Wednesday, August 16, 2017
HATE SOCIETIES AND THE CATHOLIC CHURCH AND OTHER ODDS AND ENDS AS IT CONCERNS POURING GASOLINE ON FIRE
Ever since I have been teaching RCIA for over 37 years, I tell those who want to become Catholic, that conversion is the goal of the RCIA process. Of course this conversion is a grace from God that has to come from the human heart, a change of mind and a new course of action rooted in the Faith and Morals of the Catholic Church.
Thus, I tell would-be Catholics that they cannot belong to any hate groups. Normally in the south, the only hate group that I knew of was the KKK. To be honest with you, I can't say that any Catholic I have known as a priest over the last 37 years actually belonged to the KKK. But I made clear that if someone belonged to the KKK, they could not become Catholic.
I do not know of anyone in my neck of Georgia over the last 61 years that I have lived here who was or is a neo-Nazi. I may have known war brides from Germany who may have been Nazi sympathizers or supported Hitler. But that's another story.
I wonder how many RCIA programs actually warn those in the RCIA that they cannot be a Catholic and belong to a hate group, such as the KKK or neo-Nazis or actual Nazis?
I also tell them, and this is a greater problem, that they cannot belong to the Masons. They have to renounce their membership.
My question to those canonists who know better than I, is a Catholic excommunicated for belonging to the KKK or neo-Nazi groups and for that matter crime syndicates and violent gangs?
For a list of Catholics excommunicated from the Catholic Church over the past 21 centuries, read Wikipedia's list here.
I also mention that one's political affiliation must be judged for the reasons why they belong to that party or support it. For example, all of us have the internet with its instant access to the good, the bad and the ugly--some of it illegal. The same is true of Cable TV that provides all kinds of pornography for your viewing pleasure as well as extremely violent content. Do we have to cease using the internet and get rid of cable? No, but it is wrong to access the material provided that leads to our sin both mortal and venial and even to criminal prosecution.
The same is true of our political affiliation. If one voted for President Trump because they felt he supported the ideologies of the various hate groups in the news now, this would be a mortal sin, if one knew doing so, voting for a candidate for this reason, is wrong, and with full consent of the will, which usually entails foresight and planning, one votes for a politician because of their perceived endorsement (right or wrong) of hate groups.
But if one voted for President Trump for economic reasons, his desire to make American great and the whole host of others positive things that were a part of his campaign and agenda, that's a different story.
The same is true of the Democrat party. If a Catholic is a democrat because of the pro-choice, pro-abortion platform to include abortion on demand as well as partial birth abortion, then being a democrat is an immoral choice and could possibly lead to a private excommunication for supporting abortion or being complicit in abortions.
But if one is a democrat because many things on their platform are congruent with Catholic teaching as is also the case with the Republican party, then that's a different story.
Finally the odds and ends and pouring gasoline on a flickering flame or raging fire:
I watch both CNN and FOX and often go back and forth to see how each communicates the news. Fox presents its perspective in a lighthearted and often humorous way unlike CNN which is dour and dark. There are no pickled pepper faces on FOX unlike those on CNN, especially Jake Tappper !
It doesn't take a media annalist to figure out that Fox News leans to the right, sometimes the far right and CNN leads to the left and often the far left with its snarky and elitist view of the world.
With the current controversy and drama that surrounds our president daily and his presidency, I personally feel that I get more accurate information from Fox even with its right leaning perspective than I do from CNN which seems to want to pour gasoline on flickering flames and fires.
This morning (Wednesday, August 16) as well as yesterday, CNN seems to have become unhinged in its hatred for this president.
We all know that there are mentally unbalanced people on the far right and far left with serious and pathological anger issues and some quite capable of murder as we saw on Saturday.
Is it wise for a network news program to seek to promote or wish for the removal of a president with whom their ideology and politics differ in so many significant and insignificant ways? Should they simply state the news and leave it to those in the Legislative and Judicial branches of government to determine when a president should be removed from office?
Is CNN unhinged and going too far and provoking violence from like-minded but pathologically unhinged leftists against a sitting president which could lead to an assassination, a coup and even lead to civil war?