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GJ Harrison

GJ Harrison | 0 posts | Member since 07.14.08


RE: Christian Witness in the Aftermath of Hate
Prayer for Mr.Cook and Professor Myers is a wise and appropriate suggestion. The first suggestion about changing the way we receive communion is unnecessary. The current push from the Vatican to return to Tridentine practices confuses tradition with traditionalism. The former is the living faith of the dead; the latter, the dead faith of the living. I wonder if Father Dyer, to whom congratulations on his ordination, has missed what may be involved here other than hate. The professor sounds a bit too angry, the student absurdly exaggerated in his protest. Could there be an implicit recognition of the power of the Sacrament going on here? Is the professor outraged at the power of what he takes as a symbol? Is Mr.Cook taking the most important "hostage" he can find.? One might be inclined to say to Professor Myers, 'wow, you must think it's a mighty significant "cracker"; and to Mr.Cook 'like, man, you must think you got some "hostage" there'. Their actions may serve to remind us of the political character or our Eucharistic celebration for we give witness that we are a community gathered into unity not by worldly power, constitutions, science or violence but by the love,non-violence and presence of Jesus.

RE: Christian Witness in the Aftermath of Hate
Chassup obliges the two men by giving them what Chassup says they call for; "an emotiomnal response". Ad hominem assetions do not help. Given all that has happened the term "terrorist" should be used with care. Mr. Cook is a student; perhaps he needs pedagogy not name calling. Perhaps Chassup should take Rev. Dyer's Christian advice.

RE: Christian Witness in the Aftermath of Hate
Luigi The term Vatican and not Pope Benedict XVI was used deliberately. Just how much Pope Benedict is in charge of Vatican policies is not entirely clear. The centralizing policies of the Vatican under Pope John Paul which severly weakened the sort of collegiality endorsed by the bishops at the Second Vatican Council still go on. Certainly the writings of then Fr. Joseph Ratzinger which I did find "brilliant" do not suggest he is what has come to be called a "traditionalist". Just where he stands as Pope with regard to the "restorationist" policies of the previous Pope,however, is not clear. The signs are not encouraging. It was not very long ago that a bishop visiting Rome said, "they treat us like altar boys here". He was hardly a person trying to 'throw out" anything. I stand with what I wrote.

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