September 05, 2002

Charity Uber Alles
I don't enjoy these fights about the Cathedral or the pedophilia issue or any of these "controveries" that constantly arise. When I join the fray it doesn't engender any of the "fruits of the Spirit" in me. But I think some things are worth fighting for, or discussing, although I tend to think the number of minds changed is miniscule. Is the L.A. cathedral important? Maybe, maybe not. Is the pedophilia/bishop issue? Yes, in my opinion. If the laity had raised heck about it 10 years ago, I don't think we'd see all the priest-shuffling we've seen since then and perhaps a few chldren wouldn't have been molested. Evil thrives when the good do nothing.

The apologetic debates get mind-numbing. The Protestant-Catholic debate has been going on for what, 500 years? But if we truly want full communion don't we at least have to try to present the case that the Catholic faith is reasonable? Recently a local Baptist radio host talked ad naseum about the fact that the Council of Trent damned him to hell by the use of "anathemna"'s or "curses", and he wanted to know whether the Church still taught that. If the Church did, he had us because his listeners would laugh at the outrageousness of that. If it didn't, then the Church had changed its teaching and thus infallibility was nonsense. So I called up and got on with "Pastor Bob" but I wonder if that was the right thing to do. I think his show, in the style of Rush Limbaugh, is to gin up controversy, and I was inadvertently 'feeding the machine'. Besides, we all know that actions speak much louder than defenseless words. On the other hand, isn't it crucial to present both sides?

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