Katie van Schaijik

Joined: Aug. 12, 2011


Restless, melancholic soul of Irish descent. Born and raised in Connecticut, married to a Dutchman, mother of two daughters and three sons. I love books, conversation, friendship, delicious food, gardens, long walks and beautiful places. I am easily ensnared in politics and web-browsing. I crave silence, sweetness, poetry and peace. I am always wanting to write and ever-failing to write. All my hope is in God’s power and will to save; all my trust is in His promise.

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The death of a priest and a personalist

Oct. 26 at 8:46am | Comments: 0

A rare soul has left the world, Msgr. Lorenzo Albacete. Msgr. Albacete was born Jan. 7, 1941, in San Juan, Puerto Rico. He obtained a degree in physics, and after his ordination to the priesthood he earned a doctorate in theology at the Angelicum, officially known as the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas.He served as the responsible for Communion and Liberation in the U.S. and Canada, and was chairman of board of advisors for Crossroads Cultural Center, a...

Personalism and the Judeo-Christian tradition

Oct. 11 at 10:33am | Comments: 20 | Most recent comment: Oct. 18 at 8:44am

Member Peter asks a question that deserves an answer: Can someone please explain to me how the personalist project concludes that no other persons besides Jews and Christians have the spiritual resources to acknowledge unconditional worth in all human persons?  He is referring to the essay laying out our sense of personalism composed at our request by John Crosby. It includes the following paragraph: According to our personalism, this sense of personal existence has emerged in the encounter with...

A call for radical, embodied love

Oct. 6 at 7:12am | Comments: 7 | Most recent comment: Oct. 14 at 5:12pm

In remarks opening the Extraordinary Synod on marriage yesterday, Pope Francis struck several characteristically personalist notes in a few words. He called for "a fraternal exchange of views" among the bishops—a spirit of openness and receptivity. This is not a power struggle; they are not to vie for victory over one another, but to recognize the partiality of each one's perspective and the value of what others have to offer, trusting that the Lord would lead them to...

On speaking what we feel

Sep. 26 at 12:33pm | Comments: 6 | Most recent comment: Sep. 27 at 9:29pm

Jules and I saw an outstanding production of King Lear in Philadelphia the other day. As always with Shakespeare, I kept marveling over the ineffable breadth and depth and pith and poetry of his insight into human experience. But one line in particular stood out, I think because we've been reflecting so much on the emotions around here lately. It's among the concluding lines of the drama. Nearly all the principal characters have died or been killed. The Duke of...

About shaking the dust from our sandals

Sep. 25 at 12:31pm | Comments: 1 | Most recent comment: Sep. 25 at 4:03pm

In response to my post on soundness in relationships, friend Rebecca wrote a note at once encouraging and challenging, going right to the heart of things. Katie, thank you so much for posting this. It makes a lot of sense and I think it's a really valuable contribution to a discussion that needs to happen much, much, more frequently. I would really like to see a follow up (post? discussion? conversation?) about the "shaking the dust from your feet part."...

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Re: Is all confusion evil? A Socratic thought.

Oct. 28 at 5:08pm | see this comment in context

Jules, I love your point and agree with it entirely. But it might be good to add here that the Archbishop seemed to be at least partly blaming bad reporting for the confusion he so lamented.

Well, first of all, I wasn’t there. That’s very significant, because to claim you know what really happened when you weren’t there is foolish. To get your information from the press is a mistake because they don’t know well enough how to understand it so they can tell people what happened. I don’t think the press deliberately distorts, they just don’t have any background to be able to evaluate things. In some cases they’re certainly the enemy and they want to distort the Church.

Now, having said all that, I was very disturbed by what happened. I think confusion is of the devil, and I think the public image that came across was of confusion. Now, I don’t think that was the real thing there.

His comments (which can be read in full here) remind me of Pope Benedict's address to the priests of Rome about Vatican II. Fault for the post-couciliar confusion lay with the media, not the Council itself.

Re: Active Collaboration (CDF)

Oct. 26 at 9:40am | see this comment in context

Sam, I don't disagree with the gist of your article, but I'm going to offer suggestions for refining it.

The above quote identifies two issues resulting from an emphasis on male authority:

1)      Women are debased and devalued

2)      Women, in most cases rightly, react strongly against it

Number 2 is badly put. Women are right to react against a false teaching that subordinates them to men, full stop. They are right to object to being debased and devalued. (If women don't "react strongly", something is wrong.)

What Scola is pointing out is that some of the particular reactions (viz. of radical feminists) are bad, because rather than resolving the power dynamics of the fall, they play into them, exacerbating the post-Eden strife between men and women.
Another point. I think you should avoid suggesting that "active collaboration" is somehow the correct or superior term for describing the relation between men and women in marriage.
The truth supercedes any single term, and different aspects of that truth are captured and brought out by "mutual submission" or "co-subjects of love," making them the better choice in particular contexts.

Re: Active Collaboration (CDF)

Oct. 24 at 8:31pm | see this comment in context

I would like to see the Covenant Communities repudiate the false model established and promulgated by Steve Clark, which is incompatible with feminine dignity and Church teaching. Until they do, I will be leery of them.

Re: Factions

Oct. 22 at 9:24am | see this comment in context

I'm all in favor. I think it's a great gift for the faithful to get to see, in real time, the way the teachings of the Church are worked out in human terms.

It's always been messy. It's always been politically fraught.

The only thing that has distressed me surrounding the Synod is the reaction to it among traditionalists, which has struck me as depressingly faithfuless. (Don't we believe the Holy Spirit is at work? Don't we trust fully that the Church will not fall into error? Don't we really see the Pope as the Vicar of Christ?)

Re: Personalism and the Judeo-Christian tradition

Oct. 18 at 8:44am | see this comment in context

Peter, I'm sorry we don't see eye to eye. You see me throwing out red herrings and trying to prove something. I see myself explaining my reasoning and the meaning of the claim in our essay.

I'm afraid there isn't enough common ground to make the discussion fruitful.

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