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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Oh, I forgot to say one thing: the severest of heresies in Christendom are not bizarre anomalies from nowhere; they are the direct result of the idolization of individual interpretation and dissent.
Hilarious Com-Box Quote of The Day: "I was caught immediately because it is the Acts of the Apostles, not the Acts of the Holy Spirit Acting Erratically."--Donald Todd, reacting to the inartful opposition of the Holy Spirit and the Magisterium. Mark Galli, an editor at Christianity Today, had suggested that today's "confusion" in evangelicalism replicates a confusion on the day of Pentecost. Mr. Todd commented after this reply, and the original article is here.
My thoughts: By what means was this Church-less "consensus" formed? If the Council did not possess the authority to adjudicate such questions, who does? If the Council Fathers did not intend to be the arbiters, why do they say that they do? At the risk of being rude, I would define evangelicalism as, "Whatever I want or need to believe at any particular time." Ecclesial authority to settle a particular question is a step forward, but only as long as, "God alone is Lord of the conscience" is rejected as a reduction to, "Your authority is contingent upon or derivative from my interpretation of the Scriptures." Not to mention the thorny question of ecclesial validity itself. Y'all could use some of that "principled creedalism" I wrote about. [Don't say it.--ed.] Say what? That respecting the historical context of creeds and Councils and the real authority they possess leads inoxerably in one direction? That there is one Church? That she is served humanly speaking by a German theologian of some repute? I didn't say anything.
5 Opinions Or Conclusions For Today

5. Tim Tebow may be a Grade-A cheese-ball for all I know, but there is real hostility to Jesus Christ in the public square.

4. It had to be J.R. Though I have an obvious low-level antipathy for all things Kardashian,* I will admit that he danced well. Wounded veteran vs. coddled reality TV star...duh.

3. [More Tebow] Broncos fans remember well that Jake Plummer wasn't exactly Brett Favre back there, so they're gonna cut the kid some slack. They also know that Elway is right, and so does Tebow.

2. What we want and what is best for others is often different.

1. If your interlocutors call your theological insights "one-liners," you might be in the wrong line of work.

*Except for Kourtney. She should leave that Scott dude. I would totally take care of her.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

So there I was, [I'm not doing it.--ed.] reading the Catechism of the Catholic Church (we call it 'Triple C' when we want to sound cool or rebel) [Seriously, stop lying. You just made that up.--ed.] when I happened to read this:



It is precisely in the Passion, when the mercy of Christ is
about to vanquish it, that sin most clearly manifests its violence and
its many forms: unbelief, murderous hatred, shunning and mockery
by the leaders and the people, Pilate's cowardice and the
cruelty of the soldiers, Judas' betrayal - so bitter to Jesus, Peter's
denial and the disciples' flight. However, at the very hour of
darkness, the hour of the prince of this world, the sacrifice of Christ secretly becomes the source from which the forgiveness of our sins will pour forth inexhaustibly. (CCC, 1851)




Did you catch that "inexaustibly"? Can you believe it? Think on
this for a moment: The Catholic Church--that allegedly insular, legalistic
bastion of rule-making neo-Pharisees--is telling us that God loves us so
much in Christ that the forgiveness of our sins is never far away, and
never stops being offered! Sheesh, that love will get you out of bed in the morning!