McBrien on Komonchak on Ratzinger, Part II.
The other image [Cardinal Ratzinger] employed in his homily, that of the pastor as a "fisher of men," presupposes, Father Komonchak notes, that "it is a good thing for the fish to be caught and taken from their natural environment."
Yes, Father McBrien, it does. And come to think of it, wasn't there an earlier chap who employed the same image?
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Posted by: Fr. William -
Aug. 28, 2005 4:46 PM ET USA
"Fr." McBrien must be off his medications again. In his essay, he actually laments that the Church is "countercultural," & he states that the Holy Father looks to the Church "to provide that alternative, not theology." Does McBrien think that there are no theologians IN the Church? In essence, McBrien's essay is just one more ideological anti-Church diatribe in which McBrien proposes that he himself would do so much better if he & a committee of his traitorous cronies could run the "church."
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Aug. 28, 2005 10:55 AM ET USA
Hmmm. Well, even earlier our First Parents were cast out of their 'natural environment' into a fallen world - and mankind has been trying to get back there ever since. Of course this assumes that one believes in Heaven and Hell... The comment has a PETA-ish flavor to it - giving the impression that this world is it. It is not. Actually, to continue the piscine image, we are all fish out of water in this life and should be striving to reach our true (super)natural environment.