As part of trying to provide some perspective on what real religious persecution
looks like, I wonder if the Pope’s message included telling them that if
they or their parishioners engage in civic enterprise they need to obey all
civic laws?As Antonin Scalia so eloquently said, free exercise of
religion does not mean religious people can be laws unto themselves. Based on Cardinal Nolan’s take away the answer seems to be sadly, no.
@Tyler DI think Dolan hears what he wants to hear. He seems to have
selective haring on top of selective morality always a fun combination. thank
goodness his term is up next week.
They sound like the GOP these days. Skip the bedrock principles and invite
everyone into the tent.As though institutions weren't bad enough
already, they now blatantly say anything to be popular.
If you listen to the rhetoric of the Catholic Bishops you won't find the
Catholic church to be welcoming; nor the LDS church for that matter.
@say nowhich principals would that be? the Christian bedrock principals of
love and leaving judgment to God or the bedrock principals of conservatives
accumulate wealth at any cost to others and oppression of the other regardless
of the consequences?
Pope Francis sees the big picture with refreshing clarity. The teachings of
Jesus transcend the world and its many diverse and conflicting ideologies.Come unto me, as Jesus summoned, has no political strings attached.
Bishops and priests have as much right to speak their mind on issues as anyone
does. But attempts to make their personal views something akin to a tenet of
faith is not their calling. It works against the mission of the Church putting
unnecessary obstacles in the paths of the weary and heavy laden to whom Jesus
promises to bring rest.