Fr. Brian Van Hove, SJ

About Fr. Brian Van Hove, SJ

Fr. Brian Van Hove, SJ, studied theology in Toronto, Ontario, and was ordained in St. Louis, Missouri, in 1982. He served for four years as assistant pastor of St. Francis Xavier (College) Church in St. Louis. He received his PhD in Church history from the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC, in 1999. He also served as chaplain to the Religious Sisters of Mercy of Alma in Michigan. Now retired, he lives in St. Louis, MO.

Who Was Hubert Jedin?

In November, 1991, the Homiletic and Pastoral Review published a memorandum of Hubert Jedin written in 1968. But many in the English-speaking world were quite unaware of who this man was and what his contribution to the Church consisted of. … [Read more...]

Jansenism and Ireland

Too often, writers claim that classic Irish religious culture was “Jansenistic,” or pessimistic, and that Ireland was nothing more than an island with a dark and dreary religious history. Harsh critics point to the recent “scandal” in Galway … [Read more...]

Looking Back at “Humani Generis”

The 1950 encyclical Humani Generis, “Concerning Some False Opinions Threatening to Undermine the Foundations of Catholic Doctrine,” should be understood in the context of the pontifical effort to reform Catholic intellectual life. Pope Pi … [Read more...]

Symbols and the “Hermeneutic of Continuity”

The camauro appears in the portraits of popes before the Reformation. Its revival for a single occasion by Pope Benedict XVI was surely within his well-known program of the “hermeneutic of continuity."   From left to right: Pope Innocent V … [Read more...]