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Another Bizarre Courier LTTE

June 2nd, 2011, Promulgated by Dr. K

If you enjoyed Joel Freedman’s fish letter to the editor, you’ll also delight in his latest goofy comment:

“While I believe John Paul advanced human welfare in some ways, his failure to implement his own teachings about animal welfare should disqualify him from sainthood. But his proclamations about kindness to animals should inspire all of us to apply the Golden Rule — “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you” — to our relationships with all living beings.”

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3 Responses to “Another Bizarre Courier LTTE”

  1. avatar Ben Anderson says:

    I thought it was interesting the contrast of quality of the 2 letters in this edition, the other being:

    No cause for ‘debate’

    To the editor:

    It is always good to see your columnist Father Richard McBrien wearing clerical dress, but not so good to read his muddled account of the resurrection of the dead (Catholic Courier, May 2011). For him, apparently, there is not a single dogma of the faith that cannot be considered an object of “ongoing debate”, meaning subject to doubt and denial, not only by unbelievers but now by Catholics! He writes that there is a “debate” about the time of the resurrection –“whether it happens at the moment of death or only at the end of history when all experience the general judgment.”

    However, the Church is quite clear on the subject, and I recommend theologian McBrien to read the Catechism of the Catholic Church which does not share his ongoing confusion concerning when the Resurrection of the dead, both the just and wicked, will occur. “When? Definitely ‘at the last day’, ‘at the end of the world’…”When we rise on the last day, we also will appear with him in glory’” (CCC #1001-1003).

    It is astonishing that he makes reference to Councils which dogmatize the reality of the “final judgement when the soul will be united with the body”. Yet he proceeds to cast shameful doubt on the fact that the souls of the just which enjoy the blessedness of heaven, are not complete human persons until their souls are reunited with their bodies on the day of resurrection of the dead.”

    Such doubting theologians do a disservice to the Church.

    James Likoudis
    Montour Falls

  2. avatar JLo says:

    Here’s praying that dropping Father Richard McBrien’s musings from the diocesan newspaper is one of the first things our new bishop will do! +JMJ

  3. avatar Nerina says:

    Every letter from James Likoudis is outstanding. He should be writing columns in the Catholic Courier.

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