Volume 4, Issue 2 August 2017

A PEOPLE, NOT A PYRAMID, Part III
by David Timbs
In our last issue, David Timbs outlined the challenges facing church renewal and reform. He traced the efforts of several popes, some who supported reform and others who froze attempts at combatting clericalism and absolute authority. In his next two essays, Timbs looks at obstacles that stymied renewal and also hope for a new culture of leadership. Read more.

A PEOPLE, NOT A PYRAMID, Part IV
by David Timbs
See Part III above. Read more.

THE INVISIBLE ESSENTIAL
By William O’Malley
Jesuit Father O’Malley never disappoints in his insights into Gospel readings. On the passage of the Transfiguration, he reminds us that we are absorbed with images… “we live in a world addicted to surfaces, where the essential is not the invisible but only the visible, the tangible, the marketable. We are mesmerized by the surface of mirrors…” Read more.

CAN WHAT HAPPENED IN DELPHI HAPPEN IN ROME?
By Fr. Peter Daly
Fr. Daly visited the ancient shrine of Delphi, once a spiritual center of the Mediterranean. Today the temples are in ruin. He parallels this with the near disappearance of religion from Western culture. Yet he hopes for a rise of the Phoenix, for ways to make life holy once again. Read more.

BISHOPS, PARTIES, AND COMPETING AGENDAS
by Timothy Byrnes
A political scientist, Timothy Byrnes issues a caution to US bishops who are aligning themselves with political candidates or parties. He suggest that they are being shaped and constrained by the nature of the political system and that they also need a better understanding of this system in which they are operating. Read more.