The Jesuit Urban Center is Boston's somewhere-over-the-Rainbow parish, providing regular doses of post-Christian camp to those who feel alienated from Catholic orthodoxy and family-oriented churches. Homilizing on the Feast of Christ the King, Fr. John Loftus, S.J., yuks it up over the quaint patriarchal imagery.
... I’m sure there are many more in our community who can say that they have had some first-hand experience with Queens. But I’ve decided that it’s probably best not to go there! (Although it has been seriously suggested by some, like Matthew Fox, that the contemporary church does need to learn to speak of the Queendom of Christ). Personally I don’t think that image really helps much. And the more neutral “reign” of God doesn’t help many either.
What a guy.
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Dec. 02, 2004 9:42 AM ET USA
Re: Cornelius, I checked out the website. These "Reverends" look just like the Baptist and Presbyterian Ministers around here. Even the female Lutheran pastors around here wear Roman collars. I wonder what these Urban Center pastors are trying to be signs of.
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Dec. 01, 2004 7:31 PM ET USA
I found the homily on the whole an excellent portrayal of Christ as King, once you got beyond the Michael Fox thing. His references to St.Paul's letter is well done and the reference to Richard (to be baptized) was a good one also. Paterc
Posted by: Cornelius -
Dec. 01, 2004 10:48 AM ET USA
Hey, what's up with this "Jesuit Urban Center" anyway? Check out the "Pastoral Staff" link on their web site. Pictures of a bunch of Jesuits on this staff and not a single Roman collar in the group. Most curious . . . .
Posted by: patriot6908 -
Dec. 01, 2004 9:57 AM ET USA
Wow, he alluded to Matthew Fox, the comic master of theology and man of so many beliefs that he keeps spinning in a circle. Is Fr. Loftus' double endentre supposed to be as funny as the comedies of Fox? Certainly, when one is ankle-deep into Fox's theological constructs, one gets the feeling of some kind of odd relationship between him and the late Carl Sagan--perhaps there is a cosmic sound wave being picked up by these inquiring minds.