Wednesday, September 28, 2005

For the Love of St. Pete Already!

Amy Wellborn makes a comment about the Holy Father meeting with a poster-child of popular heterodoxy, Fr. Hans K√ľng, and we get a[nother] scuffle breaking out in the comment box that spills over to CAEI between the "Cyber-Fatwa Tribunal of Faithful Conservative Catholics™" and "St. Blogs Charity Gestapo (patent pending)."

OK, I might buy that after a pastoral pattern of "reaching out" to Jews, Muslims, Protestants, Orthodox, and the SSPX, rather than responding with "Awesome" this better merits a half-intensity Mel Allen "How about that?" but is this really waging the good warfare? Do we not think the dictatorship of relativism is challenging enough that we have to walk through the Catholic blogosphere with a full snark clip and the hair-trigger set?
Faith is an entirely free gift that God makes to man. We can lose this priceless gift, as St. Paul indicated to St. Timothy: "Wage the good warfare, holding faith and a good conscience. By rejecting conscience, certain persons have made shipwreck of their faith." To live, grow and persevere in the faith until the end we must nourish it with the word of God; we must beg the Lord to increase our faith; it must be "working through charity," abounding in hope, and rooted in the faith of the Church.

Catechism of the Catholic Church, 162
It's clarity and charity, boys. Clarity and charity.

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