Prayer, Fasting, and Internet News Comments

by Anselm

Catholic bishops in Pennsylvania have recommended March 30th to be a day of prayer and fasting in opposition to the non-compromise HHS mandate-gate.

It’s never a good idea to look at the comments on any mainstream news stories regarding the Catholic church.

Sometimes I have to look at them, and I’m glad I did today because there is one comment that essentially sums up the church in America.

The Church, the people in the pews, has rejected the anti-contraceptive teaching of the bishops; it has not been “received by the faithful,” as theologians say. The bishops are playing with dynamite here, and this whole thing just may backfire on them. As a practicing Catholic, I will have none of their political maneuvering in this election year. I will not fast on March 30. How can the people in the pews show our loyal dissent? My suggestion: sit in the last pews of your parish church, as close to the back as you can. If enough people do this, it will begin to make a statement. Next, only contribute money to your parish; give nothing to the archdiocese. These two simple actions will give the people a voice.

First, the comment starts out with a presumption that the “people in the pews” (which is the only thing important in the post-concilliar church, mind you) is the church.

Second, if you are a dissenting catholic, the dynamite is in your hands.

Third, where you sit in the church building will have no affect on anything. I don’t know what that’s supposed to do.  I guess if someone has already spiritually distanced themselves from the Truth, the physical distance is small potatoes.

Fourth, money given to the parish usually trickles back up, doesn’t it?

Fifth, Holy Mother Church is not a democracy.

Sixth and lastly, there is no such thing as loyal dissent.

The other comment that is just way too ridiculous not to share is:

@Jacob, the Church has declared birth control to be intrinsically evil. It has not made the same declaration with child rape. It is very difficult to take the Church’s teachings in this matter seriously.

It’s come to my understanding that some people think child rape is actually in Catholic doctrine somewhere.  I can’t find it.

As far as the church making the declaration on child rape, it’s in the Catechism of the Catholic Church:

(2395) Chastity means the integration of sexuality within the person. It includes an apprenticeship in self-mastery.

(2396) Among the sins gravely contrary to chastity are masturbation, fornication, pornography, and homosexual practices.

The Vatican’s website also has a whole page of links dedicated to the abuse scandal.

It’s my honor to give those comments the first Unholy Nation Dunce cap.