Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Before the Cock Crows

First of all, I want to wish you all a joyous feast of Saints Peter & Paul! This feast day brings back so many memories of Rome for me. It was on my "do before I die" list to see Saint Peter's, St. Paul's, and St. Paul Outside the Walls, and each surpassed my expectations in its representation of a human recognition of the grandeur owed to God, displayed through art, architecture, precious materials, and (the most important part) the bent knees of faithful pilgrims. However, this glorious feast also calls to mind an unfortunate parallel . . .

Today, Canada became the third country to nationally legalize gay marriage. The third slap in the face of Christ, the "Catholic" Prime Minister approved a bill that directly contradicted the beautiful teachings of his Lord on the sanctity of marriage between a man and woman. Peter too turned his back on Christ three times. He did not merely contradict Jesus' teachings, he denied any relationship with Him at all. Yet, Christ welcomed him back with open arms and told him to care for His flock. We can only hope and pray that, like Peter, these nations (or at least these leaders) will come to recognize their error and turn back to God.
On another blog (http://quidhocest.blogspot.com; "Oh Canada!") I was reading a discussion between an American and a Canadian (both Catholics) concerning whether the USA is headed in the same direction. If you're interested, visit their blog and/or I included my comments from that site as a comment to this post . . .

1 Comments:

Blogger Kelly Jo said...

The problem, is that as people in America become wealthier and get better educated, the liberal propaganda is increasingly becoming the belief of the "common man." (And by the way that should really be the "common man or woman" and while I'm thinking about it "common" really seems to deny each person's unique individuality and to pigeon-hole them in a box with everyone else, just because they technically are in the same species! Really, how could you be so insensitive?! ...) See what I mean? It's not a joke or a media force alone. God's always talked of a remnant. Common man doesn't = the remnant. My whole summer job is researching colleges that are technically "Catholic" but hire gay Unitarian presidents, have groups that support "Muslim related activities" (like what, the jihad?), host the Vagina Monologues, produce plays where the climax is a self-liberating woman escaping pro-life kidnappers (who want to save her baby) and performing a self abortion with a hanger, support GLBT clubs, and who knows what else. And then they support it by talking about virtues like "hospitality." Get it? Joe Smith, who hasn't heard of Christendom or another hard-core school, finds the nearest Catholic university (not hard- there are 221 in the USA) because he wants to go to a place with “good values,” goes there, becomes brainwashed by the local Jesuit, and charges forth to become an influential "Catholic" businessman, never knowing he didn't learn the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.
A similar phenomenon happened in France. France used to be a beautiful Catholic country. It was prosperous. The literacy rate was 90%. Voltaire noticed. He commenced writing cheap novels with his blasphemous ideas smearing every page. Soon after, the Church is in turmoil and the French Revolution is in full swing.
I'm obviously NOT anti-education. But, it is a powerful force when it's not teaching the truth and that's happening. You know me; I'm not generally a pessimistic person, quite the opposite. But, being a realist is important too. And ideals in America are too bound up in freedom (liberty, not true freedom) and progress to tie them to wind-swept prairie traditions. Keep our nation in your prayers. Common men elect the leaders, true, but the leaders are the ones, if no one else, who have been through our modern education system and adopted its way of talking and acting. That, my friend, scares me. It's like Christ said, "Forgive them Father, they know not what they do."

6/29/2005 1:11 PM  

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