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Wednesday, March 11, 2009

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Telemachus

Yay! B16 is the master of the rhetorical question.

Best line: "Sometimes one has the impression that our society needs at least one group for which there need not be any tolerance; which one can unperturbedly set upon with hatred. And who dared to touch them - in this case the Pope - lost himself the right to tolerance and was allowed without fear and restraint to be treated with hatred, too."

Dan

Yes, I agree with Telemachus, that was a powerful observation about society needing "at least one group for which there need not be any tolerance." Rene Girard would say that is the human tendency to "scapegoat." It is obvious that Pope Benedict has suffered a lot for extending mercy to an outcast.

Robert Miller

The Pope's letter is splendid. The Holy Father not only reaffirms his action, he pokes his critics in the hierarchy and among those who promote the hermeneutic of discontinuity in interpreting Vatican II (modernists and integrists). Ed Peters' commentary is excellent and enlightening.

But why is this opening to SSPX such a big deal? I think that's what Benedict is asking, between the lines. Why is dialogue with integrists any more controversial than dialogue with the Orthodox, Jews, Protestants, modernist "Catholics", Moslems or pagans?

I think Benedict is looking for some Co-Workers with him of the Truth who can take the attack to its roots -- the Reformation and the Enlightenment. He's inviting us, I think, to dialogue with the integrists about how to interpret Vatican II as an antidote to the collapse of both reason and faith in the post-modern world.

M. L. Hearing

"But why is this opening to SSPX such a big deal?" Well, because . . . most of the media paint with a broad brush, and this business requires making some fairly subtle distintions. (I'm often out of my depth on these matters). And, I think, they're still angry that Benedict XVI is not another John Paul II.

"I thing Benedict is looking for some Co-Workers with him of the Truth who can take the attack to its roots." Yes, I think so.

M. L. Hearing


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