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the parable of the Good Predator

By Diogenes ( articles ) | Mar 19, 2007

Wrapping up a characteristically petulant and dishonest diatribe against the "fundamentalism" of Church teaching-- in which, this time, he characterizes Sacramentum Caritatis as "a manifesto designed to keep many Catholics from receiving Communion at Mass"-- the Boston Globe's resident anti-Catholic James Carroll poses an interesting question:

The pope's exhortation concludes by referring to the Catholic people as the "flock" entrusted to bishops. Sheep stay inside the fence. But what happens when Catholics stop thinking of themselves as sheep?

They leave the Shepherd, Jim. Hadn't you noticed? And get acquainted with the wolves.

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  • Posted by: sparch - May. 03, 2010 10:13 AM ET USA

    Cornelius, I think we agree. To use your analogy, our ship is being righted. The changes that seem to be occuring are due to the the perspective of the Church as well as the relitivism of the world. He is setting the Church back to the right course. My point is that he is not making the Church anything other than what it has always been.

  • Posted by: Gil125 - Apr. 30, 2010 6:12 PM ET USA

    So, once again you were right, Di. Unfortunately. (And I'm still around to acknowledge it. Fortunately.)

  • Posted by: John J Plick - Apr. 30, 2010 5:43 PM ET USA

    If you don't tame the lion he will bite you.

  • Posted by: - Apr. 30, 2010 7:13 AM ET USA

    sparch - I respectfully disagree, if I understand you correctly. Benedict has a vision for genuine reform and is implementing it, but when changing the course of a massive ship, the turn is done in a wide arc. To some it might seem like we're moving in a straight line, but we are indeed changing course.

  • Posted by: - Apr. 29, 2010 7:47 PM ET USA

    Distressingly accurate.

  • Posted by: sparch - Apr. 29, 2010 3:47 PM ET USA

    Benedict has taken the veil of the pragmaist. Holding to the precepts of the Church, he allows them to dictate the timbre of his office. He makes no long strides to regress or leap ahead. He is positioned to set the Church right, to define again what it means to be Catholic. This stance has nothing to do with right, left, up or down. It has to do with what is the Church needs to be and how does it serve God.