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Kevin Schemenauer

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Kevin Schemenauer is an Assistant Professor of Moral Theology at Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology in Southern Indiana. He wrote his dissertation on Dietrich von Hildebrand’s treatment of procreation which was published as Conjugal Love and Procreation: Dietrich von Hildebrand’s Superabundant Integration with Lexington Books in the spring of 2011. He is happily married and the proud father of two sons.


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Re: Dr. Allender on abuse and recovery

Aug. 31 at 11:26pm | see this comment in context

Jules, I am not sure I understand womb-envy, but I do understand the tendency for power dynamics to work their way down the power chain. To your last question, I thought immediately of my five year-old son. When I discipline him, he often takes his frustration out on his younger brother. Consciouly or unconsciously, I am more insensitive to my children when I want and lose control of the world around me. A third anecdote speaking to the tendency to injure innocence: I re-call in High School that many people in my small class would try to scandalize or make fun of a girl who lived out her faith in joy, humility, and confidence. She seemed to be a target simply because her life was a challenge to others.

Re: Are wives supposed to submit to their husbands?

Aug. 13 at 1:09pm | see this comment in context

I am someone reluctant to take headship over another and agree with Grabowski’s analysis of Ephesians. He was my dissertation director and has been a great mentor for me.

I have often struggled to give content to this idea of headship and submissiveness. Are the terms no longer relevant, a cultural and historical artifact? One place in my own marriage where I thought there might be some relevance to the term was during and shortly after the birth of our two sons. If my wife asked for something, she got it, so she was in charge in perhaps the most important ways. She was focused on the birthing process and then after birth, recovering, nursing and nurturing a newborn. During and shortly after the birthing process I had to have courage and confidence to make decisions on my own that I would usually make with my wife. That was an experience. This is a question: since men and women are different, can we speak of ways in which men and women are generally (maybe not universally) the head and generally submissive or would any such notions of complementarity be unique to each relationship?

Re: Guilty of Unprincipled Forgiveness or Model Christian?

Jul. 20 at 11:03am | see this comment in context

Katie, thank you for pushing forward on this issue. I have learned from your posts that forgiveness implies understanding the evil of the action performed and that the victim should not allow a false forgiveness to tempt him to pass over the evil and its consequences. Of course, as you point out, neither should the victim dwell on the sin in ways that perpetuates and the action. Forgiveness does not imply forgetting the evil, denying the evil, overlooking the evil, or rationalizing the evil. Forgiveness is not a one and done act of the will but an ongoing process as we grow in our understanding of sin and its negative consequences. As we think about justice, the principle of comparative justice from just war theory seems helpful here. Nations should be aware that they do not perfectly embody justice even while they recognize that the injustice they are seeking to correct is comparatively worse. This helps to prevent rationalization on both sides of justice. Even when I cannot say another's sin was in no way my fault, I can still recognize that I have been harmed by another in ways that I am not responsible, and that comparative justice demands further action.

Re: von Hildebrand, St. Francis and St. Benedict

Jul. 14 at 10:27pm | see this comment in context

Katie, thank you for clarifying this for me and for posting the wonderful exchange between you and Alice. Only someone as full of life as Dietrich Von Hildebrand could be a third order Franciscan AND a Benedictine oblate.

Re: Forgiveness and dysfunction

Jul. 12 at 11:44am | see this comment in context

I agree that justice should not be merely a means. Maybe a better way of asking my question is: what other aspects of justice are missing in the unprincipled forgiveness? I can see how one might neglect the need to protect future victims and neglect protecting the sinner from committing further sins. Yet, I sense there is more to what you are saying and I don't want to miss the further insights.

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