Do you know the term delectatio morosa? Sometimes the German term Schadenfreude is used. It effectively means taking pleasure at the discomfort of another. It isn’t a good thing to feel or to foster and we should fight the tendencies our fallen nature inflicts in this regard.
That said, it is both amusing and a matter for true sorrow to watch the liberals and radical feminists and homosexual activists at the National Catholic Reporter (aka Fishwrap) melting down into a spittle-flecked nutty.
A sampler with my emphases.
For example, at the NCR (aka Fishwrap):
Major Vatican assault coming in October, says former Maryknoll provincial
by Robert McClory on Jun. 04, 2012
In the article below, former Maryknoll Provincial Jon Sivalon charges that the action against LCWR and other recent Vatican actions “should be seen as ‘initial forays of shock and awe’ to soften the strongest areas of resistance” before a major onslaught begins. “That major assault is scheduled for October of 2012,” he says, “with the opening of the Synod of Bishops on the New Evangelization for the Transmission of the Christian Faith.” The target, Sivalon says, is modern culture, which Pope Benedict is determined to discredit through “a hermeneutic of retrenchment.” The article originally appeared on the homepage of the organization, I Stand With the Sisters.
Vatican Declares “Year of Assault”
By John C. Sivalon, M.M.
Under the guise of a “Year of Faith,” the Vatican has launched an all-out assault on any theology or interpretation of Vatican II based on what it calls a “Hermeneutic (Interpretation) of Rupture.” This theological assault is articulated in the document known as “Porta Fidei” written by Benedict XVI and further specified in a document titled “Note on Recommendations for the Implementation of the Year of Faith” which was developed by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. Both of these documents are cited by Cardinal Levada in his statement on the doctrinal assessment of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR). The rationale for that assessment and other punitive moves that have been made in recent months (Caritas International, educational institutes, and the Girl Scouts) must be understood in the broader context of this special “year of assault.”
Then there’s lesbian activist Jamie Manson of the Fishwrap, scheduled to speak to the LCWR assembly (big surprise there!) holder of the coveted M.Div from the same place Sr. Farley taught, Yale. As a matter of fact Jamie was mentored by Farley. Get this:
No justice for Margaret Farley and ‘Just Love’
by Jamie L Manson on Jun. 04, 2012
Grace on the Margins
Sisters Under Scrutiny
Only weeks after taking a broad swipe at the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has returned to its more typical routine of taking aim at individual theologians.
The latest target is Mercy Sr. Margaret Farley, professor emeritus of Christian ethics at Yale Divinity School, and her 2006 book Just Love: A Framework for Christian Sexual Ethics.
It has become abundantly clear that, particularly in matters related to the pelvic zone, the hierarchy is not interesting in exploring questions or engaging in dialogue. That’s a loss for the hierarchy, who would benefit greatly from a close reading of Farley’s framework for sexual ethics. But their loss is the Catholic laity’s gain, particularly those who have not yet been exposed to Farley’s work.
As we learned from the 2005 censuring of Jesuit theologian Roger Haight for his book Jesus Symbol of God and last autumn’s condemnation of Sr. Elizabeth Johnson’s Quest for the Living God, Roman Catholic bishops have a knack for garnering public interest in some of the most groundbreaking theological and ethical texts being written today.
In the interest of full disclosure, I mention that as a student at Yale Divinity School I had the honor of serving as Farley’s research assistant for two years. In the decade since my graduation, she has been a mentor and friend. In recent years when I have taught sexual ethics on a college level, Just Love has been our textbook.
Just Love was not only a lifesaver to me as a professor, but a life-giver to our students who are part of a generation born into a society where sexual norms are in flux and the old sexual taboos are rapidly fading away.
They make parody redundant.
As I mentioned elsewhere, these people want to have sex with anything, anywhere, anytime, so long as such acts make them feel empowered. And they want to be told – by the Church – by the Pope – that anything they call good really is good, even when it is bad.
The ironic thing is that they crave, desperately crave, the approval of the male hierarchy in Rome. They rail against Rome, but their longing for approval oozes from every word they write.