Firstly, Terrence Mattingly gushed all George Weigel in his latest essay. Weigel is an extreme rightwinger who makes Victor Potapov and James Paffhausen look positively RED. Of course, what Mattingly doesn’t tell you is that Weigel’s part of that Far Rightwing K Street crowd of think-tankers, lobbyists, and other assorted political hangers-on and flunkies (as is Mattingly, Paffhausen, and Potapov, by the way). That is, he’s not objective in the least. He makes his living at a rightwing think tank, so, that’s a warning right there. His latest cause is “marriage”. We’re supposed to get all hot n’ bothered about it because of something these activists call “gay marriage”.
Here’s the scoop… if there’s any change in the legal definition of marriage, it won’t affect the Sacrament of Matrimony… not one little bit. No church will be forced to marry anyone that it considers “beyond the pale”. The sacrament will remain inviolate. I’ll tell you why…. the Church doesn’t receive any state funds in re marriage, so, the state doesn’t have any leverage over the Church in that matter. What may happen is that the USA may go the European route… that is, Church weddings will be religious ceremonies only, and that all couples would have to register their marriage with the state first. Trust me, this has been the way of it in Europe since 1789. Both Orthodox and Catholics accept this reality and don’t fight it.
It’d cut out the dispute. All couples would register with the state, and, then, all those who wish a religious ceremony may have it. The only legal marriage would be the state registration, but the only sacramental marriage would be in the Church’s hands 100 percent and fully. In short, the Sacrament would be beyond tampering. Since the Church would no longer be acting as an agent for the state, as it’s doing now, it’d be beyond the state’s radius of control.
Mattingly says nothing of that… that’s because he, Weigel, Potapov, Paffhausen, and all the other “religious” rightwingers aren’t interested in pro-family policies… they’re only interested in using the Church as an Inquisition against their perceived foes.
Now, that we’ve dealt with rightwing nastiness, let’s look at someone who showed some true religious insight. One of the Cabinet said:
I spend some at Christmas, but it’s hardly to excess. I’ve had a habit for years of getting people things they needed or would consume anyhow such as clothes or art supplies, sometimes books for the children, also, homemade baked goods or some sort of edible/drinkable for adults. I send out a few Christmas cards. I go to church on Christmas, spend the day with people close to me. Folks would be happier, I daresay, if they were able to pull back from all the buying and be more satisfied with a holiday gathering with good food and drink and loved ones around, and token gifts, if they must be given. It certainly takes the pressure off. My Christmas tree is going up this weekend. I like the lights!
That’s what we should focus on in this holiday season… not trying to ally Christ’s Holy Church with mammon worshippers such as Weigel and extremists like Gallagher. Remember, it’s come unto me all ye that are heavily laden and I will give thee rest, it isn’t come unto me all ye with stuffed boodle bags so that we can all party and carouse. We stand in the ruins of “deregulation” and “Trickle Down economics”… they may be many things, but are they in sync with Our Lord Christ‘s social teachings? Definitely not!
I saw this in the commboxes on a post. It’s a good analysis on why the Republicants will learn NOTHING from their shellacking:
Therefore, the problems with the GOP losses are:
- The Message was not adequately massaged (i.e., enough people didn’t eat our propaganda).
- Voter Fraud. No proof, but it must be there because the GOP took it on the chin.
- Romney wasn’t conservative enough. Any of the more conservative candidates could’ve beaten Romney, say in the primaries or caucuses. The GOP had plenty of “real” conservatives to choose from, and they chose a flip-flopping liberal, out of a central belief in Core Values.
- Obama “gifted” voters. Not to be confused with tax breaks, continued subsidisation of industry, passing Medicare Part “D”, or sending out $300 checks to voters before an election. Also, don’t confuse “gift” with Red States that take in more federal money than blue states. It’s different; trust me.
- The “47 Percenters”. Again, not to be confused with the 47 percent of voters that voted for Romney.
Did I miss anything?
The truth will set you free… indeed… but you do need to acknowledge it. Terrence Mattingly, Maggie Gallagher, George Weigel, James Paffhausen, et al don’t. If the Church is the “Pillar and Ground of Truth” (the biblical reference, not the Florensky heresy), what does that tell us? Nothing good…
Wednesday 28 November 2012