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Lady Hawk

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PostSubject: Any less a Catholic?   Mon Nov 23, 2009 7:58 am

The public debate between Congressman Patrick Kennedy and Bishop Tobin was enlightening. Evidently Mr. Kennedy believes he can be pro-abortion and vote to pass pro-abortion legislation and still be a Roman Catholic. Mr. Kennedy stated that he wasn't any less a Catholic for doing that. My understanding is that you either believe what your church teaches or you don't. You either are or you are not. If you don't believe what the church teaches why call yourself one? It appears disingenuous to act contrary to what your church teaches and then in the same breath say you still are one.

You can read the letter from Bishop Tobin here.

Former New York Gov. Mario Cumo stated that the church should not dictate what politicians should do because it had the potential for unintended consequences. Read about it here.


Our citizens may be deceived for awhile, and have been deceived;
but as long as the presses can be protected,
we may trust to them for light.
- Thomas Jefferson
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PostSubject: Re: Any less a Catholic?   Mon Nov 23, 2009 11:27 am

Lady Hawk

You're right. The Roman Catholic faith is not a cafeteria, where you can pick and choose which doctrines you put on your tray.
It also isn't a democracy, and therein lies a lot of the problem. It is the Body and Christ -- it is a family. In a family, you don't disobey the parents. If you want them to change on an issue, you PRAY, you talk, you enlighten, etc. Mainly, you accept. The Pope and the Cardinals elect are full-time theologians. Your parents are full-time parents.
A fundamental of Catholic faith IS faith -- obedience, prayer, yielding our human control and wills to God's word and His will. These traits and others help us to strive to be 'saints' on earth -- everyday saints seeking holiness. To abandon them is to short-circuit character and virtue. When people deify themselves that way, they lose -- character, internal peace, values, trust and even hope.
"Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven" is one of the three sentences Christ Himself taught us when he told us to pray the Our Father. Bottom line, it's important.
A church that is a democracy in matters of doctrine is just a club -- All things need to point to God for the health of our bodies, minds and souls.
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