Trusting the Church: A Lecture

You are invited to attend our next monthly meeting to be held on Friday, November 10th from 3:00pm to 4:30pm. We will be discussing “Trusting the Church: A Lecture” by Ida Friederike Görres from LOGOS: A Journal of Catholic Thought and Culture – Volume 23, Number 4, Fall 2020. You are also asked to read for your own background information the following two pieces found in the same publication: ““Only the Lover Discerns”: A Brief Introduction to Ida Friederike Görres” by Hanna-Barbara Gerl-Falkovitz and “Eulogy for Ida Friederike Görres” by Fr. Joseph Ratzinger. All three pieces can be downloaded from here.

Here is an excerpt from “Trusting the Church: A Lecture”:
The subject matter this evening is a particular challenge: not because of the audience, but because of our era and our own heart and mind. After all, who dares to ask the question: “Do you trust the Church? Do you yourself trust the Church?” And not with short-term caution, for example: “Do you still trust? still today?” —but entirely and in general, yesterday, today, and until death— who dares to ask this if not a person who has affirmed the question himself with a pure yes? But how difficult it is to justify such a yes.

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COSMIC CHASTITY

A Study Day co-sponsored by the Communio Circle of the Diocese of Hamilton and the Vocations Office
Saturday, October 28th, 2023 – 10:00am to 2:00pm – Newman Hall
Canadian Martyrs Church, 1349 Main Street West, Hamilton, Ontario
In his book “Cosmic Chastity in an Age of Technocratic Lust: A Song of Three Popes (The Legacy of John Paul II and Benedict XVI in the Francis Papacy: The Theological, Ethical, and Spiritual Heart of Their Social Message)” Jeremiah Barker makes that case that the underlying principles of Pope Francis are identical to those of the two previous popes and highlights a connection between vocational commitment and care for creation. Come and join the conversation. No need to read the book. Summaries of each chapter will be provided by our presenters and the author will be joining us for the conclusion. Refreshments and lunch provided.

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The Inexhaustible Reality: Joseph Ratzinger and the Sacred Liturgy

You are invited to attend our next monthly meeting to be held on Friday, October 13th from 3:00pm to 4:30pm. We will be discussing “The Inexhaustible Reality: Joseph Ratzinger and the Sacred Liturgy” by Robert Sarah from the Winter 2023 issue entitled The Unity and Mission of the Church: Communio at 50 Years (Volume 49.4). The article can be downloaded from here.
Here is an excerpt from the Introduction to the issue:

First, on the theme of worship in the context of the liturgy, Robert Sarah presents the development of Joseph Ratzinger’s understanding of liturgical reform in “The Inexhaustible Reality: Joseph Ratzinger and the Sacred Liturgy.” Out of a lifelong love for the liturgy as a gift entrusted to the Church’s care, Ratzinger recognized and increasingly articulated the centrality of the Eucharist for theology and the whole of Christian life. He accordingly sought to remain “grounded in the fundamental disposition necessary for any celebration of the sacred liturgy: we, God’s creatures, come before him in all humility and reverence to worship him as worthily as we are able.” This perspective guided Ratzinger to avoid the two extremes of archaism and progressivism, so that he embraced the revival of the liturgy, without rejecting the older rite, as at the service of deeper fidelity to the tradition and the mystery it safeguards.

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The Church as Temple of the Spirit: Is There Room for Magisterial Error?

You are invited to attend our next monthly meeting to be held on Friday, September 8th from 3:00pm to 4:30pm. We will be discussing “The Church as Temple of the Spirit: Is There Room for Magesterial Error?” by Matthew Levering from the Spring 2023 issue entitled The Spirit of Unity (Volume 50.1). The article can be downloaded from here.

Here is an excerpt from the Introduction to the issue:

“Since the Holy Spirit is not a spirit of contradiction, the Church does not fall into false doctrine.” Matthew Levering, in “The Church as Temple of the Spirit: Is There Room for Magisterial Error?,” draws on a host of theological authorities to affirm that the visible Church is formed by the Holy Spirit so that she can authentically transmit the fullness of Christ in her doctrine. On this foundation, Levering posits that the confession of the Holy Spirit as a divine person compels us to believe that even as a pope can err in some teachings he could not “reverse (whether intentionally or by mistake) an infallibly taught dogma of the ordinary universal Magisterium.” Levering concludes that such a doctrinal account of doctrine must inform the theologian’s patience, circumspection, and hope in the act of voicing dissent.

