Thursday, April 23, 2009

Imagine...

Change.
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I couldn't get to sleep last night. Why? I haven't been feeling well and so I slept yesterday afternoon for too long - and then I remained wide awake after I went to bed.
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I was thinking about too many things, some of which I will share here. I was asking myself rhetorical questions, such as; "What if Obama suddenly reversed himself on abortion and became pro-life - would he be a good president then?" (IMO: NO!)
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But if Obama rejected abortion, choice, embryonic stem-cell research, and proclaimed himself pro-life, would pro-life Catholics and others who cannot say one good thing about him, accept and respect his presidency? Would he be a good guy then?
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If the United States reversed Roe v. Wade and made abortion illegal, would we be a moral nation then? Would everything be okay? Would be all-American-apple-pie-high-kicks-and-twirls-born -on-the-4th-of-July again?
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Essentially I am asking, "Is abortion the only thing wrong in our country?"
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And no - I'm not going there as regards the ever present issues of poverty and education, war and peace, or beauty pageants and same sex marriage stuff.
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But would everything be copacetic just because abortion went away?
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I don't think so hon.
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What about contraception? Younger people may not know this, but even my parents and grandparents thought the pill was the greatest thing since sliced bread. The pill was freedom. Moms wanted their daughters to use it. (My mom wanted my sister (who was married) to use it because she had a bad heart, but my CINO sister refused and had 7 kids.)
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Another thing younger people may not know is that in the olden days, unwed motherhood was shameful - indeed, a teen who got herself pregnant - and that is what was thought - got herself - was considered to have been punished with a kid. No one was happy about it. If the parents had means, the girl was sent away to have the baby and then placed it for adoption. If the parents were working class, maybe the girl was sent to places such as the Home of the Good Shepherd Sisters. If they were really poor, she dropped out of school and most likely put the kid up for adoption; or as was often the case with minorties, they kept it - end of story. Unless of course there happened to be an old strega in the neighborhood who knew how to get rid of it - abortion was around - it just wasn't legal, much less admitted.
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I'm not going to drag this out, but I'm convinced that the intrinsic evil, the root sin here, is the contraceptive mentality - it was around long before Roe v. Wade. The moral crisis, the loss of faith, started long before that as well. And do not forget, at one time divorce was illegal as well.
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Anyway. The same quiz works for the Church. Ask yourself something like this:
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If Vatican II never happened, would the Church be just fine?
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The answers are similar. Many problems, obviously, were present before the Council - in fact, one reason the Council was called is that something exactly like it was needed. True, some things were not handled well afterwards, but neither were they always handled well before.

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Then I fell asleep.

8 comments:

  1. michael r.2:55 PM

    Hit the nail on the head .... What would have happened to the Church if V2 had never happened. Would attendance at Mass be better than it is now, or worse? Would latin and a greater sense of the sacred really have kept people coming to Mass? Or would people have left for another church (or none at all) regardless of what happened?
    A lot of people have tunnel vision an don't like to look at the situation that existed before the Council was called.

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  2. David4:49 PM

    Man I like it when you can't sleep. Can I come over and chat on those lone sleepless nights? We could write books and save the world!

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  3. Robin5:54 PM

    Good points, Terry. In fact, I believe that disobedience to Humanae Vitae is the "root cause" of the problems in the modern Church.

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  4. Maybe it all goes back to original sin. That's one dogma I can't doubt; too much empirical evidence.

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  5. Ter: Great post. I still pray for the President to convert to the pro-life cause. I'm not naive enough to think if he does his soul may be entirely saved or our nation will become moral overnight. However, remember Ninevah when the King put on the cloth of repentence and his people followed.

    Baby steps. That's all we can take. I think that's a main "problem" with the enactment of what VII supposedly did. It wasn't even baby steps, it seemed to happen overnight.

    Rambling here..

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  6. Dear Terry-

    I agree whole heartedly!
    I often am glad that you do talk about 'sexual/family/political issues'. You have insight into somethings I just don't understand.

    And curiously I just got an update from Unity Publishing that floats along the same note: http://www.unitypublishing.com/Moral/TeachingPurity.htm
    I can't say that I completly agree with his whole line of thought, in particular specifics, but I think the overall whole is pretty good.

    I think he even had an article about "Abortion not being the real problem". The root problem is the lose of Purity, and as another commenter said Original Sin.

    What is the Solution? Where do we start? How can we help our youth? How do we live amonst people who think we're wrong to want to live chaste lives?

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  7. My parents each grew up in large tradtional Catholic families in the 40s and 50s. They went to parochial schools (not co-ed ones like now) and were taught by religious. My parents were both intelligent and well-read. They were very very Catholic in their mindset and habits.

    Yet my mom said many times she loved Pope John XXIII and that the Church needed a good airing out. My parents were all for V2. So they had me baptized and that's it. They never went back to Church again even though they loved the pope and the fresh air he introduced to the Church. If they thought the "new church" was so great why leave it?

    It's like that generation was torn in half. One leg in the traditional past, one in the rebellious future.

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