April 28, 2009

Spanning the Globe to Bring You the Constant Variety of Posts

Laetare Recipient Wanted (Notre Dame, IN) / South Bend Craigslist - via Terrence Berres via Dale Price at Southern Appeal

I think it's important to do this before jumping on a bandwagon formed out of churches with a different ecclesiology and sacramental understanding than we have, no matter how successful it may seem, numbers-wise. In other words, after years of observing, I think evangelical-envy is not a surprising reaction from Catholics, and there is much to learn, but at the same time, part of what we have to be open to learning is the downside. As in...what are evangelical Protestants worried about now? How are they re-evaluating the processes and programs which Catholics are just now noticing? - Amy Welborn

We are an Easter people, as St. Augustine put it...Yet the Easter season drags on for weeks. Long after I've recovered from the physical privations (such as they were) of Lent and rebounded from the psychological desolations (see prev.) of Holy Week, I'm still supposed to go about making Alleluia my song. Am I merely imagining a touch of "can we get on with it" in the disciples' Easter season question to Jesus, "Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?" Still, there may be a lesson in this for me, over and above the fact that the Church continues to not construct herself to fit my druthers. It may be that the joy of Easter is a thing too great to be sustained by physical or psychological means; that it is an act of love for God, and that flagging joy signals flagging love; that he who is tired of Easter is tired of eternal life. - Tom of Disputations

Twice a year we visit approximately 300-400 homes in a local neighborhood with the purpose of inviting people who do not currently attend a church to consider visiting our parish. This has been very effective - but not necessarily in the way one might initially think... The people who go door-to-door find that it is incredibly spiritually beneficial. It is an opportunity for them to do something our culture tells them they should not do at work or in "polite company:" talk about their faith. People come back energized and often later tell of now having the courage to speak to a co-worker or family member about their faith. We have many encounters where we can show the love of Jesus to someone who is hurting or lonely. I just had an experience last week in which I was able to pray with a woman who just lost her husband. Even if this woman never comes to our parish, she will always remember that at St. John Neumann there are people who took the time to pray with her in a time of need. - commenter on Amy Welborn's blog

Whoever ceases to be a student has never been a student. -George Iles

The failure to consult the local bishop who, whatever his unworthiness, is the teacher and lawgiver in the diocese, is a serious mistake. Proper consultation could have prevented an action, which has caused such painful division between Notre Dame and many bishops -- and a large number of the faithful.- Bishop D'Arcy in a letter to ND's Fr. John Jenkins

I was dreaming of inexpensive Eastern Orthodox books at a subterranean bookstore when the 5 o'clock fire alarm (?!) woke me up. - - Dylan of "dark speech upon the harp"

- Zoo Trip photo found on Via Media

One of the last projects Michael [Dubruiel] worked on was a prayer card distributed in January, which features a prayer that President Obama and all public officials might have their hearts opened to the sanctity of life. The card has proved a popular item, and orders have come in from all over - including, one day, a woman from a South American country requesting 100,000. The secretary asked...why? Why do you want prayer cards for your country praying for our president? "Because," the woman said, " more babies will die from abortion in our country because of his actions funding them." - Amy Welborn

I can say this much about evaluating moral proportion in infliction of pain: there is a proportion relative to the one on whom the pain is inflicted, in addition to the proportion relative to the one inflicting the pain. The same face slap that might get the attention of a yegg might kill an invalid. Yet Jimmy Akin seems to ignore the proportion relative to the one on whom the pain is inflicted in discussing waterboarding:
I would say that waterboarding is torture if it is being used to get a person to confess to a crime (it is not proportionate to that end since it will promote false confessions). I would also say that it is torture if it is being used to get information out of a terrorist that could be gotten through traditional, less painful interrogation means (it is not proportionate to the end since there are better means available). I would not say that it is torture if it is being used in a ticking time bomb scenario and there is no other, less painful way to save lives (it is proportionate since there is not a better solution).
The only concept of proportion I see considered here is whether the act is the best means to an objectively good end. That is certainly an important question, but it is not the only question. Considering the ways in which our society currently muddles its moral reasoning, I'd say the question of whether the act is proportionate to the dignity of the human persons involved -- both pain inflicter and pain inflictee -- is far more important, because it's far more disputed. - Tom of Disputations

In modern society we have lost touch with the reality that life is often beyond our control. That one works hard does not necessarily mean that one's labor will bear fruit. That one is a good person does not mean that bad things won't happen to you. Through most of human history, this reality was constantly impressed upon us by the fact that most people lived by subsistence farming, which meant they were constantly at the mercy of the weather, pests, diseases, etc. - Darwin Catholic

In declining to receive the Laetare Medal alongside President Barack Obama's honorary doctorate of laws at next month's commencement, Glendon has refused to participate in the shabby manipulation Father Jenkins attempted to engineer. It is a rare personage who could ennoble an award by refusing to receive it, but Professor Glendon has done just that. The Laetare Medal will now be known best for the year in which it was declined. Glendon chose, to use the apt words of Bishop John D'Arcy in this regard, truth over prestige….What Glendon will not say at Notre Dame will finally be a fitting response to what Gov. Mario Cuomo said there some 25 years ago. - - Fr. De Souza

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