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From Extrinsicism to a World That Denies Both Nature and Grace

You are invited to attend our next monthly meeting to be held on Friday, August 11th from 3:00pm to 4:30pm. We will be discussing “From Extrinsicism to a World That Denies Both Nature and Grace: A Polyphonic Analysis of Secularism” by Tracey Rowland from the Winter 2022 issue entitled The Unity and Mission of the Church: Communio at 50 Years (Volume 49.4). The article can be downloaded from here.

Here is an excerpt from the Introduction to the issue:
Taking up the problem of secularism in “From Extrinsicism to a World That Denies Both Nature and Grace: A Polyphonic Analysis of Secularism,” Tracey Rowland highlights the work of some among the paramount Italian, French, German, and American figures who have helped in recent decades to shape Communio’s approach toward reconciling domains of reality and of human life that modern culture characteristically sets in opposition, such as metaphysics and politics or religion and culture. “[A]uthentic Christianity,” Rowland reminds us, “unites what other religious traditions seek to separate.”

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An Apologetics of the Flesh: The Body as the Path to God

You are invited to attend our next monthly meeting to be held on Friday, July 14th from 3:00pm to 4:30pm. We will be discussing “An Apologetics of the Flesh: The Body as the Path to God” by José Granados from the Fall 2022 issue entitled The Fresh (Volume 49.3).

Here is an excerpt from the Introduction to the issue:
In “An Apologetics of the Flesh: The Body as the Path to God,” José Granados dwells on bodily experience as both necessary for and ordered to life with God. “At the creation of the world, God speaks a word that, out of nothing, inaugurates the corporeal space men will inhabit, where they will be able to respond to him and enter into a covenant with him.” The senses, Granados observes, make us aware of our finitude, but they do so by always bringing us into contact with things whose actuality surpasses us. In different ways, each of the senses reminds us thereby that we belong with others from the beginning, and leads us from within concrete relationships to the divine origin who holds together the communion of all that is, and who, both by becoming incarnate and by incorporating us into himself, bestows on us the whole of his presence in the flesh.

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WHO IS A CHRISTIAN?

A book study presented by the Communio Circle of the Diocese of Hamilton
Saturday, June 17th, 2023 – 10am to 2pm
St. Francis of Assis Church, 49 Blueridge Avenue, Kitchener
Who is a Christian? is an invigorating enquiry by the great twentieth century theologian Hans Urs von Balthasar, friend and collaborator of Pope Benedict XVI in the launching of the Communio movement. What is at the heart of our Christian identity? Consider joining in our collaborative conversation on this vital topic. Refreshments provided. Please bring your own lunch.
Contact Fr. Mark Morley: mmorley@communiohamiltondiocese.org or Deacon Charles Fernandes: 519-923-0454 to learn more.

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‘Riveted with Faith Unto Your Flesh’: Technology’s Flight from Actuality and the Word Made Flesh

You are invited to attend our next monthly meeting to be held on Friday, June 9th from 3:00pm to 4:30pm. We will be discussing “Riveted with Faith Unto Your Flesh”: Technology’s Flight from Actuality and the Word Made Flesh” by Michael Dominic Taylor from the Fall 2022 issue entitled The Flesh (Volume 49.3). The article can be downloaded from here.
Here is an excerpt from the Introduction to the issue:
In “‘Riveted with Faith Unto Your Flesh’: Technology’s Flight from Actuality and the Word Made Flesh,” Michael Dominic Taylor confronts technology’s spurious promise of salvation from the flesh, drawing upon a wealth of witnesses who articulate the primacy of gift that modernity violently forgets. Interrogating the counter-ontology of post- and transhumanism, Taylor exposes the diabolical figure of these aspirations, which vainly pervert the better hope actually given to man in Christ. “To be ‘trans-humaned’ is the goal of every human life, but it is unattainable through our own ingenuity.”

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The Family as an Image of the Trinity in Aquinas

You are invited to attend our next monthly meeting to be held on Friday, May 12th from 3:00pm to 4:30pm. We will be discussing The Family as an Image of the Trinity in Aquinas by Michael Joseph Higgins from the Summer 2022 issue entitled Marriage and Family (Volume 49.2).

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Carlo Caffarra: Teacher and Witness of Love’s Truth

You are invited to attend our next monthly meeting to be held on Friday, April 14th from 3:00pm to 4:30pm. We will be discussing two articles from Marriage and Family (49.2):
Carlo Caffarra: Teacher and Witness of Love’s Truth by Livio Melina (full article)
Nexus indissolubilis: A Balthasarian-Augustinian Meditation on the Spousal Embrace by Adrian J. Walker (pages 267-283 only)

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