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Wednesday, December 23, 2009

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Paul Hargadon

Someone should explain to Ms. Kennedy Townsend that the "Hyannis Port School of Theology" never obtained accreditation.

Carol

Those that live in the world of politically correct have no god except themselves.
Everyone else just better get onboard or they could lose their job,
their income, volunteer job and respect they had in the community
especially when they speak out and agree with the Roman Catholic Church teachings.

Maybe persecution is what the Church needs to grow strong again.
Pope Benedict believes we will be smaller in numbers but stronger in faith.
I tend to agree with him.
You can't be a coward and still attend Church on Sundays(and weekdays), speak out on issues
like pro-life without taking a lot of hassle, lose friends and family because of these
and other moral issues.

Is a form of catacombs in our future? maybe in the next generation.

Robert Miller

What's getting clearer and clearer, to me at least, is that Catholics have to take on the sexual revolution as the driving evil of contemporary society. I know, it's a nasty subject: I, too, would prefer to talk about more uplifting themes like the end of the modern world, the theology of the body, a culture of life, etc., etc., -- all good stuff. But our real challenge is to name the anti-Christ and to be crusaders against him and his accomplices (whose identity is part of a broader discussion that I'll be happy to continue with anyone interested).

James Milliken

You are absolutely correct Robert, about "the sexual revolution as the driving evil of contemporary society", but you're mistaken about what you sarcastically dismiss as "more uplifting themes."
On the contrary, the "Culture of Life" is precisely the alternative offered by the Church to the sexual revolution (which IS the "culture of death"); the theology of the body, which George Weigel has likened to a ticking theological time bomb, is one of her weapons.

Robert Miller

James, I certainly did not mean to impugn any of the "themes" I mentioned -- each of them, more or less, a source of "uplift" for me.

However, I did mean to make the point that I think Catholics have not done enough to connect the dots -- maybe because, at least until comparatively recently -- no one has insisted on connecting them. (Yes, in retrospect and with a big assist from B16, we can read P6's Humanae Vitae as a prophetic dot-connector). We can see from re-reading JP2, who wrote in "happier" days, the image of the "Beast" who appears, more nakedly, on B16's watch.

In most Catholic parishes and institutions in the US today, the dots remain unconnected. The bishops, God love 'em, are exerting considerable prestige supporting legislation (Stupak) that will not impede taxpayer funding of many abortions, contraceptives, embryonic stem cell applications, withdrawal of nutrition and hydration from medically "hopeless cases", euthanasia (where permitted by state law), domestic partner medical benefits (where recognized by state law)-- all in the name (unbelievably!), according to Cardinal DiNardo, of producing a "healthcare reform" bill that will neither advance nor abridge existing abortion rights. This is the sorry mess we get into when we don't get focused on what and who the "enemy" is.

In truth, all US Catholics (with greater or lesser personal culpability) need to acknowledge: We have met the enemy and he is us.

Gabriel Austin

It would be pleasant were commentators to recognize that being "dumb" is not the same as being stupid. Mrs. Townsend [alas] is not dumb; she is stupid. Like many members of her family; clever but stupid.

Carl E. Olson

It would be pleasant were commentators to recognize that being "dumb" is not the same as being stupid.

The dictionary begs to differ. Besides, "Stupid-Control Pill" sounds dumb. And stupid.

–adjective 1. lacking intelligence or good judgment; stupid; dull-witted. 2. lacking the power of speech (often offensive when applied to humans): a dumb animal. 3. temporarily unable to speak: dumb with astonishment. 4. refraining from any or much speech; silent. 5. made, done, etc., without speech. 6. lacking some usual property, characteristic, etc. 7. performed in pantomime; mimed. 8. Computers. pertaining to the inability to do processing locally: A dumb terminal can input, output, and display data, but cannot process it. Compare intelligent (def. 4). 9. Nautical. a. (of a barge) without means of propulsion. b. (of any craft) without means of propulsion, steering, or signaling. —Verb phrase 10. dumb down, Informal. to make or become less intellectual, simpler, or less sophisticated: to dumb down a textbook; American movies have dumbed down.

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