Saturday, December 09, 2017

What's Wrong With the World, Fr. Rutler Style

Those of you who don't know from Fr. George Rutler are missing a real treat.  He's a Roman Catholic priest from the English tradition (speaks actual English!!) and very well-studied.  He is a priest in the NYC Archdiocese; a few years ago he was assigned to St. Michael the Archangel parish in Hell's Kitchen.  (Perhaps he was too straightforward with some bureaucratic poobah in NYC.)

Anyhow, to gather support for this parish from people who actually have money (not easily found in Hell's Kitchen) he sends out a sermonette every week.

Here's a taste of the current one:

...Our society has employed cleverness to justify moral madness, rationalizing a radical overhaul of social order as “hope and change.” George Orwell anticipated this in his “doublethink” which means holding two contradictory beliefs simultaneously and accepting both of them, so that, for instance, ignorance is strength, war is peace, freedom is slavery. Currently there are those who call censored speech “freedom of speech” and redistribution of wealth “income equality,” and who varnish anarchy as “resistance.” Infanticide is responsible parenthood, infidelity is independence, decadence is progress, common sense is bias, and natural law is hate speech....

...The same people who ask “Who am I to judge?” judge right judgment to be tactlessly judgmental, and they politicize the judiciary to appoint justices who will usurp the function of legislators. Certainly, our Lord forbids any attempt to judge the human heart or the fate of a soul (Matthew 7:2), but blurring the line between right and wrong, which the theologians call antinomianism, turns an entire culture into a raucous asylum


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Anonymous said...

Good post ,thank you.


Anonymous said...

Rutler is really really good. He is good at feeding his sheep.