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Speed Reading the Pope
Weekly Standard, by Andrew Ferguson

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Posted By:tisHimself, 12/14/2013 11:44:42 AM

Everybody has an opinion about the pope these days and, what’s worse, feels compelled to express it. Rush Limbaugh has an opinion about the pope. He says he finds the pope “upsetting.” And he’s not even Catholic! It’s true that Rush Limbaugh finds nearly everything upsetting. Getting upset is what he gets paid to do. What has set him off this time is the papal exhortation released late last month, Evangelii Gaudium, the Joy of the Gospel. It is the kind of document, increasingly common, that is commented upon and argued over and tweeted about rather than read. It goes on

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: columba, 12/14/2013 11:46:59 AM     (No. 9653668)

One cannot explain a 2,000 year old institution with a sound byte.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: texaspast, 12/14/2013 12:05:42 PM     (No. 9653692)

And you, Andy, were speed-reading Rush. Or, more likely, speed reading what the liberal press said Rush said, as I doubt that Andy actually ever listens to Rush or reads anything Rush actually wrote, but believes what other people say Rush said.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: mitzi, 12/14/2013 12:38:37 PM     (No. 9653740)

I think partly it´s because w/o at least some basic knowledge of Catholicism, people have difficulty comprehending Evangelii Gaudium.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: southron, 12/14/2013 1:13:31 PM     (No. 9653794)

Why shouldn´t the Pope´s statements be interpreted at face value as all other leader´s words are? Were there hidden meanings in what he said? Did he not mean what he said?

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Tlyons1, 12/14/2013 1:30:54 PM     (No. 9653811)

#2... I must say you´re spot on... And, I´m tickled with your gift at phrasing... Thanks for a good post!!

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Reply 6 - Posted by: mitzi, 12/14/2013 1:32:48 PM     (No. 9653813)

He meant what he said, but not what a lot of people "thought" he said.

We comprehend based on our experience and education.

The research base shows that reading is a "transaction" in which the reader brings purposes and life experiences to bear to converse with the text.

http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/article/understanding-reading-comprehension

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Reply 7 - Posted by: beancounter, 12/14/2013 3:20:50 PM     (No. 9653940)

This is a really poorly written article. What is Andrew Ferguson´s point? That, if we just read all of it, including the 10% about the pope’s sermon-writing tips for pastors, we would have some different understanding of his views on economics?

No, that can´t be it. In fact, he seems to agree with Rush later on ("It is disconcerting for a Catholic to read sentences from the pen of a pope that are demonstrably untrue.")

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Reply 8 - Posted by: nonsense, 12/14/2013 3:22:20 PM     (No. 9653943)

Is Andrew Ferguson wearing his hyper-sensitive catholic hat, and not his Conservative one? Does it make sense when he says that Catholics who are Conservative are not necessarily fans of the free market? Then what do they prefer, anti-capitalism, redistributionism, communism?

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Veritas2009, 12/14/2013 7:18:40 PM     (No. 9654132)

Be grateful the Pope gave up on astronomy!

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