Thursday, June 25, 2015
IS WHAT 1968 IS TO THE 20TH CENTURY WHAT 2015 WILL BE TO THE 21ST CENTURY?
It's beginning to feel a lot like 1968 this year both in the revolution of what is taking place in the Church and the revolutions in society.
Like 1968, there is a great deal of racial tension and some folks are being radicalized not just by off-the-rails radicalized Islam but also off-the-rails radicalized Christianity such as the KKK which I suspect Dylann Roof would have admired if he wasn't a member of it as a "good Christian".
Like 1968, we are in the midst of another sexual revolution that is the logical outcome of the 1968 one, the so-called gay revolution. The apex of this revolution may come home to roost today as it is likely the Supreme Court will make a ruling today or in the next several days concerning the legality of same sex marriage and states' rights to either have or reject it.
If I were placing a wager, I think that the Supreme Court will legalize "gay civil unions" as having the rights and privileges accorded by the state to those in legal marriages. I just wish they would keep sex out of it and simply say that anyone who enters into a legal agreement with another or many others have the same rights as those in natural marriages when it comes to state and federal civil benefits.
Heck, I would marry (enter a civil union) (not for sex) my best friend if I could get his retirement and social security after he dies! Sounds like a win-win proposition for me. He could get mine too if I die first!
The Church will have to deal with this. I think on the positive side we must say God bless you and enjoy your civil benefits especially retirement and social security benefits once a partner dies. That is a political issue and the Church shouldn't have a policy one way or another although individual Catholics could have political issues with such a civil arrangement accorded to just about anyone.
I will not call same sex civil unions marriage. I will call them civil unions. I pray that our American Bishops the USCCB will make a nationwide policy that Catholics must have the civil aspects of their civil union made legal, not by the Church, but at the courthouse where they procure their marriage license. In other words, they should have a brief civil ceremony at the time of getting their marriage licenese sign by the civil magistrate or notary pubic.
Then the couple presents this license to the priest or deacon witnessing the "Solemnization" of their marriage in the Church for the marriage file. Only then can the bishop, priest or deacon celebrate the Nuptial Liturgy. The clergy, in this method of requiring the civil union to be in place first, do not sign any civil license and is in no way an agent of the State when it comes to Catholic/Christian marriage which we call the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony.
Like 1968, the Church is dealing with a controversial encyclical. Then it was Blessed Pope Paul's Humanae Vitae; today it is Pope Francis' Laudato Si.
What's interesting and different though is that in 1968 the progressives turned on Blessed Pope Paul VI and screamed the loudest about this Encyclical which many today and some who then were rebellious would see as prophetic.
With the 2015 Encyclical, the shoe is on the right foot and the conservatives are the ones screaming the loudest about this Encyclical which, like Humanae Vitae, will be seen generations from now as prophetic.
The conservatives are just as ugly in their rhetoric against Pope Francis as the progressives were toward Blessed Pope Paul VI! The two groups are birds of the same feather, just differing ideologies and disobedience, framed within the context of contempt for the person of the Holy Father.
In what other ways is 1968 comparable to 2015? I ask; you answer!