Saturday, July 31, 2010

TOB Congress

This week's Theology of the Body Congress, the first ever, brought in a capacity crowd; once the registration was maxed out, the Theology of the Body Institute offered participation by web streaming, and several dioceses set up satellite congresses so more people could join in. Our own Sr. Helena was a panelist, along with our usual TOB presenter, Fr. Loya, and numerous Pauline authors were speakers or participants.
The Institute also gave special recognition to TOB "pioneers." Among them, Anastasia Northrup and...the Daughters of St. Paul!
Father Brian Bransfield's opening talk was a big hit; he was the first of the Pauline authors for the Congress!

Catch up with these articles:

And with the live tweets from the Congress itself:

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Women priests?

The great 20th century theologian Hans Urs von Balthasar wrote an essay about the  place an all-male priesthood has in this post-patriarchal world. (Much of von Balthasar's thought can be read in a Theology of the Body key.) Not easy reading, but important!
Women priests? A Marian Church in a fatherless and motherless culture

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Some provocative articles and posts on the 50th anniversary of "the Pill":
by Dr. Janet Smith ("For my part, I believe all those who use natural family planning should get a tax credit for environmentally responsible behavior.")
by Leslie Eastman (with commentary by Elizabeth Scalia) ("Fifty years of birth control cannot get around three-million-years of biochemistry.")