Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Until cooler heads prevail ...

... I am refraining from publishing or linking to further comment on the intramural Catholic dispute over Christopher West's articulation of Pope John Paul II's theology of the body.

Recent articles by David Schindler, Janet Smith, and Michael Waldstein [sorry, no more links] each make some positive points that should be kept in mind:

  • Schindler: "Let me stress that I agree with those who vigorously defend West’s intention of fidelity to the Church. " I would add that the same intention of fidelity should be recognized on the part of all theologians who have written on the issue.

  • Smith: "I believe a thorough discussion of the issues Schindler raises would enrich our understanding of the Theology of the Body."

  • Waldstein: "As the Provost/Dean of the John Paul II Institute in Washington, Schindler has the responsibility of protecting the name and reputation of this Institute -- a great common good."

Please pray for everyone involved, that, for the good of Christ's Mystical Body, they make peace with one another.