Time for public testimony.
THE TRUTH WILL MAKE YOU FREE (JOHN 8:23)
In this edition of Catholic Insight we are carrying forward a discussion begun in February under the title "Elections." It is a pedestrian A pedestrian is a person travelling on foot, whether walking or running. In modern times, the term mostly refers to someone walking on a road or footpath, but this was not the case historically. History
Walking is the primary means of human locomotion. title, and so might mislead mis·lead
tr.v. mis·led , mis·lead·ing, mis·leads
1. To lead in the wrong direction.
2. To lead into error of thought or action, especially by intentionally deceiving. See Synonyms at deceive. some readers into thinking that this is of little interest to them. Elections come and go and half the time one does not even have an acceptable politician to vote for despite the fact that three, or four, or more political parties run candidates. Moreover, when all is said and done, everything seems to go on as before. As for Catholics and Christianity Christianity, religion founded in Palestine by the followers of Jesus. One of the world's major religions, it predominates in Europe and the Americas, where it has been a powerful historical force and cultural influence, but it also claims adherents in virtually , in Canada the political-legislative scenarios seem to be getting worse. So what's the point!
My answer: that last observation is the point. That is the reason for discussing "elections." And it is not just because of wanting to know why the Christian position in society seems to be eroding, though to understand that is the beginning of wisdom. It is even more a question of what we intend to do about it, remembering the Christian obligation to 'renew' society.
So the scope of our series on "Elections" is at once very specific and very broad. It is specific because we have to focus first on political parties, leaders, policies, and candidates who stand for office, their voting records, their backgrounds. Also, we try to analyze the media which influences politics through the opinions and biases of editors, reporters and columnists.
On the other hand, the inquiry's scope broadens when theological-philosophical aspects of Christianity require examination. For the Christian the material and the spiritual are inseparable in·sep·a·ra·ble
1. Impossible to separate or part: inseparable pieces of rock.
2. Very closely associated; constant: inseparable companions. . Each has its own proper purpose and field of action; yet, they do not stand apart: "Love the Lord your God with all your strength, all your minds, and all your soul; and your neighbour as yourself." We cannot love God in eternity unless we love our neighbour in the here and now. Therefore, the life of society expressed in the world of politics is also our 'business.' Judging from letters in the daily press, and even in Catholic weeklies, this understanding is not to be taken for granted Adj. 1. taken for granted - evident without proof or argument; "an axiomatic truth"; "we hold these truths to be self-evident"
obvious - easily perceived by the senses or grasped by the mind; "obvious errors" . Astounding a·stound
tr.v. a·stound·ed, a·stound·ing, a·stounds
To astonish and bewilder. See Synonyms at surprise.
[From Middle English astoned, past participle of astonen, as it may be, there are Catholics who believe that faith--they use the term Church-should have nothing to do with politics!
One urgent task is to develop a new determination to resist de-Christianization. Today we have either lost the tools previous generations had so carefully fostered (Catholic universities, colleges, schools, hospitals, religious congregations of men and women), or they have been diluted di·lute
tr.v. di·lut·ed, di·lut·ing, di·lutes
1. To make thinner or less concentrated by adding a liquid such as water.
2. To lessen the force, strength, purity, or brilliance of, especially by admixture. to the point of ineffectiveness in·ef·fec·tive
1. Not producing an intended effect; ineffectual: an ineffective plea.
2. Inadequate; incompetent: an ineffective teacher. . The collapse of the Catholic culture in Quebec after 1960 stands out as the most prominent example of this loss of nerve and faith in our community, an example which is notable even within the Church worldwide.
The December 2006 editorial ("Spiritual energy and Christian roots"), emphasized that the most important aspect of a recovery depends on a re-awakening of faith and knowledge in Christ, the world's only Redeemer and Saviour. That should be the starting point Noun 1. starting point - earliest limiting point
terminus a quo
commencement, get-go, offset, outset, showtime, starting time, beginning, start, kickoff, first - the time at which something is supposed to begin; "they got an early start"; "she knew from the . But such a development cannot take place in a vacuum. Spiritual growth goes hand in hand with active involvement in the world.
When Catholics state--as we do--that Sunday is the Lord's day, we should oppose shopping on Sunday not nada headed? only in theory but personally refrain from doing it. When Catholics oppose the homosexual homosexual /ho·mo·sex·u·al/ (-sek´shoo-al)
1. pertaining to, characteristic of, or directed toward the same sex.
2. one who is sexually attracted to persons of the same sex. lifestyle and same-sex marriage--as we do--we should begin by stopping homosexualist teachers in Catholic schools from propagating this lifestyle. Unless we act, we are like the hypocrites denounced by Jesus in the Scriptures.
Society has changed much during the last 40 years. Affluence has produced a culture of frivolity Frivolity
the gaffe-prone, frivolous wife of Dagwood Bumstead. [Comics: Horn, 118]
charming young lady who unconcernedly dazzles Oxford undergraduates. [Br. Lit. , pleasure, and entertainment with loose morals. It seems all powerful. New ways have to be found to build up the moral resistance of individual Christians.
We invite readers to participate. A 'think-through' of this kind needs many insights, observations, and ideas. Contributions should be concise, stay within the borders of the project, and should be marked "Elections."
ALPHONSE DE VALK, C.S.B.