Some Thoughts on the Political Polarization of American Catholics

Sunday, March 7, 2010 \PM\.\Sun\.

In response to co-blogger Joshua B’s observations and queries at my other blog, Evangelical Catholicism.


An Exhibition for the Rebuilding of L’Aquila

Sunday, March 7, 2010 \PM\.\Sun\.

Here is a snippet: The age of these works of art, isn’t the reason they’re deteriorated. Even though they go back a couple centuries, until a year ago, they were still intact. But on April 6th 2009, the ground shook in the Italian city of L’Aquila.

This exhibition doesn’t aim to show the artistic value of the paintings or sculptures rather it’s a metaphor for the damaging consequences of the earthquake.


Video courtesy of Rome Reports.

Bishop Sheen: The Divine Sense of Humor

Sunday, March 7, 2010 \PM\.\Sun\.

Bishop Sheen was never so eloquent as when he was speaking about Jesus Christ.  For Sheen a sense of humor was not just the sense of the comic, but the ability to see through to the essence of things.  Bishop Sheen was gifted with a fine sense of humor.

Cardinal Newman Development of Doctrine-Second Note-Continuity of Principles

Sunday, March 7, 2010 \AM\.\Sun\.

Continuing on with my series on the Seven Notes, I would call them tests, which Venerable John Henry Cardinal Newman developed for determining whether some aspect of Church teaching is a development of doctrine or a corruption of doctrine.  We began with Note Six-Conservative Action Upon Its Past, and I would highly recommend that any one who has not read the first post in the series read it here before proceeding with this post.  We then proceeded with an examination of the First Note-Preservation of Type here.    This post will deal with the Second Note-Continuity of Principles.

Newman distinguishes in this Note between a principle and a doctrine:

Principles are abstract and general, doctrines relate to facts; doctrines develope, and principles at first sight do not; doctrines grow and are enlarged, principles are permanent; doctrines are intellectual, and principles are more immediately ethical and practical. Systems live in principles and represent doctrines. Personal responsibility is a principle, the Being of a God is a doctrine; from that doctrine all theology has come in due course, whereas that principle is not clearer under the Gospel than in paradise, and depends, not on belief in an Almighty Governor, but on conscience.

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