I have heard several churchgoers openly admit that they filled in a personal response and ALSO sent
So Catholics against equal marriage got to be counted twice, while the rest of us only once!
And then you see the sanity of the statistics. When the postcard responses are included, the response goes against. As soon as you remove the double standard (responding twice or counting two responses from one person) the statistics flip almost to show the exact opposite!
It is eye opening to see that the Catholic church has to encourage its parishioners to defraud democratic process in an attempt to make itself look like a visible moral force. A bit like the porcupine that enlarges when feeling threatened but actually just looks bigger than it really is!
Catholicism is supposed to represent christianity, a vision of love, charity and truth.
Please excuse me while I stop choking. Not only encouraging dishonesty but in fact sponsoring it and furthermore actively driving it, has nothing to do with the kind loving God, that I worship.
As with the revelations of severe abuse in the Catholic church, they also have huge problems within their own parishes such as poverty, illegitimate births, pre and extra marital sex (all mortal sins), which they are far less vocal about and appear to be sidelining over an issue that comparatively speaking affects a very tiny number of their members.
This tells me that it's not about morality. It's about power. Catholic Cardinal O'Brien has declared war on equal marriage.
He chooses to go to war over an issue that he claims his members support him on. If indeed they do, then why is he spending resources on non catholic morality, which nobody has given him the mandate to do, rather than feed his own poor, teach sexual morality to his own parishes filling with illegitimate baptisms, and condemned sinners?
I'll tell you why. Because silent charity doesn't bring visibilty, and without visibility power is diluted.
In his war on equal marriage, poor catholic children, morally lost catholic men and women whose needs desperately need these funds wasted on their leaders political ambition, now become the collateral damage. I hope they have the sense to see this.
A Close catholic friend honestly told me that when she was given a postcard, she wasn't asked if she has already sent in a response, but rather encouraged to to send hers off, regardless of whether she had completed a full response or not.
So when we look at the issue, we need to decide whether the people speaking for us, are really taking our interests to heart, or just furthering their political visibility to enhance their careers.
It leaves a bad taste in my mouth when the thought that a spiritual leader would put his opposition to the rights of a minority above the welfare of his flock. Any comment?
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