Monday, April 7, 2014

Nashville Dominicans Apologize...for Truth?

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Why did the Nashville Dominicans apologize for Sister Laurel's comments about homosexuality? (read full article here)

"Sister Laurel holds a doctorate in theology from the Pontifical University of the Angelicum in Rome, one of the oldest schools in the world and the one that produced one of the world’s greatest theologians, St. Thomas Aquinas – also a Dominican like Sister Laurel.

Sister Laurel has reportedly given similar talks a few dozen times all over the country all without incident. It is reported that some of the data she used came from the highly respected Anscombe Bioethics Centre in Great Britain. Most of the the nun's talks are up at her webpage."

The article continued to say that much of what she taught came directly from the Catechism of the Catholic Church. And, still the reaction from the Catholic HS parents was "swift and overwhelming", even bringing the Nashville Dominicans to claim that Sister Laurel lacked the proper credentials to speak with authority on certain issues. Is this just another example of the hermeneutic of rupture, as Pope BXVI called the dissent/misinterpretation after Vatican II? What could the Nashville Dominicans have been thinking?

It is to misunderstand love to allow your brother to remain blind and in sin. While the biological causation may yet be in question, the fact that self-control is still a possibility should be fully considered. Continence is a virtue -- one that is infrequently taught with any relevance or credibility in the current culture.

In any case, I am truly surprised that there was an apology of any sort. Did the school not realize, or properly vet this speaker before she was engaged to offer her topic to the students? And, just exactly what are they teaching in their HS Moral Theology classes in the Diocese of Charlotte, NC?

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