In his essay on Catholicism and Ireland, Timothy White states, "Ireland has been frequently cited as one of the most religious societies in Europe, and the Catholic nature of Irish society is intrinsic to that of Irish national identity in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The complicated and often distorted term "heresy" traces its origin back to the Grecian era. Etymologically speaking, the term heresy originates from the Greek word "hairesis"," [Oed] which derives from the "act of choosing", manifesting the ideas of "choice" and the freedom in which individuals position themselves within differing schools of thought"" [McGrath: , 37]. Nonetheless, the introduction of the term by the Catholic Church disrupted this notion of choice inflicting instead negative implications upon the term.
Dealing with Dissent: Fr. Richard McBrien
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Father Richard McBrien, prolific theologian and essayist, dies at 78
One of the most difficult problems for an apologist is a dissenting Catholic who makes public statements at odds with the true teaching of the Church, especially when those statements are presented as if they were authentic Catholic doctrine. This can lead to confusion among the faithful, the inquisitive, and even teachers of the faith. When a major newspaper or television network features some controversial issue related to Catholicism, one person likely to be quoted is Fr. Richard McBrien. He writes a syndicated column that appears in several diocesan newspapers and has written over twenty books on the Catholic faith.
While I recognize the great value of the sacrament of reconciliation, it seems that there is an important step which seems to be missing from the way the Roman church presently looks at reconciliation, i. If I break someone's window and I feel I should 'make it right', I'll pay for a new one. If I screwed up spiritually and I'm so inclined, saying extra prayers as penance may be in order, but those prayers don't fix the window. No amount of Aves, Paters or Mea Culpas will heal the wounds inflicted on these kids.