2 Responses to “How Much Respect Can You Really Have for the Forest When You Treat the Trees as Kindling…”

  1. Perhaps as Catholics it is time to turn it up a notch. Our Catholic moral values are continuously being challenged and thrown back in to our faces by those who should know better. Our Catholic politicians are doing everything possible to walk the razor thin line of being true to the faith and not upsetting their constituents with all that Catholic Moral hocus-pocus stuff. So how do we “kick it up a notch” as Emril Lagasse likes to say? Well the following from the Compendium on Social Justice is a good place to start;

    Why is our President acting Immoral…

    Answer: Read the following Catholic Church teaching: COMPENDIUM FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE: paragraphs 229 and 398

    CHAPTER FIVE: THE FAMILY, THE VITAL CELL OF SOCIETY

    III. THE SOCIAL SUBJECTIVITY OF THE FAMILY

    a. Love and the formation of a community of persons

    229. The solidity of the family nucleus is a decisive resource for the quality of life in society, therefore the civil community cannot remain indifferent to the destabilizing tendencies that threaten its foundations at their very roots. Although legislation may sometimes tolerate morally unacceptable behaviour, it must never weaken the recognition of indissoluble monogamous marriage as the only authentic form of the family. It is therefore necessary that the public authorities “resist these tendencies which divide society and are harmful to the dignity, security and welfare of the citizens as individuals, and they must try to ensure that public opinion is not led to undervalue the institutional importance of marriage and the family”.

    CHAPTER EIGHT: THE POLITICAL COMMUNITY

    III. POLITICAL AUTHORITY

    b. Authority as moral force

    398. Authority must enact just laws, that is, laws that correspond to the dignity of the human person and to what is required by right reason. “Human law is law insofar as it corresponds to right reason and therefore is derived from the eternal law. When, however, a law is contrary to reason, it is called an unjust law; in such a case it ceases to be law and becomes instead an act of violence”. Authority that governs according to reason places citizens in a relationship not so much of subjection to another person as of obedience to the moral order and, therefore, to God himself who is its ultimate source.[817] Whoever refuses to obey an authority that is acting in accordance with the moral order “resists what God has appointed” (Rom 13:2).[818] Analogously, whenever public authority -which has its foundation in human nature and belongs to the order pre-ordained by God – fails to seek the common good, it abandons its proper purpose and so delegitimizes itself.
    As I reflect on paragraph 398 I think back to the late Bishop Austin Vaughan Vicar of the Orange County Vicariate. Some of you might recall that he was not afraid to go to jail for the faith and particularly to defend the life of the most innocent members of our society. When one goes to prison in defense of the faith something in that person changes. The experience seems to result in a huge increase of a special grace to be able to withstand the slings, arrows, taunts, mocking,criticisms and persecutions that will be heaped upon the one who dares to go toe to toe with the oppressors.
    Bishop Vaughan, set what some say is an incredibly high bar or standard for those of us to meet who would choose to live our faith actively. You may remember he
    told then governor Mario Cuomo in a spirit of fraternal correction that he was fearful for Mario’s immortal soul was on the road to hell because of the governor’s lack of courage when it came to opposing legalized abortion. Here we are 20 plus years later and Mario’s son Andrew has gotten himself into a similar mess with his moral cowardice on not only legalized abortion but now over legalizing same sex marriage.
    Andrew and the rest of the NY legislature need to be taught a lesson. The cues for this lesson are found in the words of Paragraph 398 above. When a government engages in behavior which abuses fundamental human dignity then the government loses it moral authority and moral legitimacy and must be opposed. The best statement I can think of for Catholics of New York State is to cut off the legislature’s and Andrew Cuomo’s revenue. Do I mean we withdraw our tax support of the government? Yep, that’s exactly what I mean!! Even if it means going to prison. I suspect the Lord will thank us for doing what He expects us to do. Carry our crosses just as he did. Then we to can receive that special grace that Bishop Vaughan received. Are you up for it? Can you walk the walk?

