Monday, January 27, 2014

Prayer in the Public Square (3)

One might have noticed that the March for Life, at least this year, fell during the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. That is interesting, because as far as boots on the ground go, the March for Life is mostly a Catholic event, and it always has been. Nellie Gray, one of the principle organizers, was very Catholic (a traditionally-minded one, I might add). That's not a bad thing.
May she rest in peace

We need to recognize that when one takes on the Catholic sensibility, a lot of other issues are related to the one at hand. We need to see what is good in what is occurring now, first, before coming to those problematic elements that are related. 

The March organizers are now trying to diversify, appealing to such evangelicals as Dr. James Dobson to talk about adoption. It's good that we try to get Protestants on board at a time where Catholics and evangelicals seem to mostly get along on moral questions in the public forum while everyone else disagrees with us. 

That leads us to the next point, wherein we recognize that Protestants are still out of step with Catholic teaching, and personally I think it comes down to incorrect teaching on the body and the soul in post-Protestant Reformation philosophy, which is the philosophical-theological issue of our times (the theology of revelation being the primary one within a specifically Christian context). 

If only it were recognized that Protestants, such as the owners of Hobby Lobby, largely are okay with the Lambeth Conference of 1930 and its teaching, which overrode a consistent doctrine against the use of contraception and the divorce of the conjugal act from its procreative elements. In fact, I would go so far as to argue that it also loses its unitive element as well, for if one is not willing to give life from the marital act, how can one truly say, "I give myself and my body completely to you and to no other for we are one flesh."? 

This doctrine is not only found in Magisterial teaching, it is found in Scripture, for St. Paul preaches against pharmakeia, contraceptive potions made by sorcerers, as we find "sorcery" as the translation for pharmakeia. Not only is the historically correct understanding of the word, we find it in the lists of sexual sins. So much for giving authority to Scripture when one completely ignores it.

As contraception is accepted, within Catholic groups and within Protestant ones, abortion becomes acceptable, and so too does same-sex "marriage" begin to gain acceptance. My Scripture and Tradition professor believes we began and to some degree lost the battle on same-sex marriage once contraception was accepted. We need to reclaim the proper teaching on the human person as a whole, where the body is not a part of matter free for our manipulation but rather God's gift to us to be cultivated. And I agree. Quite honestly, I blame the Protestant errors for these further errors. Now, I understand Scholasticism led one in certain directions that make Protestant errors easy, but still, one still has to do work before one leaves the fullness of the Truth. The later Scholastic movement is still Catholic and can still be clarified without stepping outside of communion with Peter and without the resulting errors. 

I'm not at all encouraged that same-sex "marriage" is supported by people at the March, Catholic or not, homosexual or not. (Yes, "Gays for Life" is a thing.) When one accepts Catholic teaching on the integrated body and soul in the human person, one realizes that the two positions-being against abortion and for same-sex "marriage" are completely incompatible, and this is before one gets to Catholic teaching on human life and sexuality.

As one of my professors from last semester remarked to me, it would be quite a stand for the whole of Christendom to unite and take a stand against the social malaise that our society finds itself in. We need Christian unity for anything to begin to change and for people to wake up to the host of associated errors that accompany the legalization of abortion. Ut unum sint

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