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Saturday, August 29, 2009

Rice's Latest

Normally at this time of year, I would post the Notre Dame football schedule and gear up for one of the great traditional pasttimes of Catholics in America. Instead, I am a bit disenchanted and don't have the taste for supporting the university. On the other hand, this should be no surprise. Obamagate at ND is the natural result of (1) The Land o' Lakes Statement of 1967 and, more significantly and at the root, (2) a failure of religiosum obsequium to the Church's Magisterium as expressed in the Creeds of the Church, the declarations of the Councils, the statements of the Fathers and the teachings of the Doctors. The actions of Fr. Jenkins and the indifference of the Board is typical "Kennedy-Catholicism" as opposed to Roman Catholicism. That being said, there is still hope:




St. Augustine's Press has just published Professor Rice's latest: What Happened to Notre Dame?. From the St. Augustine's website:


Christ, who is God, is the author of the divine law and the natural law.The book presents reasons why an acknowledged interpreter of these laws is necessary, and why that interpreter has to be the Pope exercising the Magisterium, or teaching authority of the Church. And it shows why it is so important that we have such a moral interpreter for all citizens and not just for Catholics. The alternative is what Pope Benedict XVI calls the “dictatorship of relativism,” which the book analyzes. Even for those who do not share the Catholic faith, our reason leads us to conclude that the natural law is the only moral code that makes entire sense and points to the conclusion that the Vicar of Christ is uniquely suited to give authoritative interpretation to that
law.


In the final chapter Rice shows why great good can come out of Notre Dame’s blunder in rendering its highest honors to such an implacable foe. Notre Dame got itself into such a mess because it attempted to be Catholic without the Church andended up defying the Church and disgracing itself. But good can result from the lesson here that roll-your-own morality is no more tenable than roll-your-own Catholicism.


Indispensible FUMARE-approved reading. Reserve your copy today!

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