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Thursday, January 26, 2006


Ed Peters

To answer your question: No Carl, you did not read the same encyclical as did the NYT, but for the simple reason that NYT does not read encyclicals at all. They simply "emote" about them.

Mark Brumley

Reading is in the eye of the beholder.

Eric Thomason

Did the above quoted chap from We Are Church miss Benedict's meeting with Hans Kung?

Carl Olson

Hey, Eric! Well, we both know that meeting with whacky ex-Catholic theologians isn't nearly enough. "Loving your neighbors also means loving critical theologians", which really means that B16 must declare the Church's teachings about sexuality and life issues are "out of date" and "no longer valid for a post modern world" and must be replaced by a "global ethic" derived from Kung, the U.N., and The New York Times. Then, and only then. will they really feel "loved."


I'm now reading E.F. Schumacher's wonderful A Guide for the Perplexed. He devotes two chapters to what he calls the Great Truth of "adaequatio." He writes:


What enables man to know anything at all about the world around him? "Knowing demands the organ fitted to the object," said Plotinus. Nothing can be known without there being an appropriate "instrument" in the makeup of the knower. This is the Great Truth of "adaequatio" (adequateness), which defines knowledge as adaequatio rei et intellectus - the understanding of the knower must be adequate to the thing to be known.

From Plotinus, again, comes: "Never did eye see the sun unless it had first become sunlike, and never can the soul have vision of the First Beauty unless itself be beautiful." John Smith the Platonist said: "That which enables us to know and understand aright in the things of God, must be a loiving principle of holiness within us"; to which we might add the statemnet by Saint Thomas Aquinas that "Knowledge comes about insofar as the object known is within the knower."


I believe that this Great Truth applies precisely here. The utter mendacity of the people behind the N.Y. Times and its ilk simply blinds them to that which is true and beautiful. They can't help but debase Benedict XVI's beautiful encyclical; they must bring it down to the mere political because they've entirely dismissed truth and beauty. I believe that they really no longer see it. "Seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand (Matt. 13:13).

It would only be surprising if it were otherwise.

"In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God" (2 Cor. 4:4).

Deacon John M. Bresnahan

Just more hacknied "don't have a clue" NY TIMES words from a secular reporter who is either religiously illiterate or so steeped in stereotypical secular ideas about orthodox religion that he can't write in anything but trite phrases and words.


Greetings Ignatius,

Is there anyone there who can get in touch with the Pope and/or other prominent Catholic leaders to help make .love domains (TLDs) a positive reality on the Internet.

The goal of the dotLOVE movement is precisely that: to make .love an everyday expression (of love of course!) on the Internet.

If there is anyone there at Ignatius who can help bring this message to the Pope and help make this dream a reality, that would be greatly appreciated!

I remain yours sincerely,

Nathan Braun

Mark Brumley

If "love" domains ever do become a reality on the Internet, then all the other domain designations will be obsolete, because all you need is love.

Ed Peters


Thomas Crescenzi

It is sad to consider that the New York Times is considered to be an authoritative source of news. When I read this article, I was thinking it was an opinion piece. Then I noticed it's actually in the International/Europe news section! I fear for our country when we have turned over the institutions that are supposed to educate and inform to those whose only objective is to transform the world into a secular humanist utopia.


And, of course, the papers are taking the opportunity to air Hans Kueng again. *sigh*

a stone that cries out

True to his words the Pope has begun the
unpacking of John Paul II theology of the body and what a bang. Pope Benedict XVI is the man for the job! He does it with gusto, authority, clarity, simplicity and passion.
Thanks be to God. Alleluia!

Bruno Wolzl

I do not want to be a killjoy amongst all those favorable comments, but we had about 3 decades of well written documents. I'd immensely prefer the Holy Father began to do some shepherding. Does he know what the crook on his staff is for??

Carl Olson

Bruno: Does your comment really deserve a response?

Bruno Wolzl

Perhaps I should qualify my remark given above. I do delight in any beautiful written encyclica. It is always bracing to have my Catholic faith explained so lucidly. And I am very grateful for it, but the weekly abuse one has to suffer has been going on UNCHECKED for too long. Do I have to enumerate a list? I am from Canada and it is worse here from what I gather. The situation reminds me very much a kind father sitting in the living room telling the rambunctious children: Be quiet please, you are wrecking the furniture. While there are smoking ruins around him. If you love your children and you are not ready to discipline them, how much do you really love them?
Just today I read on VIS, Bishop Thomas Gumbleton's resignation upon reaching the age limit has been accepted. That is a joke in itself. His hat should have been on the pope's desk decades ago.

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