Daily Archives: July 17, 2007

An interesting column from the Philippines, relayed via CBN(!) about Pope Benedict

http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/storypage.aspx?StoryId=84705

A fairly good article by Sheila Rauch Kennedy

Mrs. Kennedy has become quite the crusader–albeit from the left–aganist the liberalized annulment process in American Catholic diocese. It would be interesting to see her team up with Bai MacFarlane, in left/right one-two punch. Not to mention Maggie Gallagher (The Abolition of Marriage is a must-read!)

Anyway, the point of this particular column, though, is that she wants the Church to change what she thinks is its theology of annulment. She thinks an annulment means a marriage never happened. Of course, this gets to the definition of marriage itself. She seems OK with the divorce, but just not the annulment. But she says that the Orthodox will declare a marriage “non-sacramental but valid”. That is an inherent contradiction and shows her own ignorance of the annulment concept, which is due to the fact that her husband was a Kennedy.

An annulment *means* “invalid, no sacrament.” It does not mean “no marriage,” (at least not in the civil sense that she means).

So there’s no need for a change in theology.

Greeley Gripes about GenXers Longing for Latin

Greeley says that young, conservative priests are “out of touch” with the laity.

First off, given the recent scandals, I don’t think priests should be touching laity at all.

Secondly, most of the laity I associate with want more conservative priests and think Andrew Greeley’s out of touch with reality.

Thirdly, why should that *matter*? Isn’t it far more important to be “in touch with” God’s Will than the laitys?

More Eugenicists Criticize President Arroyo