Thursday, May 12, 2011

Quote du Jour (Religion Department)

I was really happy to see a gaggle of Roman Catholic theologians publicly chastising U.S. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner for his woeful voting record relative to needs of the poor.

Boehner is scheduled to give the commencement speech at Catholic University of America on Saturday (5/14). I'm hoping he takes to heart this paragraph about the use of Catholic social doctrine:
 

Catholic social doctrine is not merely a set of goals to be achieved by whatever means one chooses. It is also a way of proceeding, a set of principles that are derived from the truth of the human person.

In Pope Benedict’s words: “Without truth, charity degenerates into sentimentality. Love becomes an empty shell, to be filled in an arbitrary way... the word “love” is abused and distorted, to the point where it comes to mean the
opposite.”

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