My posting for today was going to be something entirely different but then, I came across an article in the Catholic News Service (CNS) entitled: D.C. archbishop: People need religious values to judge right, wrong.
Although the story centers on inter-religious dialogue and the Pope’s upcoming visit, he is quoted as saying:
"The past 30 years have seen a very sustained effort to marginalize religious faith in an effort to establish an ethical system that would be acceptable to a wider number of people."
There are a couple of things wrong with this statement.
First, the effort to marginalize religious faith goes back many years. There was always a slow growing marginalization but it really came to fruit during the 60s. (Over 40 years ago.)
Second, and more important, the marginalization was also due to our own clergy, especially our own hierarchy.
They remained silent when our Catholic politicians voted for abortion, contraceptives, etc.
They remained silent when our Catholic politicians said: “I am personally opposed to it but…”
They allowed pastors and religious to do whatever they wanted in their parishes, all in the name of Christ.
They allowed the undermining of Catholic doctrine, through priests like Charles Curran, in the name of freedom.
And when they realized that this sort of stuff could not go on, it was too late. No one would listen to them. They were soundly ignored and berated.
No, your Excellency, our hierarchy, our clergy and our religious have allowed this marginalization to occur.
And it continues to this day.
Unfortunately, and I hate to say this, you allow this marginalization to continue.
- allowing My (The) Catholic Standard to print the praises of pro-abortion and pro-gay politicians.
- allowing the Maryland Catholic Conference to sing the praises of pro-abortion and pro-gay politicians.
- allowing your own priests to sing the praises of pro-abortion and pro-gay politicians.
- Refusing to even make a statement against Catholic institutions who invite pro-abortion and pro-homosexual politicians.
Your Excellency, you have the opportunity to help reverse this marginalization. It may take 40 or more years to correct but it can be done.
I pray that you will take up the mantle of this fight against marginalization.
But, I deep in my heart, believe that you will not.
Quote of the Month:
"I've got two daughters — 9 years old and 6 years old, I am going to teach them first of all about values and morals. But if they make a mistake, I don't want them punished with a baby. So it doesn't make sense to not give them information." Barack Obama