A Word from CTU
A Word from CTU is a monthly message from the faculty and/or staff of Catholic Theological Union that addresses an issue of faith that is relevant to experiences of the world. Part of the mission of CTU is to educate and serve the world beyond the church. We hope this will serve as one way to share our learning. We welcome your thoughts and comments about the author's reflection. Please share them with us at firstname.lastname@example.org
This past week CTU welcomed more than one hundred new students to begin their studies and spiritual formation for a variety of ministries in the church. Some will become priests, some are religious sisters and brothers, and many will serve as lay ecclesial ministers. Some serve in pastoral ministries, some are hospital chaplains, others are youth ministers and teachers, to name only a few.
Geert Wilders is a Dutch parliamentarian who recently announced that he would be launching an international movement to ban immigration from Muslim countries to the West. In April of 2009, Wilders delivered a speech in Florida in which he said:
I am the oldest of five children. My siblings, their families, and I all remain active in the "practice" of our Catholic faith. Of my eleven cousins on my mother's side all but two also remain active in the "practice" of the Catholic faith. We are also all active members of our parish communities. How unusual is this in our world today? VERY.
One of the fruits of the Second Vatican Council was the awakening of the Church to the need for social and cultural analysis in order to ground its teaching and ministry in human reality. Awareness dawned that human linguistic, symbolic, moral, political, and economic structures profoundly influence the way we think about God and interpret our spiritual callings. The development of the human sciences (i.e.
On Palm Sunday, the Sunday that begins Holy Week, and again on Good Friday, Catholic Christians read the passion narrative of Jesus - his arrest, trial, death, and burial. This year, as I pondered Luke's gospel, it struck me that we read all passion narratives only so far as Jesus' death and burial. Of course, it makes sense since Easter Sunday is still ahead of us, and we cannot go into celebratory mode too early. But, I thought it a bit odd to read only as far as the death and burial when we all know the end of the story.