For those who are not familiar with a Catholic Mass, after the homily there is the Prayer of the Faithful, also known as The Universal Prayer, which is described as follows:
The Universal Prayer
69. In the Universal Prayer or Prayer of the Faithful, the people respond in some sense to the Word of God which they have received in faith and, exercising the office of their baptismal Priesthood, offer prayers to God for the salvation of all. It is desirable that there usually be such a form of prayer in Masses celebrated with the people, so that petitions may be offered for holy Church, for those who govern with authority over us, for those weighed down by various needs, for all humanity, and for the salvation of the whole world.
70. The series of intentions is usually to be:
a) for the needs of the Church;
b) for public authorities and the salvation of the whole world;
c) for those burdened by any kind of difficulty;
d) for the local community.
Well on this particular Sunday there were two offensive “prayers”, and I paraphrase:
1. A prayer that medical care is provided for everyone through legislation; and
2. A prayer that everyone receives a “living wage.”
Now, perhaps to some those two things don’t sound that terrible. But many of us know that this is Leftist-speak disguised as Christian charity.
I refused to “pray” for such things that day (and even my mother noticed) as I find them to be against Christ’s teachings. Christ taught us to give of ourselves individually. Never once does Jesus say to anyone (or even imply): “Give up all your worldly goods to the Romans so that they can create programs to redistribute that wealth to those they deem worthy of aid.”
It would appear that a form of Leftism has infected the Catholic Church and I’m not sure when that happened or how it happened.
Praying for “medical care for all” through legislation and a “living wage,” to me, is the same as asking God to win the lottery. I feel that too many Catholics are surrendering their duty to be charitable to the government. They feel that if they pray for such intentions, pay their taxes, and vote for those who will promise to “take care of the poor,” that they’ve done their duty.
However, the biggest problem I have with this is that this places Catholics on the same side as Democrats, who also advocate for unfettered abortions, birth control, same sex marriage, and who also are, on the whole, secular humanists. The Democrats were the ones that pushed prayer out of schools; they are the ones filing lawsuits anytime someone wants to put up a cross or a Nativity scene, or say a prayer at a graduation. They are the ones telling us that “free exercise” of our religion only applies when we are in Church and at no other time and place.
More specifically, the Church is standing with those who passed and signed a bill – Obamacare – which violates the religious liberty of many Protestants and Catholics and which, if fully implemented, may actually require many Catholic charities and organizations to either violate their religious beliefs or have to close down.
My understanding is that the American bishops were for Obamacare, before they were against it. They played the frog to the Democrats’ scorpion. And as you will see below regarding amnesty, they didn’t learn from that lesson.
As for a “living wage,” this smacks of Marxism. All the popes during my lifetime have criticized “greed” and “the rich” and even directly “capitalism.” I’m not one to say that the Church should embrace capitalism, per se. However, an acknowledgement, as Bono just provided, that capitalism does more to lift people out of poverty than any other economic system, would be a step in the right direction.
The Church can still preach against greed and materialism, but even Jesus never preached damnation of the rich, per se. He preached about loving God first and foremost, and loving your neighbor as yourself. His statement about rich men having a hard time getting into Heaven, and His encounter with the rich young man who would not give up his riches and follow Him, were not meant to preach proto-Marxism. They were meant to show that people who value the material over God and over helping their neighbors were in trouble spiritually.
What the Church seems to be missing is that what Leftism teaches is to be covetous, which is in direct violation of the Ten Commandments and Jesus’ teachings. The Left’s entire ideology is based on the “haves” v. the “have nots” and how the “have nots” need to take from the “haves.” Of course, that taking is always at the point of a gun, whether quite literally, or simply through legislation and regulation that must be followed on pain of fines or imprisonment.
How is that better than simply preaching that, even under a free market system, we should remember to be charitable to our less fortunate brothers and sisters?
And if that wasn’t enough to chap your hide, there’s this…and this:
(As a side note, if the priest starts preaching about amnesty at my Church that Sunday, I’m quietly, but defiantly walking out. I feel that that is the only way I can express myself about this issue.)
Again, the Church stands with those who generally oppose it and what it teaches.
I can understand the desire to see that everyone is treated humanely and to feel pity for those who come from rabidly poor countries. However, I can’t understand the Church countenancing the breaking of laws, especially those that are not inherently unjust.
Further, how is it humane to allow millions of unskilled workers into this country which is already suffering from high unemployment? How is it humane to reward those who break the law? Jesus may have forgiven sinners, but he always admonished that they should “sin no more.”
Why is the Church even getting so involved on these issues? Abortion I can understand, as it involves the protection of human life. But immigration and amnesty? Health care reform?
The Catholic Church can easily follow Christ’s teachings on both those issues without become politically involved. Charities can certainly lend some basic aid to those who come here illegally – some food, a bed for the night. And then they should be admonished to return to their home and come back legally. They can even provide legal aid so that those who want to immigrate can do it at little to no cost (is everyone forgetting about pro bono work?).
Catholic charities and hospitals provide healthcare for the poor both here in America and around the world. But under Obamacare, they will likely not be able to unless they renounce the teachings of the Church and openly violate those teachings.
All that being said, the biggest problem is this: is there any way to change the Catholic Church on these issues? The Church is not a democracy. The only thing I can think of is this: a delegation of conservative Catholics getting together and obtaining an audience with the American bishops, and perhaps even Pope Francis, to discuss these concerns and issues.
If the Catholic Church is worried about people leaving the Church, perhaps they should start asking why. Sure, some leave because they are Leftists and want more permissive Churches with “feel good” attitudes and no sin to worry about. However, perhaps many are conservatives who are tired of the Leftism that infects many aspects of the Church.
All of this also reminds me of how Hitler controlled the churches in Germany. Hitler was no Christian, no matter what the Leftist trolls like to say. At the height of his power, it was Hitler’s picture that was in the churches, not crucifixes or pictures of Jesus. And that, to me, is what the Left is doing here in America. They can’t destroy the Church from the outside, but they can infiltrate and destroy it from the inside, especially when those on the inside are easily led. (See also Europe and the Muslims).
Addressing these issues, in my humble opinion, would not mean that the Church would be abandoning any of its inherent teachings and dogma. In fact, it would be returning to it, rather than letting it fall into the hands of Christian Catholic Marxists who would destroy the Church as we know it and make it no more than another arm of the State. • (3583 views)