Posted on May 27, 2011 in the Rochester's Diocesan newspaper
Letter to the Editor
To The Editor:
It is always good to see your columnist Father Richard McBrien wearing clerical dress,
but not so good to read his muddled account of the resurrection of the dead (Catholic
Courier, May 2011). For him, apparently, there is not a single dogma of the faith that
cannot be considered an object of "ongoing debate", meaning subject to doubt and denial,
not only by unbelievers but now by Catholics! He writes that there is a "debate" about the
time of the resurrection — "whether it happens at the moment of death or only at the
end of history when all experience the general judgment."
However, the Church is quite clear on the subject, and I recommend theologian McBrien to
read the Catechism of the Catholic Church which does not share his ongoing confusion
concerning when the Resurrection of the dead, both the just and wicked, will occur. "When?
Definitely ‘at the last day’, ‘at the end of the world’..."When we rise on the last day,
we also will appear with him in glory" (CCC #1001-1003).
It is astonishing that he makes reference to Councils which dogmatize the reality of the
"final judgement when the soul will be united with the body". Yet he proceeds to cast
shameful doubt on the fact that the souls of the just which enjoy the blessedness of
heaven, are not complete human persons until their souls are reunited with their bodies
on the day of resurrection of the dead."
Such doubting theologians do a disservice to the Church.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
— James Likoudis,
P.O. Box 852,
Montour Falls, NY 14865