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Law, culture, and Catholicism...up in smoke!

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Firm Purpose of Amendment?

Story from the Naples News discusses a Mass and things said around it.
Apparently, this was said during the homily:
"We are almost in the Promised Land. You can see it right over here," he said.

He pointed a few hundred yards to his right where a crane poked the sky next to the nearly complete oratory surrounded by the almost-finished university buildings and accompanying condos and retail stores. Across the street, dozens of two-story single-family homes rose from what used to be tomato fields.

Promised land? Rhetorical devices aside, that's a stretch.

This quote:
"Ave Maria University is not an ordinary university. We have lofty goals and high standards."

I would agree that the students and much of the faculty and staff agree. But what about the administration? Have they made a firm purpose of amendment? Have they changed their ways?
At the heart of the controversy is the control Monaghan continues to maintain over the university, employing his attorney, Nick Healy as president, and remaining intricately involved in the university's operations.

The remaining quotes are priceless as well.

Maybe I'm just cranky as I finish my coffee, but I read that and got the idea that there is a new dysfunctional Gospel preached these days.

We move forward by returning to the center? What the...? Did anyone read or hear anything that the people who continually cause the upsets and trauma are going to be any different? Have they said anything that they are sorry?

forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us
There's the standard. I agree with it. period. But I think it's strange that we are then told to ignore the wrongs done. Forgiveness is meant to open the door to reparation, not cause a blindness.

turn the other cheek
This is the standard, and seventy times seventy. But neither standard means you are supposed to pretend like the person you are forgiving has reformed when there is no clue or assurance made of such.

I don't think it's fair to suggest that those students must turn the other cheek without also telling them the truth. Nothing changed save for some PR.

Given the repeating pattern, what do you think will happen next?