Friday, July 1, 2016
ON BEING PASTORAL
As far back as I can remember, I was taught that God created us with free-will. The Almighty does not control us as though we are robots. He doesn't impose morality on us; He doesn't impose salvation on us. He offers us His love, His way, His truth and gives us what we need to receive these, but He doesn't control us.
Thus I am amused by those who freak out over the sexual sins of others and more so over the disordered affections many have be they gay or straight, homosexual or heterosexual.
Is it because those who hate some sins more than other sins fear they too may succumb and plunge into a lifestyle to which they have an affinity? Are they on thin ice, like the alcoholic who wants to forbid the consumption of alcohol by all people as it was attempted during prohibition?
Catholicism is the antithesis of Puritanism. Puritanism wants to enforce morality with law and jail time. Catholicism on the other hand is open to the legality of immorality but with clear teachings on virtuous living and the call to conversion.
European Catholicism even prior to the Second Vatican Council was at home in a corrupt society that would have red light districts and the such. Puritans are aghast at such liberality.
New Orleans is the closest example of what the pre-Vatican II culture of Catholicism in a city is like. It is strongly Catholic about allows all kinds of perversion and publicly so. Puritans see this as the work of the devil. Catholicism sees it at the clear choices we have and the graces we need to do good and avoid evil.
We cannot legislate morality try as we may. We live in a secular culture today that legally allows for so much, such as abortion, same sex "marriage" and the personal choice to decide one's gender. Are these against the natural law? Of course. But we have a choice and we have to live with our decisions and the consequences of these in this life and the next.
Control Freaks not only want to lead a horse to water; they want to use a hose and force the horse to drink. This is not Catholic--it is something else.