The struggles of a catholic progressive

Church v. Politics

Without citing sources, which are readily available, I will just state without fear of contradiction by any informed person that the hierarchy of the Roman Catholic church continues to insert itself into American politics, attempting to convince Christians that they cannot vote Democratic without being party to murder.  This is, by definition, absolutely false, of course.  It is one thing to accept the discipline of the Church in ones own belief system, it is entirely another to attempt to tell those around us who are obeying the law of the land that they cannot participate in legal activity without separating themselves from God and the Church.

This is, of course, a matter of conscience for each believer.  While we look to the hierarchy of the Church for guidance in spiritual matters, when we have those in power who have their own earthly political agendas, who cannot admit the “greater evil” of the activities of those in power in Washington, who have fallen to the temptations of wealth and power on this earth from the Prince of Darkness himself, who fail to police their own house for illegal and immoral activity (including, but certainly not limited to, the rape of children), then we must reject those individuals as not worthy to speak for Christ and His Church, of which we are members, and no man can separate us from that to which Christ has appointed us.

Shame and condemnation should be heaped upon those Bishops who use their diocesan authority to communicate their political agenda as the word of God, with the (false) threat of separation from heaven for disobedience to their edicts.

When asked his view on when life begins, Joe Biden stated…”For me, as a Roman Catholic, I am prepared to accept the teachings in my church.” He was condemned for this statement by the hierarchy.  What more can the hierarchy demand than obedience in our personal life?  Are we to go out and “impose the Gospel on every creature?!”  I don’t think so.  When the Supreme Court rules on the law of the land in the United States of America, that decision is not subject to review by the Bishops.

It would be a different matter if people were forced to receive abortions by the government, as they are in China.  Our freedom in the US is of God.  We do not live in a theocracy, nor is that our goal as Christians.  The American people will decide what is best for this nation; economics, security, international relations, our standing in the world, energy, transportation, jobs, human rights, health insurance – these are just some of the many issues facing this country.  This cannot be decided on one issue only, no matter what the Bishops believe.

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