Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Tuesday Headlines

Some things that might interest you.
  • You might think that putting crucifixes in classrooms of a Catholic University would be non-controversial, but if you did, you would be wrong. Apparently some faculty at Boston College think it means "imposing" Catholicism on all. Why would anyone attend or work at a Catholic school and not expect Catholicism to be taught? Maybe because one famous BC prof (Kreeft) says the "BC" stands for "Barely Catholic".

  • Fr. Thomas Berg of the Westchester Institute has issued a very heartfelt letter about Fr. Maciel. He expresses his pain, frustration and hope. I highly recommend a reading. Thanks to Patrick Madrid for it.

  • "Italy's Terri Shiavo" has died. Her name was Eluana Englaro. She starved to death after having her feeding tube removed.

  • Hans Kung opens mouth and inserts foot. He thinks that Obama would be a better Pope than Benedict XVI and that "The mood in the church is oppressive, reforms are paralyzed, and the church in crisis, Benedict is unteachable in matters of birth control and abortion, arrogant and without transparency and restrictive of freedom and human rights.” So, the Pope is unteachable and Kung is the teacher? I think he has it backwards.


matthew archbold said...

How can one argue that BC imposes on its students when they pay $25,000 a year to get in?

Marcel said...

Complete rip-off. Go to a Catholic school and spend that kind of money to learn the ways of the world, not God. Shameful. Truly shameful.

The kids that go to public schools have a better shot at keeping their faith, statistically speaking.

tour86rocker said...

Regarding Fr. Berg's letter, thank you for posting on that, Marcel. I'm glad to see that there is a culture of accountability being engendered/demanded.

I notice that he called on the RC laypeople to read different Legionary priests' work for spiritual nourishment and even to turn to other Catholic sources outside of Regnum Christi spirituality for comfort.

tour86rocker said...

I just really hope this is never swept under the rug. I've known girls who were invited to a silent retreat by a friend, only to find upon arrival that it was a Regnum Christi event, complete with readings from Fr. Maciel at meals.

Another time, a friend invited a few of my roommates to watch "a video about John Paul II". It contained about three minutes about John Paul and then proceded for the rest of the tape to extoll the virtues of the Legionaries and their founder.

So I just wonder, if in the future things remain substantially the same...will they entice people to join without them knowing about all of this?

None of the behavior I recount would have bothered anybody if it was forthright. "Come to this RC retreat" or "Watch this LC video" wouldn't have turned anybody off. It's the sneakiness that bothers us.

There are reports of this sort of thing in other parts of the country, even leading some bishops to ban the movement in their dioceses.

I really hope things CHANGE now. Apostolates like this can do a lot of good. We all need to be to greater personal holiness (and to respond to that call).