It seems that the National catholic Fishwrap took exception to my little dig. Heh heh.
Michael Sean Winters got all excited and thought he scored a point. He is baiting me, of course, but I’ll take the bait this time.
Here is his piece:
More Idiocy from Zuhlsdorf
Michael Sean Winters
Father John Zuhlsdorf, the right wing priest who has a penchant for referring to NCR as the “fishwrap,” thinks Pope Benedict XVI had NCR in mind when he wrote this sentence: “Jesus’ freedom is not the freedom of the liberal.”
Let us stipulate: Jesus was not a disciple of Voltaire. But, Zuhlsdorf seems not to understand that in Europe, what is considered a “neo-liberal” [Ehem… the Pope said “liberal” not “neo-liberal”…] in America is considered a “neo-conservative.” That is to say, when Benedict makes the observation about the liberal conception of freedom, he is not necessarily using the word liberal the way John Boehner uses the word liberal. In fact, it is people like Zuhlsdorf and other conservative Catholics who have been trying to baptize the First Amendment these past few months who need to ponder Pope Benedict’s words. Jesus’ freedom was a positive freedom, a freedom for. The First Amendment’s guarantee of religious liberty – you know “our first, most cherished freedom” – suggests a negative conception of freedom, a freedom from. It is not only the writers at and readers of NCR who need to ponder the Holy Father’s words.
Michael… Michael… Michael…
I’m aware of what Pope Benedict means by “liberal”.
I wasn’t using “liberal” in terms of political economy.
I was using it in terms of “free thinkers”, such as those who write for NCR.
“Free thinkers” don’t think they need any kind of authority. In their lives or in anyone’s life.
They think they know what’s best for the Church. They don’t need a Magisterium and they don’t want anyone else to want a Magisterium.
They make up theology as they go.
Hence, their “freedom” is detached from authority, from authority of any kind.
THAT is what the Pope is talking about with “the freedom of the liberal”. The Pope’s point is that Jesus’ freedom, “the freedom of the truly devout person”, is freedom that recognizes authority.
Liberals don’t recognize authority.
Liberals don’t have a sense of humor either!
Try not to take yourselves so seriously.
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