Milk of Human Kindness?

From via the Heritage Dictionary we have the following: “A phrase from Macbeth, by William Shakespeare, meaning humane feeling, concern for other people.” Now, most of the participants in this forum, I believe, are Catholics who feel they have been let down by the current Occupant of the Chair of Peter and even by local Ordinaries, to wit: DECLARATION
Evidently, despite over two thousand years of our ancestors faithfully adhering to the doctrines and dogmas of Holy Mother Church we who follow their lead are, according to some, “the new Pharisees” and deserving of being anthematized by the Church that nourished us at least until 1962. How can this be?
Wouldn’t you think that the second commandment of “Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself” would apply not only to those of other religions but to thy own? If the virtue of Charity means not only love of God but love of thy neighbor, where do anathemas against a tiny group of Catholic-Christians in their “New Catacombs” fit in?
Being entirely frustrated with this situation, I e-mailed a Professor of Theology at my alma-mater a few days ago and asked him two questions: (1) What happened to the Edmundites (an order of Catholic priests who were in charge of the college ( when I was an undergraduate and (2) What did he think of my website at which is, in effect, my own justification for the “State of Necessity and ecclesia supplet” arguments – advanced by many of our traditional Catholic brothers and sisters at websites too numerous to mention here. (You should know that this Professor is a layman, Professor of Religious Studies, B.A. University of Ottawa; B.Ph. St. Paul’s University; S.T.B., M.A., M.M.R.Sc., Ph.D. The Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium, and the entire faculty of the “Department of Religious Studies,” as it is now known, is composed of laypeople. The following extract of the SMC Catalog describes the curriculum: “Keeping with the mission of Saint Michael’s as a Catholic liberal arts college, courses in religious studies primarily examine the foundations, development, meaning, and cultural relevance of the Christian tradition: its literature and history, beliefs, practices, and ethics. Courses are also offered in other religious traditions, such as Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism. By its nature, religious studies approaches traditions in a multi-disciplinary fashion and inquires into both life’s ultimate questions and issues central to everyday life. The skills of empathic understanding and critical thinking developed in religious studies are not only valuable for almost any career, but they also serve to enrich one’s entire life. Recent majors and minors in religious studies are successfully pursuing careers in teaching, law, business management, journalism, information management, social services, college administration, various church ministries and other fields The emphasis in the preceding extract are my own, if course.)
Well, what do you think the odds are that I will receive a reply that in any way addresses the situation? My own guess is not very good but I’ll be happy if I turn out to be wrong. Regardless. I will continue to speak out against those who have hijacked the faith that was imbedded in me as a child, even to the highest levels of the Church. And, may God have mercy on my soul.

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2 comments on “Milk of Human Kindness?

  1. Just wanted to advise the readers that I have corrected the credentials of the Professor that I mentioned in the original post and added some parenthetical information from the School Catalog re: the Dept of “Religious Studies.” I wish to emphasize the point that the Dept of Theology, as we knew it in the ’60s, no longer exists. There is another fellow on the faculty of the Dept that has a Phd. from Trinity College, University of Dublin. The Chairman of the Dept has his Phd. from Yale if anyone is interested, The other point I’d like to make is that the President of the College, when I was an undergraduate, was an Edmundite Priest, Fr. Gerald Dupont. So far as I can tell there are no Edmundites left on the faculty. That speaks volumes.

  2. Here’s what happened to the faculty: ” Saint Michael’s first followed a curriculum deeply rooted in the classical European liberal arts tradition, including mandatory Greek and Latin. In 1951, following an enrollment boom fueled by the GI Bill, the dean and future president, Reverend Gerald E. Dupont, SSE, initiated the Saint Michael’s Plan, which focused on the intellectual growth of students through studies informed by Catholicism while meaningfully engaged in the secular world. Since then, the curriculum has been revised in response to changing times”.
    “Revised in response to changing times” is a vast understatement which I’m confident our readers will surely understand.

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