ZOUNDS! Shades of JP and Dickie…
A friend sent me this… have a cleansing laugh…
Rumour has it this was another DC resolution, but Jonah squashed it…
SANCTITY OF THE BODY SUNDAY
WHEREAS the Orthodox Christian teaching on the Sanctity of the Body, firmly grounded in Holy Scripture, 2,000 years of Church tradition, and canon law, holds that “…your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you… (I Corinthians 6.19) and warns against those who hold that “… their god is their belly…” (Philippians 3.18-19), and rails against those whose excesses include “…banquetings…” (I Peter 4.3 ), BE IT THEREFORE RESOLVED THAT the Sixteenth All-American Council of the Orthodox Church in America strongly commends the efforts of Orthodox bishops, clergy, and laity to bear witness to the Sanctity of the Body in the public arena; commits the Orthodox Church in America to continued witness and defence of the elimination of obesity amongst our faithful; strongly reaffirms the Orthodox Church’s opposition to raising overweight children who mature to overweight adults who place a burden on our ability to sustain the medical needs of population, particularly the poor and aged, who have serious illness, and that it does so on theological and moral grounds; and stresses God’s will that we abstain from all activities which demean the body.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Sunday in July falling on or after the celebration of the Fourth of July holiday, traditionally, the start of the summer barbecue season, will be called Sanctity of Body Sunday and on this Sunday, an annual letter from our Metropolitan will be read in all OCA Parishes during the Divine Liturgy affirming the Orthodox understanding of Sanctity of Body; and each parish priest will declare his availability to counsel overweight individuals, children or couples desiring to lose weight; and that His Holy Church establish a fund to provide for medical and psychological treatment for our overweight clergy and episcopate.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Orthodox Church stresses that all persons tempted to act contrary to the Orthodox Church’s teaching on Sanctity of Body, and all those who succumb to such temptations of gluttony, are to be offered pastoral guidance and cared for with the same mercy and love that is bestowed by our Lord Jesus Christ upon all of humanity and that all persons are called by God to grow spiritually and morally toward holiness.
I don’t need to comment… ‘nuff said! Don’t forget, Paffhausen and Dickie are obese, practically morbidly so. A bow to my nameless friend!