Take This Religion and Shove It

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I was in need of some spiritual guidance yesterday in mass. Somewhere along the way these past few months I’ve let grow within me some apparent childish mid-life crisis, and in recent weeks have been a public ass to people at work, friends I’ve known for more than a decade, members of my family, and people who visit my other blog.

I prayed for peace and guidance and, most importantly, forgiveness, acknowledging to God that I need to do a lot more listening and a lot less talking. Imagine my shock when, listening, I heard the lector ask me, along with the rest of the Parish, “to pray that Congress passes much needed health care reform legislation …”

Needless to say, having protested against health care deform since the spring, I walked out, shaking with anger. Guidance like that will get you tied to the government yoke quicker than you can say hope and change and be coaxed into electing a narcissist. Read Atlas Shrugged, if you think I’m being over-the-top. You might recognize quite a few things that have already happened in the world, and will continue to happen, like this.

The Church has been all over the map on health deform, with the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops first having issued a declaration of support for the House bill in August 2009 and then declaring they did not support the Senate bill in November. The issue the Church is most concerned with, obviously, is abortion, as the House bill provides an amendment that will prohibit federal funding for abortions (but there’s no guarantee it will survive the final version of whatever legislation the House and Senate eventually agree on, if they ever do), while the Senate bill does not prohibit such funding.

But, as the American Thinker pointed out near summer’s end, the bishops have failed to address one of the largest issues, alive in both bills, that clearly has been a driving force of fervent opposition among millions of Americans: the rationing, and in essence, denial, of care, the singling out of the elderly and the infirm as groups of people who will receive less care under government health deform for the greater good of the young and healthy. So, therefore, the Church is okay with denying care, and we all know what denial of care leads to, death. What’s a word for government sanctioned death? Euthanasia. You know, like this.

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This, of course, is in stark contrast to the Church’s opposition to euthanasia, as noted in the Catechism of the Catholic Church, #2277:

Whatever its motives and means, direct euthanasia consists in putting an end to the lives of handicapped, sick, or dying persons. It is morally unacceptable.
Thus an act or omission which, of itself or by intention, causes death in order to eliminate suffering constitutes a murder gravely contrary to the dignity of the human person and to the respect due to the living God, his Creator.

Yesterday, I found a letter Catholic bishops sent to Congresscriminals and Obama last week (which explains why I was asked today “to pray” for health deform to get through Congress), in which they specifically request that health deform (still NOT addressing the issue of rationing):

  • Ensures access to quality, affordable, life-giving health care for all
  • Retains longstanding requirements that federal funds not be used for elective abortions or plans that include them, and effectively protects conscience rights
  • Protects the access to health care that immigrants currently have and removes current barriers to access

I can completely agree with the second bullet point, having held each of my two newborns in my hands and knowing I could never sanction their abortion, but that’s as far as I can go. I can no longer support a faith that would:

  • Have my government tax me to provide coverage for others (how the hell else are we going to pay for it?), effectively telling me that it is no longer my spiritual requirement to be charitable to others but instead my duty to the state to share my wealth on behalf of those who do not have what I may have (or, to put it more precisely, via Karl Marx,”from each according to his ability, to each according to his need”)
  • Have “health care for all” but not specifically address rationing for the elderly and infirm
  • Have access to health coverage for illegal immigrants who do not belong here and should not have any access whatsoever to government programs that Congresscriminals can’t even effectively fund for legal American citizens. Naturally it’s quite interesting which is the fastest growing group of people in the U.S. Catholic Church: Hispanics.

Clearly the Roman Catholic Church is much more concerned with surviving by playing politics than through caring for souls; its hospitals do, after all, account for 15.5% of U.S. hospital admissions.

I spared my poor wife the embarrassment of me officially writing the letter I wanted to put in the correspondence box, hanging outside the Parish Office, so apparently I’m learning to be charitable to others, so that I don’t ruin their standing in the social community of the Church.

But that’s as charitable as I’m going to be to the Catholic Church for the rest of my life, and I’ll now apparently have to seek peace and salvation elsewhere. I certainly don’t want to get my politics there.

Cross-posted at Obama’s Arrogant Chin

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  • Snarky, as a fellow Catholic, I share your disgust totally. I’ve been saying for awhile that Novusordoism (or Spirit Of Vatican II-ism, if you prefer) is not Catholicism. And I stopped listening to bishops and priests a long time ago and stick to the Catechism for the official teaching of my Church, since most can’t be trusted to not preach heresy these days… i.e., we can’t confuse said people with “the Church.”

    I was seriously considered converting to Eastern Orthodoxy, since I was very drawn to it and was getting no spiritual food from Newchurch. Then I discovered the Byzantine rite, and so am still Catholic.

    I guess what I’m saying is, as much as I understand your feelings, don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater.

