Mirror of Justice

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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

"How the Catholic Church can better promote a culture of life"

by Frank Brennan, S.J.

Fr. Brennan, a professor of law at Australian Catholic University, quotes, along the way, both Notre Dame law and theology prof Cathy Kaveny and MOJ's own Rob Vischer, here.


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It is wonderful to see (Fr) Frank clearly defending his complicated, nuanced support for a change to Church teaching on IVF, quicker physician assisted death, and " same sex"adoption. It inspires a renewed debate on the role of renowned Jesuits advocating change agendas within Catholic institutions. Well done Cardinal Pell and Bishop Fisher for their forthcoming pastoral dialogue with Father who teaches in good standing in their dioceses!

Posted by: J Suttie | Mar 20, 2013 6:40:26 PM

Michael, what exactly is Fr Brennan saying and why do you think it is persuasive?

Posted by: Rick Garnett | Mar 20, 2013 10:59:14 PM

Persuasive? The right question, given that I posted the link, is why do I think that what Fr. Brennan has to say is, in the context of MOJ, interesting. And the answer to that question is, I think, obvious.

Posted by: Michael Perry | Mar 21, 2013 6:29:39 AM

Michael -- I asked the question that I asked because I thought, as I generally do, that it would be valuable to hear *your* thoughts about Fr. Brennan's piece, which I found somewhat sprawling and unfocused. I'm pretty sure that Pope Francis would not agree that "silence in the face of difference" is the way to proceed on abortion, and I'm not all that drawn to Fr. Brennan's suggestion that we put "CDF statements" about end-of-life issues, etc., in the drawer on the ground that, today, many people reject the Christian understanding of the person. I *thought* Fr. Brennan was, in the end, agreeing with Rob about the importance of non-state associations, and about the freedoms that religious schools and agencies should enjoy to act in accord with their missions . . . but in places it was not clear.

Posted by: Rick Garnett | Mar 21, 2013 8:46:44 AM