Daily Archives: July 6, 2010

The Awakening Universe

I couldn’t find a copy of this on the internet that wasn’t dubbed or subtitled into some foreign language, but a Catholic nun, at the conference I was at on the weekend, showed this to us. Tell me what you think of it. It is in two parts here:


For a slightly more orthodox reflection on the same subject, listen to Fr Mitch Pachwa’s interview on EWTN with Fr Robert Spitzer.

Update: Incidentally, it was a Catholic priest, Georges Lemaitre, who first came up with what was later called “the big bang theory” (he called it the theory of the primeval atom). See: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Georges_Lema%C3%AEtre. This is a fact that is conveniently forgotten by many who oppose religion and science. Of course, as Fr Spitzer points out, the big bang theory – as opposed to the previous theory of the infiniteness of both time and space – opens the door to the religious question in cosmography once more.

For myself, I remain in complete wonder and awe at two events that for me BEG the “God question”:

1) The “Big Bang” itself. What caused it? Why did it happen? As the classical philosophers put it “why is there something and not nothing”?
2) the emergence of life from an inanimate universe. No one has ever been able to explain (they skip over it even in the Amazing Universe video – but it is regularly ignored in most school science classes) the process by which something which was inanimate crossed that defining line between dead matter and living cells.

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Another big rock about to fall into the Anglican Pond

Our friend, William Tighe, alerted me to this, but now The Australian has a story on the possibility of the appointment of an openly gay cleric to the position of Bishop of Southwark. While reportedly “celibate” he has nailed his colours to the mast by being in an officially registered “civil union” with a man. If appointed, this will have two effects: it will widen the cracks already apparent in the Anglican Communion, and it will be another nail in the coffin for the ecumenical endeavour between the Church of England and the Holy See (nb. I state it this way deliberately – distinguishing this relationship from the relationship of the Catholic Church and Anglicans in general).

There was a time when ecumenism between the Catholic Church and the protestant communities was all about healing the rifts of the 16th Century (that was what the Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification was all about). However, these days issues such as the ordination of women and morality (eg. abortion and homosexuality) are just as divisive, if not more. I don’t have a crystal ball, but the overall effect of the new issues seems to be that the ecumenical scene is being totally reconfigured before our eyes. While Anglicanorum Coetibus can be seen as a reaction to the new situation, while the bilateral dialogues continue on the old “heal-the-rift-of-the-16th-century” model. As a result, the dialogues seem to be missing the real contemporary issues (as important as the 16th Century issues may continue to be between those communions that neither ordain women nor approve of the new morality).

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