Wednesday, August 28, 2013

    1. Who’s obsessed?
    2. Forgive us our debts

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[L]iberal readers who e-mail or comment that I’m “obsessed” with the [gay-marriage] story (that word comes up a lot) ought to read The New York Times, which writes as often and as enthusiastically about gay issues as L’Osservatore Romano writes about the Pope’s schedule.

(Rod Dreher) I had noticed the same thing about the New York Times. It’s a great newspaper (admittedly liberal on all the key social issues) and a joy to read on the iPad New York Times app – maybe The Best App There Is. But its news selection is unhinged on this topic.

Dreher concludes:

This is not a fight the Church sought, but it is a fight the Church must wage …

Giving up resistance to SSM will not buy the Catholic Church, or any Christian church, the slightest bit of goodwill. Jody Bottum may be tired of this argument, weary of this controversy — I am too, believe me — but there can be no doubt that the Church’s enemies are indefatigable.

2

Forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us.

I hope I don’t have to tell you where that comes from.

I want you to stare at that picture… because you will see that face when you wake up each morning, at times during the day, and before you go to sleep for the rest of your life. This is the curse that I put on you …

I was insane with hatred. I never knew I was capable of the kind of hatred I had for you. Since then I’ve come to my senses and I don’t hate you anymore, but I will never forgive you. That’s not my job. That belongs to someone other than me.

That comes from a vicim impact statement, from the grandfather of a murdered boy. The murder was horrible and the details about as lurid as can be without the boy being sodomized as well as murdered. The victim was adorable, with an infectious Ron-Howard-as-Opie grin. If I linked to the story, half my readers would hate me for the next paragraph, which is why I won’t link. But I think this needs to be said.

Putting a curse on the killer? Vowing never to forgive? What does Gramps expect from “someone other than me” when his time comes?

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“The remarks made in this essay do not represent scholarly research. They are intended as topical stimulations for conversation among intelligent and informed people.” (Gerhart Niemeyer)

Some succinct standing advice on recurring themes.