Catholicism: March 2007 Archives

Freedom of Religion

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In Britain it seems like it will soon be illegal to teach kids that the truth is true.

After this April's implementation of the Sexual Orientation Regulations (SOR's), British religious schools may no longer be allowed to teach school children that the Christian viewpoint on sexual morality is "objectively true," a government report says.

The Joint Committee on Human Rights, made up of members from Parliament and the House of Lords, has issued a report on the implementation of the Regulations recommending that religious schools be required to modify their religious instruction to comply with the government-approved doctrine of "non-discrimination".

Although religious schools will be allowed to remain open and may continue to give instruction in various religious beliefs, instruction must be modified "so that homosexual pupils are not subjected to teaching, as part of the religious education or other curriculum, that their sexual orientation is sinful or morally wrong."

The report says the Regulations will not "prevent pupils from being taught as part of their religious education the fact that certain religions view homosexuality as sinful," but they may not teach "a particular religion's doctrinal beliefs as if they were objectively true".

British priest Tim Finigan is cited in the article. For further developments, keep an eye on his blog.

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Holy Terror

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Novelist Dean Koontz is a Catholic who converted when he was in college. I had no idea, but it figures. (Incidentally, a companion article mentions his unlikely friendship with bio-ethicist Wesley Smith, who, until he corrected the piece on his blog, I always assumed was Catholic).

Speaking of the genre, Stephen King is not a Catholic. It's not up on their website yet, but the February issue of First Things has an outstanding essay by Ross Douthat on the God of King's novels. As a former King fan (I started reading him in 4th grade, which honestly explains some s*** about me), I found the article dead on and a great read.

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Uh.... WHAT?!!?

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Yet here is an excerpt from Balthasar’s foreword for the book” Meditations on the Tarot: A Journey Into Christian Hermeticism” (Referred to herein as “Cardinal” Balthasar). “A thinking, praying Christian of unmistakable purity reveals to us the symbols of Christian Hermeticism in its various levels of mysticism, gnosis and magic, taking in also the Cabbala and certain elements of astrology and alchemy. These symbols are summarized in the twenty-two “Major Arcana”of the tarot cards. By way of the Major Arcana, the author seeks to lead meditatively into the deeper, all embracing wisdom of the Catholic mystery.”

-Hans Urs von Balthasar

Uhhh... anybody out there shed some light on this? I can generally deal with the rest of the author's issues with von Balthasar, but this is downright kooky.

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