Theology Update for the Week Beginning May 25

On Sunday, May 25, the Bible study on 2 Corinthians will pick up at 5:11, a passage that includes the stirring affirmation: “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation (or creature); the old has passed away, behold, the new has come.” The class is on the 5th floor at 10am, and then I repeat it on Thursday at 12:40pm. on the 2nd floor. Visitors are always welcome.

Looking ahead: On June 8 and 15, at the Sunday class, Father Spurlock will speak on Birds of the Bible. This will be an introduction to (ahem) “ornitheology” (there really is such a thing). As we’re saying in tomorrow’s leaflet, don’t let this opportunity fly past.

And looking still further ahead: the first of the monthly seminars on the Divine Comedy will be on Monday, July 21, on the Inferno cantos 1-17. Any translation is fine. Our bookstore now has in stock the translation by the Hollanders, which was published to much acclaim over the past decade.

In news: A few weeks ago I wrote about the agreed statement of ARC-USA, the Anglican-Roman Catholic dialogue in this country, in which I have been a participant. This statement, on ecclesiology and moral discernment, is gathering a bit of notice. Here is a column by Fr Tom Ryan, the Director of the Paulist North American Office for Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations, which appeared in “The Prairie Messenger,” a Roman Catholic weekly newspaper published in Saskatchewan. Ryan gives a good summary and puts the statement in context: