In Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians, (1 Cor 3), he reprimands them for quarreling amongst themselves and identifying as followers of either Paul or Apollos rather than recognizing that Christ used both Paul and Apollos at different times to evangelize the Corinthians. We might say the same today about those who think themselves followers of Benedict or of Francis.
Friendship is a lame virtue. It consists in unconvincing, uninspiring, dull interactions.
While orthodox Catholics share with traditional Evangelicals the conviction that abortion and sodomitic marriages are morally problematic, their views diverge sharply when it comes to the liturgy, sacraments, and ecclesial authority.
In a world of toil, a progressive attitude of trying to make things better looks as futile to me as a conservative one of simply handing on what we have received.
My wife and I, in our own very small way, have come to appreciate the unforeseen opportunity — and duty— of influencing others’ happiness as it relates to their economic and social well-being.
If MacIntyre is correct, American conservatives will not be able to develop a coherent and plausible identity without rediscovering a local politics of associations, municipalities, and activism within social movements.
Those who long for a “re-enchantment of the world” had best be wary. In a time when we’ve cast off all authority in the name of new freedoms, they may not like what they find
George Weigel is alarmed, so he says, because recognizing the SSPX would “enshrine a `right to dissent’ within the Church,” and he links the SSPX’s objections to the kind of dissent “long claimed by Catholic progressives.” Now this is truly bizarre.
The inconvenient truth about us humans is that we are complex, we are mysterious, and there is always more to the story
Catherine lived thirty-three years. She was the twenty-fifth child in her family. A single woman, who never married, never learned to read or write, Catherine had a zeal that, in her words, urged her to set the world ablaze for Christ.