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Daily Roundup – November 3, 2011

Here are some links I have come across that are well worth checking out:

Fr. Barron gives encouragement to priests to be holy and to become the saints they are called to be because they are in a privileged time in Church history to be the great saints God is demanding for His Church today.  Give it a read!

George Weigel speaks at First Things how the new translation offers a new opportunity for the Church to break bad liturgical habits.  Check it out here.

It seems that the SSPX has, unfortunately, rejected the doctrinal preamble given it by the Vatican.  I think this means that there is little chance, for a longtime, of re-unification of this group with Rome.  Unfortunately, the argument is not really about theology, despite the SSPX’s insistence that it is.  Their beef with the Church as she expresses herself after the council is more in regards to the method of theology.  Their concept of Revelation, for  example, is outmoded, to be frank, and not really of the tradition, but of a historical period.  In the SSPX you see an ossification of 19th century France.  I see them surviving in France for a while, but will eventually disappear as the Church in France returns to faithfulness and faithful liturgy.  Check out the report here.

Charles Lewis at the National Post  has an absolutely excellent article on the Press, the Vatican, and criticism of Vatican documents/press releases.  It is very much well worth the read.  Check it out.

Religious freedom, especially in Quebec, seems to be going out the window.

A friend of mine posted the following image on Facebook.  I think it is worth pondering:

A good friend of mine shared with me the following article which links the concept of adolescence and the Occupy Wall Street movement, and thus is an interesting commentary on my previous post: Extending Adolescence: the Loneliness of our Generation.  Did you know that for one New York Times analyst, he spoke about OWS and Auschwitz in the same sentence?!

I am shocked the media didn’t jump all over this one.  At Assisi, and even more bluntly to African bishops, Pope Benedict criticized the traditional African religions which can lead to senseless murder and that is still at the heart of many Africans who are now Christians.  In short, one can easily see that the genocidal activity in African countries is more from their religious pasts rather than their Christian present.  Demonstrates that all cultures are not equal in their moral rectitude, and that religion is not always a source of moral instruction.  But it should have been jumped on by the media because it is not a politically correct thing for Benedict to say, but he said it anyways.  Anyhoo, the ever insightful Sandro Magister writes more.

A mammal friend of mine blogs about life as a Catholic mother.  She has a short snippet on NFP, and it is well worth checking out.

There is an excellent article at “The Public Discourse” about the role of authority and hierarchy in society in relation to education.  It hits on many of the problems I see myself in education, as someone who has been through the public system, a public university, and am currently coming towards the end of my first grad degree.  It also is helpful for an article I am preparing on the present state of education and the academy.  I highly recommend the article.

I actually have many more articles, but maybe I can save those for tomorrow or for later :).

in Christ




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Christianity and Europe

I offer for you the following article by the ever prescient Fr. James V. Schall on Europe and its basis in Christianity:





The first element of the article that I found intriguing was his almost passing comment about Luther and Aristotle.  If, indeed, Europe is the result of the amalgamation of Judeo-Christianity with Roman and Greek culture, then the quip about Luther’s issue with Aristotle is quite enlightening.  An attack on Aristotle is not so much an attack on the past philosopher, that is not the significance of Luther’s objection.  Rather, the significance lies in the fact that Aristotle = Greek Culture.  Luther was claiming to be at issue with the very foundation of Europe.  What we are seeing today is the natural progression of Luther’s initial quip with Aristotle: to deny any element of the fourfold basis of Europe is to destroy the integrity of the European project itself.  Ultimately, Luther’s critique failed.  An attack on the Hellenism of Europe is an attack on reason itself, and the Church would have no part in the denial of reason, no matter how much trashy scholarship attempts to convince us otherwise.  Reason would prevail, both in the Church and in Europe.  Unfortunately, the Church focused so much on Protestantism for such a long time that it forgot to dialogue with the remainder of the world.  What the Church used to be in terms of her ability to engage the world she lives in is only beginning to come to life again, and thank God for that!

And that leads me to my second point.  The end of the article deals with the concept of reason, citing Pope Benedict’s increasingly important “Regensburg Speech” (Link is in the article).  The Church has never denied the importance and centrality of reason.  She has, in fact, exalted it and it is because of the exaltation of rationality that things like modern science were able to birth forth from it.  But, at the same time, she realizes that the Logos of God, the Reason of God, is deeper and a greater mystery (in the ineffable sense: there are always richer depths to go into).  Thus what is in man must be – due to the fact that sin so readily exists in the world – purified by the love of God so that the rationality of man becomes like the Creator in Whose image he is made.  In short, the rationality of man becomes love and is purified by the encounter with the God Who is Love.  Thus, when the Church enters missionary territory, she affirms what is good, but she also challenges what is false because it does not hold up to the reality of Love, it does not hold up to the reality of God and therefore denigrates the dignity and beauty of man.

As a last note, if you wish to read an excellent book on the clash between Christianity and Secularism in Europe, I can recommend to you George Weigel’s “The Cube and the Cathedral”.  It is a fantastic read and gives one great insight into the challenges we as a Western society are facing against the growing claims of secularism.

in Christ


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