Weigel, Kmiec lock horns over Obama Notre Dame scandal

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Weigel – “The Catholic defense of the right to life is not a matter of arcane or esoteric Catholic doctrine: You don’t have to believe in the primacy of the pope, in seven sacraments, in Mary’s assumption into heaven, in the divine and human natures of Christ—you don’t even have to believe in God—to take seriously the Catholic claim that innocent human life has an inalienable dignity and value that demands the protection of the laws.”

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Reminding Us Who We Are

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During a recent lecture, George Weigel, the noted Catholic writer, professor, and the official biographer of the late Pope John Paul II, briefly spoke about the Pope’s pivotal role in support of the Polish Labor Union “Solidarity” … which of course, led to the liberation of the Polish people, the eventual demolition of the Berlin Wall, the liberation of Eastern Europe, and a few years later … on August 15th … the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary … to the fall of the Soviet Union.

Mr. Weigel explained that when John Paul II addressed the Polish people (and indirectly, General Jaruzelski, who threatened to put down any rebellion, using force, if necessary) the Pontiff invoked the power of the Holy Spirit, and then he simply reminded the Polish people precisely WHO they WERE.

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According to the site mentioned above: The Pope’s epic June 1979 pilgrimage to his homeland there were nine days on which the history of the 20th century pivoted. In those forty-some sermons, addresses, lectures, and impromptu remarks, the Pope told his fellow-countrymen, in so many words:

“You are not who they say you are.
Let me remind you who you are.”
“It is not possible to understand the history
of the Polish nation without Christ.”

By restoring to the Polish people their authentic history and culture, John Paul created a revolution of conscience that, fourteen months later, produced the nonviolent Solidarity resistance movement, a unique hybrid of workers and intellectuals – a “forest planed by aroused consciences,” as the Pope’s friend, the philosopher Jozef Tischner once put it.

And by restoring to his people a form of freedom and a fearlessness that communism could not reach, John Paul II set in motion the human dynamics that eventually led, over a decade, to what we know as the Revolution of 1989.

In this election year, when many of the the choices seem to be so limited and so uninspiring, it would be useful for each and every one of us to remember who we are … in Christ.

     George Weigel

Here’s a link to George Weigel’s blog:

http://georgeweigel.blogspot.com/