We may be coming to a time, I think, when there will be very little question who is and isn’t Catholic. The elements within the faith that one often terms “liberal” are not being passed onto new generations; instead, those who believe the Church should allow this/that simply are leaving the Church.
So, as Ratzinger has said, we will be left with a smaller, more energized core.
Out of curiosity, which parish do you all normally attend?
Thank you for your comments!
I believe there is a resurgance towards orthodoxy and either the 'liberals' will learn their faith better or fall away. 'Conservatives' seem to be learning their faith better, but should show a little more compassion.
I'd like to answer that, but I don't know who you are so I'm a little suspicious as to why you are interested.
Nonetheless, God bless,
n her blog entry titled, "Anti-Catholicism: A Phony Issue", she pretty much blasts any Catholic who stands up for their faith, saying we 'impose' our values each time we speak up.
She said nothing of the sort in the piece you linked to.
She said that there is a difference between disagreement and discrimination, pointing out that the very real anti-Catholic discrimination of the past has almost entirely disappeared in this country.
I'm sure you're going to just dismiss me as another ignorant liberal, but I hope you'll reflect a bit on the difference. Neither you (nor I) have any right to not have someone vocally disgree with us.
I sincerely disagree. She made ad hominem attacks to those that state there is 'anti-Catholicism'.
No, this is not a liberal discussion board or blog where an 'insult' is considered a tactful reply in a debate. Your opinions are well appreciated and welcomed on my blog. It is rare to see an alleged liberal actually provide substance and tact in a debate. Thank you for not falling into the typical liberal diatribe of ad hominem attacks.
She doesn't explicitly state she is a free-thinker, but that is what she is. If she is Catholic, she is a lapsed Catholic, along the lines of Ted Kennedy, John Kerry, and Mario Cuomo.
A free-thinker is a jab at organized religion, meaning that they think for themselves without any guidance from above. It has become a tag for many atheists trying to be more PC and acceptable to the general public. Much like liberals using 'progressive' nowadays because 'liberal' has many negative connotations. Practicing homosexuals have also used language to twist the debate by hijacking the word 'gay' to refer to themselves. It makes them sound much more friendlier than 'homosexual'. Hence 'free-thinker' sounds 'liberating' and 'democratic' instead of 'atheist' or even 'agnostic'.
I've never heard anyone describe themselves as a "freethinker."
Tito, what ad hominem attacks? I don't see them in the article. Yes, she offers up some strong criticisms of Bill Donohue, but they're criticisms of specific statements and the way he portrays himself the media. Yes, these could fairly be called attacks, and you certainly might disagree with them, but they are not ad hominen attacks by any reasonable definition of the term.
I wouldn't call this woman a "free-thinker." That is giving her too much credit, for it requires one to THINK in order to qualify.
Sorry, Tito, but words have meanings. Jacoby's criticisms - or attacks if you like - focused on specific actions and statements. Arguing that what she wrote is wrong is absolutelyk legitimate, but calling it an "ad hominem" attack is simply inaccurate. Attacking someone's statements, someone's action, or someone's opinions just doesn't fit the definition.
Susan's comment, on the other hand, is a snarky little statement on Jacoby's intelligence. It addresses nothing she said, but instead attacks her as a person. Thus, it's a textbook definition of an ad hominem attack.
"Ad hominem" and "legitimate" are not opposites. An argument can be ad hominem and accurate, or not ad hominen and still incorrect. The problem with ad hominem attacks isn't that they are always wrong, but that they avoid dealing with someone's actual statements.
So the question of whether Jacoby's arguments are ad hominem attacks have nothing to do with their legitimacy; I am simply pointing out that you are using a term with a very specific definition incorrectly.
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