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Alice von Hildebrand

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A short excursion into the metaphysics of the person

Jul. 6 at 2:51pm | Comments: 0

To begin to answer to the question below, let me take a short excursion into metaphysics. When we examine “Being” philosophically, we see that the first crucial divide is the one between Creator and creatures. On the one hand, Absolute Being, Infinite Perfection, on the other: metaphysical dependence and contingency. No creature can account for its own existence; it was God’s gift. The second most radical divide is between personal and non-personal being. On one side, we have the...


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Re: Should A Cardinal Confirm A Practicing Homosexual Parish Council Member? Some Critical Reflections

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I am deeply indebted to Dr. Seifert for his superb analysis of a tragic situation.  He manages to combine three things that can only be harmonized if intelligence is married to charity.

  1. He has the "courage to speak the truth when truth is his theme" (Plato).
  2. He addresses the key issues with luminous clarity and (German) thoroughness.
  3. He expresses his profound grief at having to disagree with people so very dear to him, and manages to safeguard the preciousness of friendship while giving priority to the sacred rights of Truth.

I am grateful to him for highlighting how misleading it is to confuse "being a sinner" and living in sin. It is a dangerous confusion fashionable today, which, with diabolical cleverness, puts on the vestment of "charity".

What is particularly troubling is that the young man in question defends his "life style" as justified, and offers an argument which, once again, is poisoned by the zeitgeist: namely, it is impossible to live chastely.

Some words of St. Paul should give him (and all of us) food for thought, "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."

To leave out grace is a serious matter.

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