Sunday, December 23, 2012

Developments From The Vatican Last Week

Several developments of interest came from the Vatican last week:

As reported by AP, Pope Benedict XVI met in the Vatican prison on Saturday with his former butler Paolo Gabriele and granted him a pardon. Gabriele had been sentenced to 18 months in jail for stealing the Pope's private correspondence, some of which were published in a best-selling book by Italian journalist Gianluigi Nuzzi. (See prior posting.)

On Saturday, the Vatican announced the appointment of Boston canon lawyer Rev. Robert W. Oliver as promoter of justice for the Congregation of the Doctrine of Faith, the Vatican office charged with protecting church doctrine. As reported by the Boston Globe, this makes Oliver the Vatican's chief prosecutor of priests charged with sexual abuse of minors. He succeeds Monsignor Charles Scicluna who has been named auxiliary bishop in Malta. The director of Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests criticized Oliver's appointment, saying that he lacks credibility because he never publicly called for the ouster of Boston's Cardinal Bernard Law.

On Friday, the Pope delivered his Christmas greetings to the Roman Curia. (Full text). As reported by Catholic World, while the Pope's extensive remarks were widely headlined as an attack on same-sex marriage, in fact he spoke in broader philosophical terms. Focusing on "a new philosophy of sexuality" in the western world, he said in part:
According to this philosophy, sex is no longer a given element of nature, that man has to accept and personally make sense of: it is a social role that we choose for ourselves, while in the past it was chosen for us by society.... People dispute the idea that they have a nature, given by their bodily identity, that serves as a defining element of the human being. They deny their nature and decide that it is not something previously given to them, but that they make it for themselves.... When the freedom to be creative becomes the freedom to create oneself, then necessarily the Maker himself is denied and ultimately man too is stripped of his dignity as a creature of God....

2 comments:

jimbino said...

The pope, as usual, misses the point entirely. Granted that sex is "natural" and something "given to them."

But sex has no more to do with morality than pissing and crapping, for which you won't go straight to hell for doing wrong, for doing with persons of the wrong sex, or with 2 at a time or with animals.

The pope someday will have to own up to the fact that sex, love, morality, marriage, cohabitation, friendship and breeding are independent from one another and have occurred in all possible combinations throughout history.

What a troglodyte!

bleusmon said...

Hilarious! There is NO point for Pope Benedict to have missed - certainly none made by you!

All the elements in your third paragraph are tightly linked in spite of your obtuseness, but you will continue to miss all those connections so long as your own moral sense (such as it is) is an expression of the unrestrained yearnings of your genitals. So long as you remain centered on pleasing your own desires over all else by reducing to a common denominator any values which would lead you (as you have done above) to something far loftier than doing whatever suits you, then you will never even understand what love is and its place over all else.

You have exposed your myopic ignorance and your inability to love. By making the elements you cited of equal but unrelated value, you have revealed your inability to raise the best interests and well-being of any other being OVER and ABOVE your own well-being and best interests, and especialy your own desires.

Any man unable to do that is incapable of love. He doesn't even understand the first thing about love, and needs prayer because such a diseased heart can only be healed by God - someone you probably don't acknowledge, based on the "values" you articulate.

This pope is far wiser than you, friend. Curb your tongue and read more of Benedict's wisdom (even in an attempt to prove him wrong at the intellectual and spiritual level on which he works and in which you will fail to compete, I'll wager), or else continue to show yourself as the fool you really are.

My experience with commenters of your stripe is that it is a waste of time to debate, so I have taken your challenge (indeed, such a comment by you is MERELY a haughty one seeking a response) by daring you to really read Pope Benedict XVI. Please realize in advance that you will be punching above your weight, because you cannot take on with intellectual integrity the full range of his writings from your level, but it will do you good to be humbled by the experience.

I am not marking this post to receive follow-up comments ("When a wise man debates with a foolish man, the foolish man either rages or laughs, and there is no peace."
~ Proverbs 29:9). In any case, your fight is with Pope Benedict XVI and not me, but I tell you now you are not his equal in this debate. Unfortunately, you won't know it unless you take him on squarely, but you will need to explore his writings. The lack of depth in your snide caustic comments supports my doubt that you have the humility and the intellectual heft to do so.

Good luck! You'll need it, pal.