This reflection is now available in Daniel P. Horan, OFM’s book Franciscan Spirituality for the 21st Century: Selected Reflections from the Dating God Blog and Other Essays, Volume One (Koinonia Press, 2013).



  1. Hello Howard, I wouldn’t want to draw attention to certain uncharitable remarks on the web. Suffice it to say that there is an abundance of commentary (some in past comments on this blog) that relies on generalizations, stereotypes and personal attacks evoked to ostensibly advance an argument. Here is but an excerpt that I would consider to fall under this category, posted in response to yesterday’s blog on the German theologians:

    “The reality is that leftists/prgressives will not be happy until the Church is nothing more than a “special” secular club that resembles somethiing akin to the “flower-power” sit-in with some bread and wine, “feeling” good about being in a relationship with God — a great deal of new age sentimentality in which we might as well call Oprah the new messiah!”

    Much more inappropriate remarks are not approved for publication on this blog and I have taken the rare editorial step in not permitting sexist, racial or otherwise prejudiced remarks to stand.

  2. “At the same time, issues that are not doctrinal or dogmatic, disciplinary matters like clerical celibacy or who may be ordained to ministry should be on the table for discussion.” Why not these issues: the development of dogma is central to the constant construction of the Catholic tradition.

  3. Dan,
    I can see where editorially you are caught between a rock and a hard place but I was thinking not of individual rudeness but of theological and ecclesiastical ad hominem attacks.

  4. Oh, this is so well written. I especially love the segment on the youth. You are so right, they are not the future Church, they are the Church. Yes, we can learn from Egypt and we must keep praying for Egypt and for our Church.

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