June 26, 2007


Let us make mercy our patroness now, and she will free us in the world to come. - St. Caesarius of Arles

The actual problem with Galileo was not merely that the the heliocentric theory contradicted "what the Bible said." The problem was that Galileo insisted that the theory was a *fact*, and he did so without any conclusive proof. This "proof," the tides, had been debunked by many other scientists of his day. The principle of Scriptural interpretation was/is that a biblical way of speaking cannot be ruled merely "according to appearances" unless the contradictory alternative is scientifically proved, not merely a theory. The heliocentric theory was not actually proved until the observation of the Solar Parallax in 1761. After that, the monitum on Galileo was removed without fuss and the heliocentric theory could be taught as a fact, not just a theory--biblical language not withstanding. - commenter Fr. Augustine Thompson on "Ten Reasons

The Catechism...tells us that "The education of conscience is indispensable for human beings who are subjected to negative influences and tempted by sin to prefer their own judgment and to reject authoritative teachings" (#1783). It was precisely to guard and guide Catholic children that the Third Plenary Council of Baltimore met in 1884 to declare that every parish was obligated to establish a parochial school. Mr. Kellmeyer argues that, for many reasons, this decision--however well intended--was bound to fail. The chief reason for failure, he contends, is that such schools violate the concept of subsidiarity... - amazon.com review of Steven L Kellmeyer's "Designed to Fail"

The cultural prerequisites of democratic capitalism are given life by real human beings. So when you bring new people into your society, you’re potentially working a root transformation in what that society is–and in how (and whether) democratic capitalism works there. Immigration uniquely reveals the underlying dependence of markets themselves on cultural foundations. - Stan Kurtz of NRO's "Corner"

Should a man look at a beautiful woman? Yes. Not to appreciate the beauty and goodness that God has endowed her would be a sign of ingratitude on our part. For a man, one of the most beautiful things to see is a beautiful woman, and I think it works the same way for women with regard to men. The problem is not in the first look. - from ewtn Q&A

What has so bedeviled, so to speak, this debate on limbo and the unbaptized is how little consideration has been given to St. Paul’s insistence that in baptism we are baptized into the Body of Christ. To hear some people’s reaction to the Vatican’s Statement on Limbo, one would think that baptism is a kind of celestial life-insurance policy, of relevance for the recipient alone but of no consequence to the body of the cosmos whatever (and certainly worthless tender when debased by the non-baptized getting into heaven, too!). But that is scarcely Paul’s view: “We know that the whole creation has been groaning as if in the pangs of childbirth right up to the present day. Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we await eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies” (Rom. 8:22–23). If the ITC Report on Limbo leads to a reappropriation of Paul’s theology of baptism, I will not be at all disappointed. - Fr. Oakes S.J. in First Things

We who live beneath a sky still stained with the smoke of crematoria, have paid a high price to learn that evil is really evil. -Francois Mauriac via "Just Another Day of Catholic Pondering"

He would only join the agrarian movement if he could drive a huge air-conditioned, satellite-navigated tractor. -self-description of Julian O'Dea, on Catholic Restoration blog

I am an abstract and very modern thinker by nature, training, and personal history. Paul Cella's thought has a rootedness to it, a foundation in concrete history and real people, a connection to blood and soil, that I simply cannot self-generate as the modern person I am. Paul doesn't just make me think, he plants my thoughts in the soil of history. - Zippy of Zippy Catholic

I ought to get out of this habit of posting when I don't have anything to say, but it hasn't stopped anyone else. Isn't that the definition of blog? A place to say what doesn't need saying? Maybe that needed saying...Old Culbreath tagged me for a meme he made up, one of those my-memes I guess. Thirty things that don't bother him. Everything bothers me even when it shouldn't, so I can't do it. Besides, he tags me then disappears on one of those fasts in which he refuses to eat blogs for a while. - William of Apologia

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