Friday, August 29, 2008

On ecumenical and interfaith doings
When it comes to faith, there is little room for messing around.

Being placed firmly in your beliefs to the point of intolerance is not some sort of license to impale your neighbor on your sword, but rather a foundation on which sincere charity (and not superficial “niceness”) is built.

Intransigence in the truth means humility before the truth. The good believer (not the fundamentalist) does not reply to invitations to compromise his beliefs with the sword, but rather says a staunch yet somewhat sorrowful
“non possumus”: we simply can’t. We are servants of the truth, not its masters.

The ecumenical gestures of the world bother me because I simply don’t think they are very honest. I don’t think that Hindus become better people by being better Hindus, but I do think that Hindus will be better people if Catholics are better Catholics. The best way for Catholics to show “common ground” with other belief systems is to show that Catholicism is the way of life that can encompass all of them and bring them to perfection, and that means a pure, unadulterated, Eurocentric, logocentric, patriarchal, etc., etc., Catholicism as it has always been. Catholicism simply must “roll over” other belief systems, and in that process, the other belief systems will begin to meld, develop, and blossom new Catholic cultures, very much based on the original, but still very much as native as the pagan religions. All one must do is look to the Philippines and Latin America to see places that are thoroughly Catholic and thoroughly “other”. The traditions of the Word Incarnate invaded and stayed there, went native and colonized all in one fell swoop.
The kind of tolerance, not indifferentism or condescension, Arturo’s talking about is why I’m a libertarian.

Religion and libertarianism
Except for the pro-abortion bit Machan’s right. Again it’s good to remember that libertarianism doesn’t pretend to be a complete worldview like a religion; it’s only a tool, a way of doing things.

Leah’s right
As heated as discussions of ecumenicism and inter-faith dialogue are among Internet “Church nerds” of all types, how many regular pewsitters believe that their particular sect, denomination, or church is the “true Church”? How many actually know what theological position they claim to profess by virtue of attending a church of a particular denomination? Very few, I would think. Hence, I would think that most modern Americans by default are religiously indifferent, regardless of their supposed affiliations.

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