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Sunday, November 09, 2008



No working on Sunday, Carl. :) --jn


I am pretty sensitive to "theologian bashing" (anyone who knows what "Ressourcement" is could probably guess that...). That said, any priest who would publicly state the following should be excommunicated: "No human being can ever be God. And Jesus was a human being. It is as simple as that! It would have been much better and certainly much healthier had the Arians had their way in the days of those early Church Councils. They insisted that Jesus was a human person. Certainly today among many theologians the conclusion has been arrived at which is fundamentally closer to an Arian way of thinking. Pooh would understand."

Gerald O'Collins once said of Roger Haight's "Jesus Symbol of God" that he "wouldn't die for Haight's Jesus" and that it is a "triumph of relevance over orthodoxy". The same could be said for Dresser.



At the outset I want to reaffirm my belief in the Divinity of Jesus....

No human being can ever be God. And Jesus was a human being. It is as simple as that!...

How does he reconcile these two statements? Is Jesus divine or isn't he?


"My sole intention was to make our beautiful Catholic religion and its beliefs more meaningful in our contemporary world."

How much rot has flown under this banner! How much longer?!

Charles E Flynn

The term "dogma" is frequently used in a pejorative sense in the modern world.

Somewhere in the thousands of pages that Ignatius Press has published, one of the authors makes the point that if the dogmas are true, then instead of being impediments to free inquiry, they are precision instruments for penetrating the nature of reality. One view sees a shackle, the other an electron microscope.


You can read a transcript of a radio interview which Peter Dresser gave on the website below.


"...false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretely bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing upong themselves swift destruction" (2 Peter 2:1).

The Word of the Lord



Charles, The Meaning of Dogma, by the excellent Fr. Schall:


And see Schall's "Is Heresy Heretical?":

Charles E Flynn


Thank you very much for the links to the two articles by Fr. Schall. He never disappoints.

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