April 12, 2008

What's the Point of Sound from an Evil Tree?

Justin Katz

This passage from the latest Rhode Island Catholic column from the consistently insightful Fr. John A. Kiley is worth sharing:

Somewhere towards the end of the last century, Fear of God yielded to fear of alienation. Not a few prelates, priests and parents have been profoundly afraid to speak up lest they lose their audiences. Well, their audiences are already lost. And a broadminded church is not offering them any inducement to return. The fictional Cure de Torcy is correct. The church's main task is doctrine and discipline rather than self-esteem and self-affirmation. "Whoever believes in me will do the works that I do," insists Jesus in Sunday's Gospel. It is a dogmatic faith in Jesus that will lead to effective works toward one's neighbor.
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We should remember that is easier for a camel to pass through the Eye of the Needle than for a rich man to enter the Kingdom of Heaven.

We would also do well to remember the parable of the Good Samaritan when it comes to our immigrant neighbors.

What's your point?

Posted by: OldTimeLefty at April 12, 2008 11:25 AM
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