Tuesday, January 26, 2010

I Sure Hope His Theology Is Better Than His History
Helmet tip to Earnest

Interesting bit of info from the Diocese of Little Rock, Arkansas. According to their bishop, Bp. Anthony B. Taylor, this is the place in history for General Robert E. Lee; (Emphasis mine) "General Lee may have had many good qualities and can only be judged in the context of the world he lived in, but the bottom line is that his efforts served to promote the culture of death..."And that's a shot fired directly at the Confederacy. The very same Confederacy that had it's president receiving solace and support not only from Catholics here in the United States, but from Venerable Pope Pius IX.

The same Confederacy that formally exchanged ambassadors with one other nation on earth -- The Papal States (AKA, The Vatican).

The same Confederacy that was the first American Administration to ever have a Catholic serving (Secretary of the Navy, Stephen Mallory).

The same Confederacy whose last Medal of Honor recipient was Father Emmeran Bliemel, who also was the first Catholic Chaplain, North or South, ever to be killed in action. Fr. Bliemel also has a Knights of Columbus Council in Georgia dedicated for him.

Anyhow, the good Bishop of Little Rock needs to be reminded that not only was secession legal in 1861, but slavery was also legal in the North until the end of The War Between the States.

So much for those nasty Southerners being all about 'the culture of death'. And like I said at the beginning of this post, I sure hope this particular bishop knows his theology better than his history. No great mystery as to why so many Catholics are woefully ignorant of even the basics of their Faith.

But then again, by Bp. Taylor's reckoning, Ven. Pope Pius IX was complicite in the 'Culture of Death'.


Blogger Adeodatus49 said...

Unfortunately, this is mostly about contemporary liberal politics, not history.

Robt. E. Lee considered the issue between No. and So. as being settled by trial by combat, being the good Anglo Saxon that he was. He also contented himself with the outcome as the Will of God and tirelessly worked to promote reconciliation between the warring parties after the war.

Robt. E. Lee also was a devout Episcopalian as was Jefferson Davis. At his parish church, after the war, Lee knelt down next to a Black man at the communion rail to receive Holy Communion. This caused quite a "scandal." I wonder if this would ever have been allowed to happen in the North?

Robt. E. Lee was a complex man as most of us--men and women--are. His life should not have been treated so cavalierly by a Catholic bishop pandering to the politically correct.

Robt. E. Lee has already been judged by the Lord at the Particular Judgment. The good bishop is in the queue that will someday bring him before the dreaded judgment seat of God.

12:41 PM  
Blogger Volpius Leonius said...

That communist Lincoln's efforts served to promote the culture of death for more when he decided to declare war on the people of the South rather than let them secede as was their right and to fight the war using scorched earth tactics which resulted in a great many deaths among innocent civilians.

Those same tactics then been used on the Indians.

2:45 PM  
Blogger JLS said...

Those brutal strategies and tactics are what win wars.

9:32 PM  
Blogger Helen said...

Aside from the assault on R.E.Lee am wondering how this dolt ever became a Bishop? He's disobedient from the start and isn't "entitled" to his own church!!! We have the Pope to lead and teach us!

The quack "doctors" he's referring to are ALL in the abortion "CLINICS". Every Doctor has to take the Hippocratic Oath which abortionists violate every day (and how many times a day!?!)What kind of "Doctor" studies for years at medical school to do nothing but kill innocents?

Will pray for his conversion.

9:33 PM  
Blogger JLS said...

I had earlier posted that the "scorched earth" tactics are what win wars.

I have to admit that reflecting on this put me into a reflective mode. I don't know what wins wars, but it is not likely one policy or another.

I won two out of three rounds on the pugil stick course in boot camp. I lost the third because I did the same thing as in the first two, and the guy saw me coming.

Recently I read a book about the Pope's Legions ... This was the war the Pope's armies fought ... sorry for my fuzzy history; it's not what I studied all that well ... around or right after Vatican I or when Italy seized the Pope's lands and left him with the Vatican.

That Papal army was no match for the national armies opposing it, yet it gathered respect and bought the Pope what he needed in terms of protection. It was like the Apostles keeping two swords ... not a lot by Roman Legion standards but as Jesus said, "It is sufficient". Greatest little factoid I got from that book was that one of those soldiers was found later in the aftermath of Custer's last stand. He was the only soldier there who had not been scalped ... because of the metal identifying him with the Pope's Legion, and the Indians respected the Pope.

2:20 AM  
Blogger Volpius Leonius said...

It is quite possible to win wars without deliberately burning down civilians homes destroying their crops and butchering their livestock so they starve to death.

Acts which neither the Churches Just War doctrines nor the Geneva convention permit I believe.

3:17 PM  
Blogger Adeodatus49 said...

Just War doctrines

Actually it's Just War Theory. It's a long held and cherished pious theological opinion, but not doctrine.

9:14 PM  
Blogger Volpius Leonius said...

Its a doctrine not just a opinion.

"These are the traditional elements enumerated in what is called the "just war" doctrine." CCC 2309

2:53 PM  
Blogger Adeodatus49 said...

Its a doctrine not just a opinion.

Having reviewed the citation you provided, I stand corrected.

This is the first time I have seen Just War called officially a doctrine. It has been more than a few years since I have read the documents of V-II (I read them all). Nonetheless, I do not remember Just War being called a doctrine by V-II. Or perhaps my memory is just faulty.

Prior to V-II it was called Just War Theory or so it was called in an undergraduate religious studies course. The principal authority for its explication was St. Thomas Aquinas whose teaching enjoys an apostolic authority. Vatican II supposedly didn't "make" new doctrine, but was a pastoral council. Vatican II's dogmatic constitutions did not contain any "new" theology.

So what gives with the CCC 2309 calling Just War theory doctrine?

Of course the issues of war (and peace) are very complex and serious. CCC 2309 recognizes that prudential judgment is used to make just war determinations. Doctrines may enjoy the charism of infallibility, but prudential judgments don't.

6:42 PM  
Blogger Patrick said...

Here is a 12/6/10 Taylor homily that is just as anti military and anti American as the Lee smear. Read this knowing that Taylor was a conscientious objector in the 60's. He has professed it many times publicly. His pathalogical hypocrisy and convoluted interpretation of history are on full display in this article. Most of his social teachings in Arkansas are heavily laced with a Marxist strain of liberation theology. In my opinion, his world view holds white capitalists as the predominate oppressor he references in this article. http://www.arkansas-catholic.org/columns/column.php?id=1972

1:18 AM  

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