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Today, On Good Friday, Here's Why I Remain Catholic
NPR (yes, *that* NPR) ^ | April 2, 2010 | Elizabeth Scalia

Posted on 04/02/2010 11:20:29 PM PDT by grey_whiskers

Elizabeth Scalia is a contributing writer to First Things Magazine as the blogger known as The Anchoress.

The question has come my way several times in the past week: "How do you maintain your faith in light of news stories that bring light to the dark places that exist within your church?"

When have darkness and light been anything but co-existent? How do we recognize either without the other?

I remain within, and love, the Catholic Church because it is a church that has lived and wrestled within the mystery of the shadow lands ever since an innocent man was arrested, sentenced and crucified, while the keeper of "the keys" denied him, and his first priests ran away. Through 2,000 imperfect — sometimes glorious, sometimes heinous — years, the church has contemplated and manifested the truth that dark and light, innocence and guilt, justice and injustice all share a kinship, one that waves back and forth like wind-stirred wheat in a field, churning toward something — as yet — unknowable.

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TOPICS: Apologetics; Catholic; Current Events; Moral Issues
KEYWORDS: abusivepriests; catholic; goodfriday; npr; scandals; theancboress
Cheers!

...and Happy Good Friday, Holy Saturday, and EASTER!

(I can recommend the Anchoress as a good website, btw).

1 posted on 04/02/2010 11:20:29 PM PDT by grey_whiskers
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To: NYer; Salvation; Swordmaker; shroudie; Quix; DaveLoneRanger; Alamo-Girl; don-o; Mrs. Don-o; ...
I'm afraid I haven't followed too closely which of you are Catholic or not, but all of you seem to be notedly Christophilic.

Hence the ping.

Read the whole article: if you like it surf on over to The Anchoress.

If not, surf on over there anyway. :-)

And Happy Good Friday & Holy Saturday...counting down to Happy Easter.

g_w

2 posted on 04/02/2010 11:24:04 PM PDT by grey_whiskers (The opinions are solely those of the author and are subject to change without notice.)
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To: grey_whiskers

To whom shall we go, Lord? You have the words of eternal life.


3 posted on 04/02/2010 11:24:57 PM PDT by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: grey_whiskers

BTTT!

Wondering if she is realated to Justice Scalia of the SCOTIS and/or his son, Father Paul Scalia, a Catholic Priest.

Justice Scalia jokes about calling his son, “Father!”


4 posted on 04/02/2010 11:28:42 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation

oops I see a typo

SCOTUS


5 posted on 04/02/2010 11:30:19 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation
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6 posted on 04/02/2010 11:30:46 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation
Make that SCROTUMS (Supreme Court, Rulers of These United Metrosexual States).

In keeping with that whole "teabagging" meme, don't you know...

Cheers!

7 posted on 04/02/2010 11:31:44 PM PDT by grey_whiskers (The opinions are solely those of the author and are subject to change without notice.)
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To: grey_whiskers

Thanks for your ping. I think I understand the good faith it was extended in.


8 posted on 04/02/2010 11:43:05 PM PDT by Quix (BLOKES who got us where we R: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/religion/2130557/posts?page=81#81)
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To: Quix
Thanks, try Romans 14..."it is before his own master" etc.

Cheers!

9 posted on 04/02/2010 11:43:47 PM PDT by grey_whiskers (The opinions are solely those of the author and are subject to change without notice.)
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To: grey_whiskers

ROM 14

IS A WONDERFUL CHAPTER.

THX.


10 posted on 04/02/2010 11:59:14 PM PDT by Quix (BLOKES who got us where we R: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/religion/2130557/posts?page=81#81)
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To: grey_whiskers

As a child... the Church established a relationship for me with Jesus. The path to follow Him is in my heart and I walk it every single day of my life.


11 posted on 04/03/2010 12:56:42 AM PDT by antceecee (Bless us Father.. have mercy on us and protect us from evil.)
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To: antceecee

The problem is with man, Not the Church.

I stay Catholic because it is the true Church.

If I see a Priest who has used the Church to gain for himself I condemn that false priest, not the Church.

The leaders of the Church in many cases have led the church badly.Even that is not the fault of the Church, but the fault of it;’s leadership.


12 posted on 04/03/2010 3:44:51 AM PDT by Venturer
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To: Venturer

AMEN!!!!


13 posted on 04/03/2010 4:21:59 AM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion,,,,,,the Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: ArrogantBustard
To whom shall we go, Lord? You have the words of eternal life.

AMEN!!!!

