Monday, September 24, 2007

The author of both Alma Redemptoris Mater and Salve Regina
Blessed Herman the Cripple

On orthodoxy and charity
That is, tolerant conservatism. John Mallon writes:
There is no conflict between right doctrine and loving pastoral practice, only between right doctrine and bad pastors.

Unfortunately, as another of my theology professors used to say, “In the Church, every reaction is an over-reaction.”

In an overly feminized Church there are some reactionaries who behave as if they have an extra “Y” chromosome.

Thus, within what would otherwise be the orthodox camp, the spirit of Christian love can sometimes be hard to find. This is a tragedy, because there is nothing more orthodox than love, properly understood, and nothing discredits the Christian witness more than the lack of charity.
From The Western Confucian.

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