Monday, March 11, 2013

Dorothy (mon)Day QOTW: Liberal! No! Conservative!



Spring is so close. This looks like a "Florida" room.
Here's a little change of pace for you. This week, we have a quote about Dorothy Day, by George Weigel:
"Despite her political myopia about the likes of Fidel Castro, the Catholic radicalism of Dorothy Day was far more Catholic in its sense of the drama of sin and grace than the vapid liberalism that dominated the post-Vatican II Church."
I have often been accused of being a "liberal" Catholic. Helped along, no doubt, by the bumper sticker on my car by Pope Paul VI:
"If you want peace, work for justice."

But just as often, and no less stridently so, I have been accused of being a "conservative." No doubt this misconception is also aided by my position on abortion, which originates, ironically, from a liberal view of love and tolerance. There is no greater liberality than to desire the love and protection of all human life; and there is no greater illiberality than to declare that some life is simply not worth protecting. And so everything is defined backwards.

Defining positions in the Church as either liberal or conservative really bugs me and introduces division where none need be. These divisions will once again rise to the surface as we exit to the ramp of a heady week. We will most likely hear the words, "Habemus Papem" before a few days, and Vatican-watchers and ideologues are setting up their camps, hedging their bets on who next will take the See of Peter.

I don't care who the next Pope will be.

Oh, I have a great interest in it, because, well, who doesn't love a great drama? I'll be bringing my laptop to work, just so I don't miss the opportunity to see the smoke from the Sistine Chapel (is it white or black?). But the truth is that I will continue live on in my faith life as I have been doing--getting nourishment from any source rooted in Christ--be it conservative or liberal.

Some people like classical music. I like rock.