speaking like St. Paul

By Diogenes (articles ) | Oct 03, 2005

Wouldn’t it be wonderful for our country, for each one of us, if our discourse could mirror that of the apostle [Paul]...?

Yes; absolutely.

Now let's see if we can distinguish between the discourse of St. Paul and that of a contemporary American successor. If he were speaking to American lawmakers today, would St. Paul say this:

We know that we must become friends again, not agreeing on everything, of course, but striving to dialogue more gently, more positively; more careful to set the conversation within a forum of mutual respect by being willing to listen for the good points that are usually present in every reasonable discourse and so will help us learn again to build and not to tear down.

or this:

To preach this morning in the presence of the President of the United States, our new Chief Justice and many members of the Supreme Court, the other federal, state and local courts and the distinguished members of the Bench and the Bar is a very humbling thing for me...

or this?

For I am not ashamed of the Gospel: it is the power of God for salvation to every one who has faith, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed through faith for faith; as it is written, "He who through faith is righteous shall live." For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and wickedness of men who by their wickedness suppress the truth. For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. Ever since the creation of the world his invisible nature, namely, his eternal power and deity, has been clearly perceived in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse; for although they knew God they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking and their senseless minds were darkened. Claiming to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man or birds or animals or reptiles. Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves, because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed for ever! Amen.

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  • Posted by: - Oct. 04, 2005 10:01 AM ET USA

    Summing up Cardinal McCarrick's homily: "Polyannah in the highest, Polyannah in the highest...."

  • Posted by: SentimentalGent - Oct. 03, 2005 9:51 PM ET USA

    I just finished reading the cardinal's homily. Aside from sounding like a talk to fifth graders, our beloved cardinal turned a strong, vital message and turned it into pablum. The pastor of the small church in Pennsylvania I attended on Sunday gave such a devout and direct — and I mean direct — homily that there was no doubt about what Jesus and Isaiah were talking about. He should be a cardinal. Well, I did learn one thing from McCarrick's homily — Isaiah "lived so many years before" Jesus.

  • Posted by: Vincit omnia amor - Oct. 03, 2005 7:58 PM ET USA

    hmm, I wonder. Was Our Good Lord being "civil" when He chased money changers from the temple? or, call the Pharisees a "brood of vipers"? or, even in relating the parable He taught us in the Gospel? I guess I'm not civil in saying that (in abortion) the "shedding of innocent blood cries out to Heaven for vengeance?" it's only Scriptural (& in the CCC). OR, the Cardinal missed reading the Office of late regarding the responsibilities of Pastors and the judgment that awaits the bad ones???

  • Posted by: Vincit omnia amor - Oct. 03, 2005 7:45 PM ET USA

    Read some of "the should have been retired already" Cardinal's homily at the Red Mass. Strange exegesis of the Gospel passage. In fact, it was a bit twisted. Almost made the "tenants" of the vineyard look like they were good folks when the got along with each other. Lets see..."respect life Sunday," Senate battle over whether or not a nominee is against "choice" or "privacy," a parable on how prophets were treated and a foreshadowing of His own Passion..somethings wrong here! Comfortable yet?

  • Posted by: Eusebuis1 - Oct. 03, 2005 5:40 PM ET USA

    To be politically correct in the Washington DC Dioceses, it looks as if one shouldn’t talk about the threat of God’s judgment. It might make some at the Red Mass uncomfortable. The workers in the vineyard, [from the same Gospel parable], bring their own destruction upon themselves. And men today can do the same, Pope Benedict said in his Sunday homily, warning that the Western world in particular is risking the threat of God's judgment. Pray for Cardinal McCarrick. Formation, formation, .

  • Posted by: - Oct. 03, 2005 4:27 PM ET USA

    If you'd like a bracing experience, cut and paste Cardinal McCarrick's homily next to one of Cardinal Newman's. A little more Pauline than Pollyanish. Go gently, carefully, positively into that good night, and don't dare stop and read Newman's The Dream of Gerontius.

  • Posted by: - Oct. 03, 2005 2:47 PM ET USA

    Or this? But we know that the Law is good… knowing that the Law is not made for the just, but for the unjust and rebellious, for the ungodly and sinners, for criminals and the defiled… for immoral people, for sodomites, for kidnappers, for liars, for perjurers, and whatever else is contrary to sound doctrine, according to the gospel...

  • Posted by: - Oct. 03, 2005 12:16 PM ET USA

    The Wash. Times story this morning notes that Cardinal "I'm dialoguing as gently as I can" McCarrick “did not … ruminate on the fate of the vineyard workers who, according to Matthew, were severely punished when they failed to obey the vineyard owner, traditionally understood in the parable as God.” http://washtimes.com/national/20051002-105313-3047r.htm

  • Posted by: - Oct. 03, 2005 11:50 AM ET USA

    Praise Allah.