Catholic leaders press GOP to heed pope on climate, poor
ANKENY, Iowa (AP) — Roman Catholic leaders in the early voting state of Iowa implored candidates for president Thursday to take up Pope Francis’ call for “profound political courage” by focusing their campaigns as much on improving the environment and income inequality as they have on opposing gay marriage and abortion in past elections.
The vocal pivot from such traditional social issues marks the first time U.S. Catholic bishops have publicly asked those seeking the White House to heed the admonitions of Francis’ June encyclical, said Bishop Richard Pates of Des Moines. SOURCE
I’m pretty sure there are *some* that will start up with all of that BS about the *separation of church and state*, and how it’s the law of the land and how “It’s in the Constitution”.
Well, it’s NOT in the Constitution, not in any way, shape, form or fashion, and I have, in public forum, challenged atheists to show me where in the United States Constitution those words are written when they wanted our City Council to stop opening meetings with a brief invocation.
Well, I was told to *look it up for myself*, so me being as prepared with facts in public as I am on this blog, I produced a pocket copy of the United States Constitution and then again challenged these people to SHOW ME exactly where these words were written or to stand in front of that forum as the uneducated and reprehensible LIARS they were.
I was told, “It’s the First Amendment you dolt”, so I read the First Amendment to them and all in attendance.
Amendment I — Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.
How about that? Not one word about church and state.
These atheist folk left the meeting telling anyone that would listen to them that I was a no-good so and so, threated to *come to my house*, not a good plan let me assure you, yet since that time they have slithered back into a hole somewhere and have NOT shown up at my house.
Let me say this; I was born and raised in the Catholic Church, when I was 18 years old I walked away, denounced the Church and haven’t darkened the door since. I am 61 years old and see NO reason to change now.
My reasons were quite personal and were based on my utter hatred of what I call the most vile, the nastiest and most disgusting pieces of nasty filth imaginable; homosexual and pedophile priests. Like I said, it was personal, I had a priest try to put his hands on me and I hit him with a right hook and broke his jaw. Put an end to his fun for a few weeks.
Anyway, long story short; freedom of speech being what it is, the Catholic Church can say whatever it likes about politics, climate change, same-sex marriage and the like, but just because the Pope says it doesn’t mean it’s right.
When I was a kid, any time there was a storm coming, my Cajun mother and grandmother would say *Hail Mary’s*, long and loud, and as a storm got closer or more intense so did their prayers. Who knows, maybe it worked, we didn’t die, so maybe their intent was all that was needed, or maybe it wasn’t our time to go. Just sayin’.
My issues with Catholicism stem from my beliefs regarding how can you have ANY respect for idolaters that pray to Mary, statues and figurines?
“Holy Mary, mother of God…” Mary, no known last name, was NOT the mother of God, she was, if all we have been taught is correct, the mother of Jesus Christ, and was impregnated by *an Angel from heaven* in an act of something that was called *The Immaculate Conception*.
Try to convince yourself that Immaculate Conception is real when your underage daughter or granddaughter walks in and says “I’m pregnant”. Let me know how that works out.
The whole point of this rant is to express MY belief that the Church needs to stay OUT of politics, I mean, how can you trust a guy that expresses interest in chewing coca leaves in Bolivia and hosts an Anti-Capitalist Eco-Crusader named Naomi Klein at the Vatican ?
Seriously; who knew that the Pope was a *stoner*?
Separation of Church and State is NOT in the Constitution, but maybe it should be.