Saturday, April 2, 2016

Items of Interest: Bright Week

The Shaken Conscience of a Pro-Life Activist
by Karen Swallow Prior (Christianity Today). «These words, penned by the son of one of my enemies in the culture war, are the essence of the entire abortion conflict: ‹recognizing the humanity› of the other. The tragedy of the conflict is the failure of both sides to recognize the humanity, whether that of the abortionist or that of the nascent child.»

The Virtue of Hate
by Rabbi Meir Y. Soloveichik (First Things). «Burning hatred, once kindled, is difficult to extinguish; but that is precisely what Jews must do when reassessing our relationship with contemporary Christianity. The crimes of popes of the past do not negate the fact that John Paul II is one of the righteous men of our generation. If Christians no longer hold us accountable for the crime of deicide, we cannot remain indifferent to such changes. Christians have every right to assert the truth of their beliefs. Modern anti-Christianity is no more excusable than ancient anti-Semitism.»

Ethika Politika: Three Responses to Roberto Rivera
In the Week of Dominica Quadragesima II, I posted here Roberto Rivera's EP lament The Depressing Problem with Pro-Life 2.0. Here are some excellent, thoughtful responses:
Strategy, Theology, and Saving Unborn Lives: A Response to Roberto Rivera by Erik Clary
How Evangelicals Saved the Pro-Life Movement: A Response to Roberto Rivera by Joe Carter
Evangelicals and the Run to First Principles: A Response to Roberto Rivera by Matthew Wright

Innovation in the Guise of Tradition: Anti-Ecumenist Efforts to Derail the Great and Holy Council
by George Demacopoulos (Public Orthodoxy). «In sum, the self-proclaimed ‹traditionalists› are demanding that the Great and Holy Council abandon the historical and canonical practice of the Orthodox Church in order to ward off an imaginary dilution of Orthodox purity. Their claims are couched in the language of Apostolic and Patristic tradition but, ironically, their position is dangerously innovative.»

The Fall of the House of Neuhaus
by Anthony Annett (Commonweal). Cardinal Peter Turkson: «I should note that some have claimed that Centesimus Annus changed the tenor of Catholic social teaching, and even abrogated prior teaching on the market economy. Nothing could be further from the truth. Saint John Paul II follows directly in the footsteps of his predecessors. And like his predecessors, he recognized the twin dangers of both collectivism and individualism.»