Praise for closed-mindedness, judgmentalism, and intolerance.

Posted by: Barthélemy Barbancourt

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During his speech at Ave Maria University’s commencement exercises in Naples, Fla., the Rev. Robert McTeigue, S.J., a philosophy professor and director of discernment there, encouraged students to respect the people who had paid for their education, or who had otherwise supported it and them. Give them feedback. Show them gratitude. Demonstrate its relevance.

Father McTeigue also encouraged three bold things — three things that, outside the campus of Ave Maria, may sound not only radical but insane. He encouraged closed-mindedness, judgmentalism, and intolerance.

Closed-mindedness, because “G. K. Chesterton said that the human mind is like the human mouth — both are meant to close down on something solid.” Unsurprisingly, a priest would advise that this hearty substance has something to do with Scripture and a cross, “life-giving and liberating truth.”

Judgmentalism, because we have to know the difference between good and evil, the beautiful and the ugly. We owe it to ourselves and the people around us, the communities we are in. “Yes, prejudice is wrong; but a well-honed and hard-won habit of good judgment is a hallmark of moral and intellectual maturity.” Seek good judgment.

And, finally, intolerance, because:

"Socrates was intolerant of the Sophists. Moses was intolerant of Pharaoh. Jesus was intolerant of the Pharisees. Frederick Douglass was intolerant of slavery. Blessed Rupert Mayer was intolerant of the Nazis. Blessed Mother Teresa was intolerant of abortion. Blessed Pope John Paul was intolerant of the culture of death. Intolerance can be a beautiful thing — you just need to know how to do it properly."

Hoe refreshing to hear someone admit what mature people used to know. We have all met people so open minded that their brains have fallen out. Judgment is a good and healthy thing as we all need to know what is right and what is wrong, good and evil exist, ignoring them doesn't eliminate them.

Finally, intolerance. The left is all up in arms over gay marriage as they say they can't tolerate intollerance. Sorry, but that is just a rhetorical device used to shield your own intolerance of other view points.

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Six degrees
written by Nobody , July 12, 2011

Of separation. Fr. Bob is my daughter-in-law's brother. A very bright guy who likes single malts and stogies.

Barthélemy Barbancourt
Gotta love drinking with the clergy
written by Barthélemy Barbancourt , July 12, 2011

I have enjoyed many a cocktail with men of the cloth. I find that they often have some well thought out views that they are happy to share over adult beverages.

Currently I've been having a few with a Rev. who is versant in the Kabbala. Its seems to be an older version of "The Secret" so far, but I'm probably missing something.

written by Nobody , July 12, 2011

By the time Jesuits get thier final Ordination, they have about 3 phd's. Besides giving Mass daily he teaches 3 sections of Philosophy.

He's intresting in the least. About drink 4 or 5 he's funny too.

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