Saturday, 4 April 2009

opinions before Palm Sunday

Geoffrey Rowell writes in The Times about The ride to salvation in lowly pomp on a donkey.

David Monkton writes in the Guardian that The events of Palm Sunday remind us that spin is no modern invention.

Savi Hensman writes at Ekklesia about Resisting the urge to scapegoat.

Paul Vallely writes in the Church Times that The light of spring symbolises hope.

The Church Times leader is about changing the Act of Settlement and the Royal Marriages Act: The insults of the past.

Earlier in the week, before the announcement of the appointment of Vincent Nichols to be Archbishop of Westminster, Andrew Brown wrote Can we build a society without myths? in response to Britain has sold its soul to pursuit of ‘reason’ over religion, Catholic Archbishop warns in the Telegraph.

In connection with that appointment, Andrew Brown wrote A new combative style in the Catholic church. (See also here, and here.)

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"Here is a God whose love reaches out in its fullness to prison cells and torture chambers, to sufferers from natural disaster, to the dying which must come - in whatever way it comes - to each one of us, and to the lesser deaths that mark the pattern of our human lives" - G. Rowell -

Bishop Geoffrey Rowell speaks here of the reality of the Love of God 'which passes all our human understanding' and yet which has its limits in the hearts and minds of some Christians - in the way in which they vilify the homosexual community.
One wonders how people like Archhbishop Akinola of Nigeria will answer the questions of the Grand Inquisitor, when asked how he treated such people in his homeland?

Savi Hensman, on the other hand, reminds us of the tendency towards scape-goating, which is still going on in the world of the Church, where gays and women are constantly looked upon as misfits and rabble-rousers, when all they want to do is to be accepted as human beings and children of God, in the very same way as anyone else in this diverse and wonderful world of ours.

Jesus seemed to enjoy the company of outsiders much more than that of the self-righteous and smug, whose opposition to his inclusive choice of companions became the ground of his crucifixion and death. However, the Resurrection and ultimate Ascension of Jesus has triumphed over the power of sin and death, an action of God which brought about salvation - even for the scapegoat. Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the Name of The Lord!

Posted by: Father Ron Smith on Monday, 6 April 2009 at 11:54am BST

It is not that we live overly by reason, it is that we live almost wholly unconsciously. Is living by necessary awareness to act out life predominantly by reason or by myth? Yes, a false question; in the East, there isn't this fallacy to wrestle with, since awareness permeates everything as a first principle (at least in matters to do with right living). Here, in the West, you can take your pick: be Bertrand Russell or Mircea Eliade, but to the extent that you breathe without awareness, neither stance will serve you well, or those around you.

Posted by: orfanum on Monday, 6 April 2009 at 10:39pm BST
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