posted on May, 14 2006 @ 05:40 PM
A few items....
The "All Hail the Power of the Cracker" op-ed and many of the comments that followed is one of the more offensive things I've read in a while. Why
is that people can't argue against something without being offensive and insensitive to other people's beliefs? I have little respect for most
secular humanists because of this very reason. If I don't respect your perspective, I am a narrow-minded, inquisitorial fundamentalist. If you don't
respect mine, you're hip.
I am not going to discuss the mystery of transubstantiation and the doctrine of the Eucharist here - if anyone is interest, U2 me. Suffice it to say
that we take it seriously and that we celebrate in the Eucharist the mystery of Christ's sacrifice for all humanity. Because we believe that
partaking in the Eucharist is partaking of a facet of the Divine, the church is justified in ensuring the bestowal of this grace. To be Catholic is to
accept doctrine. To refuse to accept doctrine is to put oneself out of the tenets of the faith. Period. If you don't like that, become a Unitarian.
Some of this doctrine has proven difficult for me, but the reflection, study, prayer, and consideration involved in resolving my conflict has always
proven to be worth the trial.
SlantedFacts, I am not sure to be offended or to extend my pity for your perspective on all religions having sold their souls for money. I think you
need to look around - there are good priests and good parishes out there. And I have seen a lot of good things done with the money I've given my
parish. We feed the hungry, shelter the homeless, help the sick of body, mind, and spirit. Our money has gone to advocate for social justice, defend
the downtrodden, and aid the strangers among us... and we never ask if you are Catholic when you come to us for help. How many other groups do
I stand by the Render onto Ceaser comments I made in an earlier epistle. Ecclesiastes doesn't apply to Catholics - Christ said that only He is the
Way and the Truth and the Light. The Old Testament serves to give us wisdom, but your quote from 10:4 isn't a mandate. Catholics have employed a
number of tactics to express their opposition to government policies. Boycotts, demonstrations, protests, grassroots organizing, and civil
disobedience are all tools Catholics have used in the past and are using now. I don't see a time when I would have to choose between God and Country.
I am politically involved to ensure that I won't!
Exitable Boy - the Salvation Army is not affiliated with the Catholic Church. Be worried about the Knights of Columbus - we are almost two million
strong and devoted to the Holy See. We swear terrible oaths of loyalty to our Church, our parishes, our families, our communities....and our
As to the doctrine of seperation of church and state - that applies to the government as an entity, not to politicians or the public at large. The
'BS of religion'??? As I said before, if it wasn't for religious groups - and not just the Roman Catholic church, but many congregations and
denominations - there would be a hell of a lot more hunger, disease, homelessness, poverty, and dispair in the world. If you take the religious people
out of your 'reality of life'...well, hell on earth is pretty much what you would be left with. Most of the secular humanists I know are big on
talk, but not so great with good works....