dismissed as simplistic, old–fashioned, and out of tune with the
realities of modern life. However Os Guinness contends that we must come to terms with our beliefs regarding evil and ultimately join the fight against it. But to do so, we ought to understand three underlying approaches to evil in this world.
Seasoned political junkies realize that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) brought S. 2578 to a vote as a cheap political stunt which had no actual chance of passage but would gin up a liberal base through identity politics and scare tactic campaigns during a tough election cycle. While the bill won the votes of all Democrat Senators and a few RINO Republicans (Murkowski, Kirk, and Collins), it failed the cloture vote 56-43, with the Senate Majority Leader switching sides for the ability to vote on it again later.
While this vote on S. 2578 was doomed for legislative failure is instructive. Senate Democrats seem to care more about partisan politics and elections than respecting Federalism, the First Amendment and Religious Liberty. Cruz quoting JFK spotlights the progress (and arguably the devolution) of the modern Democrat party. And the episode shows how Christianity is endangered even in America,
While it is preferable to praise in public and chastise in private, this is impossible in this instance. But this open letter is more than a comeuppance to a cheeky commentator. What should be of interest to religious readers is insisting on context and combating slander.
|Jay Severin in Sede Vacante Contretemp, the Sweet Sistine Edition|
loyal listener for a year. I appreciate that you are open to diffuse means to engage in talk radio dialogue, including Twitter. However, my experience shows that your Twitter treatment could use some tweaking. In addition, your knowledge of things Catholic could use some catechesis.
a shortened hyperlink which gave the source to my views. The tweet in question was rewritten several times to include all elements under those limitations and was posted within minutes. Apologies for the kangaroo typo in the tweet.
Catholic but it refers to the Bishop of Rome. There are over 2,000 bishops in the world, each rules his diocese. Juridically, the Holy See can not simply issue an edit and immediately overrule the local bishop—there is Canon Law
which regulates the Church.
legal price for their wanton discipline on the matter. Steps have been taken to correct them. Consider that Pope emeritus Benedict XVI laicized (canned for the church challenged) 400 priests during his reign (2006-2013) on the Petrine Throne. The USCCB (The U.S. Conference on Catholic Bishops enacted the Dallas Charter in June 2002 which has a zero tolerance policy and a stringent background check for any church members having contact with children.
nominally has a state religion (the Anglican Church) and has a history of Catholic bigotry (does the Bloody Mary and Remember the 5th of November ring any bells?). The BBC has reputation for a pan-Arabist sensibility and follows a progressive internationist intellectual path. Ironically, the BBC had reported Benedict XVI’s defrocking 400 priests weeks before, but made no mention of them in context of the UN Conference on Children’s damning report. Instead the reportage just pointed to what seemed like vacuous Vatican rhetoric soft pedaling the charges. Might there have been some agenda journalism slandering the faith and bolstering a progressively lead public perception?
by the Catholic Church and the Holy See? The short answer is no. Did you? I have no personal knowledge after being rhetorically round-housed and hearing the first couple of callers just Catholic bashing since I need not listen to no nothings on the issue. Thus, my pithy Twitter characterization of “besmirching” seems accurate.
|Fr. Austin Litke, O.P. singing “Come My Way” at NYC Grand Central Station|
|Pope Francis in Rio, 2013|
During the 2013 World Youth Day celebrations in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Pope Francis exhorted the youthful pilgrims to “I want you to take to the streets. I want the Church to take to the streets.” BlackFriar Films, a project of the Dominican Friars based in New York City, interpreted this call to the New Evangelization by taking a different approach to the Christian patrimony and take it to the streets.
In the “Come My Way, My Truth, My Life” video, Fr. Austin Dominic Litke, O.P. sings the traditional Anglican hymn on the streets of Manhattan and the Brooklyn Bridge while donned in his medieval Dominican habit.
The initial juxtaposition of ethereal beauty with the backdrop of the frenetic city which seemingly never sleeps underlines the timeless message which the George Herbert poem (1633) is based.
|George Herbert (1595-1633)|
Come, my Way, my Truth, my Life:
Such a way as gives us breath;
Such a truth as ends all strife,
Such a life as killeth death.
Such a way as gives us breath;Such a truth as ends all strife,Such a life as killeth death.
Come, my Light, my Feast, my Strength:
Such a light as shows a feast,
Such a feast as mends in length,
Such a strength as makes his guest.
Come, my Joy, my Love, my Heart:Such a joy as none can move,Such a love as none can part,Such a heart as joys in love.
By exposing youth to the beauty and truth to Christian tradition, Dominicans have experienced a boom in vocations. Moreover, breathing life into tradition by taking it to the streets makes it contemporary and contemplative.