  2. Perhaps as Catholics it is time to turn it up a notch. Our Catholic moral values are continuously being challenged and thrown back in to our faces by those who should know better. Our Catholic politicians are doing everything possible to walk the razor thin line of being true to the faith and not upsetting their constituents with all that Catholic Moral hocus-pocus stuff. So how do we \kick it up a notch\ as Emril Lagasse likes to say? Well the following from the Compendium on Social Justice is a good place to start;

    Why is our President acting Immoral…

    Answer: Read the following Catholic Church teaching: COMPENDIUM FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE: paragraphs 229 and 398

    CHAPTER FIVE: THE FAMILY, THE VITAL CELL OF SOCIETY

    III. THE SOCIAL SUBJECTIVITY OF THE FAMILY

    a. Love and the formation of a community of persons

    229. The solidity of the family nucleus is a decisive resource for the quality of life in society, therefore the civil community cannot remain indifferent to the destabilizing tendencies that threaten its foundations at their very roots. Although legislation may sometimes tolerate morally unacceptable behaviour, it must never weaken the recognition of indissoluble monogamous marriage as the only authentic form of the family. It is therefore necessary that the public authorities “resist these tendencies which divide society and are harmful to the dignity, security and welfare of the citizens as individuals, and they must try to ensure that public opinion is not led to undervalue the institutional importance of marriage and the family”.

    CHAPTER EIGHT: THE POLITICAL COMMUNITY

    III. POLITICAL AUTHORITY

    b. Authority as moral force

    398. Authority must enact just laws, that is, laws that correspond to the dignity of the human person and to what is required by right reason. “Human law is law insofar as it corresponds to right reason and therefore is derived from the eternal law. When, however, a law is contrary to reason, it is called an unjust law; in such a case it ceases to be law and becomes instead an act of violence”. Authority that governs according to reason places citizens in a relationship not so much of subjection to another person as of obedience to the moral order and, therefore, to God himself who is its ultimate source.[817] Whoever refuses to obey an authority that is acting in accordance with the moral order “resists what God has appointed” (Rom 13:2).[818] Analogously, whenever public authority -which has its foundation in human nature and belongs to the order pre-ordained by God – fails to seek the common good, it abandons its proper purpose and so delegitimizes itself.
    As I reflect on paragraph 398 I think back to the late Bishop Austin Vaughan Vicar of the Orange County Vicariate. Some of you might recall that he was not afraid to go to jail for the faith and particularly to defend the life of the most innocent members of our society. When one goes to prison in defense of the faith something in that person changes. The experience seems to result in a huge increase of a special grace to be able to withstand the slings, arrows, taunts, mocking,criticisms and persecutions that will be heaped upon the one who dares to go toe to toe with the oppressors.
    Bishop Vaughan, set what some say is an incredibly high bar or standard for those of us to meet who would choose to live our faith actively. You may remember he
    told then governor Mario Cuomo in a spirit of fraternal correction that he was fearful for Mario’s immortal soul was on the road to hell because of the governor’s lack of courage when it came to opposing legalized abortion. Here we are 20 plus years later and Mario’s son Andrew has gotten himself into a similar mess with his moral cowardice on not only legalized abortion but now over legalizing same sex marriage.
    Andrew and the rest of the NY legislature need to be taught a lesson. The cues for this lesson are found in the words of Paragraph 398 above. When a government engages in behavior which abuses fundamental human dignity then the government loses it moral authority and moral legitimacy and must be opposed. Andrew Cuomo and those politicians who show this moral cowardice have lost their moral authority as well as their moral legitimacy to continue to represent and serve the people of New York State. The best statement I can think of, for Catholics of New York State is to cut off the legislature’s and Andrew Cuomo’s revenue. Do I mean we withdraw our tax support of the government? Yep, that’s exactly what I mean!! Even if it means going to prison. I suspect the Lord will thank us for doing what He expects us to do. Carry our crosses just as he did by standing up for the truth. Then we too can receive that special grace that Bishop Vaughan received. Are you up for it? Can you walk the walk?