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Boniface VIII’s Two Swords and the Theologians - by Matthew Gaetano In the excellent dialogue hosted at the Regensburg Forum several months ago about Vatican II, religious freedom, and political theology, Boniface VIII seems (quite understandably) to have been in the background. His 1308 bull Unam Sanctam makes several claims that remain important to contemporary theological discussion. Boniface speaks of two swords: the spiritual and the temporal. Both… Read More Boniface VIII’s Two Swords and the Theologians Concluding Thoughts on Dignitatis Humanae - This is Steven Wedgeworth’s response to Thomas Pink’s concluding remarks. It is the final essay in a four-part debate between Thomas Pink and Steven Wedgeworth on the historical and conceptual coherence of Dignitatis Humanae, and thereby the traditional Catholic teachings on church and state. The previous installments are: Pink: Tyranny, Contradiction or Continuity: A Reformed-Catholic… Read More Concluding Thoughts on Dignitatis Humanae Keckermann on Transubstantiation - by Matthew Gaetano For reasons that continue to perplex me, some of our readers still think that we at TRF don’t take seriously the fundamental theological debates of the Reformation. It seems to me that, while we are obviously interested in inter-confessional dialogue, we have also been quite clear about our conviction that the controversies of… Read More Keckermann on Transubstantiation The Damnable Faith of the Papists - by Matthew Gaetano As we look back this year to 1517 and the rupture in the Western Church that took place in the first half of the sixteenth century, it is worth stating clearly that, though the Regensburg Forum has an interest in inter-confessional dialogue, we do not think that the Reformers and Trent were saying… Read More The Damnable Faith of the Papists