We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
“Maybe the greatest threat to the church is not heresy, not dissent, not secularism, not even moral relativism, but this sanitized, feel-good, boutique, therapeutic spirituality that makes no demands, calls for no sacrifice, asks for no conversion, entails no battle against sin, but only soothes and affirms.” -
“Maybe the greatest threat to the church is not heresy, not dissent, not secularism, not even moral relativism, but this sanitized, feel-good, boutique, therapeutic spirituality that makes no demands, calls for no sacrifice, asks for no conversion, entails no battle against sin, but only soothes and affirms.”
I am a Catholic. Not exactly the best kind. I don't go to church regularly, I go rarely. I'm trying to get back so my kids have a better idea of what it's all about.
I was raised Catholic. 12 years of Catholic School. I have deep respect and admiration for the Parochial School system, its accomplishments, and the value of a religious based education.
I respect religion, all religions, deeply. I studied Buddhism, Judaism, and Islam in college.
No one religion works for me, which is why I am a "lapsed Catholic". But I still have my ties to the church.
I think that the Cardinal is very, very right. I know that part of my reason is seeking "the easy way" even though I know there is no easy way. Part of understanding what it means to be a good person means making sacrifices.
A thief, in order to become a good person, has to undergo a radical transformation which is anathema to his very makeup. Doing so raises him spiritually, physically, and mentally. It is a huge achievement.
The same can be said for an addict. Or a murderer. Certainly some crimes are more severe than others, but overcoming the personal spiritual loss incurred by them means sacrifice.
I think the biggest problem we face, however, is understanding the difference between battling sin and NOT JUDGING. Jesus pointed out that it is NOT MAN'S PLACE TO JUDGE. We are all sinners, and if we judge another for his/her behavior, we simply draw attention to our own sins.
But to battle sin, many people believe it requires pointing out and judging others' sins. This simply isn't true. We must accept peoples' behaviors for what they are - part of their very nature - and work with everyone to move to a better life.
None of us is perfect, none of us is right. But we can create a better world with a less judgemental attitude toward our fellow man.
I don't consider Obama a bad man. I don't consider Bush a bad man. I believe both acted/are acting out of belief systems that they feel are accurate in describing a world view.
Neither is 100% correct. What's interesting is how Obama's followers truly believe he is 100% correct and judge all others based on the great saint's views. This is clearly an indication of how a great cult of personality has developed.