In 1848 the papacy was nearly overthrown, and in 1860 it lost most of its domains with the unification of Italy. Pope Pius IX, concerned about the liberal movement in Italy that was causing social change, issued the edict Syllabus of Errors, which listed the faults of progress. To further protect the power of the papacy and to control both clergy and believers, he declared the doctrine of papal infallibility at the Lateran Council in 1870. This is the doctrine that the pope, speaking on matters of faith and morals, is incapable of error.
The word epiphany is from the Greek and refers to the experience of a sudden and amazing realization. Usually it’s applied to a scientific or philosophical/religious breakthrough, but it can apply in any situation in which a brilliant insight gives a person a different perspective on life or a problem s/he has been considering. For example, Archimedes’ famous shriek of “Eureka!” came as he was in the baths, contemplating yet again the difficulty of determining if a given mass would float.
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Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10 Imagine a worship service, a sharing of scripture and interpretation, that went on from dawn until midday. How would you respond? In many of our mainline churches a worship service that last more than an hour risks negative comments to the pastor. “Worship was too long.” “I have other things to do today.” “Can’t you try to keep worship to an hour?”
Some time ago there was a series of programmes on BBC 2 on the recent history of the Catholic Church. The series was called "Absolute Truth", and one programme looked at Catholicism in the developing parts of the world. It studied the work of liberation theologians in Latin America, particularly Leonardo Boff and Oscar Romero.