George Weigel and Christopher West believe it is time to detonate “a theological time bomb” in the Catholic Church. The time bomb is the teaching of Pope John Paul II’s Theology of the Body.
A Theological Time Bomb
They and other scholars and informed Catholics say what is needed is a return to the Church’s teaching on sex and marriage, as found in the129 talks given by Pope John Paul II summing up his mature understanding of the theology of the body as a catechesis for the Church in the wake of the sexual revolution. These talks, given from 1979 to 1984, encompass almost everything we need to know about living our lives according to God’s plan.
The Theology of the Body is being taught in some seminaries so new priests will have a powerful background for instructing the laity, but laymen also need to read this document to know the path of integrity within and outside marriage.
Our hat is off to all who are making these teachings available to counter our present culture of promiscuity, divorce, polymorphous sexuality, pornography, abortion, drugs and gross materialism.
Fr. Pavone’s Challenge
Gutsy Fr. Frank Pavone, head of Priests for Life, has called on all Church leaders to say publicly that abortion is more serious than all other issues and a serious sin that supersedes the proportionate need exception for voting for pro-abortion candidates, or to resign their posts. His reasoning: “They obviously lack the most basic capacity for moral judgment.”
If these prelates should take Father’s advice seriously, there would be a flood of resignations. The five non-negotiables for Catholic politicians and also for voters are abortion, euthanasia, embryonic stem cell experiments, human cloning and homosexual marriage. Catholics may not vote for a politician who backs even one of these issues.
To Scouts, “God” Means God
The Boy Scouts of America have the audacity to include God in their Scout Pledge and that’s a no-no to the American Civil Liberties Union, who managed to get millions of government dollars removed from helping support this “dangerous” organization for mentioning God in its oath.
The oath says: “On my honor I will do my best to do my duty to God and my country,” and concludes, “and to keep myself physically strong, mentally awake and morally straight.”
The ACLU seems to want God out of everything. We’re waiting for the day they decide “In God We Trust” has to be scraped off of our coins and blotted out on our currency. That’ll keep them busy.
But what bothers us more than the ACLU’s effort to get God out of everything, is the argument some make that we don’t really mean God, but some kind of higher power or force, or to see the use of the word “God” as only a tradition that doesn’t really mean God.
But if God doesn’t mean the Almighty, All Knowing Creator of the Universe, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, then what’s the point? The argument that it’s just a meaningless tradition, so why not keep it, actually blasphemes God.
When the Boy Scouts site their duty to God we trust they mean it. Demeaning God is as bad as denying him. We hope the Scouts don’t give in to the ACLU to get some government money. It’s time the ACLU lost a case.
Specter Chairmanship Likely
Although Republican Senate offices have been deluged by calls from outraged pro-lifers demanding that pro-abortion Sen. Arlen Specter not chair the Judiciary Committee, it appears there is still a strong possibility that he will get the job. A meeting with members of the Judiciary Committee leaves him in limbo, but the Senators seem not to have objection to his heading up the Committee.
But even should he be confirmed, the pro-life calls and protests at least forced a promise out of Specter, that he will not oppose any of President Bush’s nominees, pro-life or not, but will support them all. At this point we still have our fingers crossed.