Check out this thought-provoking article in which Dr Scott Hahn compares the responsibilities of priests to those of fathers.
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From “Fishers of Men”
If you haven’t read about this elsewhere by now — Archbishop Chaput of Denver recently gave a lengthy speech about JFK’s Houston declaration of not letting the church guide his decisions. He called it sincere, compelling, articulate – and wrong. Not wrong about the patriotism of Catholics, but wrong about American history and very wrong about the role of religious faith in our nation’s life.
It’s already been translated into Italian, and other blogs have predicted that this particular speech will stir up trouble. Here’s a sample:
As I was preparing these comments for tonight, I listed all the urgent issues that demand our attention as believers: abortion; immigration; our obligations to the poor, the elderly and the disabled; questions of war and peace; our national confusion about sexual identity and human nature, and the attacks on marriage and family life that flow from this confusion; the growing disconnection of our science and technology from real moral reflection; the erosion of freedom of conscience in our national health-care debates; the content and quality of the schools that form our children.
The list is long. I believe abortion is the foundational human rights issue of our lifetime. We need to do everything we can to support women in their pregnancies and to end the legal killing of unborn children. We may want to remember that the Romans had a visceral hatred for Carthage not because Carthage was a commercial rival, or because its people had a different language and customs. The Romans hated Carthage above all because its people sacrificed their infants to Ba’al. For the Romans, who themselves were a hard people, that was a unique kind of wickedness and barbarism. As a nation, we might profitably ask ourselves whom and what we’ve really been worshipping in our 40 million “legal” abortions since 1973.
This post at the Intentional Disciples blog left me astounded, astonished, absolutely stupefyed, open-mouthed-in-amazement. Please…read the post. Then…you MUST watch the video (at the bottom of the post).
The turnaround. The numbers. The youth. The joy. The unabashed love for Jesus. And it’s not just a weekend youth conference. Imagine an entire Church aflame like that, committed to daily living the life in the Spirit!
I’m going to try to watch that video at least once every week for the rest of my life!