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Ronda Chervin received a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Fordham University and an MA in Religious Studies from Notre Dame Apostolic Institute. A widow, mother, and grandmother, she currently teaches philosophy at Holy Apostles College and Seminary in Cromwell, Connecticut. Write to her at chervinronda@gmail.com.
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“Our Christian people regard with great joy everything that contributes to the splendor of the ceremonies. Jesus—who was poor in His private life—received ointment on His feet. See Thomas Aquinas (Prima Secundae, q. 102, art. 5, ad 10) and the holy Curé of Ars. The Church has always loved beautiful churches, and so forth. We must preserve our sacred patrimony and make sure sacred objects do not become secular possessions.”
— Abbot & Council Father denouncing “noble simplicity” during Vatican II

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God has plenty of Money
published 10 July 2012 by Dr. Ronda Chervin

There is a theological subject that is much mocked but very necessary. It is called casuistry. It consists of intricate discussions of the morality of specific complicated decisions. A good example and a bad example: Good: what constitutes a serious reason to use natural family planning? Bad: Jesuits in centuries past allegedly argued that dueling to the death over an insult was licit because the Bible says ‘a good name is better than life.’

Casuistry is important to fill in the gap between absolutely clear moral teachings and these kind of issues which cannot be settled with a quick answer, at least not for the participants. One that I have thought about long and hard is whether someone can embrace simplicity of life and still be a millionaire or billionaire. Even though I believe that this is difficult in at least 99 out of 100 cases, I am sometimes check-mated by famous businesses who finance glorious Catholic works.

The joking way I express it is by asking people a riddle: How did Domino’s Pizza, Miller’s Beer and Karl’s Jr. save the American Catholic Church? I bet readers of this blog have some correct answers.

The owner of Domino’s Pizza founded Ave Maria College and Law School. The Miller’s Beer foundation financed many contemplative orders as well as attempting to run a Catholic TV Station, eventually trumped by EWTN. One of the sons of the Karl Karcher family who made their fortune off Karl’s Jr. hamburgers, built a huge Church in California now attended by 250 daily communicants and 50 devoted daily rosary Catholics plus apostolates to the poor, Legion of Mary, etc. etc. I am presently attending this Church and that is why this issue came to my mind.

Any comments? Incidentally, Watershed is soon putting up my e-mail so you can get in touch with me 24/7 if you wish. It’s chervinronda@gmail.com in the meanwhile.

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