03 March 2010

Coffee Bowl Browsing

That "grassroots" liberal-latte Coffee Party is anything but grassroots. . .how did the NYT miss such the connection?  Or rather, why didn't they report the connection?  

Atheists will trade you a Bible for p0rn!  No wonder their nihilistic ideology is so incredibility popular worldwide.

Archbishop Wuerl of D.C. says that the archdiocese "will be in compliance" with new laws requiring organizations that receive city funds to provide benefits to their employees in SSM.  This decision deserves very close scrutiny.

Update:  the D.C. archdiocese will comply with the new SSM laws by not offering spousal benefits to  new employees.  Ahhhhh, the good fruits of imposed equality.

Supreme Court Chief Justice Roberts denies a petition to stay the enactment of the D.C. SSM law.  His reasoning is based on his philosophy of judicial restraint not on the merits of the law.

Ole Miss to replace Colonel Reb mascot with Admiral Ackbar?  I was a freshman at Ole Miss in 1982 when a black cheerleader refused to use the Confederate flag at football games.  The campus was in racial turmoil the whole academic year.

Fr. Z. puts the smackdown on the silly (and illicit) practice of replacing Holy Water with sand during Lent.  If your pastor is allowing this, print off the notice from the Vatican and send it to him.  Consider it a penance.

Conference in Rome on the fifth Marian dogma:  Mary, co-Redemptrix.  If this idea were declared dogma by BXVI as it is stated in the supporting material, I see no theological problems with it.  The dogma would state what the Church has always taught:  Mary, in her assent to being the Mother of God and her suffering at the cross, cooperated in our redemption.  To the degree that each of us follows Christ to the cross, we too are "co-redeemers" in our salvation.  The title "co-Redemptrix" in no way indicates that Mary is a redeemer equal to Christ. 

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6 comments:

  1. OK, Padre'. Where is the justification for co-redemptrix? Co-redeemers??? I can use a little help here.

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  2. There may well be no theological problem with the title "co-redemptrix", but there is a plain English problem. Technically, theologically, the title "co-Redemptrix" in no way indicates that Mary is a redeemer equal to Christ, but the plain English nuance to the word plainly indicates a degree of parity along with co-operation. A defined dogma is not just for theologians, with their reserved terms which often cause trouble to laymen, e.g. "subsists in".

    Can't the collective English minds of the Church come up with a better English formulation?

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  3. Fr. Z. puts the smackdown on the silly (and illicit) practice of replacing Holy Water with sand during Lent. If your pastor is allowing this, print off the notice from the Vatican and send it to him. Consider it a penance.

    I am somewhat of a crusader against this empty-font practice, and in fairness, we are seeing less and less of it thankfully. However, I'd be leery of dumping vatican documents on the priest as it may backfire and cause him to dig his heels in. Rather, use a politely worded letter that outlines your case and just mention in passing that you can supply documentation. Be pleasant, partient, yet persistant.

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  4. Billiam,

    Don't let the language trip you up.

    "Co-operators with Christ" and "co-redeemers" mean pretty much the same thing.

    The basic idea is that Christ offers redemption to all, yet each of us must co-operate ("work with") Christ to effect our redemption. God will not redeem us against our will.

    Mary "worked with" God when she said YES to being the virgin vessel of the Word; in other words, Mary was the first Co-operator ("worker with") God to offer us redemption. The word "co-redemptrix" is just the feminine form of Latin word for "co-worker."

    In everyday English we use the prefix "co-" to mean a lot of different things. Every passenger jet has a pilot and co-pilot...the label "co-pilot" tells us what he/she does with the pilot. But the two are not the same in the cockpit. If you appear in court as a witness in a legal case, you are a co-worker with judge in seeking justice, but this doesn't mean that you are identical with the judge. And so on...

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  5. Sorry...the sentence above...

    "The word 'co-redemptrix' is just the feminine form of Latin word for 'co-worker.'"

    ...should read:

    "The word 'co-redemptrix' is just the feminine form of Latin word for 'co-redeemer.'"

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  6. Thanks, Padre'. Good explanation.

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