Sunday, November 16, 2008

Respect and being Catholic

Over the past several months...if not a year, the Pope, Bishops (USCCB), parish priests, and many lay people of the Catholic Church have been exploding the airwaves with information on the Church's stand on pro-life, war, and family issues. With much study and attention to the candidates literally fighting for their choice offices, the above mentioned parties became well informed on the issues and the candidates' positions. So, bloggers, websites, and the pulpits were on fire with emphasis on the facts Catholics needed to know in order to be fully informed on the candidates and who best aligned with the Church's position. The Church is not a political entity, so no Bishop, priest, or the Pope could mention or endorse a party or candidate, BUT the issues could be outlined and compared for the parishoners' convenience.

Many, MANY Catholics made the decision to vote for the jr. senator, despite his position on all of the critical issues the Church is so passionate to both protect and enforce. The few "cafeteria Catholics" that I know and even spoke with were fully aware of the Church's statements and teachings, but continued to vote their way.

With this said, I realize that everyone has a right to vote their way and put signs and bumper stickers on their yards and autos if they want to. It's just too bad that they have to flaunt their disobedience in the Church's face as they continue to attend Mass, receive communion, serve as Eucharistic Ministers, and teaching our children in the CCD programs and school.

They show no respect for the Pope, Bishops, parish priests, and their fellow parishoners and their children that are watching them.

1 comment:

+JMJ+ said...

I am continually saddened by the lack of fidelity to the Magisterium...from lay and religious...sigh.