"Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father." Paul to the persecuted at Philippi (2:5-11)

Friday, June 18, 2010

Catholic Scholar Asks Why Bishops Haven't Denied Communion Over Ariz. Law

The above is a headline (with no article attached, at least at the moment, which I spotted on FoxNews.com. I can't decide if the report is in the process of coming online or being taken offline, but from the fact that there are lots of reader comments, I assume the latter).

Is this what church/state relations have come to? That some "catholic" scholar out there thinks that not only is it okay to use the Sacrament as a political weapon, it's just nifty if he goes public with the idea. I can understand the decision of many moons ago to withhold the Sacrament from those politicans who actively further the mortal sin of abortion, but to try to shape a country's immigration laws? To do this would be utter abuse of the Sacrament. Fortunately, it doesn't seem that anyone out there is taking that idea very seriously.

However.... another headline from today's news:
Obama Administration Planning to File Suit Against Arizona Immigration Law

Every ounce of States-Rights Southerner in me is ready to have an absolute and total fit over this one.... So many aspects of this (announced first in an interview abroad, stepping all over state's rights, the federal government saying they should be in control when they haven't done anything effective to date) just steams my carrots. Now, honestly, I have severe mixed feelings about Arizona's law. On the one hand, they need to do something as a matter of local survival over there. On the other hand, some of it smacks of the concentration camps we shipped Japanese Americans off to in World War II. I won't weigh in on the good, bad, and ugly of the law and I really prefer to not talk politics at all, since it usually just depresses me, but sometimes I just have to ask what in the world are they thinking???

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