Friends of the New Theological Movement,
There has been much written, and rightly so, since the beginning of Benedict XVI’s Pontificate about the “hermeneutic of continuity” with respect to the Sacred Liturgy. The consequence of continuity cannot be understated for the life of the Church not only in the liturgy but also in doctrine and theology. Theology and liturgy are inseparable because they both inform and enrich each other as the lex orandi, lex credendi of the Church.
In response to the Holy Father’s request that priests make full and responsible use of the modern means of communication, the New Theological Movement was created. First, however, the words of the Holy Father:
“Responding adequately to this challenge amid today’s cultural shifts, to which young people are especially sensitive, necessarily involves using new communications technologies. The world of digital communication, with its almost limitless expressive capacity, makes us appreciate all the more Saint Paul’s exclamation: “Woe to me if I do not preach the Gospel” (1 Cor 9:16) The increased availability of the new technologies demands greater responsibility on the part of those called to proclaim the Word, but it also requires them to become become more focused, efficient and compelling in their efforts. Priests stand at the threshold of a new era: as new technologies create deeper forms of relationship across greater distances, they are called to respond pastorally by putting the media ever more effectively at the service of the Word... Using new communication technologies, priests can introduce people to the life of the Church and help our contemporaries to discover the face of Christ. They will best achieve this aim if they learn, from the time of their formation, how to use these technologies in a competent and appropriate way, shaped by sound theological insights and reflecting a strong priestly spirituality grounded in constant dialogue with the Lord. Yet priests present in the world of digital communications should be less notable for their media savvy than for their priestly heart, their closeness to Christ. This will not only enliven their pastoral outreach, but also will give a “soul” to the fabric of communications that makes up the “Web”.”
- Benedict XVI, 44th World Day of Communications
Our aim at the New Theological Movement is twofold: (1) To write faithful Catholic theology, in communion with the Church's entire 2,000 year Tradition, through the medium of the internet. (2) To create a platform upon which a theological discussion can be carried out in charity and in truth.
To achieve a certain level of quality and consistency in writing, the following principles and guidelines will be followed.
The aim of this blog, first and foremost, is to write for the benefit of the Catholic faithful and clergy. We will try to make the articles neither too academic such that they would belong in a theologically technical publication, nor merely “popular.”
School of Theology
The Catechism of the Catholic Church is “the sure norm of truth” to which we will remain faithful. (John Paul II, Laetamur Magnopere) It goes without saying that whatever is written will strive to be in full harmony with the Church's Magisterium, so that those who visit this site may be sure that they are receiving Catholic doctrine.
Approach to "Blogging"
Because blogs tend towards jumbled writing, we will utilize a two tiered approach to the blog so as to attempt to bring some order to the process. First, there is the blog reel on the front page. This, as one would expect, will consist of small theological thoughts and reflections. The second tier is the category called "Series." These posts will extend over long periods of time on a specific theological topic.
The banner contains the pictures of those persons who lived theology as a singular vocation to love God and His Church with not only their intellects, but with their whole lives. (Mary, [The Seat of Wisdom]; Pope Saint Gregory the Great; Saint Thomas Aquinas; John Henry Cardinal Newman, the Doctor of continuity; His Holiness, Benedict XVI, to whom this site is dedicated with filial affection and love in the Lord Jesus)