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Feb 28

Theological Triage

This National Catholic Reporter opinion piece really got me hot under the collar. Here’s how CathNews sums it up:

The recent Vatican censure of US Jesuit theologian Roger Haight for his attempt to reformulate doctrines about Christ for a postmodern world highlights a disturbing theme of John Paul II’s pontificate. Instead of the ban on teaching, however, a more imaginative response might have been to convene a summit on Christology. A lively debate over Haight’s work already existed, and many of the reactions in serious theological journals were negative.

What possible purpose would a summit on Christology serve? Newsflash, NCR, we’ve already had all the summits we need; they’re called ecumenical councils!!!

The time for polite discussion is over. If a patient comes into an ER with a gunshot wound, the doctors don’t sit around contemplating their navels as they discuss the moral and ethical implications of the Second Amendment. They remove the bullet, stop the bleeding, and dress the wound. Likewise, rather than allow Haight to continue teaching rubbish and risk a gangrenous infection developing at his university, Church officials have removed him for the good of the Body of Christ.

"Convene a summit" indeed. I’m reminded of a scene from The Life of Brian, in which People’s Front of Judea resolve to discuss rescuing Brian from crucifixion, thus wasting precious time that could be spent actually rescuing him.

JUDITH: They’ve arrested Brian!
REG: What?
COMMANDOS: What?
JUDITH: They’ve dragged him off! They’re going to crucify him!
REG: Right! This calls for immediate discussion!

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