“Over-the-Rhine” is an historic neighborhood in downtown Cincinnati that was home to the city’s many German Catholic immigrants in the 19th century. It is also home to Old St. Mary Church, a center of Catholic orthodoxy and traditional liturgical practice in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. The church’s steeple appears in the foreground of the photograph on the site’s masthead. The Tiber River is the main watercourse in Rome, which was settled on its East bank. Converts are said to “swim the Tiber” to cross into Catholic territory.
In his 2005 Christmas address to the Roman curia, Pope Benedict XVI proposed a “hermeneutic of continuity” to interpret the documents of Vatican II as an alternative to the all-too-common “hermeneutic of discontinuity and rupture.” The former hermeneutic, or way of interpreting information, sees the council and its documents in continuity with 2,000 years of Catholic history, while the latter sees them as revolutionary breaks with the past. This site and its authors will examine various aspects of Catholic life within the Archdiocese of Cincinnati and the surrounding region through the lens of continuity.