Friday, October 17, 2014

"You got your passion, you got your pride"

From early traditios to late. As I read about Christoph Cardinal Schönborn's participation in one of the press conferences this week held for the Extraordinary Synod in Rome, Billy Joel's old song "Vienna" came to mind. Why? Well, for those who do not know, Cardinal Schönborn serves as Archbishop of Vienna. There's no more to it than that, which, given how much I have been posting and the intensity the subjects I have been addressing require, is just fine for a Friday.

Christoph Cardinal Schönborn, Archbishop of Vienna

I will mention, yet again, that His Eminence, Cardinal Schönborn, wrote a wonderful book on Christology, God Sent His Son: A Contemporary Christology. Apropos of an underlying theme in the Synod (i.e., the development of doctrine, in his book His Eminence cited Hans Urs Balthasar to the effect
that theology is the doctrine of the divine meaning of the revelation of the historical events in revelation themselves - nothing above them, nothing behind them, nothing that one could take away and retain as a suprahistorical substance - and that therefore, the more the historical discloses itself in a theological sense, the more does theology develop


You got your passion, you got your pride
But don't you know that only fools are satisfied?
Dream on, but don't imagine they'll all come true
When will you realize... Vienna waits for you?

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