended and horrible consequences of bad good intentions

Monday, October 15th, 2018
bad good intentions

In the early centuries of the church’s life, there were three so-called “mortal” sins: adultery, murder and apostasy. All three were sins against the life and unity of the community. They resulted in excommunication, separation from the community, until a penitential restoration of communion. By the time, many centuries later, when I was learning the Read more

Poverty is not a project

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014
foreward to the first century

Do you recall The Great Jubilee Year 2000? For a few years before the turn of the century, almost every statement by a bishop or other church leader or organization contained some paean to the jubilee. The pope had called for it, and so all sorts of people either sincerely or for show acted as Read more

Francis shows his human side

Friday, March 21st, 2014
foreward to the first century

When the head of an international religious order visited Japan many years ago, I was asked to be his translator. One evening at a convent of the order, the superior greeted a large group of nuns, saying what a pleasure it was to be with them for the visitation (shisatsu). I thought I had turned Read more

A normal priest for normal people

Friday, February 7th, 2014
foreward to the first century

With the sometimes rabid exception of people at the ultra-traditionalist fringe of Catholicism who sputter at seeing him being respectful toward non-Catholics and acting “undignified,” Catholics are very pleased with Pope Francis. More notable, though, is the wild adulation he draws from those outside the Church, even more adulation, it appears, than he draws from Read more

Time for a major re-think on birth control

Friday, December 13th, 2013
foreward to the first century

Prompted by Pope Francis, for the first time in history, Catholics throughout the world are being asked our opinion in preparation for a synod. Like many others, I have been answering the questionnaire put out by the Vatican in preparation for the Extraordinary Synod on the Family to be held next October. In fact, even Read more

New Translation: Google did it

Friday, June 15th, 2012
Christmas

Among all the opinion pieces about the new translation of the Roman Missal there is one that provides a blind test. It gives 4 translations from Latin into English of the same collect (opening prayer) and asks the reader to pick the translation that is done by Google Translate, an online computer translation program. Father William Grimm then Read more