The close union between human and divine natures – a hypostatic union – coupled with confession of Jesus the Christ’s personal identity as ‘God from God’ has tended to allow the sex of the human being Jesus to be transferred to God’s own being. Interestingly enough, this has not happened with other historical particularities of the human Jesus, such as his ethnic heritage, his nationality, his age, his socioeconomic status, and so on….As visible image of the invisible God, the human man Jesus is used to tie the knot between maleness and divinity very tightly.
I really only love God as much as I love the person I love the least.
“‘Capitalism seizes, confiscates, and dries up wealth, i.e. reduces the numbers of those who may enjoy riches, holds up distribution and defies Divine Providence who has given good things for the use of all men. St. Thomas Aquinas says that man must not consider riches as his own property but as common good.”
- Servant of God, Dorothy Day
The Church does not need apologists of its causes nor crusaders of its battles, but sowers humble and confident of the truth, who… trust of its power.
When followers of a particular sect enter into commercial activity as a matter of choice, the limits they accept on their own conduct as a matter of conscience and faith are not to be superimposed on the statutory schemes which are binding on others in that activity. Granting an exemption from social security taxes to an employer operates to impose the employer’s religious faith on the employees.
United States vs Lee decision
From this article about religious liberty, racism, and LGBT rights. Take out the words “security taxes” and put in “providing insurance for a common, legal medication” and you’ll have my basic argument against the rancor dredged up by the right about the HHS mandate.
Criticism of papal pronouncements will be possible and even necessary, to the extent they lack support in Scripture and the creed, that is, in the faith of the whole church. When neither the consensus of the whole church is had, nor clear evidence from the sources is available, an ultimately binding position is impossible. Were one formally to take place, the conditions for such an act would be lacking, and hence the question have to be raised concerning its legitimacy.
Joseph Ratzinger, 1969
Found this in an NCR article which also had a commentary on this quote:
"This was Ratzinger’s position in 1969, many years before he became Pope Benedict XVI. But it indicates what he regarded as clear Catholic teaching at the time. How time (and doctrine) have changed!"
Texas, Our Texas!
The state song just became a bit more inclusive.
Federal judge Orlando García has declared the Texas ban on gay marriage unconstitutional. I know, I know—there’s a stay, and there will be appeals, but this one feels good.
This makes me a little more proud to be a Texan.
I really don’t get these Catholics who think just because they’re hated they must be doing something right. While Jesus was indeed hated by many, can we not forget that many people came to love him and soon sacrifice their lives for him? If this is a proper measure, then just convert to the Westboro Baptists now and get it over with*.