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Tuesday, November 29, 2011


kDan Deeny

Father Zuhlsdorf writes "mired in the world (and its prince)." I wonder if he could explain a bit. Is he a Cathar? A Calvinist? Isn't the world good? True, the prince of darkness wanders in the world. But doesn't he try to make it evil, and make us believe the world is evil? Isn't that one of his tricks?

Carl E. Olson

Dan: Fr. Z's usage is assuredly biblical. The thing to keep in mind is that the New Testament talks about "the world" in different ways, but mostly negative; that is, "the world" is usually referring to the fallen, sin-drenched order that is in desperate need of redemption and, in the end, judgment and re-creation. "Do not be conformed to this world", wrote St. Paul, "but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that you may prove what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect" (Rom 12:2).

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