web analytics

Delegitimate Differences

In a message for tolerance, uttered in French, Pope Benedict XVI said humanity should accept legitimate differences, “just like Jesus came to pull together men from every nation and speaking every language.” If we accept legitimate differences how to do we reject illegitimate differences once ‘the elect’ identifies them for us? What other than tolerance should humanity have for differences that ‘the elect’ deems illegitimate?

In a message for tolerance, uttered in French, Pope Benedict XVI said humanity should accept legitimate differences, “just like Jesus came to pull together men from every nation and speaking every language.” If we accept legitimate differences how to do we reject illegitimate differences once ‘the elect’ identifies them for us? What other than tolerance should humanity have for differences that ‘the elect’ deems illegitimate?

This is the careful type of thinking and speaking that allows the Catholic church to have legitimate differences with the men and women around the world that have been abused by their Catholic clergy. The Catholic church tolerates the victims of abuse. It does not seem to matter if they do the wrong thing as long as they talk about it in the right way for their words are ‘the word of God’.

Will Pope Francis Break the Church?

pfcc

“Describing Communion for the remarried as merely a pastoral change ignores its inevitable doctrinal implications. If people who are living as adulterers can receive Communion, if the Church can recognize their state of life as nonideal but somehow tolerable, then either the Church’s sacramental theology or its definition of sin has been effectively rewritten. And the ramifications of such a change are potentially sweeping. If ongoing adultery is forgivable, then why not other forms of loving, long-standing sexual commitment? Not only same-sex couples but cohabiting straight couples and even polygamous families (a particular concern among African cardinals) could make a plausible case that they deserve the same pastoral exception, rendering the very idea of objective sexual sin anachronistic in one swift march.” – theatlantic{dot}com

Rich Man, Poor Man
The radical visions of St. Francis. by Joan Acocella

thegoodpope

For Nuncio Accused of Abuse, Dominicans Want Justice at Home, Not Abroad

“The case is the first time that a top Vatican ambassador, or nuncio — who serves as a personal envoy of the pope — has been accused of sexual abuse of minors.”

Pope Francis Refers to ‘gay lobby’ inside Vatican

Argentine Bishop Jorge Mario Bergoglio (Pope Francis)

Vatican Pope

Pope distinguishes between homosexual orientation, gay lobby

Curriculum Vitae

Tom L. States PhD Candidate

Fields of Interest: Political Theory, International Relations, Marxist Political Economy

Research Topic: eRacism - Conflicts of Difference

Education History: Williams College, BA Political Science; New York University, MA Politics; York University PhD Candidate

Languages: English, German

Hometown: Greenwood, Mississippi

Words of Wisdom: “IT” is what you are when you are young. Your youth mistakes certainty of the few things that you think you know for knowledge of things that it takes a life time to understand. With time and a few life experiences “IT” becomes the thing you pursue to give your life meaning. Somewhere along the way of having or getting “IT” you ask yourself, ‘Is this “IT”? Panic sets in when you realize that “IT” is your life. Fear and insecurity is that feeling you get when “IT” has not been worth a life time.

Bookshelf

Harvey, David. Justice, Nature, and the Geography of Difference. New York: Longman, 1996.

Fanon, Frantz. Black Skin White Masks. Trans. Charles Lam Markmann. New York: Grove Press. 1967.

Cancian, Francesca M. Gender Politics: Love and Power in the Private and Public Spheres. Gender and the Life Course. Ed. Alice S. Rossi. New York: Aldine, 1985.

Sand, Shlomo. The Invention of the Jewish People. New York: Verso, 2009.

Lay, Shawn. The Invisible Empire In The West: Toward a New Historical Appraisal of the Ku Klux Klan of the 1920's. Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 2004.

Journal

Carothers, Thomas. Think Again: Civil Society. Foreign Policy Date, (Winter: 1999-2000).

Ober, Josiah. The original meaning of "democracy": Capacity to do things, not majority rule. Princeton/Stanford Working Papers in Classics. American Political Science Association meetings, Philadelphia, (2006).