14 posted on 04/03/2010 5:14:32 AM PDT by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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To: Venturer
If I see a Priest who has used the Church to gain for himself I condemn that false priest, not the Church.

Amen!

1 Cor 5:2,5-7,13
(Phi) Are you still proud of yourselves? Shouldn't you be overwhelmed with sorrow? The man who has done such a thing should certainly be expelled from your fellowship... the man should be left to the mercy of Satan so that while his body will experience the destructive powers of sin his spirit may yet be saved in the day of the Lord. Your pride in yourselves is lamentably out of place. Don't you know that a little yeast can permeate the whole lump? Clear out every bit of the old yeast that you may be new unleavened bread!... It is your plain duty to expel this man from your fellowship!

15 posted on 04/03/2010 5:17:17 AM PDT by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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To: grey_whiskers; don-o
Thank you so much for this, whiskers. What a clearly-thought and deeply heart-felt piece of writing from The Anchoress.

We'e still in Holy Saturday: a day of stillness and shakenness, when each person is wandering off on his or her own sad way, the eyes and mind acheing with the realization that the Lord's Body -- His Corpse---is cold, clayey, and unresponsive in the tomb, and the Lord's Spirit is the Lord knows where, and what has happened is at once solemn, bowel-churning, and incomprehensible.

Waiting to see what happens now.

16 posted on 04/03/2010 5:22:28 AM PDT by Mrs. Don-o (Dies irae! dies illa / Solvet saeclum in favilla / Teste David cum Sibylla!)
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To: Mrs. Don-o

I peeked at the end ... the Good Guy wins! He even picks up all the bodies and gives them Eternal Life, unlike at the end of a Louis L’Amour novel.


17 posted on 04/03/2010 5:31:25 AM PDT by Tax-chick (Espiritu Santo, Espiritu Santo, renueva la faz de la tierra!)
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To: Mrs. Don-o
The Orthodox Divine Liturgy today commemorates "The Harrowing of Hell"

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18 posted on 04/03/2010 5:35:43 AM PDT by don-o (My son, Ben - Marine Lance Corporal texted me at 0330 on 2/3/10: AMERICA!)
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To: Tax-chick

Amen to that!


19 posted on 04/03/2010 5:36:06 AM PDT by Mrs. Don-o (Dies irae! dies illa / Solvet saeclum in favilla / Teste David cum Sibylla!)
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To: don-o

The Harrowing

20 posted on 04/03/2010 5:48:25 AM PDT by Mrs. Don-o (Dies irae! dies illa / Solvet saeclum in favilla / Teste David cum Sibylla!)
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To: Mrs. Don-o
Have I been much sinned against? Yes. So have you. Have I sinned against others? Oh, yes. So have you.

For me, this is a key point. Everyone sins, everyone suffers from sin. Christ is the answer to it all ... the same yesterday, today, and until the Final End.

21 posted on 04/03/2010 6:11:02 AM PDT by Tax-chick (Espiritu Santo, Espiritu Santo, renueva la faz de la tierra!)
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To: grey_whiskers; Alamo-Girl; Quix; stfassisi; xzins
"I know what you are feeling; I know what you are thinking. You tortured ones, you shamed ones, you innocent ones, you slandered ones; I am the One who knows, and we are actually all in this together, and quite outside of time."

Oh such a beautiful statement to meditate in the Easter season!

Thank you ever so much for posting this poignant article from the Anchoress, dear grey–whiskers!

Happy Holy Saturday, and EASTER!

22 posted on 04/03/2010 8:53:43 AM PDT by betty boop (The personal is not the public's business. See: the Ninth Amendment.)
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To: betty boop

AMEN. THX.


23 posted on 04/03/2010 8:58:13 AM PDT by Quix (BLOKES who got us where we R: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/religion/2130557/posts?page=81#81)
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To: grey_whiskers

I find the Catholic Church much much less offensive than Mormons. Sure I disagree with Marianism, Popeism, last rights, purgatory and the priesthood like any protestant. But Catholics are honest about what they believe and withing the non biblical beliefs and practices is the true gospel of Jesus Christ.


24 posted on 04/03/2010 9:00:21 AM PDT by DungeonMaster ("My dad put his arm around me once, to this very day he wears orthopedic shirts")
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To: DungeonMaster

I don’t even find Mormonism particularly offensive, unless there’s an effort to represent it as being Christianity. That occurred in ‘08 for political reasons. Their own church fathers are on record as having said that it’s not Christianity. Proselytising Christians into the Mormon church, by representing the belief as Christian, is a problem for me.

