Tuesday, June 08, 2004

ONE MORE COMMUNION THOUGHT
I think one more thing the bishops' critics do not completely understand is how antithetical denying communion is to their fundamental vocation.

Priests and seminarians I've spoken to about their vocations express an intense desire to "bring Jesus to the people." This is what they do at Mass every day, and this is what they feel called to do.

To then explicitly deny someone communion is to go against this instinct.

I'm not saying there aren't cases when this is the right thing to do, I'm saying that I don't think the critics understand how difficult it is for someone who has dedicated his life to bringing Jesus to people to not do so.
THE "TICKING TIME BOMB" SECENARIO IS NOT A "LESSER OF TWO EVILS" SCENARIO
Per this discussion, a lot of people seem to think that in the "ticking time bomb" scenario, where a know terrorist knows the code that would prevent a nuclear weapon from detonating in 24 hours, torturing the terrorist to obtain the code would be the "lesser of two evils" and thus morally licit from a Catholic perspective.

It is no such thing. The choice for me isn't btween the torture the prisoner and the desturction of Manhattan, it is between the torture of the prisoner and not torturing the prisoner. Which makes the choice for Catholics clear.

Friday, June 04, 2004

WHAT I'D LOVE TO SEE
I'd love to see a bishop "Fisk" the efforts of the carper's in the blogosphere the way they seem comfortable doing to every statement they release.

Something like, "While Mr. McGuinness is correct the the hierarchy failed to do ___, he fails to fully account for his, and the laity's failure to carry out his vocation as a layman, and how that impacts the culture. Yes, he mentions it once or twice, but nowhere near the accounting we need to see from him. Until, that comes, his words are just that, empty words."

ALSO
Hey, if we want to tell the bishops we want them to be strong leaders, why don't we start by following them? I know, it's not as intuitive or obvious as taking out full page ads attacking them, but, hey, maybe it'll work.
MARK SHEA'S SO GOOD WHEN HE'S THOUGHTFUL
Sometimes when there's a lot of left and righ bating on Mark Shea's blog, I swear I'll never read him again.

Then he delivers something like this and I thank God I haven't.

Go read it, then drop a tip in his PayPal jar.

Tuesday, June 01, 2004

"POLITICIZING THE EUCHARIST"
I will say it drives me nuts that when the bishops repreat the teaching about who is eligible for the Eucharist, they are accused of "politicizing the Eucharist," but when people come to communion on one of the greatest feasts of the Church year wearing a garment advertising their opposition to Church teaching in order to force a confrontation at the sanctuary steps, that's perfectly OK, according to the secular press.