Quote: Originally Posted by Nascar_James
As I mentioned before ... MY RELIGION IS NOT UP FOR DISCUSSION ... NEVER WAS!!!
Tough titty on that one, James. You participate, your views are fair game.
I come from a catholic background, have spent years in study, baptized, first communion and confirmed all in that church. In other words, James, I know a bit about it. I find catholics, as a religious group, reprehensible. I have family that was molested by a priest. Such an honour to be an altar boy (back then it was males only) ain't it? And the church does nothing but protect these people. I was only about 10 years old when I clearly recall sitting in church on Sunday, looking around at the pedophile from next door, the guy I knew who drank and committed violence on his family Saturday night (that was my own father), and the bully from down the street who terrorized us all. I realized then that the church was a scam. You could do whatever you pleased as long as you came in on Sunday, admitted your sins and said a few Hail Marys. It wasn't about substance, but purely about form.
While I agree with Rev and Vanni that the church is trying to use its influence to change political decisions, I regretfully must agree with the righties on this one. The church has the right to give communion to whomever they choose. I firmly believe in separation of church and state and that goes both ways in my books. If they church wants to try to exert influence, so be it. I cannot in good conscience say that they should stay out of politics then try to set rules for them.
If a church does not want to marry same sex couples, so what. If they refuse communion to people they view as transgressing their rules, again, so what. The catholic church is an enormous dinosaur, one of the last bastions of patriarchy, and it is gasping its dying breaths. Let's hope it cannot do too much damage before it finally expires. As much as I find that particular church reprehensible, I must agree with the catholic right to do what it pleases within its own stained glass walls.
It is incredibly unfortunate that many of our leaders follow the dogma of that church. I think the only way to circumvent it is to ensure we vote in people who separate church and religion. It is a slow process.