Thursday, March 25, 2010

IT'S GETTING UGLY, CAN CATHOLICS BE CHRIST LIKE AND CHRISTIAN ABOUT IT?

Well the secular press is trying to paint all pro-life voters, anti-abortion as they call us, as right wing, name-calling, fanatics hurling racial slurs against African-American law makers and issuing death threats to democrats who voted for the Health bill and caved on abortion funding.

How are Catholics to respond? We are to use the political means available to us to advance Christ's message and the agenda Christ has given to the Church. We are to do so in a loving, non-hateful way. Death threats to living persons is not a part of the Church's pro-life agenda or consistent ethic of life.

The same goes for this blog and comments submitted. These comments must be Christ-like while still challenging those who are divisive in our Church. True division comes about when we are disobedient to the Faith, Morals and Canon Laws of the Church as well as Natural Law. Everything that the Church teaches and all of her discipline are codified and out in the open. We have only one Pope, one bishop in this diocese and one Magisterium in the universal Church. There is a hierarchy of beliefs and authority and no one trumps the pope and the bishops in union with him, even on the national level, let alone diocesan level.

Remember the Golden Rule: "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you!"

7 comments:

Gregg Maskell said...

YES! In today's Spirit- "Behold, I come to do your will, O God". Thank You Father.

pinanv525 said...

It will be challenging because Catholics and Christians are going to have to get a lot meaner if the Church and Christianity are to survive in any meaningful form. On the other hand, and falling into Calvinism a bit (you know, the Total Depravity/Perfect and Permissive Will of God stuff), maybe we are getting exactly what we deserve for not being tougher sooner.

Marc said...

How are Catholics to respond to a political and social situation that is adverse to Catholic teaching on Faith and Morals?

"And if at any time it happen that the power of the State is rashly and tyrannically wielded by princes, the teaching of the Catholic church does not allow an insurrection on private authority against them, lest public order be only the more disturbed, and lest society take greater hurt therefrom. And when affairs come to such a pass that there is no other hope of safety, she teaches that relief may be hastened by the merits of Christian patience and by earnest prayers to God." - Pope Leo XIII, Quod Apostolici Muneris (1878).

Gregg Maskell said...

Smile.... pinanv525. We need you. strive for perfection. More will be revealed.

Anonymous said...

I would like to be around at the end of time or Second Coming and see just how many people when scared to death will turn towards Rome and the Catholic Church. Millions will instantly wish.

Anonymous said...

It's the mean spirited angry pro-lifers that come across as hypocritical and thusly give more ammunition to the pro-choicers...take a deep breath pinanv525...remember you catch more flies with honey than with vinegar. One can be assertive without sacrificing civility or descending into meanness.
If you want your message heard, tone of voice always matters.

pinanv525 said...

To anonymous: Thanks for your comments. Honey has been tried.