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Finding God in All ThingsCelebrating Bernard Lonergan, John Courtney Murray, and Karl Rahner$
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Mark Bosco and David Stagaman

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780823228089

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fso/9780823228089.001.0001

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8. Murray on Loving One's Enemies

8. Murray on Loving One's Enemies

(p.99) 8. Murray on Loving One's Enemies
Finding God in All Things

Leon Hooper

Fordham University Press

This chapter uses the biblical exhortation, “love your enemies”, to illustrate John Courtney Murray's spiritual and intellectual journey. It shows how Murray grew deeper in his Catholic tradition before having to transcend and transform the limitations of that tradition in order to enter genuine dialogue with the world. The chapter notes that “while Murray never wrote much on loving one's enemies, he did have a clearly identifiable enemies list”. It takes us through Murray's list—the idea of Americanism, the professors and administrators at the Catholic University of America (who helped to silence him), American Protestants in general, and atheists in particular. The chapter describes Murray's “hatred” toward Protestants and atheists, how his own Catholic tradition consciously and unconsciously fostered that hatred, and how he found hidden in that tradition a way to “bear the cross” of others and come to love his enemies.

Keywords:   John Courtney Murray, Catholic tradition, Americanism, Catholic University of America, Protestants, atheists, enemies, hatred

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