Skip to comments.ARISE, REJOICE, GOD IS CALLING YOU (Cardinal Arinze's Commencement Address at Georgetown)
Posted on 05/29/2003 7:05:14 AM PDT by eastsider
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God has blessed us with Cardinal Arinze.
"the phrase "mocked by homosexuality" had a strike line through it "
So much for free speech and the American way! I'm sure you've heaerd (as I have) that you are closeminded and narrow and a lemming because you espouse what the Magisterium teaches. But the "strike through" done by the Dean of Students at Georgetown shows that there is only one school of thought permitted by the liberal/heterodox mind and there is no room for what the Church has always taught if it is not in line with political correctness --- in fact, you can't even read what the Church teaches!
I wonder if this speech is going to be published in the Georgetown student newspaper or various Georgetown publications... and if it is, will the speech be doctored or printed honestly and in its full content?
Arinze has either been applauded or excoriated for this speech - but not excoriated as much as he might have been if he was white, I think. Put Bruskewicz or maybe Egan in this situation and given the same speech in the same school, I think the outcry would have been much larger.
In truth, I don't mind the extremes except when they denegrate the Chair of Peter, selectively, of course!
Speaking of religious plurality... last night I had a meeting with the VOTF pastoral nun at my parish regarding a baccalauriate breakfast the parish is doing for the 50 members of the graduating HS class who are also parishioners (I am the cook & bottlewasher for this event). As an aside, out of that 50, only 6 are coming and the pastoral nun can't figure out why. You know I keep trying to tell her in a nice way ;-)
Anyhow... she asked me about my husband (who she's never met because he of course doesn't go to Mass) and I told her that he is an agnostic brought up Lutheran and I hope and pray that he will someday join the Catholic Church and discover the fullness and truth of Catholicism. I told her I say a lot of rosaries and pray for him and try to be a "shining light" and all that. She thought for a moment and advised me to tell him that there is a nice Evangelical Lutheran parish in the next town over that he might be interested in! She said she has been there and they have a nice congregation.
In keeping with this thread, I have a real strong feeling she probably would have walked out on Cardinal Arinze's speech!
It's sad that this speech has to be characterized as "hard hitting" when it's unremarkable, orthodox, Catholic doctrine.
I must learn to give of myself to others as I practise my profession as lawyer, doctor, air hostess, congress member or priest.I found this particular phrase amusing. First, it sounded to me as though the Cardinal was trying to be PC by avoiding the sex-specific "stewardess," but used the sex-specific "hostess" instead. On the other hand, based on the spelling of "practise" and "honour" elsewhere in the address, it may be that "hostess" is the English term and "stewardess" the American. I'm am certain, however, that "congress member" is totally PC.
On a more serious note, I enjoyed the parallelism between the second paragraph under No.1 of the Cardinal's address and Book I of Aristotle's Nichomachean Ethics.
[From the Cardinal's address:]
True happiness does not consist in the accumulation of goods: money, cars, houses. Nor is it to be found in pleasure seeking: eating, drinking, sex. And humans do not attain lasting joy by power grabbing, dominating others, or heaping up public acclaim." These three things, good in themselves when properly sought, were not able to confer on Solomon, perfect happiness.
[From Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics:]
To judge from the lives that men lead, most men, and men of the most vulgar type, seem (not without some ground) to identify the good, or happiness, with pleasure; which is the reason why they love the life of enjoyment....
A consideration of the prominent types of life shows that people of superior refinement and of active disposition identify happiness with honour; for this is, roughly speaking, the end of the political life....
The life of money-making is one undertaken under compulsion, and wealth is evidently not the good we are seeking; for it is merely useful and for the sake of something else. And so one might rather take the aforenamed objects to be ends; for they are loved for themselves. But it is evident that not even these are ends; yet many arguments have been thrown away in support of them. Let us leave this subject, then.
In Britspeak, the people they elect to their chief legislative body are "Members of Parliament". I think he is carrying that usage over to form the term "Congress Member", rather than being PC.I think you're on to something there. Thank you!
Cardinal Arinze got it right: "True religion teaches not exclusion, rivalry, tension, conflict or violence, but rather openness, esteem, respect and harmony. At the same time you should keep intact your religious identity, your distinction as a witness of Jesus Christ."
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