Tuesday, April 28, 2009

This is the only real problem with the whole Notre Dame thing...

Bishop D'Arcy

The legality of abortion is a small matter when compared to the question of obedience to one's local bishop. It would be a beautiful day for the Church in the United States if what is contained in this letter would raise a greater outcry than the question of the president's abortion policies.

A letter written by John M. Darcy, local bishop in South Bend, Indiana:

Statement to the faithful


Marie said...

Yes, indeed.

Of course the issue of obedience to the Bishop is raised by the issue of the President's abortion policies, but it is true that the true reason for the shock and dismay has to be clearly identified as the fraternal breach... I think the true reason has been in the mix, coloring all the emotion, but precision in language is vital. It goes back to what it means to follow Christ in this (or any) historical moment. It has to be expressed reasonably!

Suzanne said...

Thanks so much, Marie!

Dumbstruck by the Mystery

...our temptation is always to impose our prejudices or our measure on reality -- except when we are faced with a fact that leaves us dumbstruck, and instead of dominating the fact ourselves, we are dominated, overcome by it. If there were no moments of this kind, the Mystery could do anything, but in the end, we would reduce everything to the usual explanation. But not even a Nobel Prize winner can stop himself from being dumbstruck before an absolutely gratuitous gesture. If there were not these moments, we would find answers, explanations, and interpretations to avoid being struck by anything. It is good that some things happen that we cannot dominate, then we have to take them seriously, and this is the great question of philosophy. If the conditions for the possibility of knowledge (see Kant) impose themselves on reality or if there is something that is so powerfully disproportionate that it does not let itself be "grasped" by the conditions of possibility, then the horizon opens. If this were not the case, then we could dominate everything and be in peace, or at least without drama. Instead, not even the intelligence of a Nobel Prize winner could prevent him from coming face-to-face with a fact that made him dumbstruck -- instead of dominating, it was he who was dominated. Here begins the drama, because I am called to answer. It is the drama that unfolds between us and the Mystery, through certain facts, certain moments, in which the Mystery imposes itself with this evidence. These are facts that we cannot put in our pocket, which we cannot reduce to antecedent factors.
-- Julian Carron in "Friends, that is, Witnesses."