Comments by treanorgazette
Posted on July 27 at noon (Suggest removal)
I think that it is interesting that an increase in bikers has produced an us-versus-them mentality on the road, since most bikers are drivers too. I ride my bike to work and I am astonished by the occasional aggressive disrespectful driver who flips me the finger or waits until he is next to me to yell a profanity. Both happened to me yesterday and in both cases I was riding through Alplaus and the driver was not delayed by me at all. I feel that in the second case the driver was hoping to entertain himself by scaring me off the road. He then sped past me to wait at a red light behind several cars. When he vents his rage in a manner that kills somebody, he too will claim that the bicyclist weaved in front of him. Normal drivers cannot identify with this sort of behavior. Bicycles are simply identifying the most aggressive intolerant drivers.
Posted on December 18 at 9:02 a.m. (Suggest removal)
But, can we allow fewer tragedies? I read that Nancy Lanza bought the guns for protection, so we know the simple answers can make things worse. I also read that some parents of children who have "episodes" eventually must let them commit a crime, which makes the children eligible for better treatment. The situation is complicated and needs to be understood at a personal level (will this child grow to control his anger?) and a social level (funding to treat and control potentially dangerous adults might be overcome by the sheer numbers). I know that's not an answer.
Posted on October 2 at 4:42 p.m. (Suggest removal)
nygirl61 - I fear I may have been unclear. My contention is that you are saying the bread and wine "represent" the the body and blood of Christ. The tenet is that Christ is actually present, and Carl Strock's point is the average Catholic fails to see the distinction. Your use of the word "represent" makes his point. If the average Catholic were to say, "Well that just never made any sense to me," that would indicate that Catholics don't accept a central and distinguishing doctrine of their faith. However, Mr Strock points out the average Catholic might say, "Is that what we're supposed to believe?" This indicates, as ronzo and Mr. Strock point out, that a great deal of rote memorization and "going through the motions" has been invested by people who never asked, "Is that what we're supposed to believe?"
A glossary was added to the Catechism in 2000. It defines transubstantiation as "The scholastic term used to designate the unique change of the Eucharistic bread and wine into the Body and Blood of Christ." So I think you are right - the name for this is academic. But the distinction between representing and being the Body of Christ is much more than academic.
Posted on October 2 at 12:05 p.m. (Suggest removal)
nygirl61: you made Carl Strock's point when you said you disagree that Catholics don't know the bread and wine they partake of at Mass represents the body and blood of Christ. The point is that they are not a representation, and it is a tenant of Catholic faith that the substance changes in a way we cannot perceive. You should have heard that word before, and I have to wonder if you missed it - and its meaning - just as most Catholics have. I'm also wondering how many pews the Pew Research Institute surveyed. (Sorry.)