I’ve just read Matt Taibbi’s article “Iowa: The Meaningless Sideshow Begins” that appeared in the online Rolling Stone. In a general way, he hits the nail on the head but how many Americans actually absorb what he is saying? (Read or download the article at Iowa_ The Meaningless Sideshow Begins _ Matt Taibbi _ Rolling Stone.) But it raises some critical thoughts and an opportunity for some self-assessment at this critical time.
Whatever else they may claim to be American Catholics are 21st century Americans—with all their grandstanding, loud laughter, cynicism, their hypocrisy, greed, materialism, and constant whining—and, ignorant as they are, they can and will contribute to the outcome of the 2012 Presidential election in the United States.
But there is always hope but only if we reflect on teachings like those of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, and become (note I did not write remain) “morally coherent.” Most readers will not, and are not expected to relate to that phrase but it is used in a magisterial instruction promulgated in 2002 entitled a “Doctrinal Note on some questions regarding the Participation of Catholics in Political Life.” Most Catholics have never heard of the document, I know, and most clergy have remained ignorant of its content and teaching as well. But note, like so many obscurely written, limitedly published, and esoterically contrived, the document was directed to (note the order and know why you know nothing about it) “the Bishops of the Catholic Church and, in a particular way, to Catholic politicians and all lay members of the faithful called to participate in the political life of democratic societies.”
The document’s teaching informs us about the “Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church” sections pertaining to the political participation of Catholics. (read or download the relevant sections Compendium 565-574 or browse the entire document at Compendium). While the teachers of the Church while (or is it “wile”) away the centuries in their ivory and marble towers, and the bishops are busy obeying their consultant minions and closing parishes, who can say the hierarchy is not clear on the duty to vote in a manner which is morally coherent; it’s the voting Catholic public who has not read Catholic teaching nor even heard of their duty to be and to vote in a morally coherent way. Here is an excerpt:
“The social doctrine of the Church is not an intrusion into the government of individual countries. It is a question of the lay Catholic’s duty to be morally coherent, found within one’s conscience, which is one and indivisible. ‘There cannot be two parallel lives in their existence: on the one hand, the so-called ‘spiritual life’, with its values and demands; and on the other, the so-called ‘secular’ life, that is, life in a family, at work, in social responsibilities, in the responsibilities of public life and in culture. The branch, engrafted to the vine which is Christ, bears its fruit in every sphere of existence and activity.
“In fact, every area of the lay faithful’s lives, as different as they are, enters into the plan of God, who desires that these very areas be the ‘places in time’ where the love of Christ is revealed and realized for both the glory of the Father and service of …”
Reading that excerpt I look around myself and wonder where all the schizophrenics have come from? Who deinstitutionalized, turned loose all of these split-brains? Where’s the thorazine?
Has anyone heard Pope Benedict XVI excoriating the “Dictatorship of Relativism” in the West. The American, and especially the American Roman Catholic culture drunkenly stumbles along, sucking and glugging on a flask filled with the intoxicating false notion of “freedom,” a freedom to lie, mislead, and steal; a freedom according to some people a “right” to kill the innocent; a freedom divorced from moral teaching and standards to guide human choices and govern our inherently depraved behavior, and the freedom to be schizoid, hypocrites, to be “good” Catholics and go through the motions, adept at talking the talk, and so inept at living the Gospel. When there is a wholesale effort to deny or to obscure or obfuscate the existence of anything objectively or ineffably true, that very something that can be known by each and every one of us and can provide the basis of our life in real communion in this country and on this planet, then there is no real freedom. Instead, we navigate perilously towards, if we’re not already on the brink of anarchy and apathy.
In an August 2011 Catholic Online article, Keith Fornier writes that “Catholics are not one more “interest group” which can be polled, pandered to and bought. Our social obligation is to promote the true common good, not just use the slogan to sound “catholic” [sic] as happened in the last political cycle. ‘Morally Coherent’ Catholics can – and must – change this Nation, for the Common Good.”
Were it only as idyllic and naïve as the lunatic takeover depicted in the film “King of Hearts!” Regrettably, it’s a darker, more sinister bunch of lunatics whom we have let loose and have taken over.
The bishops have either been emasculated by the liberals and the feminazi faction, have been backed into a corner by the secularists, or have made themselves irrelevant, and I don’t believe that American Catholics have the guts to be authentic Catholics and to do their duty in working towards setting things right; íf they are anything at all, they are wimpering Catholics in name only; hence most are and remain CINOs, Cathlicks.
Please see our related post Rape of the Catholic Conscience.
See Schizoid Catholics for another entertaining diatribe on the Catholic form of schizophrenia.
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