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where are the Maccabees now?

By Phil Lawler (bio - articles - email) | Nov 17, 2009

Listening to the 1st reading at Mass today, I found myself wondering how Eleazar would respond to the argument that although he might be personally opposed to eating pork, he shouldn't object if others enjoyed it. Something tells me Eleazar wouldn't buy it.


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  • Posted by: michaelrafferty5029 - Nov. 17, 2009 6:57 PM ET USA

    As a liberal Catholic, I can tell you I have underlined and highlighted Matthew 25:31-46. Nothing in either testament -- and certainly nothing established by "tradition" -- is more important that the instruction in this passage. Following this instruction is incredibly difficult. It takes all the resolve I've got to try. I don't have the mental, physical or spiritual energy to spare on anything else.

  • Posted by: sparch - Nov. 17, 2009 2:52 PM ET USA

    I could not help but wonder, looking at some liberal Catholics and Catholic sites, where do we draw the line for ourselves. Catholics who look toward the magisterium for guidance can easily see the path to follow. Those who pick and choose their own theology will find it difficult to underline and highlight just exactly what they beleive and be able to stand up for it. It is telling we hear this in the context of morning mass and read todays events into these timeless stories.

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