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Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Can you spot it?

Here is the (presumably official SoJ) reaction to the homily by Cdl. Rode', as included by the SoJ Press Office in its latest press release, in its entirety:
In his homily the Cardinal dedicated a “heartfelt gratitude” to Father Kolvenbach for his fidelity, his wisdom, his righteousness and his example of humility and poverty. In the rest of the homily, the Cardinal, using the Constitutions and the Spiritual Exercises, highlighted the core elements of Ignatian spirituality: its apostolic charism, obedience to the Holy Father and the sentire cum ecclesia. The Cardinal expressed sorrow and anxiety because in his estimation the sentire cum ecclesia is diminishing among some members of religious families.
This, to my eyes, carries a very, VERY subtle element of spin which I believe significantly minimizes His Eminence's message.

Homework: Point out this subtle, tiny, yet crucial, element of spin.




  • At 12:10 PM, January 09, 2008 , Blogger Veritas said...

    Easy. It's the same old story:

    1)" his estimation..."
    2)"...among some members of religious families..."("religious families" as in all congregations in the world, not just us)
    3)"... highlighted the core elements..." (In their minds, cores that are "meant" to be explored).

    They're making it seem as if the homily was a recognition of Fr. Kolvenbach's work and the state of affairs of religious communities as a whole.

  • At 1:26 PM, January 09, 2008 , Blogger Joe said...

    Veritas, you have been hanging out too much with me. It's starting to taint your pure, innocent way of seeing things.



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