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Personal/Theological Notebook: Reading Communion Ecclesiology; Note from Erik; Catholicism and China

Been on a roll for hours now, reading on communion ecclesiology, in one of those delicious moods where I'm able to absorb reading and information at great length without losing concentration or ability. I don't know quite what it is that makes that easier at some times than others, but it's a good feeling. It certain helps, though, to have good texts to read. Dennis M. Doyle's Communion Ecclesiology: Vision & Versions, which I got out of the library the other day, is a marvelous example of a well-ordered and instantly-accessible book, and has been helpful for an overview of a number of different communion ecclesiologies and their developmental courses. I've been using the CDF's 1992 letter Some Aspects of the Church Understood as Communion, which is a central text, and bouncing around both the very useful The Gift of the Church: A Textbook on Ecclesiology in Honor of Patrick Granfield, O.S.B., which Professor Fahey had us use in my seminar with him when I arrived at Marquette, and Cardinal Dulles' classic Models of the Church. So all this will lead into the final-stretch writing spurt to finish off this chapter over the next week.

Yet another job post was advertised yesterday and was forwarded to students by our new Chair, Professor Wood. This would be a delicious posting, though strangely undergrad-free in a theological graduate school, plopping me not only in the heart of a huge theological network, but also having me live in Erik's neighbourhood, which would be a ton of fun for that old friendship. I let him know about that in a note last night, and told him that if anyone asked about me, he still owed me for breaking my rib back during his graduation celebration at Notre Dame, when weaklingrecords packed a very respectable bar into his backpack and set up shop on Stonehenge at midnight after graduation. I got a funny note back from him and the whole exchange made laugh:
Here's a bit of a surprise new job ad that I just got today and for which I am now just finishing my application. If anyone asks you about me, remember: you still owe me for breaking my rib. Bastard.


That would be awesome, brother. Let me know if/when you get to come out for an interview. Your rib story reference is very timely. I was at ND this weekend for an ACE gathering and I told someone the rib story as we were passing by Stonehenge. I thought to myself, "The sad prick deserved it." ;-)

Dr. Bastard!!!!
I do hope he remembered what I thought the funniest part of the story: when I was sitting stunned in the water and gasped out, "You broke my rib!" Bongo Bob, who had helped himself to quite a bit of the drink by this point, slurred "You wuss!" As though my rib had popped by some lack of character. Soaking wet and in some pain, I still instantly thought it was hysterical.

And lastly, a little article caught my eye, given the way I've always thought the Tao in Confucius' Analects lined up so stunningly with Jewish-Christian Logos theology – a point I've used in my Intro classes when I get to the Gospel of John.

Cardinal: Traditional Chinese wisdom contains seeds of word of God

By Cindy Wooden
Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- For the good of Chinese society and the defense of people, the Catholic Church must engage in dialogue and work with those who defend the traditional values found in Confucianism, said Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kiun of Hong Kong.

Cardinal Zen told the world Synod of Bishops on the Bible Oct. 15 that, before being written as the Scriptures and incarnated in the person of Jesus, the word of God was the force that created beauty, the universe and the human person.

And, he said, the traditional Chinese wisdom founded in and fostered by Confucianism contains the "seeds of the word" of God that the Second Vatican Council said are present in religions and cultures.

Cardinal Zen said the church in Hong Kong has developed a healthy dialogue with followers of Confucianism, aimed particularly at "trying to preserve the precious heritage of Chinese wisdom."

"If, moved by charity, we are able to instill in the younger generation the Chinese virtues of fidelity, honesty and shame, we will have helped them take a big step toward holiness," the cardinal said.

In too many instances, he said, the Chinese people are losing contact with their traditional values, as is seen in instances of corruption and attacks on human life, marriage and the family.

It also is seen in the "silencing of the voice of conscience by which, with the aim of easy profits, some have gone so far as to contaminate milk and damage the health and the life of defenseless children," he said.

Chinese milk contaminated with melamine, an industrial chemical, has been blamed for killing at least four infants and making tens of thousands of babies sick since mid-September.

Chinese authorities blamed dairy suppliers for the scandal, saying they added the chemical, usually used in plastics and adhesives, to watered-down milk to make it appear richer in protein.

The chemical can cause kidney stones or even death, but until the scandal broke in mid-September the Chinese government did not have a defined limit for acceptable levels of melamine, which can leach from plastic packaging into food products.
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