Fr. Michael Sweeney on "Re-Visioning Society" Print
Written by Sherry   
Thursday, 01 July 2010 08:36

Fr. Michael Sweeney, OP, who founded the Institute with me on this date in 1997 and is now President of the Dominican School of Philosophy & Theology, has his own blog.  It is called "Re-Visioning Society".

It is Michealian to the core.  Those of us who enjoyed Fr. Michael as our pastor in Seattle, used to refer to "Michaelian" ideas, language, gestures, and sense of time (infinitely flexible!.  Fr. Michael is incapable of thinking in sound bites.  Those of you who are familiar with St. Thomas Aquinas will recognize a certain formality of cadence and progression of thought along with a sparkling wit.  Here's a taste of his first post:

"  . . . ad hominem posturing substitutes for real political conversation. Very occasionally, it can be memorably clever --recall Winston Churchill's characterization of Clement Attlee as "a sheep in sheep's clothing." More often, it is mind-numbingly banal (I refer the reader to the Chronicle article).

I would like, therefore, to make a modest proposal: that we insist upon civil conversation concerning what our public figures actually say, and refuse judgment based upon hearsay, or, what amounts to the same thing, partisan politics."

Go over and join in.  Fr. Michael enjoys a energetic, even combative, conversion - as long as it is thoughtful.  Those who prefer to substitute sound bites and culture war cliches for real questions and real thought, will not find Fr. Michael to their taste.