Thursday, February 2, 2012
WAKING A SLEEPING GIANT--THE CATHOLIC CHURCH IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA!
As I mentioned before, our parochial vicar, Fr. Dawid Kwiatkowski, a Polish native and citizen seeing what President Obama has tried to do in forcing a Lutheran Church to hire people who do not profess what the Lutheran Church believes about sexual morality and doing so by supporting a court case against that Church but lost his bid at government intrusion into the hiring practices of the Church through a unanimous Supreme Court decision in favor of the Church and now with what President Obama is doing by forcing government intrusion to require the Church not to follow its moral teachings which is clearly against religious liberty and freedom of conscience and thus against the Constitution of the USA, Fr. Dawid said, President Obama is like the communist dictators that Poland had during communism. Their aim was for the government to intrude in on the affairs of the Catholic Church and neutralize its moral influence in society and to force it to take up the communist party line.
Our other parochial vicar, Fr. Godfred Boachie-Yiadom, a native and citizen of Ghana declared too that western liberal, secularizing political forces are trying to dictate to African countries sexual policies in terms of artificial birth control, same sex marriage, abortion and "you name it godless secularism" and are doing so by shoving it down their throats in a dictatorial way. There is great resentment in Africa about this.
Pope Benedict would label all of this rabid political secularism "the dictatorship of secularism." He is right!
In a sense you can see the rabid hatred of Muslims of western immorality and the dictatorship of those who espouse this immorality and wish to shove it down the throats of the rest of the religious world. In this regard the Muslim righteous indignation is spot-on and they are clearly justified in their indignation at the rampant immorality of the west which we are exporting to them. Where they go wrong is through violence and hatred toward those who threaten their way of life. This is seen in radical, fundamentalistic Islam that burns Churches, kills Christians and launches terrorist attacks against the west. There has to be a better way to wage a protest without this extreme and satanic violence.
I think one of our commenters, Marc, on this blog has it right when he wrote:
"I'm glad Obama is an expert in Catholic moral theology now. What a relief! This guy is so brazen - dictating to us what violates our religious principles. This is really just dumbfounding.
Before we engage in civil disobedience, we need to ramp up the prayer and fasting and offer mortification for our bishops/priests/political leaders."
We need our bishops, priests and deacons to use the bully pulpit to make clear what is happening in our treasured land of the United States of America. The policies of President Obama not only affect Catholics but is government intrusion into the lives of most institutions in this country which value the freedom that our forefathers and a current generation of armed forces has fought to protect even unto death.
What we need, besides using the bully pulpit is prayer, fasting and acts of mortification to turn President Obama around and to help him by the grace of God to see his dictatorial ways as it concerns the HHS mandate on health insurance and religious institutions being forced to pay for that which is clearly against natural law and thus divine law.
We need peaceful protests by sending letters to our elected representatives.
If that fails, we need civil disobedience on the scale that those who are in the "Occupy Wall Street" movement only dream of, of course, ours being civil and peaceful and yes we will take showers!
We need to wake the sleeping giant that is the Catholic Church; we need to challenge and castigate in no uncertain terms our members who oppose orthodox Catholic teaching in the areas of natural law and thus divine law and call the rest of Catholics out of their passive slumber and to take action. Vatican II called the laity to be a leaven in society and in politics bringing to bear the Church's mission in the world--this is the number one and greatest ministry of the laity and the area that the laity have not understood or implemented. Implement Vatican II now in this regard!
If our actions don't motivate President Obama to change his unlawful, immoral and unconstitutional actions, then we need to call on Catholics to vote him and others like him out of office. That's the American way!