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Saturday, January 29, 2011

Canons of Deconstruction

Well, still on my blogging sabbatical, working on a law review article on the role of theology in the RCC sex abuse crisis. The interesting thing I've been finding is a complete lack of comprehension on the part of non-Catholics of the Church's rationale underlying its defensiveness and secrecy, and, on the other hand, a complete lack of comprehension on the part of the hierarchy and its defenders of the outrage secular society (as well as, of course, many Catholics) feel as a result of the scandal. To a surprising extent, a large part of what I'm doing is interpreting each side's position, and trying to put it in a context the other might understand.

That doesn't mean that I think the RCC position is valid; I don't. But it's a position that has roots all the way back to the Twelfth Century, and that's not a tradition that one can just be written off as a post-hoc rationalization. It's been fascinating, too, spelunking through medieval history and theology, and reacquainting myself with such towering figures as Henry II, Thomas Becket, Augustine, Aquinas, and John Henry Newman. And meeting several new figures, including Gilbert Foliot, whose complexity of thought and moderation make him much more than a critic of Becket.

I'll link to the essay when it's finished.