“Scold A New Church”

At the Bench, Deacon Greg links three comments pulling back from the Precipice of Mean. I did see the piece where Bishop D’Arcy makes a case for lowering the temperature level.

I urge all Catholics and others of good will to stay away from unseemly and unhelpful demonstrations against our nation’s president or Notre Dame or (Holy Cross) Father John I. Jenkins. The Notre Dame community is well-equipped to supervise and support discussions and prayer within their own campus.

How many were dismayed when the d-word popped up?

I had a positive meeting this week with Father Jenkins, and I expect further dialogue will continue.

Others, however are ever-ready to put a smiling face on the affair:

Anti-abortion activist Randall Terry opened up an office in South Bend to launch a vigorous daily protest of the president’s upcoming commencement address and said he wouldn’t rule out having students disrupt the ceremony.

Mr. Terry likely won’t have a ticket, so why not have others do his dirty work for him?

This seems to open up a new divide, and I wonder how it will be swallowed by those who have sore throats from all the yelling. Now we have, aside from the apathetic and not-knowing majority, people who have no problem with inviting and “rewarding” the president, those who disagree but are talking about it, and those who disagree and see it as another Culture War battleground.

Meanwhile, Kevin Jones nails the motto, don’t you think?

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Todd and his family live in Ames, Iowa. He serves a Catholic parish of both Iowa State students and town residents.
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3 Responses to “Scold A New Church”

  1. Jimmy Mac says:

    Anyone who has sought to work therapeutically with the paranoid and the guilt-ridden knows that a conscience saturated with strict prohibitions becomes sterile, the opposite of creative, and so does the life of the person thus governed. The conscience challenged by norms what are contradictory, and yet that seem not to allow flexibility (no exceptions, no “epikeia”, no “oikonomia”), is literally sickened, with devastating consequences for the relationship with the lawgiver God. Overcome by this “rigorism”, (they) live in constant torture and fear of wrongdoing, but lack the power to see opportunities for doing good above and beyond the law. The capacity to love dies out. Building a creative conscience means getting to know Jesus, and through him the meaning of love; it rescues us from mechanistic images of the conscience and immunizes us against fanatical legalism.

    Bernard Haring, CSSR, Building a Creative Conscience (article), “Commonweal”, 8-11-89.

  2. Ronald King says:

    Jimmy Mac,
    Thank you for the perfect quote.

  3. Dale Price says:

    [Leaving the self-aggrandizing publicity whore Randall Terry aside.]

    Of course–there’s no possible good-faith grounds to object to Fr. Jenkins’ actions. Only a paranoid, guilt-ridden, sickened, rigorist and legalist conscience could do so.

    A tactic worthy of the finest psikhushkas.

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