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Damian P. Fedoryka

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Re: Cardinal Dolan disappoints

Jul. 16 at 4:29pm | see this comment in context

Thank you, Devra. You accurately note the point of the dispute and provide clarity. It is a matter of seeing the difference between refugee and invader. The refugee is innocent and the invader may not be. The latter's behavior may both illegal and immoral, that is, unjust.

The unborn’s "entry" into the world, under today's rule of U.S. law, against  it’s mother’s will to abort it, is illegal.

The illegal immigrant may also behave unjustly. "May," because as an "unaccompanied minor," he is certainly innocent; and in critical need, even if he is a tool of cynical community organizers. He has a claim in justice even if the law invokes against him his illegal status.

I agree that conflicts can arise from the understandings of words. But the conflict cannot and should not be resolved by shifting from the reality of "unaccompanied innocent persons" to "illegal immigrants" and "invaders" and owners forced to assist the needy innocents, such as Lazarus at their doorsteps, out of their own surplus. Perhaps the terms "innocent victims" and "surplus" can sharpen the focus on the real persons involved at the moment of crisis in contrast to persons involved in a policy dispute.

Re: Cardinal Dolan disappoints

Jul. 16 at 11:25am | see this comment in context

Later I learned that the fence was a barrier between a hostile zone and a safety zone. I learned other things as well that could be part of an unfolding story. Your post provided a partial identity for a child that doesn't remember ever being addressed by the name I now known as mine. Now, for the fist time in my life I add to the title I first learned, "refugee" reserved for others like me in camps reserved for us. Today, for the first time I have identified myself as both "innocent victim" and "tool" of cynical - politicians, one called Hitler. The other was Stalin, also know as an "agrarian reformer," the earlier nomenclature of "community organizers."

I am glad that at the time, my courageous Mother - who had ventured West even before the end of the war, in search of her husband, my Father, a number in some Kazet, did not pause at the fence dividing both sides of the story, the "yours" from "mine", the “illegal immigrant” from the “innocent victim and tool.”

Cardinal Dolan could have been defending me, a person in crisis, rather than a proposition in a discussion.

God Bless,

Damian

Re: Cardinal Dolan disappoints

Jul. 16 at 11:21am | see this comment in context

Thank you Katie, for triggering a memory of events experienced but not named, either in my native tongue or the German sounds hovering at the fringes of consciousness. I was four. The war was ending. In the flashes of images, I was at a tall fence. The hands of my Mother, whose powerful presence but not her face is part of the memory, pushing me under the lower strands held apart by helpful hands of strangers. All I remember was the sense of safety, shelter and food that followed. And  an overwhelming sense of my Mother's absence for a number of days. And then the joy of reunion.

Re: Why gender matters

Dec. 6 at 12:21pm | see this comment in context

 Jules,

Jules van Schaijik, Dec. 6 at 9:13am.

 macro-evolution.....the contradiction between it and dignity.  a topic for a new post.

 You are right, it would be the topic calling for a new post.

The relevance of macro-evolution for marriage and gender is this: the former makes radically impossible the self-possession that is a metphsyical precondition for receiving and giving of self, the "total" mode of which is marriage.

It also makes impossible the feminine and masculine genders, each of which is a "mode" or "tone" in the articulation of the person as spiritual: the feminine in the "mode" or "key" of receptivity, the masculine in the "mode" of spontaneity or "going out" of one self in giving. Each is equally called, as person to give and receive in an interpersonal relation. The distinctive mark of the spousal reciprocity is not simply the "totality" of the reciprocated gift of Self but the ontological intention and possibility of "becoming one" that is not tha same as a "sharing" of Self that is metaphsyically distinct in all other kinds of love that neither achieve nor intend, the "becoming one" of spousal love, which alone is fruitful in the full, personalist, sense.

That's why gender matters.

Re: Why gender matters

Dec. 6 at 9:12am | see this comment in context

Jules van Schaijik, Dec. 6 at 9:13am

... the contradiction between it and dignity. Still, there must be people who have made the attempt to reconcile them, and I would like to know how they go about it.  

 De Chardin did, following Hegel and Marx. Heidegger did. So also those who defend "guided evolution." As to the "how," it involves a redcutive deconstruction of "self-possession," "ownerhsip" and "sovereignty" to the act appropriation, - the antithesis of receiving, - which rejects St. Paul's reminder that everything we "have" we have received.

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