  • The pulpit was very influential during our Revolution, but the church needs to stay away from endorsing individual political policies. I have no problem with a pastor or priest saying that our government needs to promote freedom or something along those lines, but I do have a problem when they start to push an individual policy, especially one as divisive as health care.

  • As a new Catholic (not a cradle-born one), I wanted to put in my 2 cents worth here. #1 – don’t throw out the baby with the bath water. I’m not condoning their support of the healthcare bill, but we are looking at a small percentage of the Catholic Church worldwide, not the entirety of the church that Christ set up when He was on earth, with Peter as the head.

    #2 – the Catholic church is looking at only two things : no government money to support abortion and help for the poor (I’m not sure why they don’t see the part about euthanasia unless they are not entirely convinced that that will be a by-product of the bill).

    #3 – I don’t believe they are concerned about the politics as far as whether it is further government intrusion into my life and I’m having to pay for others who do not have it.

    I can understand your frustration. As a Christian, I want to make sure the poor are provided for, but I don’t believe the federal government is the vehicle to do so. I’ve been blasted by at least two atheist websites lately regarding my article, “Equal Rights, Not Equal Things” because I said this very thing. Many people believe as Christians, we are terrible because we are against the healthcare bill. They can’t seem to understand that we can help the poor get healthcare without creating a huge federal bureaucracy to do it.

    • Catholics are the largest Christian voting block in this country (about 22 percent of Christian voters). They flip back and forth between Conservative and Liberal candidates with every pResidential election, pretty much along the lines of one issue: abortion. The largest growing block of Catholics in this country are Mexican immigrants; the largest growing block of Zombiecrat voters in this country are … Mexican immigrants. Catholic hospitals stand to make a hell of a lot of money from Obamacare, as a government provider.

      I’m throwing the bullshit out with the baby and the bathwater, and I’ll give the next lector and/or priest who tries to convince me otherwise a double middle finger. I’ve been a Catholic for 35 years; I’ve been an American for 42. My allegiance lies with the U.S. Constitution first, according to the oath I swore long ago to defend.

    • I guess it’s safe to expect that you’d be blasted for that article, It was spot on, so it isn’t a surprise that the lefties slammed it.

  • Hi Dave! I’m sorry you got such a rude awakening to the evil machinations of the Catholic Church.
    You know what i am going thru, they are all alike. That is why I don’t go anymore, and watch TBN to get my Bible teachings and inspiration. The Catholics are the biggest liars, theives and thugs around!
    I was one, (well still am, but not in an organized way)

    Oh, wait, it gets WORSE Get a load of this:
    Why don’t you ask why they are doing this?

    http://all.org/article.php?id=12507

    They are also the biggest fans of illegal immigration amnesty and harboring illegals!
    Want to know anymore else, write me!

    Sorry you have been feeling sad…read the bible, that will be a comfort to you. God Bless.

  • Absolutely disgusting, I would never go back to that church. I agree with Forgotten Liberty’s post.

    • It’s more than that church, LP. It’s what all churches have been asked to promote by the bishops’ conference. I’m thinking I’m going to find more of God in me and my reading the Bible at home than I will in any sanctuary on Sunday. Lord knows, the Bible won’t be telling me to support Obamacare.

  • WHEW!! I think that this is going to test my assertion that Conservatives can debate each other with charity and understanding. Have at it folks, just remember that we’re on the same team!

    • You know how it is, Matt … people feel more comfortable talking about sex than they do religion. Throw politics into the mix, and you have the next Royal Rumble. I don’t mean to discriminate against anyone’s personal believes with this post and my comments; I mean only to assert my own beliefs, pompous as they may be, that we are not only at a crossroads politically in this country but also religiously.

    • Matty … apparently you haven’t told everyone here that it takes all kinds to achieve victory, including pit bulls who achieve a fair amount of scars?

      • That it does. I think of it like one of the old war movies where there are people from all walks of life, with different talents, that work together towards something. We’re kinda like a Dirty Dozen, or something like that.

  • I don’t put my faith in people or churches. I put my faith in God. Yes, you can get God at home where you have the company of yourself who is yet a sinner just like everyone else in the universal church worldwide. Amazing how Satan is so powerful in the world that he gets the victory even among Christians. Thank God there is hope for His Victory in the end.

    • I’m pretty sure I’m being clear that I’m saying I put faith in the Bible and in my family and in myself above what others (to include people and churches) think. In other words, I could give a …. well, I think you can surmise my words.

      Now, if Satan wants to use me just a little bit to stick a shiv (politically, for you rabid literalistic moonbat trolls) in the false Messiah’s ribcage, heh, I’ll take the hit on my soul. I’m just a soldier in the revolution, after all. And just like I turn Alinksy’s fifth rule — ridicule is man’s most potent weapon — upside down and against those who would use it most, I have no problem turning Malcom X upside down as well: By whatever means necessary.

