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Cardinal Confusion

Cardinal Reinhard Marx made headlines again last week by suggesting that the Catholic Church and society as a whole should apologize for the institutionalized scandalous and negative treatment and marginalization towards individuals with same-sex attraction.  This proclamation from the notoriously heterodox German episcopal leader coincidentally came at the same time Pride celebration events were taking place across the globe. If he meant by these words that the negative treatment was discrimination, disrespect or uncivil conduct directed at homosexuals, he may have legitimate point.  We as Christians are called to treat all others with respect and love – as in the

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The Case of the Missing “Sacred Givens”

A couple months back I waded through a theology professor’s detailed analysis of Cardinal Kasper’s intellectual foundations, upon which his troubling views on church doctine are founded. This week, George Weigel posted a much clearer and briefer summary of his understanding of Prof. Stark and Cardinal Kasper on First Things. Weigel says that by absolutizing history, Cardinal Kasper minimizes or does away with the “sacred givens” of God’s revelation. It’s a short read, and much clearer and easier to track than my earlier post — and as always, the First Things comments are interesting, as well — although many focus on Humana Vitae

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It’s Creepy For A Reason

Let me start with a caveat – I probably shouldn’t publish this because it has the potential to be taken wrongly, but I never did have a lick of sense.  Our daughter called us yesterday from Lake Calhoun, where she had gone to take a walk.  Now I haven’t been to Calhoun for five years or more, but having spent a fair amount of time over the years around Uptown generally, and Lake Calhoun in particular, it was always clear that there is a relatively high concentration of, well, folks who don’t hold with nature’s design for sexuality.  In fact,

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The Dignity of the Office

In keeping with our theme of dignity: one of the things that bothered me most in the aftermath of the recent Supreme Court decision regarding marriage was the image of the White House adorned in rainbow colors in celebration of a decision that will, like Roe V. Wade, deeply divide our country. (See the image below, and the social media icon above…for what it’s worth, our president  apparently felt this was “pretty cool.”) This is a bit of a cop-out post — but since we’re celebrating Independence Day with family and since, in a brief article entitled “Rainbow White House,” First

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Endowed by Their Creator

In yesterday’s post Artemus shared a men’s group discussion regarding the recent Supreme Court decision, Obergefell v. Hodges, of the inevitable clash between those who follow the ‘dictatorship of relativism’ and those believing in objective moral truth. This came close to home yesterday when, during a phone call, my wife had a debate, at times heated, with her sister. At the heart of this exchange was the meaning of the word “dignity.” The uproar in media was about this word as well. After all of the celebrations, parades & euphoria subsided the media set its sights on Clarence Thomas and

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The Rainbow Road

“Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the road broad that leads to destruction, and those who enter through it are many. How narrow the gate and constricted the road that leads to life. And those who find it are few.”  — Matthew 7:13-14   My heart aches to think how much we’ve lost to gain so small a fiction as “equality.” We were created equal in dignity; beautifully different in all else — each of us a unique image of Christ bearing a unique cross along a unique path to Paradise. But we want sameness. We fear

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Quid Est Veritas? Cardinal Kasper’s
Troubling Foundations

On Tuesday, the Catholic World Report posted a paper by Prof. Thomas Heinrich Stark of the Benedict XVI Institute of Philosophy and Theology in Austria, entitled “German Idealism and Cardinal Kasper’s Theological Project.” It is a lengthy read, and reminded me of everything I disliked about the philosophy classes I took in college and my brief forays into academic writing. But I understood enough to be alarmed. Using one of Kasper’s early theological works, Prof. Stark shows the philosophical foundations that appear to have brought the cardinal to the point positions he currently holds on questions of morality, marriage, sexuality, and the sacraments. I

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‘We Need a New Boniface’

Yesterday was the Feast of St. Boniface, patron of the German people. The St. Paul Street Evangelization Facebook page published this photo of the great bishop and missionary whose statue graces our Sanctuary, as well as the excerpt below, taken from his writings: Let us stand fast in what is right, and prepare our souls for trial. Let us wait upon God’s strengthening aid and say to him: “O Lord, you have been our refuge in all generations.” Let us trust in him who has placed this burden upon us. What we ourselves cannot bear let us bear with the

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The Third Way Regarding Same-Sex Attraction

Some time ago, a friend recommended I check out the video below as a possible tool for reaching out to Catholics who have a hard time understanding, accepting, or living the Church’s teachings on same-sex attraction. I am embarrassed to say it has been many months, but it was again brought to my attention this week. The film, entitled The Third Way: Homosexuality and the Catholic Church, is a little less than 40 minutes long and includes personal testimonies of Catholics who have struggled with same-sex attraction, both outside of the Church and its teachings and now, answering the call

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On Gender and Genesis

Some time ago I listened to a CD of a priest talking about the Fall, and the common misperception that Eve is completely to blame for first eating of the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge, and then giving it to Adam to eat. The priest pointed out a turn of phrase often overlooked in the the story: “The woman saw that the tree was good for food, pleasing to the eyes, and desirable for gaining wisdom. So she took some of its fruit and ate it; and she also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and

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