Monday, August 15, 2005

A Link Post

If you’ve ever read or admired Augustine, check out this hilarity. Confessions to the tune of "I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)". Thanks to the Holy Whapping crew.

Now to the seriously good stuff.

Pontifications cites a really fascinating take on Vatican II and the papacy of John Paul II. Excerpt:
The new Christian humanism proposed by the council and John Paul II is the only possible solution to the crisis within the Church. The modern world wants “freedom.” The rebels within the Church want “freedom.” Complaints about the Church are mainly about its moral teachings, which are perceived as putting a lid on everyone’s freedom. This problem isn’t going to be solved by a further insistence on the rules, but rather by a call to holiness and a positive vision of the human person and the uses of his freedom.
This is what the pontificate of John Paul II has been all about. Those who view him as an authoritarian who keeps tightening the screws are not paying attention. This papacy is all about freedom. But the pope insists that authentic freedom is based on the truth about the human person; otherwise, it will be a counterfeit and make us unhappy. Building on the council, he has proposed a sweeping vision of the human person that invites us into depths barely touched by the old scholastic casuistry. Right now, those in the Church who are shaping its future are busy unpacking these teachings...

The same blog also has the best quote I've seen in a while: And Jesus said unto them, “And whom do you say that I am?” His disciples replied, “You are the eschatological manifestation of the ground of our being, the ontological foundation of the context of our very selfhood revealed.” And Jesus replied, “What?”

And Zippy has a pair of excellent posts targeting consequentialism, that most tempting of moral philosophies for our age. Although it's not quite the central tenet of Catholic ethics, it's probably the best place to begin explaining it to an outsider: the principle that one can never do something intrinsically wrong to achieve a good end. No matter what the consequences are.

P.S. On a personal note, I finally cut up my contract with the Devil Citibank card. It feels so good.

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