Attack Mode

As if Karl Rove’s supposed indiscretions weren’t enough, Edward Kennedy and John Kerry went back three years in order to find someone and something else to attack. This time it’s Republican Rick Santorum, for remarks Santorum made three years ago regarding a possible contributing cause of the Roman Catholic priest abuse scandal. Not only did they dig up something from three years ago with which to bash Santorum, they didn’t read it very closely.
Santorum, as quoted by Fox News, says this:

“Priests, like all of us, are affected by culture,” Santorum wrote. “When the culture is sick, every element in it becomes infected. While it is no excuse for this scandal, it is no surprise that Boston, a seat of academic, political and cultural liberalism in America, lies at the center of the storm.”

And what did Kennedy and Kerry read?
Kennedy: “The people of Boston are to blame for the clergy sexual abuse? That is an irresponsible, insensitive and inexcusable thing to say.” Now those comments are “irresponsible, insensitive and inexcusable.” Did Santorum say that “the people of Boston” are to blame? Ridiculous.

Kerry: “As a prosecutor in Massachusetts, I saw some of the worst criminals who had abused children and not once did I hear them hide behind Senator Santorum’s bizarre claim that the state was responsible for their acts.” At least, Kerry and Kennedy should get together to decide what Santorum meant. Did Santorum blame “the people of Boston” or “the state”? Hey, if you guys don’t know…

This is kind of like Nancy Pelosi saying that Karl Rove outed a “covert” CIA agent. No one seems able to give a straight answer as to whether what’s-her-name actually was “covert” or not. She seemed to have a regular desk job at Langley. But do Democrats wait for facts? Of course not! Anything to hurt the President, Republicans, and the “architect” who got them the White House!


More Theses, I Say, More Theses

Now that we finished reading Luther’s Heidelberg Disputation, we will examine 25 theses presented by C.F.W. Walther, a prominent theologian of the 19th century. These theses derive from Walther’s Friday evening ‘Luther Hour’ lectures, delivered at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, MO, from Sept. 12, 1864, to Nov. 6, 1885. (Hey, I am going back there soon!!) They represent perhaps Walther’s greatest and most well-known contribution to the church. Here is number one.

“The doctrinal contents of the entire Holy Scriptures, both of the Old and the New Testament, are made up of two doctrines differing fundamentally from each other, viz., the Law and the Gospel” (C.F.W Walther, The Proper Distinction Between Law and Gospel reproduced from the German edition of 1897 by W.H.T. Dau (St. Louis: Concordia, 1986), 1).