Sunday, January 26, 2014

Prayer in the Public Square (2)

On the other hand, I'm not convinced the March for Life will ever be very successful. Why? It's too political. There is a fundamental tension with being a Christian, specifically one in full communion with Peter, and being involved with politics. The entire political system of the Roman Empire was thrown for a loop when Christianity emerged. The Christians refused to elevate the emperor to a divine status. They refused to even purchase animals for sacrifices, never mind actually kill them. They refused to serve in the military, instead choosing to serve the company of Heaven.

Now, that is not to say that Christ was a revolutionary anarchist. Nor is it to say that we should forget about working with imperfect systems. Once one recognizes this fact of imperfection, I find it easier to work without being so comfortable with the system, believing incorrectly that everything is going to change soon, and going about with complete and total optimism, or being utterly pessimistic and bitter towards the system.

I shall preface this by saying that I don't much like the Obama administration. I fundamentally disagree with its stance on Syria, abortion, same-sex "marriage," contraception and health-care reform. Anything else just gets buried in the mess, so I try not to rail against it unless it's clearly the fault of Obama or his subordinates.

That means I don't really have much sympathy for the Democratic Party. I cannot support it in good conscience, and the party leadership seems to be taking every possible step to distance it on social issues from the Republican leadership. However, I really wish the Republican Party did not command such attention as it does from the Catholics who despise abortion and the spread same-sex "marriage." On war and many economic issues, it is in alignment from the Democratic Party (look folks, the only reason the GOP leadership opposed a fight in Syria was because Obama proposed it!) and neither even holds a pretense of attempting to follow Catholic social teaching in policy-making.

Rick Santorum is a good example. He's very pro-life and he's Catholic, so he must be without political blemish, right? Well, I would argue that Santorum is most definitely wrong when it comes to waterboarding, immigration, and other issues that are less serious than abortion. Look, I realize that abortion is the gravest issue, for it directly takes an innocent human life. Really, I do. But we must call politicians to task for being out-of-step with the Church on other issues.

Thus, I didn't care much for the House Republican leaders who gave speeches at the March for Life, Catholic or not. For the organizers, at least for the last few years evidently, it is an attempt to introduce pro-life legislation on the federal level.

The only way that this country will change is for an act of God, either its destruction, God-forbid, or hopefully it will be struck by grace and its people shall convert. "Send forth thy light and they truth..." (Psalm 42).

Again, we must be signs of contradiction. And what is the ultimate sign of contradiction? Ah. The Holy Cross, by which Our Lord and Savior redeemed the world.

More to come.

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