by: the Common Constitutionalist
The College of Cardinals has chosen a new Pope. Okay, now what? What do those who choose to call themselves Catholic do now?
Evidently the new guy, Pope Francis, is a theological conservative, for want of a better term. I guess we will classify him as a theological traditionalist, that way I won’t offend liberal Catholics.
I am not a Roman Catholic, nor any kind of Catholic. I do know broadly, as do many non-Catholics, a few of the basic tenets, or rules of Catholicism. They are against abortion, euthanasia, women priests and homosexual marriage. There are, I’m sure, many more Catholic tenets, but those four are evidently the hot button topics of contention in today’s Catholic Church.
As a non-Catholic, my obvious question to those who are, is why are these contentious issues within the church?
Any traditional religion has a certain set of, carved in stone rules that a practicing member of said religion must follow to remain in that churches good standing.
Catholics, Baptists, Mormons, Muslims all have rules that must be followed. So I am both confused and amused at the number of reports asking whether the new pope would be more likely to moderate the church’s views.
Well, as I said, I am not a Catholic, but I do know enough not to ask God to moderate. Why would anyone think that the Pope would come in and just start turning the whole religion upside down? Did anyone really think that the new Pope would get up and announce that the church will now be pro-abortion? Of course any thinking person would never expect such a thing.
But of course we know, at least to my regular readers, that American liberals are liberals first and whatever else after that. Whether they claim to be Catholic or some other religion they are still liberals first. That is why, for example, liberal American Jews will vote in a president and administration that is clearly no friend of Israel. Liberal first, then Jew; easy as that.
As we know, liberals don’t think, they feel. If one doesn’t think about the absurdity of the statement, one could comfortably ask if the church will now support abortion or women priests. It is not a completely ludicrous question, unless you think about it first. But with liberals fairness is everything. It is unfair in these modern times not to allow homosexuals to wed within the church.
That is only a reasonable assumption if you are an à la carte Catholic, or just a liberal who happen to be brought up Catholic. For those who don’t know, an à la carte Catholic is one who feels he or she may pick and choose the rules they wish to adhere to and let the rest go. Some call them cafeteria Catholics.
Now many think liberalism is a political ideology. It is, in a way. But it is also a religion, albeit a warp one. Think about it. Religion is faith; some would say blind faith. Leftists contend that a belief in a higher power, God, defies logic yet their blind faith in the myth of man-made global warming is incontrovertible. They have their own set of unwavering rules. You must be pro-abortion, you must believe in Global Warming, homosexual marriage and wealth distribution.
So with all their rigid ideology, why do liberals assume the Catholic Church can and will reverse its core principles? Well, that’s easy. Because they want it to and it is unfair not to. It’s all about the fairness.
For more than a century, liberals, progressives, or however you care to classify them, have been changing and usurping the rule of law; the Constitution.
They claim it to be a living document and should now more reflect the modern era. Its rules applied and made sense a few centuries ago but those quaint ideals have hardly kept up with the “progress” and enlightenment of modern man.
So with a belief that the basic tenets that govern our country should and can be changed on a whim, so to it is easy to superimpose that same want to change the church, for it also does not reflect the enlightenment of the modern liberal.
And that is why many today can surmise that a new Pope can and should alter the Catholic Church tenets.