Daily Archives: 13 September 2005

Taking Responsibility

He did what a leader is supposed to do. As far as his job’s concerned, I’m satisfied. Time to look at other culprits, and put together the whole story.

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One of an astronaut’s greatest fears, but I bet no SF has been written about being lost in space for political/economic reasons.

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Australia, Yes; US, No

Another capital city archbishop tendered his resignation. It was accepted. Does it mean Pope Benedict likes McCarrick more than Carroll?

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Sketch 4: Simply Catholicism

“We are back to “simply Catholicism,” which locates power in Christ and in his gift of authority to the Twelve. The church preaches Jesus Christ, not herself; but Christ cannot be adequately known except from within his Body, the church. … Continue reading

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Sketch 3: The Problem With Conservatives

I will critique “a type of conservative Catholicism” which makes the same error as liberals in an excessive preoccupation with the church’s visible government. This point will be short, since I presume most of you tend toward liberal Catholicism and … Continue reading

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Sketch 2: Contemporary Liberal Catholicism: Exhausted or Not?

” … I believe it is not unfair to call contemporary liberal Catholicism an “exhausted project,” even though some of my best friends are liberal Catholics.” George says exhausted. I say the cardinal is engaging in wishful thinking. Let’s take … Continue reading

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Sketch 1: The Liberal Catholic Project

  Cardinal George first gives an informative and basic lesson in the history of philosophy. This is the soundest portion of his essay. He assesses the Enlightenment (or modernity) as having two premises:   1. Essentially, that human beings possess … Continue reading

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Does Cardinal George Have a Bead on American Religious Liberalism?

I’m going to suggest an answer in the negative, at least as far as liberal Catholicism is concerned. I concede the probable superiority of his historical knowledge. I’ve largely confined my interest in American religious history to Catholics and Quakers. … Continue reading

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George and Liberalism: Outline and Foundation

George spends much time delineating the definition of liberal in many contexts: 1. Political: Liberals contribute to the common good by beginning most often with a suspicion about abuse of authority and a critique of the exercise of power. They … Continue reading

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On “How Liberalism Fails the Church: The Cardinal Explains”

Cardinal Francis George participated in a Commonweal forum entitled “The Crisis of Liberal Catholicism” in 1999. He catches some flak, perhaps not undeserved, for his analysis of the crisis. The full link is in the Commonweal archives here. His 1998 … Continue reading

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Liturgy Lookout: Basil & Holy Cross

To a few readers the connection between the Holy Cross feast and basil (not St Basil) will be old news. St Helena is the connection, who, according to legend, found the true cross on a Jerusalem hill which was covered … Continue reading

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