Some Reflections on Our Project, and a New Index

Oct 1st, 2009 | By | Category: Blog Posts

Neal Judisch’s post on Wednesday, September 30 was post number one hundred at Called to Communion. I would like to take the occasion of reaching this auspicious number to reflect upon the first seven months of our new venture. First of all, thank you. Your participation in this new project is allowing it to become what it is supposed to be: a challenging and mutually enriching conversation. The whole point of this endeavor is to help bring about full communion between Catholic and Protestant Christians. Of course, we (Catholics and Protestants) have different ideas about how that might happen and what form it need take. Nevertheless, it is vitally important to bear this over-arching purpose in mind. If we are not heart-committed to the goal of reunion, then all of this talk is ultimately pointless. To the end of unity, therefore, we ask for your prayers and your continued, prayerful engagement in this endeavor.

I would also like to take this opportunity to direct your attention to a couple of new pages at Called to Communion: the Index and a Note to Our Readers.

One hundred posts is not very many, judging by blogging standards. However, it is enough to make it difficult to remember what has been happening. Blog posts and subsequent discussions have a tendency to disappear, scattering away into various archives. By way of counteracting this sort of dissipation, we have collected every entry at CTC into one page and arranged the entries in both topical and alphabetical orders. Most people like to get a “bird’s eye view” of things. The Index enables our readers to do just that. I hope that this feature of our site will become more and more useful as the months and years roll by.

Called to Communion’s fundamental approach to theological issues is to first address foundational matters before moving on to areas of theology that presuppose those foundations. This approach can be discerned in the order and subject matter of the lead articles. In an effort to better express this to all of you, we have added a Note to Our Readers at the top of the main page. This will allow you to see how we are approaching things and what is coming up next. This is a working outline, not set in stone. There may be occasions to publish an article out of order, or to include an article that does not exactly fit into this list. But there is the gist of it.

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  1. Thanks for the useful outline in the Note to our Readers

  2. Thomas,

    You are welcome. I am glad that you find it useful. That is what we were aiming for!

  3. Hey Andrew P.,

    Do you guys have a search feature that works for comments? Your existing search feature only seems to work for words in the posts themselves. I’m trying to find a comment that I believe that you wrote about the infallibility of the Church. If you know the one I mean, can you send it to me, or post it again in response to this thread?

    Many thanks,

    K. Doran

  4. K. Doran,

    Now that you mention it, I have never used the search feature on this site. I was looking for something Tim wrote about an Anglo-catholic martial artist and communion bells, but to ask the website itself never occurred to me. I will see what I can find out about searching in comments.

    Do you recall the gist of the comment on infallibility?

    Several months ago, I posted an unsteady something about inspiration and infallibility, a thinking out loud kind of post. I concluded with this comment.

    The only other place I can remember commenting on ecclesial infallibility was in a thread on another website, see here and here.

    Hope something in there helps.

  5. K. Doran, you can search the comments using a google site search. Just put something similar into any google search bar:

    k. doran site:

  6. That’s a good idea for an addition to the site. I think we can implement this. Should have it up sometime this weekend.

  7. Hey Andrew,

    Thanks for the links! I found some of what I was looking for, including some of the lines on infallibility. Part of what I was looking for is still missing: someone (I think you) wrote a lovely paragraph about how Catholics wait and listen and meditate on the teaching we receive from the Church through time.

    Thanks Chad and Tim as well!


    K. Doran

  8. K. Doran,

    … someone (I think you) wrote a lovely paragraph about how Catholics wait and listen and meditate on the teaching we receive from the Church through time.

    Nah, that doesn’t sound like me. It does sound good though, and I would also like to read it.

    Happy hunting.

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