I’ve known many decent Christians who are Roman Catholic. With a good, Christian pope and good, Christian priests, there is no reason why they wouldn’t be, so long as there is faith, an understanding of and desire for true repentance, and the primary reason for doing so. I do worry for them, about some of the “extra” things, that you mention, though. It appears to an outsider to provide several avenues to stray, and I have difficulty understanding why these “extra” beliefs are even there. Tradition, I guess.


25 posted on 04/03/2010 9:14:19 AM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: RegulatorCountry

You might want to use fewer commas.


26 posted on 04/03/2010 10:47:14 AM PDT by DungeonMaster ("My dad put his arm around me once, to this very day he wears orthopedic shirts")
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To: DungeonMaster

What, do, you, mean?


27 posted on 04/03/2010 10:50:07 AM PDT by verity (Obama Lies)
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To: grey_whiskers
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28 posted on 04/03/2010 10:55:17 AM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: verity
What, do, you, mean?

LOL from me and my wife!

29 posted on 04/03/2010 10:58:20 AM PDT by DungeonMaster ("My dad put his arm around me once, to this very day he wears orthopedic shirts")
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To: DungeonMaster

Point out the usage of one, that is grammatically incorrect, and I’ll consider your friendly advice, lol.


30 posted on 04/03/2010 11:01:55 AM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: Victoria Delsoul
Whoops, I forgot to ping you to this.

My humble apologies.

...and happy Easter. :-)

31 posted on 04/03/2010 11:04:44 AM PDT by grey_whiskers (The opinions are solely those of the author and are subject to change without notice.)
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To: RegulatorCountry
I do worry for them, about some of the “extra” things, that you mention, though.

In this sentence I would have only used the last one. I'm generally not too wild about trailing "thoughs", though.

32 posted on 04/03/2010 11:17:58 AM PDT by DungeonMaster ("My dad put his arm around me once, to this very day he wears orthopedic shirts")
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To: DungeonMaster

There is a dfference, between not being wild about a particular style or usage, especially in a less formal setting such as an internet forum, and that particular usage being worthy of ridicule, gentle and humorous though it may well have been.

So, there is nothing in my considered, original response to you, to which either you or your wife might deign to respond, other than amusement over a more traditional use of punctuation?

Very disappointing, that.


33 posted on 04/03/2010 11:24:45 AM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: grey_whiskers
But the painful and incomplete news stories that have dominated this Holy Week helpfully illustrate how and why I am able to continue on in faith. Particularly during the Easter Triduum, we are thrust deeply into the crucifixion narrative of the Gospels. There, on the wood of the cross, we encounter Jesus, son of Mary, who knew shame, betrayal, abandonment, scorn, jeering, ridicule, unimaginable pain and sorrow, and submitted to them, in order to draw us into a consoling embrace that says, "I know what you are feeling; I know what you are thinking. You tortured ones, you shamed ones, you innocent ones, you slandered ones; I am the One who knows, and we are actually all in this together, and quite outside of time."

Nicely said. It is times like these where we should think of Jesus's example and his ultimate sacrifice.  We must never lose sight of the message of the gospels.

Thanks much for the ping, and Happy Easter to you as well.

34 posted on 04/03/2010 5:40:37 PM PDT by Victoria Delsoul
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To: grey_whiskers

Thanks for the ping!


35 posted on 04/03/2010 9:10:10 PM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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To: betty boop
Beautiful, indeed!

Thank you for highlighting it, dearest sister in Christ, and Happy Easter to you and all your loved ones!

36 posted on 04/03/2010 9:33:10 PM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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To: Alamo-Girl; All

In vigil with my brother at the impending passing of his Mom and my step-mom, we found ourselves smiling at “looks like she may make it to Easter.” Is that strange? Missed Mass tonight to be with him, unbelieving and all, and he will probably finish the vigil tonight. She’s a heathen Anglican ;o), rightly anointed on Good Friday by her Bishop, and my brother as well by accident. No smoke arose! Please pray for them both. I retired home to your inspiring thoughts. As I read over this thread, I realized the by-lines must be a list of the dearest friends I have in the world. A Blessed and Joyous Easter to you all.


37 posted on 04/03/2010 10:06:07 PM PDT by GopherIt
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To: GopherIt

I join in earnest prayer for both of them. May God bless you this Easter and always, dear GopherIt!


38 posted on 04/03/2010 10:08:13 PM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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To: Alamo-Girl

Happy Easter dearest sister in Christ!

The Lord is risen!


39 posted on 04/04/2010 7:57:19 AM PDT by betty boop (The personal is not the public's business. See: the Ninth Amendment.)
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