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Amen. Not knowing the history, I honestly thought the Al Smith dinner was a creation of 'West Wing'. Now I know - the truth is stranger than fiction.
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"nothing and no one can in any way permit the killing of an innocent human being, whether a fetus or an embryo, an infant or an adult, an old person, or one suffering from an incurable disease, or a person who is dying." I know it's a different subject, but this statement of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith surely also has implications for the killing of innocents in acts of war (eg. in aerial bombing campaigns). But I'm strongly in agreement with your main point, Rick. Here in Canada we now have assisted dying, and the most recent statement from my own denomination seems to me to have capitulated to the culture around us.
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Thanks for all those years, Rick. Will definitely be following you over. Tim
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Rick, speaking of evangelicals, you might find this editorial in Christianity Today magazine encouraging. http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2016/october-web-only/speak-truth-to-trump.html
Toggle Commented Oct 10, 2016 on "The essence of a despot" at Brutally Honest
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Thanks for the tip, Rick - I will ver buying and reading Sherry Weddell's book which I am sure will be every bit as relevant to Anglicans as it is to Catholics.
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Amen. C.S. Lewis said much the same thing - that a consistent Christian is always going to have problems aligning himself or herself with any political party, because they all have some elements in their platform that are inconsistent with Christian teaching. Me, although I lean to the left, I have some convictions that many would call conservative. May God give to all of us Christians the grace to put our loyalty to Jesus ahead of any earthly political loyalty.
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Dave, as a non-Mennonite I deeply value the fact that you folks continue to openly identify with the Mennonite tradition. This is because I have confidence that the Mennonite tradition is going to give me valuable insights into practical discipleship - following Jesus. So, if an outsider can have an opinion, I would say 'More Jesus, and more Mennonite too!'
I really liked this one, Carol. John Newton is one of my favourite hymn writers, and I love that Rinkart hymn as well.
I like Ryan. Of course, he's a Republican and I lean to the left, so we're going to disagree on lots of things, but he seems to me to be exactly the sort of smart, principled human being the Republican Party would want for its presidential nominee. Actually, I hope he does run in 2020. That would make for an interesting (and much more encouraging) election. My two cents' worth, as a foreigner!
Toggle Commented May 11, 2016 on Clarity sought, clarity found at Brutally Honest
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Ben Howe's last sentence is vital: 'It’s time for people to start thinking that way so that they can wake up to the reality that losing an election doesn’t have to be losing our identity.'
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Funnily enough, before I saw the name 'Chesterton' on the page, I recognized the style. There's no one quite like GKC.
Toggle Commented Jan 24, 2016 on Catholicism restrains error at Brutally Honest
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That piece by Peter Wehner is an eye-opener.
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'If Allah and Jehovah are the same, why do Muslims behead Christians? ' Well, by that logic, if the God of the Old Testament is the same God as the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, why have Christians staged pogroms against Jews? You are saying 'Christians and Muslims worship two different gods'. So you believe there are two gods, then? I think not. I think what you are saying is that you believe the god Muslims worship does not exist. I choose instead to believe that there is only one God and we believe different things about him. As for there being no such thing as a moderate Muslims - well, I'm very sorry that you haven't met any. I have.
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Exactly, Rick. To say that Christians and Muslims 'do not worship the same God' is to say that there is more than one God - a Muslim God and a Christian God - and we Christians believe there is only one God. So it cannot be true that Christians and Muslims worship different Gods. There is only one God. What is undoubtedly true, however, is that Christians and Muslims do not believe exactly the same things about God. Some beliefs we have in common, some we do not. and because we Christians believe that Jesus is the Word of God and the image of the Father, we believe that where Islam contradicts Jesus, Jesus is right and Islam is not. But this does not mean that we worship two separate Gods.
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Powerful.
Toggle Commented Jan 3, 2016 on Resuming the journey at Brutally Honest
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I had the pleasure of hearing Sarah Jarosz live at the Edmonton Folk Music Festival last year, along with her friends Sara Watkins and Aoife O'Donovan. Truly a outstanding musicians, all three.
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Good to see you back, Rick! Blessed Christmas to you and your family.
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Blessings to you and your family, Rick. Have a peaceful and holy Advent.
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Well said, Rick. A lot of people here in Canada are talking as if it's just a quick, perfunctory process. Good to know what the procedures are. Canada's 'Macleans' magazine had a good piece on the same issue. Here it is.
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Outstanding piece, Rick. Thanks for posting it. Of course, Canada is not the USA, but a lot of it applies here too. If I was on trial for being a Christian, would there be enough evidence to convict me? Sometimes I wonder....
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That's an outstanding quote from Mark Shea, Rick. Jesus at the centre - that's exactly right.
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This is excellent. I believe that it is just as common for us to live ourselves into a new way of thinking as it is for us to think ourselves into a new way of living. Nice to see good old Anglican C.S. Lewis making another appearance in a Catholic blog, too!
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There are a number of excellent translations of Dane in English. I highly recommend Mark Musa's, especially the full version with his explanatory notes.
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Wow, that's a scorcher from Elizabeth Scalia. And I have to say I agree with every word of it. Thanks for linking to it, Rick.
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