Scholars have often wondered how the practice of Christian Eucharist could have arisen from the Lords Supper, which occurred in the context of the Jewish Passover. Since Passover occurs only once a year, how is it that the Christians got the notion that they could celebrate Jesus sacrificial meal weekly, if not daily?
We are passing through an eerie phase of history in which the things that everyone really knows are treated as unheard of, a time in which the elements of common decency are themselves attacked as indecent. But J. Budziszewski sets out to explore the lost world of common moral truths what we all really know about right and wrong. His bracing account shows us how to address the uncertain, the disoriented, and the self-deceived among our neighbors in a way which may bring them back to moral sanity.
Peter Seewald: Referring to criticism of the Church, you once spoke of a classical "canon of issues": women's ordination, contraception, celibacy, the remarriage of divorced persons. This discussion seems to be going wearyingly in circles. Perhaps a few clarifications would help us get beyond this impasse.
A married priesthood might increase the numbers in the short-run, but the real issue is, "Does God really want a married priesthood?"
Robert Hugh Benson (1871-1914) was lauded in his own day as one of the leading figures in English literature, yet today he is almost completely forgotten. Few stars of the literary firmament have ever shone quite so brightly in their own time before being eclipsed quite so inexplicably in posterity. This excerpt is from his book "Confessions of a Convert", published the year before his death.