Thursday, May 19, 2011

Sappy Emotions Over Bin Laden's Death

From Weigel.


What the death of bin Laden did demonstrate unmistakably is just how poorly many religious leaders and religious intellectuals think about the new kind of war in which we have been engaged for more than a decade and a half (although most of us only recognized that after 9/11). Which is to say, the death of Osama bin Laden demonstrated yet again how badly the just war tradition has been received by the men and women who are supposed to be its intellectual custodians.

Thus from some religious quarters came laments, not over the ongoing damage that bin Laden’s evil network causes, but over the fact that he was killed and the method used to kill him. It seemed as if, at various divinity schools, bin Laden was a gangster writ large who ought to have been dealt with by law enforcement agencies and methods and, after apprehension, read his Miranda rights and given a trial by a jury of his peers.

This is nonsense, and dangerous nonsense at that.


The sappy emotions and immature theology associated with Bin Laden's death was yet another level of enlightenment on the poverty of Catholic Catechesis.

They were sad, you see, because letting Osama should have lived to kill tens of thousands more and rob them of the chance of conversion in the future because someday, he may have turned into St. Paul. Some of the people were opining that he may have been a St. Paul only the world couldn't see it.

Let me explain why this is so absurd where the rubber hits the road.

There are two types of remorse.

There is the remorse Peter had, when you are sorry unto Christ - sorry because your sins have hurt Christ. This is the kind of remorse you are living your life trying to resist sin. For as long as you are in surrender and practice, you retain your ability to feel sorry unto Christ.


Then there is the remorse of Judas who was sorry unto himself. That is when you are sorry because you have to suffer some consequence. Everything is all about you. If you feel sorrow about stealing, you're sorry you got caught and are in jail. You are blinded by sin and you spin into the self-destructive. The further you sink into the hole, the harder it gets to climb out.


Many prolife Catholics spent a couple of decades begging the Archbishop of Boston to take the actions necessary to give the man the warning he had been robbed by dissenting priests. The hundreds of thousands of constituents who had been misled by his leadership and the children that violently died took its toll in the arrogance. But during his funeral, a letter was read from Kennedy that gave us an indication he had been properly Sacramentally prepared to the right kind of remorse.

But conjecture that Osama felt sorrow unto Christ is baseless, ridiculous and worthless when we have 2000 years of conversion stories to draw upon.

4 comments:

Conor said...

Dear Carol,

I find it interesting you use Judas as an example to make your point. As a practicing Catholic I am always conflicted regarding Judas's betrayal.

Jesus died on the cross to save humanity.
Judas betrayed Jesus.

If Judas did not betray Jesus what would have happenned to humanity?

Surely all Judas did was assist Jesus in saving humanity.

in my mind Judas certainly did a lot more for humanity than the majority of the apostles.

Anyway I always enjoy reading your articles although I rarely agree with you. I guess there is a big difference between Irish and US Catholics.

Regards

Conor

Conor said...

Dear Carol,

I find it interesting you use Judas as an example to make your point. As a practicing Catholic I am always conflicted regarding Judas's betrayal.

Jesus died on the cross to save humanity.
Judas betrayed Jesus.

If Judas did not betray Jesus what would have happenned to humanity?

Surely all Judas did was assist Jesus in saving humanity.

in my mind Judas certainly did a lot more for humanity than the majority of the apostles.

Anyway I always enjoy reading your articles although I rarely agree with you. I guess there is a big difference between Irish and US Catholics.

Regards

Conor

Joseph D'Hippolito said...

Conor, it was Jesus' role to die as an atonement for human sin. He said as much Himself. Whether Judas was involved is a secondary issue, since God's promise of a Redeemer would have been fulfilled regardless of whether Judas betrayed Him.

Carol, Weigel (as usual) misses the larger point. That larger point is the fact that it has now become intellectually fashionable to equate the perpetrators of evil with the victims of evil, especially in Western Christianity.

Sadly, this should not be surprising.

We live in an age during which even "respected" religious leaders and theologians will be caught up by a great deception. They will abandon basic ethical principles (let alone Christian faith) for intellectual fashion. Their faith will "grow cold," as St. Paul put it.

All this sympathy and theological speculation regarding bin Laden is just another sign that the innocent mean nothing to the powers that be.

Carol McKinley said...

Connor,

Warm welcome!

Judas did a lot more for humanity just like British did a lot more for Ireland than St. Patrick. LoL.

If Judas hadn't betrayed Christ, the devil would have inspired another village idiot to step up to the plate. The idea is to live your life so that idiot isn't you. And, if you have any kind of pulpit to teach the faith, not to confuse good and evil.

Joseph, I thought that was Weights main point!