      Except I’d probably throw a few choice curse words in there as well … but … this, after all, isn’t my blog.

  • Snarky, as a fellow Catholic, I have been disssillusioned for a couple years and am fed up with the Church propagandizing their flock with liberal and cummunist garbage. The only good the Church does is standing up for the unborn. And, even that is dwindling. I mean the Church has absolutely no spine to stand up and set their foot down against pro-abort politicians who cause scandal for the Church. IMHO, The Church needs to start doing some excommunicating of Pelosi, Biden, Kerry and others who cause scandal and misrepresent the Church. Unfortunately, the leftists have infilitrated the Church, and that’s the primary reason the seax abuse scadal happened. I am looking into the Marionite Church. Its still Catholic but more conservative.

  • The church whether Catholic or Protestant should guide us when it comes to spiritual matters, not political matters. My spiriual well being guides and shapes my political ideology.

  • John Schuh

    Just remember that the USCCB is not a synod or even a religious body but a committee of bishops whose political opinions are not necessarily binding on the faithful. The USCCB is a lobby and its staffers are very liberal in their orientation. Even on life issues, the tendency is to give the Democrats a break, and only a strong push from the (minority) of strongly pro-life bishops made them take a hard-line against the pro-abortion
    forces in the Democratic Party. Many bishops are Democrats and they keeping hoping to find a place at the table in that party. This despite the obvious radicalism of that party.

    IAC, do not fear to “educate” father on political matters, about which he is no authority.

    • Thanks for the clarification.

  • Bunni, I’m sorry, but I can’t let your comment that Catholics are liars go… yes, there are liars in the Church– as well as every other religious community. The Church exists because we ARE sinners– it’s not supposed to be a saint museum.

    I agree with Snarky for walking out and being totally disgusted with what he encountered, and I’d have done the same thing. But my point here is that we can’t confuse the opinions of our idiot bishops with the teaching of the Church– and we can’t condemn the whole church because of the idiot “progressives” who think they’re job is social justice instead of saving souls.

    The Catholic Church DOES bring a LOT of its own problems on herself… sigh.

  • No church is going to be perfect all the time because it is composed of people and we are imperfect. I’m a Mormon and have to deal with the shame of Harry Reid. His voting recorded is so against the teachings of the church it defies reason. I too would be upset, if I had an experience like you did in church. I recommend you pray for guidance with whatever you choose

  • Jen

    Oh, please don’t leave the Catholic church! We need you!! I too am disgusted by the liberal social positions coming from the USCCB. They sometimes seem complete enemies of this nation’s constitution, which they should respect. I shake my head at my local bishop’s newsletter; the whole editorial staff seems to believe Jesus exhorted us to socialism. Like you, I’ve second-guessed my loyalty to the Catholic church.

    Vatican II appears to have corrupted our leadership on many fronts; I personally believe this is one very tangible example of how the church leadership is not exempt or fully protected against diabolic attacks. In fact, they are probably under more powerful attacks since they ARE the leadership….you try to win a war by going after the higher-ranking officers, right?

    Your leaving is exactly the desired outcome…the church is constantly battling diabolic efforts to split and divide us. We must stay and fight together. We must, prayerfully, withstand this. We must pray for correction and clarity. Please be patient and forgiving, and instead pray our leadership is set back on solid ground.

    I am hopeful as I see positive changes emerging within our newer priests and nuns. I see the liberal inclinations dissolving and return to a purer faith. I see more and more priests and deacons who understand the dangers of government social programs, and who are (correctly) exhorting us as individuals to help our neighbors, instead.

    Please stay. To leave is to play into the Enemy’s hand.

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  • Tracy Coyle

    Excuse me…but the Church is not conservative (duh!) it is a LIBERAL institution (in the classical conservative sense). The Church believes it has the right, the obligation to direct the individual lives of it’s community (not just the congregations, but the society as a whole).

    The only difference between liberalism and the Church is who they call God.

    Sorry. I attend church with my partner and daughter because they have a need for spiritual encouragement and I RESPECT them – not the church.

    Conservatives (classical liberals) will not find social comfort in the Church…and given the Church’s agenda, I don’t know how Conservatives can find spiritual comfort there either.

  • Don

    Dave I am with ya on this one. I cannot stand abortion, nor those who condone it. I am not a Catholic, but I am a Christian and abortion is a very important topic to me.

    • Hey, Don. Abortion wasn’t my point. The Church telling me what my politics should be was my point. Preventing federal funding for abortions is the only point on which I can agree with the Church. The rest is pure liberal bunk and I’m done with them. I thought I made that pretty clear, dude. :^)

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