Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Realism lacking in bishops' statements

By Fr. Rutler (articles ) | Mar 18, 2003

President Bush's speech on March 17 was sober, forthright, and classical in its reasoning. On the same day, Prime Minister Blair delivered a speech in the House of Commons which stunned even policy opponents with its eloquence and intelligence. Contrast these with the statements of such as Archbishop Martino and Bishop Botean, not to mention the exit remarks of Cardinal Etchegary leaving Baghdad.

The Catholic Church is supposed to be the voice of cold reality in a world tossed by ill reasoning. I fear that after years of scandal, the Church has sacrificed her remnant credibility becaus of such hysteria and is about as significant in the world theatre as it was during the reign of Gregory XVI. It will take generations to undo the damage, which I think is largely the result of allowing an idealist personalist phenomenology to supplant a realist epistemology. We are scrambling to defend the unfairly maligned subtleties of Pius XII in World War II. Future generations will have a harder time defending these Curial voices. Cardinal Sodano has asked if Americans have learned nothing from Vietnam. He might be asked if the Vatican has learned nothing from World War II. I live in the shadow of the United Nations and wonder why the Holy See takes that sad institution more seriously than most of its own members do.

An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:

Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Progress toward our September expenses ($14,637 to go):
$35,000.00 $20,362.73
42% 58%
Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

There are no comments yet for this item.

Subscribe for free
Shop Amazon
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

Our Spiritual Destiny and the Horror of War 24 hours ago
The Islamic roots of terrorism must be addressed September 19
Each of us is destined to marry Jesus Christ September 18
From simple husband to ascetical priest September 18
St. Augustine's warning to pastors September 18

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
Cardinals criticize Kasper proposal, escalating debate on remarriage/Communion CWN - September 18