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Essays/meditations/reflections

(Rev.) Emmanuel Charles McCarthy

How much time needs to pass before a theory-that says the sun will rise in the West-ceases to be regarded as a theory or even as an hypothesis, and becomes self-evidently a fantasy? Is not "Christian Just War Fantasy" the accurate and truthful term that should be employed? Is it not grave evil to use a fantasy to evaluate whether the mass destruction of human beings is justifiable in the eyes of Jesus?

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(Rev.) Emmanuel Charles McCarthy

This year’s Christmas Reflection: AD 2013—The First Christmas Present: “Give It A Way.”

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(Rev.) Emmanuel Charles McCarthy

"Corruptio optimi pessima." This is what Constantinian Christianity represents, is, has been for its 1600 years, and always will be so long as the Churches cling to it as their way of "being an extension of Christ in time and space." "Corruptio optimi pessima." This is what has become of the great gift of religious consciousness that the Logos has bestowed upon human beings by way of the brain given to them...Religious consciousness and the human brain that makes it possible are given so that human beings, unlike dogs or dinosaurs, can access the beauty and grandeur of the Holiness, Love and Truth that is their Source and Destiny, that is the "Father of all, over all, through all, and in all" (Ep 4:6).

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(Rev.) Emmanuel Charles McCarthy

I wish there were a sound-bite way of presenting this material, but there isn't. A large part of the reason that this is the case is that fixed opinions have long since been held and hardened on all sides here -- Notre Dame, Bishop D'Arcy, President Obama, Professor Mary Ann Glendon, and their followers and supporters. Yet, these held and hardened moral opinions have never been subject to serious, sincere, and intense public scrutiny and examination within the Churches in terms of the issue raised here -- and the issue raised here is morally primordial for the Christian and for the Churches. Long-held, hardened, taken-for-granted truth, passed on mimetically generation to generation, cannot be easily exposed as untruth, not only because of the heavy personal, emotional, psychological and financial investment a person or institution has made in it, but also because the false premises from which it is derived are usually hidden by a nurtured sense of cultural normality.

Hopefully the attached will serve as a clarification of Gospel truth through the lens of the Notre Dame-Obama-D'Arcy-Glendon public dispute over the truth content of Catholic and/or Christian morality and its application. Sometimes the best way to expose a universal lie and reveal a universal truth is by examining a specific micro-event. But, unraveling untruth to which people, individually and communally, have emotionally committed themselves takes time. So the question is, Is this truth worth the time it takes to bring it out of the shadow of the big lie and into the light?

Each of the four reflections is understandable on its own. However, I think the sum of the four parts taken as a unit offers more access to truth than the parts taken individually.

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(Rev.) Emmanuel Charles McCarthy

The Eulogy was given at the Mass of the Resurrection for Edward J. McDonough, C.Ss.R., at the Basilica of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Boston, Massachusetts, February 16, 2008. Fr. McDonough was perhaps the most well-known Marian healing priest in the world. He died on what in the Catholic calendar is the World Day for the Sick, the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes, that apparition of the Mother of God from whence has flowed an uncountable number of healings.

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