Friday, July 20, 2012

Political Mythology,...

The world seems to be shaping up into a 'left' vs 'right' mentality, all under the guise of dialogue.  This past month, Justice Roberts declared Obamacare 'constituional' and violated the US's very own founding principal of 'religious liberty.' Please remember that I speak as a Canadian, so if I misrepresent anything please contact or correct me...I want to challenge in a pastoral way some views held by the so-called left concerning the Catholic Church, and attempt to show the Catholic position.  Only the Church has the answer because She and She alone is divinely instituted by Christ Himself.  You will not disagree with me, but with Jesus and His Church..

A few years back, I wrote a post on the incompatibility of socialism with Catholicism.  At its very core, socialism denies original sin and sets mankind to save himself.  That does mean I don't have a preferential option for the poor,..absolutely!  But it is freely chosen by me and in accord with Church teaching.  Fr Larry Richards once remarked at a men's conference, 'what is more important, praying or eating?  Praying!   We can forget that the poor, through there suffering are much closer to Jesus than we can be,..Jesus Himself says it in the Sermon on the Mount.  We need to reform institutions to conform with Catholic values.  The Gospel serves as blueprint for a pilgrim people journeying through this world in order to attain Heaven, our true home.  The focal point of the Gospel, That God reconciles the fallen world to Himself in the person of Jesus Christ out of LOVE.  LOVE means a choice,..a willingness to lay down one's life for another.  The emotive 'feelings' is a corporal reaction, not the main point.  Jesus provoked the people of His time and continues to provoke us as a whole, our humanity fallen as it is, seems to have lost its moral compass. 

-  The Church is not 'anti-woman' by being pro-life.and against 'women's ordination.  She understands the sexual dimension within the parameters of God's Divine law,..'Though shall not kill'  Choice begets consequence,..the scene from Young Catholic minute of registering 'shock' after putting ice scream in the microwave and realizing that it melted,..'But I only wanted to see it spin..'  I've known women who have had abortions and they have realized what they did,. it was murder out of conveniance... They feel isolated and empty, and they carry the weight of their 'political choice' around with them the rest of their lives.  Only through Christ and His Mercy can they find redemption... This is the Church's message...

As for the ordination of women, this issue has been infallibly settled by Pope John Paul II.  (see here)  Jesus acted freely by ordaining only men to the priesthood.  The Church has spoken that She has no authority to confer 'ordination' upon women, and furthermore this is contrary to God's plan.  The Church by Her nature mirrors Mary and receives Grace from God,. (Can we not see the image?)  To push this issue, is akin to holding a referendum on whether or not all men should be able to fly on our own,.. Even if we all vote yes, our nature dictates otherwise.

- The Church is not anti-'gay' by opposing so-called homosexual marriage.  The Church recognizes that some people are born with a same sex attraction affliction.  As well the Church recognizes some people born with an alcoholic dependency.. Both are treatable.  The homosexual act is intrinsically disordered, why?, because its act is rooted in selfishness.  Even outside of marriage a straight couple using contraception can still be 'open' to a child.  The homosexual act completely closes that off, and turns 'Love' an eternal giving of oneself' into a taking,..God created sex, it is good!  It is rooted in the very Trinity of God Himself and enables man to participate in the very act of creation,' Making Love'...The Church does not call 'homosexual' those born with this affliction but instead elevates them to live out the Call to holiness, through authentic freedom.  If they fall, they have recourse to the sacrament of Reconciliation.  The same is true for a straight couple.  The danger with sodomy is a muscle issue, it can tear.  Period plain and simple.  The Church is not anti-gay just as She is not anti-alcoholic,..She is pro -people.

This health care bill in the US, will force Catholic institutions into paying for contraception through insurance programs.  Don't worry though, he'll feed the poor,.. We need to recapture our logic goggles and truly see this bill for what it is,..just my two cents.  My friends, we are in a bad way,.. Our population is increasingly getting older, we are not producing children.   Yet our population is growing.... The most common name in the world?  Muhammed.  The Church does not impose rules, She proposes a solution to our fallen condition.  The Gospel is our blueprint, while we, a pilgrim people journey home.  God desires our Salvation but the choice ultimately is ours. 

I have been recently following Raylan Alleman of Fix the Family Citadel Catholic awesome ministry from a guy whose a dad, a real Catholic dad, a man with balls,..meaning you'd show respect if you were dating his daughter!  I am putting a link to his youtube channel,..See here

Our Lady of Akita,...................ora pro nobis!

1 comment:

Patrick Button said...

You are right on about the HHS mandate, but the Supreme Court decision was not really about that. The question before the court was not one of religious liberty but federal power under the Constitution. It was a very poor decision that expands federal power far beyond what the text of the Constitution actually allows, but it was not a ruling on the HHS mandate. The court will hear a case on the HHS contraception mandate in its Fall session.