Dawkins Downfall

Saturday, April 17, 2010 \PM\.\Sat\.

You know, I always had the odd feeling that Dawkins reminded me of someone.  Oh well, if the real Hitler couldn’t stop the Catholic Church, what chance did an internet Hitler\Dawkins have?

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Romance for your Weekend

Saturday, April 17, 2010 \PM\.\Sat\.

Though I did argue that Catholic Romanticism isn’t tied to the Romantic era of the 19th century, that era IS still quite amazing. Here are some of my favorite pieces from the era:

Mendelsshon: Hebrides Overture

Schumann: Piano Concerto

Berlioz: Les Nuits d’ete (Summer Nights)


On the Crucifixion of the Pope

Saturday, April 17, 2010 \PM\.\Sat\.

Michael Liccione has written an outstanding piece over at What’s Wrong With the World about the recent escalation in attacks on Pope Benedict in relation to the scandals, with Dawkins and Hitchens demanding that the pope be arrested and tried in an international court:

With whatever degree of justice, the scandal has now reached Pope Benedict XVI himself.

The complaint is not that he abused anyone himself during his long career, but that he was criminally negligent in failing to take due action, as an archbishop and then as the Curia’s most powerful official, against many of the priestly perps who came to his attention. Some of the better-known enemies of the Church, such as Richard Dawkins, now propose to arrest the Pope for that and put him in the dock, presumably at the International Court of Justice. The interest of such a ludicrous proposal does not lie in its legal plausibility, which I am unqualified to judge and is probably academic in any case. Its interest lies in the challenge it poses to explaining the irrationality behind it.

I believe myself qualified to discuss that, not only as a lifelong Catholic who has spent much of his professional life serving the Church, but also as a victim of molestation myself, in my early teens, at the hands of a priest-teacher of mine. My abuser died years ago; I have not seen fit to sue the Church; indeed my experience was one of the factors that led me to reject progressive Catholicism and ascribe to what is generally understood as orthodox Catholicism. I understand, of course, why many victims have rejected the Church, even religious belief generally, and have lived very troubled lives. How could anybody not understand that? But the generalized furor, among people who are neither victims nor loved ones of victims, strikes me as positively irrational. My way of explaining that can only issue in a statement of faith. But I believe that’s just what’s called for, if only at the end.

What’s irrational about the furor? [continue reading]


Scarborough Fair

Saturday, April 17, 2010 \AM\.\Sat\.

Something for the weekend.  A favorite from my mispent youth, Scarborough Fair by Simon and Garfunkel.  One of my early experiences of enjoying the art someone produces while viewing their politics as puerile.

Celtic Woman has a nice rendition below sans the Canticle counterpoint of the Simon and Garfunkel version: