Two Gems from Time

Now, it is virtually unanimous common knowledge that all Catholics checked their brains in at the door when they were received into the sweet bosom of Holy Mother Church. Why think anymore when old guys in Rome can do the thinking for us? Makes perfect sense. But why is it that those outside her sweet mindless yolk also seem to lose their plain common sense when discussing things Catholic? It’s like a virus that mysteriously infects the most unsuspecting of people. Take these two gems from the “Letters” section of a recent Time magazine:

Your article on Opus Dei made plain the dangers of fanaticism and extremism within religious thought. God wants us to hate neither others nor ourselves. The cure for evil must come from God’s transformation in us, not from flogging ourselves or vainly trying to impose our practices on others. Ken Broeckel, Escondido, CA

Well, see, Ken, here’s the thing. It is the most basic of Catholic moral teachings to “love your neighbor as yourself.” Who is it that is commanding the hate of self and others? Certainly, the Church condemns certain practices as contrary to natural and divine law. But the Church condemns no person. And yes, no one teaches that the “cure for evil” comes from “flogging ourselves” or “trying to impose our practices on others.” What does that even mean? The cure for evil is sanctifying grace, which comes to us as an unmerited gift in baptism. Is that what you meant by “God’s transformation in us”? I didn’t think so.

Christ invited all people to celebrate with him in his earthly ministry, but Opus Dei seems to be an exclusive club. Any group that separates itself from daily contact with the faithful violates the teaching that the faithful form one body in Christ. Shame on the Vatican for encouraging the divisive work of Opus Dei. Daneen Warner, Durham, NC

Shame on you for being a dolt, Daneen. Did you read the article? Opus Dei is the faithful. Who else would it be? Or had you forgotten, Daneen, that the bishops, priest, deacons, and religious are part of “the faithful”? Or, presuming that by “faithful” you meant “lay faithful”, Opus Dei is comprised of mostly lay faithful living out their vocation to holiness in the midst of the secular world? No, you didn’t forget, because that would imply having known. Which would imply having read the article. Which would imply having had to think. And as we all know, no one can discuss things Catholic with a lick of common sense. Why is that, Daneen?

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~ by Rob on May 26, 2006.

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