Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam

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Monday, April 21, 2008

Deja vu, all over again. UPDATED!

UPDATE: From the "Great Minds Think Alike" Dept., there is this OTR entry.

You may, if you're as sentient as I hope, remember my comments on this entry at America Magazine's blog.

The same contributor has another entry up there and, in a way, it explains why the situation she described previously is is in danger of happening. The root cause, I believe is an abysmal catechesis.

The main point of her blog entry is to complain with the all-male priesthood. The reasons why we have an all-male priesthood* and why the Church has no authority to change this are well-known. It takes, in Fr. Paul Shaughnessy's happy phrase, a sort of "willed ignorance" to disagree.

Interestingly, the complaint about the all-male priesthood is couched in the latest trope of many the self-styled Catholic elite: "The Pope's not nearly as appalling as we feared." (Sure, they assuage each other by making public that they still have some notable disagreements with the Holy Father.)

The day I grew the most in my faith is the day I realized that what I thought was of no import, and that disagreeing with Church doctrine was as useful as disagreeing with gravity and that assuming my opinions -- and not the Church's teaching -- simply had** to be God's. It does not flatter the writer to hold such views.

If it's any consolation, those of us on the side of settled Church doctrine being, uh, settled also have our grievances.

AMDG,

-J.

* The best of the brief and the briefest of the best explanation why this is so, IMCO, was penned by Ryan Duns, SJ here.

** The question naturally springs: by what authority does someone come by this opinion?

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