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December 9, 2008
Now online: Cardinal Ratzinger's Church and Economy: Responsibility for the World Economy, originally published in Communio 13 (1986).
November 6, 2008
The Summer 2008 issue includes a tribute to Patricia Buckley Bozell, which we include here along with a wonderful series of her letters, published in Communio in 2003.
October 9, 2008
The first volume of the papers delivered at from Communio's 2005 conference, "Love Alone Is Credible: Hans Urs von Balthasar as Interpreter of the Catholic Tradition" is available from Eerdmans. The second volume is forthcoming.
August 6, 2008
Please visit our Featured Back Issues section, which, periodically, will highlight a single issue from Communio's 35-year history.
July 1, 2008
There is much talk these days surrounding the forthcoming new liturgical translations. To contribute to the discussion, we offer you the following two articles:
Erasmo Leiva-Merikakis, The Catechetical Role of the Liturgy and the Quality of Liturgical Texts: The Current ICEL Translation (1993).
Lauren Pristas, The Orations of the Vatican II Missal: Policies for Revision (2003).
June 2, 2008
What effect will California and New York's recent decisions on same-sex marriage have on the culture's understanding of marriage in general? For an analysis in terms of an ultimate elimination of the gender difference from the notion of person, read David S. Crawford, Liberal Androgyny: 'Gay Marriage' and the Meaning of Sexuality in Our Time. Crawford is associate professor of moral theology and family law at the John Paul II Institute at The Catholic University of America.
May 28, 2008
The new film version of Evelyn Waugh's Brideshead Revisited coming out from BBC Films this fall has generated some discussion regarding faithfulness to the text, on one hand, and whether Waugh's novel of decadence and theology can be made intelligible to popular culture at all, on the other. As a contribution to the discussion, we have brought up from our archives the 1983 article, The Death of Charm and the Advent of Grace: Waugh's Brideshead Revisited, by Thomas Prufer. Prufer, who taught philosophy at the Catholic University of America from 1960 to 1993, argues in this short text that Waugh's achievement in the novel is "to have made a work in which the integrities of both art and faith are respected in their interaction," and offers a reading of the novel's depiction of the place of worldly charm: as only a forerunner, but also a real forerunner, of grace.
April 11, 2008
From Inside the Vatican: an interview with editor David L. Schindler about Pope Benedict's relation to Communio, his approach to culture and dialogue, and the papal visit to America.
April 9, 2008
From the Winter issue: Adrian J. Walker, The Gift of Simplicity. Reflections on Obedience in the Work of Adrienne von Speyr.
April 4, 2008
Winter 2007: Fidelity | Read the Introduction
March 27, 2008
March 16, 2008
Readings for Holy Week:
Juan M. Sara. Descensus ad inferos. Dawn of Hope. Aspects of Holy Saturday in the Trilogy of Hans Urs von Balthasar (2005)
Christoph Dohmen. The Suffering Servant and the Passion of Jesus (2003)
José Granados. Toward a Theology of the Suffering Body (2006)
Jan-Heiner Tück. The Cross as the Locus of Truth: Joseph Ratzinger's Meditations on the Way of the Cross (2006)
Hans Urs von Balthasar. Joy and the Cross (2004)
March 6, 2008
Ratzinger on Luther: Luther and the Unity of the Churches: An Interview With Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger (Communio 11: Fall, 1984).
March 5, 2008
If you are searching for an author or title, the Communio Author Index lists every article published in Communio since 1974.
February 28, 2008
Recently added to our online archive: Hans Urs von Balthasar's Women priests? A Marian Church in a fatherless and motherless culture (1986; 1988).
January 30, 2008
We often receive requests for past articles on the topic of "person." We've gathered some of the most frequently requested texts, including early articles by Balthasar, Ratzinger, Schmitz, and Schindler, in a new collection and offer them for you to download and enjoy at will.
January 24, 2008
As part of Communio’s ongoing reflection on Pope Benedict XVI’s book Jesus of Nazareth, the current issue presents two articles that consider the relation between exegesis and theology.
In Jesus of Nazareth and the Renewal of New Testament Theology, the exegete Denis Farkasfalvy interprets Benedict’s contribution against the backdrop of the “enormous problems Catholic theology faces as an aftermath of its almost unlimited and often uncritical consumption of modern biblical scholarship.” While demonstrating the importance and the necessity of the historical-critical method when used competently and responsibly, Pope Benedict “wants to help modern Gospel studies reset their focus not just on Christology but on the sonship of Jesus as the ultimate reality on which the validity of every statement of the Gospels—in fact, in all the New Testament—depends.”
In The Challenge of Jesus of Nazareth for Theologians,
Roch Kereszty begins from Pope Benedict’s own description of the book as “an expression of my personal search ‘for the face of the Lord.’” Kereszty makes two interrelated points: first, Benedict interprets the Jesus of the Gospels as “the real, ‘historical,’ Jesus in
the strict sense of the word.” Secondly, “[t]he glory of Jesus’ divinity . . . shines not in lofty, other-worldly scenes, but in the Cross, where he will reveal his love to the end and draw all to himself. For this reason, every intimation of Jesus’ divine status and communion with
the Father is linked to . . . his invitation to discipleship.” Kereszty summarizes the challenge of the Pope’s book as follows: “if the ultimate Truth is ultimate love, if God invites us to share in his own life of love, then theologians should articulate all the mysteries of
faith in such a way as to present the concrete shape and form of this invitation and participation. Theological knowledge, in other words, should lead us to Christian life and union with God.”
January 16, 2008
Now available online from the Fall, 2007 edition: Jean-Pierre Batut, Fidelity and the Memory of Israel, Through the Figures of Abraham and Isaac. For an introduction to this and other articles in the Fall issue, click here.
January 7, 2008
The annual Communique newsletter, which publishes the activities of Communio study circles during the previous year, is underway and will be mailed to subscribers with the Winter Communio. Study circle coordinators who have not yet submitted information may send news and updates to firstname.lastname@example.org. The 2006 and the 2005 editions are available online.
January 2, 2008
The French Communio plans a symposium in February 2008 in honor of the 70th anniversary of Henri de Lubac's Catholicisme. Information is available at the French edition's website.
December 28, 2007
Members of the international editorial board of Communio met in Rome in December, 2007, and were received in the Vatican by Pope Benedict XVI. Joseph Ratzinger was one of the journal's founders at its inception in 1972.
December 27, 2007
The Fall, 2007 Communio has been printed and will arrive in subscriber mailboxes the second week of January. The theme is "Memory and the Family"; in addition, the issue contains two more responses to Jesus of Nazareth and an exchange between Stanley Hauerwas and David L. Schindler on religion and secularism in America. The Table of Contents is available here.
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