Tom McMahon has sent in a note of apology to say he's still working on his new series about clerical abuse based on The Boys of St Vincent video. He writes: "I am slow in getting the series underway as the material is massive and I am combing from it four major insights into the clerical mind. I'm enjoying. The following article was sent to me by my friend Ed, former New Jersey high school teacher of Jewish background and member of our Senior History Club." It is a solid but not lengthy article looking at the Catholic Counter-Reformation through the eyes of an American evangelical scholar, Michael Hines, who has an extensive site titled "Church History for the Masses".
Some further notes from Tom to accompany the commentary...
The paper reads well, explaining the COUNTER-REFORMATION; it notes honest effort with loop holes that will be covered by Vatican Two:
- Note the reference under The Council of Trent to the Council ordering the preaching of the Gospel and the forbidding of monks to preach without license;
- Note the age 14 for holding office;
- Note the effort made to improve moral character of church officials to a higher level;
- Pope remained in control if Trent, guaranteeing power yet introduced tradition (Congar) on equal footing with scripture;
- Church renewed Inquisition – began to check books (warfare ... Hitler in 1933);
- Xavier goes for community approach;
- Loyola restructures liturgy, 1540-48: self-denial a key to spirituality (a cancer that we will see in the clerical abuse scandal)
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Tom McMahon, San Jose, Ca. 19Sep2012
Tom McMahon, ordained in 1954 and now married, lives a very fulfilled life in San Jose and continues to contribute voraciously to several Catholic discussion lists in the States. He has been an enthusiastic supporter and encourager of the Catholica initiative from the very beginning.
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