Just received an e-mail from one of my favorite places in the archdiocese — the Salzmann Library on the campus of Saint Francis Seminary. I would definitely put it on my list of places in which to be stuck during a snowstorm — not that there will be one of those anytime soon.
The e-mail noted that its first discussion group meeting will be Sept. 9 at 6:30 p.m. The book to be discussed is "A Brief History of Vatican II" by Giuseppe Alberigo. Learn more about what the Salzmann has to offer at www.sfs.edu/sfslinks_salzmanlibrary.html
If you enjoy Catholic books, know that www.chnonline.org updates its book reviews regularly at http://www.chnonline.org/web-extras/book-reviews.html. The books and their reviews are of particular interest to people who look upon their faith as a commitment that is constantly being renewed, and who look at Catholic literature as an aid in that renewal.
Catholic quote of the week: John L. Allen Jr., writing about why the Holy See doesn't like bishops to resign: "… the Vatican does not like the idea of a bishop resigning for poor performance because, in their view, it's bad theology. As they see it, a bishop isn't a corporate CEO or a football coach, who should be sacked when profits sag or the team goes on a losing streak. The episcopacy isn't a job but a sacramental bond akin to marriage, with the bishop as the father of the diocesan family…"
Given some bishops' history of advancement, several are in second and third "marriages."
Who's outstanding? One of the enjoyable things about being a Catholic in southeastern Wisconsin is the quality of preaching one hears at Mass. I've heard a couple of clergymen that I consider outstanding homilists, and several more that I would label as excellent. How 'bout you? Who do you consider an outstanding preacher? Why? Let me know. Let's compile a list of recommendations for others who appreciate a well-crafted, well-delivered homily.
Speaking of great preachers, this coming Thursday, Aug. 19, is the feast of St. John Eudes. He preached well — and often — despite attacks from those inside and outside the church.