Sunday, August 2, 2015
AS MUCH AS THE CHURCH WANTS TO BE RESPECTED AND SHAPE CULTURE, WE CAN ONLY LEAD OUR HORSES TO THE WATER BUT WE CAN'T FORCE THEM TO DRINK
One of the things that alienates Catholics and others from the Catholic Church is the Church's desire to make people live as Christ wants them to live. We try to shape civil law to reflect God's law. We have a right in a democratic country to do so, but this drives some people wild. It makes them like the horse immediately above in the upside down position.
I know from some of my Italian relatives that they despised the Vatican's influence in Italian politics. They didn't like the fact that for many years divorce was illegal. So you had cheating spouses abandoning each other and children to live with their significant other in an adulterous state.
American Catholics, on the other hand, are use to living in a plural culture with a melting pot of religions and no religion. We know that divorce is a legal right and the ability to marry again after a divorce is a legal right. Most Catholics have no problem in calling second, third, fourth, fifth and so on marriages, marriages. We don't refer to these as civil unions, which according to pure Catholic teaching, they are civil unions not marriages.
Our country still has laws against bigamy. But these might well be challenged in court and polygamy may become the law of the land. When we refer to those countries where polygamy is a part of the culture, we say, so and so from Saudi has eight wives. We don't single out the one true wife and call the others adulteresses.
Now we have same sex marriage the law of the land. This law, forced from the top, by a very well financed and motivated minority usually to be found in the entertainment industry, has implications that will shape younger generations for generations to come. This minority is not poor though; they are mainstream, have big pocket books and know how to get what they want. We've seen this in a stunning way in the past 25 years.
I can remember being somewhat offended when condoms ad were allowed on the networks. Then Viagra ads and now scantily clad women laying on a bed speaking about the glories of Viagra that their many male lovers use. Will we see men, married or not to each other, in similar type ads?
What about the TV commercial where an unhappy looking woman is complaining that vaginal intercourse is painful. I wonder what a man will say about his intercourse with another man in a similar type ad?????
You see where we are going as a culture formed not by faith but by corporations hell bent on making money and even exploiting immorality to do so.
But the Church can't control this. But can we form Catholics to be critical of what the culture is doing to them and others?
I worry that we have lost. But this exhibits a lack of faith, doesn't it? Christ has already won the battle. But not everyone will be saved, some will be lost and are lost. We can't force a horse to be saved if that horse doesn't want to be saved! We have to live with this until the Lord returns.
Nonetheless, we have bigger fish to fry. Pope Francis is pointing the way as he engages culture on the issues that we have in common, like the environment, war, peace, economics and the like. Can we cook the secularists in our own crock pot of morality by slowly but surely pulling them in? Is this the new evangelization done incrementally? Pope Francis is savvy.