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richard sherlock

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I am being baptized into the Catholic Church. I am a widower with 2 grown children. I am a philosopher/theologian who has taught philosophy at Utah State University since 1985. Before that I taught moral theology at Fordham where I became good friends with John McDermott sj and Norris Clarke sj. I have 3 degrees from Harvard. I have been deeply interested in personalism for years. One of my Fordham students wrote a splendid dissertation on JPII’s pre-papal writings in moral theology especially the material in polish which he knew fluently having grown up in a polish-american household. I also studied with Bernard Lonergan at Harvard


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New Novel

Mar. 2 at 12:46am | Comments: 23 | Most recent comment: Apr. 11 at 11:05pm

Richard Sherlock, I am a new member so this will be short. I will be an official new Catholic this Easter but for over 40 years I have been a "head" Catholic . You can read my story on the website Whyimcatholic under "mormon". The article everyone is talking about in Journal of Medical is as horrible a view as everyone says but for those of us who have worked in this field its not really news. This view has been around...


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Re: Celebrating two great lives

Oct. 21 at 10:28pm | see this comment in context

Katie and others,

I haven't been on as much as I should but am going to. To love, as Hildebrand says is to love a person, not just fill his needs. That is why social programs, no matter how much they meet needs, cannot take the place of persons. Someone I know, say, needs food. A functionary they have never seen can deliver groceries. But when I do it, it it is not just food it is I who journey to him or her with more than food. I journey with me. In the mass Christ gives his person to me. 

Simone Weil wrote that a single piece of bread given in the proper way is enough to feed a hungry soul. 

All here might like to see my conversion story in First Things on line Aug. 30 and the importance of the Hildebrand Conf in Rome for that At the end of September I got to meet Cardinal Burke at the Fellowship of Catholic Scholars meeting in DC ( got to sit with him at lunch).

Re: Blankenhorn succumbs to gay marriage advocacy

Jun. 26 at 12:14am | see this comment in context

Katie,

The fundamental error i Blankenhorn's position is that he does not tell us what a marriage is. If it is only based on love as its telos then a "parade of horribles" to horrible to describe will follow as surely as night follows day. He is the Stephen Douglas of gay marriage, trying to find a way to compromise on first principles of both reason and revelation. Our "political" ideal should be Lincoln who would never compromise on first principles. Gay relationships can't possibly be a marriage. They can have all the love in the world but they are not a marriage. When I taught moral theology at Fordham in the 80's I was on an early MacNeil Leher report with the doctor who did the first invitro baby with donor egg and sperm. I said that once the creation of new life was separated from intimate union then 2 things would follow. If life is made then we will make it the way we want and weed out those we don't want. Personhood of all is denied (Lincoln is turning in his grave) and sexual intimacy will be depersonalized into a commodity and the horribles will follow

Re: An atheist converts in a very personalist way

Jun. 19 at 11:32pm | see this comment in context

Katie,

I read this earlier today. I love it. It is so truthful to experience. In the patristic period it was the word made flesh that the philosophers couldn't  understand. That made the Christian much more powerful, even though thinkers like Augustine thought that the platonists probably got 80% right.

As new Catholic I find the eucharist a profoundly personal encounter with Christ.

Re: Von Hildebrand's view of love

May. 8 at 10:39pm | see this comment in context

Follow up. The reference to Fordham (I was Prof. of Moral Theology there) reminds me that the philosophy dept. there is still first rate but my old dept. has really lost its way. Far too many theologians have a very shallow background in philosophy This is embarrasing

Re: Von Hildebrand's view of love

May. 8 at 10:35pm | see this comment in context

Katie,

Great quote. This expresses something of the reason that God's love for us is so frequently analogized to marital love in scripture. Sexual intimacy can only truly happen in marriage. But this intimacy is never the core of marriage. We might also note, however that true friendship can be very close to marriage. After all at the end of John Jesus asks Peter if he is his "friend".

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