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6 October 2014 in culture, missional, monastic | Tags: Benedictines, Catholicism, Dominicans
Does Benedictine monasticism necessarily imply withdrawal?
The Dominican Option | C. C. Pecknold | First Things.
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6 October 2014 at 17:52
Yes, to some degree. But the problem with this article is his very superficial (and utilitarian) understanding of withdrawal which I would hope Dominicans would also reject!
6 October 2014 at 18:12
Have you come across MacIntyre’s intriguing quote referencing Benedict? My response is whether he would have wanted to reform Western civilisation at all.
6 October 2014 at 19:51
Yes, indeed, although I never quite got to reading the whole book. I’m not without sympathy for MacIntyre, but I have also thought that St Benedict certainly didn’t become a monk because he wanted to save western civilization! That was a by-product of something more fundamental, although certainly a good by-product. But instrumentalizing monasticism (or any other religious vocation, but especially monasticism) makes no sense and just ends up destroying it.
6 October 2014 at 19:56
By the way, if you don’t know it, you may find this interesting – by a Dominican who has a better understanding of monasticism than the author of that article:
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