Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Time to Update the Rolodex

(Hat tip: Margaret Cabaniss)

An instant Amy Welborn classic in response to USAToday's quoting Thomas Reese, S.J., as saying “the Vatican insists we continue to explain the gospel in the language of the 13th century”:
... Again, reporters - when a source says something about the Vatican insisting that theological language be that of the 13th century - push . Ask what exactly that means. Request specific examples. Be conversant enough with recent documents - say, the last few encyclicals, from both Benedict and John Paul II - to question that statement in light of those documents. Know that Benedict’s encyclicals sell in the hundreds of thousands when they are published, his books are best sellers for any publisher who gets them and the Vatican website gets millions of hits a day.

Are all those people conversant in 13th-Centuryese?

And once again, add new names to the Rolodex...
(emphasis in original)

My Comments:
As an aside, Amy has penned a pamphlet on Pope Benedict XVI for Our Sunday Visitor, a copy of which I picked up in the vestibule at church the other day.

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At 4/08/2008 4:36 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Father Reese wouldn't know the 13th century, the Magnificent Century as novelist Thomas Costain tagged it, if it came up, bit him on the bottom, and said "Got anything to compare to the Summa in your centuries?".


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