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Wednesday, July 30, 2003

What Is Good?-Interesting piece on Ottawa's Catholic archbishop privately ripping Da Liddle Guy about his support for same-sex marriage. How many times have we seen this type of statement on both sides of the 49th Parallel?
In the past, the prime minister has described himself as a "good Catholic," but he has said that he firmly believes that politicians should not use government to impose their religious beliefs on others.
Mario Cuomo meets Pepe Le Pew, anyone? If I recall correctly, a few liberal Catholic politicians in California were officially refused communion for their pro-abortion-rights political stands. It may take a few more gutsy bishops before the message truely sinks in. I still don't quite get politicians who say "I'm a good [fill in religion] but I can't vote that way, because it would be imposing my faith." Notice they generally only say that on sexual or life-and-death issues. If the Catholic Church can out in favor of more welfare spending or against the next military involvement, would Teddy say "I can't impose the will of the Pope on the American people"? Of course not. Politicians pull out that "imposing my faith" clause when they either don't believe the church teaching or find it inconvienent to their political careers. Either way, they should be declared persona non grata. If they don't believe in the Church's teachings, they're not good members. If they do believe them but feel unable to act upon them in the public square for fear of retribution, they're not much of a believer. There are some things, like sodomy laws, that are immoral but hard to evenly prosecute; I can see a case there where a person could say "Yes, it's immoral, but I don't see passing that law doing any good." However, if the law can save lives and help prevent further sociatal decay, then impose away; the libertine lobby is trying to impose their morals (or lack thereof) on the rest of us.

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