More Norm Fallout, Abortion Alleys & More

Apparently, for reasons I cannot yet fathom, the comments section for this post on what I referred to as a Vatican “fail” was all discombobulated. That has been corrected, but this gives me an excuse to link to a few other reactions to the Norms, and so you can all continue your fisticuffs and so forth either over there or in the comments below!

I know the Abortion Alley headline piqued your interest: here is Mary Rose Somarriba explaining why abortion, legal or otherwise, will never leave the back alley

Earlier today I stumbled on this bit of good thinking via Chesterton and C. S. Lewis. Here is more Chesterton to chew on.

Putting together: Martha, Mary, Yankee Announcer Bob Shepperd and nose rings. Only one guy can do it.

This is chilling: Amazing, also, and regular readers know I hate that overused word, but it fits, here. But mostly it’s chilling.

Charles P. Pierce
on why he remains a Catholic

An abandonment of self-denial:

Bill Whittle: a break from religion. Or is it?

Remembering a terrible ache of beauty

Also, take a second to check out the first day’s Symposium on the Future of Catholicism; today’s participants: Tony Rossi and Pat Gohn; they offer brief opinions, well-expressed at the portal!

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  • Bender

    Which is worse, a criminal act that is understood by all to be mala in se (evil in and of itself) or an act advancing an extremely false theological idea, an act of dogmatic heresy? Or would it be better to not try to rank and prioritize the two and simply say they are both serious wrongs?

    To see that engaging in an act of serious heresy and schism does indeed cause ENORMOUS harm, one need only read the profound confusion that is that Charles Pierce piece (which I note was applauded over at Commonweal) or too many of the essays on The Future of Catholicism. It is doctrinal offenses such as this that have caused the havoc that has torn apart the Church since Vatican II, long before the abuse scandals became news. The scandal is just the latest excuse for these create-your-own-faith folks.

    The Hans Kungs and Richard McBriens of the world have done far greater injury to the spiritual well-being of Catholics and non-Catholics than the Bernard Cardinal Laws have ever done.

  • Dymphna

    I think the Cardinal Laws of the Church have only opened up a new group of Catholics to the opinions of the Hans Kungs and Richard McBriens. *That* is one reason why these scandals are so heinous. They are tearing people away from the faith.

  • James Chastek

    Thanks for the link. In all honesty, I write an obscure little Catholic/ Thomist blog and I’ve never been linked to by anyone well known and famous, and so this is all pretty exiting. Thanks for the thrill.

  • Marcus

    Hear, hear Bender. I’m left wondering what Charles Pierce identifies as Catholic about himself if not the teaching authority of the Church and her priesthood working toward the goal of serving in persona Christi. For Pierce, his own personal authority and judgement has supplanted all other. I’ve not advanced far enough in my spiritual growth to become my own Priest, Bishop, Cardinal and Pope.

  • Jane

    Charles sounds like a protestant. How sad that, like all dissenting Catholics, he doesn’t know it.

  • Tony

    Wonderful pieces, except the Charles Pierce article on why he remains a catholic. One should have guessed that any piece about the Church in the Boston Globe would be riddled with the usual anti-Church bias. Even one that on the surface looks as if it just might be a bit pro-Church. Oh, silly me! What’s th
    at old line, “Fool me once, shame on you…fool me twice, shame on me”.
    Shame on you Charles Pierce for you snide, uninformed remarks.

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  • Mimsy

    Loved the Thomism blog…How nice to see that there are so many good and brilliant people out there wrestling with so many deep thoughts! I’m going to have to get smarter, somehow.
    As for the C. Pierce piece…gag. What a lot of self-serving self-service.