Wednesday, November 30, 2005

I think one of the saddest things about public discourse (even private discourse) nowadays is how quick we are to avoid listening to each other. If the speaker once said something stupid, or can fit into a deragatory label, or said some magic word, then he can be safely dismissed and we don't have to listen to him.

I think this causes us to miss out on a lot.

Wednesday, November 23, 2005

I wish there was this much anticipation among the laity about documents from the Vatican and the bishops that spoke to how we as the laity actually should go about living our lives, as there is about this one which directly concerns you only if you are in a gay man considering the preisthood or have some influence in seminary admissions. I would guess that accounts for less than 1% of lay Catholics.

Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Scott Adams very neatly summarizes the state of discourse on the internet.

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

For the first time in about seven years, it looks like I will have no rooting interest in the NFC playoffs this year, as both the Rams and Eagles are 4-5 and looking up at the standings at teams that do not appear to be on the brink of a collapse.

At this point, I think the Eagles should shut McNabb down, and completely focus on winning the Super Bowl next year while they still have this core of players. This season is lost, with the T.O debacle, the lack of an inside running game (which is why they passed up by 6 with 3 minutes to go, resulting in the interception TD), and McNabb's injuries. But this core and coaching staff can win a Super Bowl. The rest of this season should be spent finding out what the young players have to offer.

Monday, November 14, 2005

Mark Shea ran one of my comments on the torture debate.

There was a post a while ago on Disputations that I can't find that pretty well captured where I think people's thinking on this issue goes wrong. People consider the Church's moral rule against torture like they would consider a rule in sports.

So, in football, there's a rule against pass interference. Defensive backs are taught not to commit pass interference if they can possibly help it. But if the pass is in the air, and the receiver has a step on him and would likely score, then the thing for the DB to do is to commit pass interference, take the penalty, and prevent the touchdown.

But that's not the way Christian morality works. The moral law is the guide for how God wants us to live our lives. If we trust in God, we would never want to do otherwise. Yes, there is penance and forgiveness of sins, but that doesn't mean we purposely sin and then look for forgiveness while still thinking we did the "right" thing. It means that God never stops inviting us to unite our wills with his.

Our response to that is not to do what we want to do, or what we think we have to do, take our penalty, and continue knowing that we would do the same thing again if similar circumstances presented themselves.