Two 'must' reads
thinkers have recently produced items that Catholic Culture readers definitely shouldn’t miss. Archbishop Charles Chaput and Father James Schall, SJ, are always worth reading, but in these cases they have outdone themselves.
- Archbishop Charles Chaput, spoke at the National Shrine last week on the topic of religious liberty; the text of his address is now available on the First Things site. Here’s just one quick sample of a very thought-provoking presentation:
Just as we transferred our belief in God to a belief in ourselves beginning with the Enlightenment, now we’re shifting a belief in ourselves to a belief in our tools under the cover of a scientific and technological revolution. To put it another way: Losing faith in God inevitably results in losing faith in man, because only God can guarantee man’s unique dignity. Without God, we turn ourselves into the objects and the victims of our own knowledge. And we’re now doing that at a moment when our tools have more destructive power than at any time in history.
- Father Schall offered the best available commentary on the encyclical Lumen Fidei, for Catholic World Report. Again, just a sample: here Father Schall is remarking on the fact that the new papal encyclical does not address the “hot button” issues that dominate current public debates:
I suggest that the encyclical’s purposeful indifference to such things is precisely its point. In the long run, these worldly things are not particularly important if they are not also taken up with the great drama of faith that constitutes salvation history.
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Posted by: extremeCatholic -
Jan. 23, 2018 8:25 AM ET USA
From 2013: For the third time in as many weeks, Pope Francis has warned not to speak ill of others, and again mentioned the devil in another striking homily this morning in the chapel of the Vatican's Santa Martha residence. Calumny, he said, is worse than sin and is the direct expression of Satan. "We are all sinners; all of us. We all commit sins. But calumny is something else. It is of course a sin, too, but it is something more,” he said, according to a Vatican Radio report.
Posted by: -
Jan. 22, 2018 7:40 PM ET USA
I do not know the facts of this case, only what is being said. Phil's analysis makes it sound as though this bishop was the bishop of the accused priest, but this bishop was not a bishop when the criminal abuse was committed by his friend; he was a simple priest. It seems likely to me that if a priest abused a minor he would surely hide that from his priest friends. Is there evidence that the friend (now a bishop) knew of the abuse? If not, why is the now-bishop not considered to be innocent?
Posted by: jalsardl5053 -
Jan. 21, 2018 3:52 PM ET USA
So much for "Who am I to judge?" Better said: "Who am I not to pick and choose?"