April 25, 2007

My forty-eighth birthday was in A.D. 2006

Another blogger refers to me as....
a yoartg* priest

while they might be young, “orthodox,” and rarin’ to go*, their ordination bestows not just a certain quality of leadership, but also one of prudence and gravity

That blogger refers to his blog as "Catholic Sensibility."

Here's what I think.

The Catholic sensibility of Jesus “rarin’ to go”—at the time younger than myself
Matthew 18:6
but whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a great millstone fastened round his neck and to be drowned in the depth of the sea.

The Catholic sensibility of Jesus yoartg*
John 2:13-17
The Passover of the Jews was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.
In the temple he found those who were selling oxen and sheep and pigeons, and the money-changers at their business.
And making a whip of cords, he drove them all, with the sheep and oxen, out of the temple; and he poured out the coins of the money-changers and overturned their tables.
And he told those who sold the pigeons, "Take these things away; you shall not make my Father's house a house of trade."
His disciples remembered that it was written, "Zeal for thy house will consume me."

The Catholic sensibility of St. Francis of Assisi, younger than me, orthodox, rarin’ to go
However let all those who minister such most holy ministries, consider within themselves— most of all those who minister indiscreetly— how vile are the chalices, corporals, and altar linens, where the Body and Blood of the Lord is sacrificed.
And by many in vile places He is abandoned, borne about in a wretched manner and received unworthily and ministered to others indiscreetly.
www.franciscan-archive.org/patriarcha/opera/letters.html


5 Comments:

Anonymous shelray said...

Father,
Considering your criticism is coming from someone who supports a priest who misrepresented a document addressing abuse of the confessional as an explicit written policy to cover up cases of child sexual abuse by the clergy and to punish those who would call attention to these crimes, I would say that puts you in pretty good company. I thank God for all the priests who speak the truth to all of us who need to hear it.
God Bless

7:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The blogger of "Catholic Sensibility" presumed you were young. Presumptious! His presumption of your youth is part of his critique of you. "Young" as in "immature" he presumes? How patronizing, how condescending, how holier than thou! And then he condemns you for critiquing others.

11:27 AM  
Blogger Mac McLernon said...

Congratulations, Father Stephanos. BTW you might want to check out the letter from ICEL which Fr Tim Finigan received on the new translation and copyright!

3:54 PM  
Blogger tara said...

Father Stephanos,
As a nurse, I work with people in their 80's and 90's--your barely even halfway there!
BTW your blog IS my favorite blog--don't tell Fr. Erik--my priest. I like that you are young and orthodox and always trust what you say. Expect Satan's helpers to criticise you--means your Holy!

4:52 PM  
Blogger Jeff said...

Todd is a funny bird. He's quite smart, but he has a fantastic talent for evading the issue, missing the point, and missing the mark, hitting the nail smack-dab on the thumb every time.

I can't understand the logic here. Criticizing priests for liturgical and doctrinal shenanigans is wicked and uncharitable. But criticizing priests for engaging in such criticism is fine.

Now there's Todd Logic for ya.

9:38 PM  

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