Bring Your Dictionary, and DON'T FORGET YOUR DUCT TAPE!
I ran across this article and just couldn't believe it! I HAD to share this. I am AMAZED at the ability of people to throw common sense out the window and grasp for new definitions in order to "justify" their ideology. How close are we to needing interpreters when both parties are speaking the same "tongue?" The most ridiculous example I could think of was the redefining of "marriage." I honestly thought this was the epitome of political manipulation. Then I read this article, and realize that I STAND CORRECTED! The author manages to twist words into their OPPOSITE, and TOTALLY MISS what the "CHURCH" is. What a GREAT example of the mental hoops people are willing to jump through instead of just being HONEST about where they stand. If you can't win the debate on ideas, just change the definitions of the words. The shell game has turned into arrogance so broad, they now challenge Webster. Really- GET THE DICTIONARY AND THE DUCT TAPE!
The Pope was not pro-life
by Mary Ann Sieghart
ALTHOUGH born, baptised and confirmed a Catholic, throughout my adult life I have worshipped at Anglican churches. Why? Because I am pro-life, pro-democracy and pro-human rights -- and the Catholic Church under John Paul II was none of those things.
I do not use "pro-life" in the way in which it has been hijacked by anti-abortionists. What I believe in is the protection of human life against the scourge of life-threatening illnesses. Who doesn't? The late Pope, for a start.
His implacable opposition to condoms led to the deaths of millions of people from Aids. How can safe sex be more morally repugnant than condemning adults to death and their children to orphanhood?
Pro-life "hijacked" by "anti-abortionsists? So scraping a HUMAN life out of a womb and throwing it into the trash is okay? Being FOR the act of SUCKING the brain out of a FULL TERM child who's head has come out of the birth canal, (and feet still inside the womb) makes one "pro-life," if they don't like people dying of AIDS? Oh, MY HEAD! NEWS FLASH MARY ANN- Pope John Paul II WAS FOR SAFE SEX! THE SAFEST KNOWN TO MAN! It is called ABSTINENCE!
As for democracy, the Pope was a magnificent force for good against communism, but a totalitarian at home. Dissent was not tolerated, at the risk of excommunication. The principle of collegiality was more or less discarded. He decreed that there was to be "no more discussion" of female ordination, and elevated this to the level of infallibility. On other aspects of Catholic doctrine, such as contraception, divorce and abortion, there could be no let-out for individual conscience. "It is prohibited -- to every one in every case -- to violate these precepts," the Pope insisted.
Mary Ann, the Pope did not make these rules, GOD DID! He just READ THE BOOK! Try it sometime. And the CHURCH is NOT a DEMOCRACY! You can't VOTE IN SIN! Hmmm, let's see....that "to death do us part thing, uh....let's scratch that. Have you seen how these women AGE? And the whole thing with men being over women, I mean c'mon really? God may be able to predict the coming and crucifixion of the Messiah- but He had NO CLUE how pesky these women were going to be about NEEDING validation by being considered THE SAME AS ADAM! And HEY, He did make sex sooooo enjoyable, that abstinence and no killing thing just, he couldn't have MEANT That stuff!" I would love to see Mary Ann's copy of the AMENDMENTS to God's word.
So the advocate of freedom was determined to stamp it out among his flock. And the advocate of human rights was prepared to denounce homosexuality as a "disorder". Meanwhile, priests were to have no right to marry -- even though married Anglican priests were welcomed into Catholic orders. And women were to have no right either to be ordained or, as lay people, to control the size of their families.
Okay, aren't you STRETCHING things a bit here? Human Rights was about denouncing homosexuality? I must have missed that memo. You might want to read up a bit. Start with 1 Tim 3:2-5, 5:17; Tit 1:9; 1 Pet 5:1-3 on the women being ordained thing. Really, it's in there. As for "controlling" the size of their families, good grief, it's called- DON'T LAY DOWN! Trust me, I know! I learned the HARD WAY!
Abortion does at least involve killing an existing foetus. But taking a pill that merely prevents a woman from ovulating can hardly be described as murder. In the developing world, the ban on birth control has led to overpopulation, hunger, poverty and needless infant death, not to speak of the effect on the mothers.
Hun, you are really missing the point. ABSTINENCE! Yes- God made the rules to PROTECT US, NOT PUNISH AND TORTURE US! "the ban on birth control has led to overpopulation, hunger, poverty and needless infant death, not to speak of the effect on the mothers." No- it is people NOT controlling themselves that leads to these things! It is poor judgment and the rebuking of God's teaching that leads to these things! Try this word, ACCOUNTABILITY!
Mourn the Pope, by all means. He was a great battler against communism and an indefatigable communicator. But his best work was done outside the Church. In the end, John Paul II was a far better world statesman than he was leader of the world's Catholics.
Thank you for permissiont to mourn. Now that you are done with your propaganda, let me introduce you to the Bible and a Dictionary. Mary Ann, meet God and Webster. I am almost tempted to start up a collection to buy you one of each. But then again, I have a funny feeling you are already familiar with both. You just don't like not having "permission" to do as you please without someone else to blame instead of accepting accountability. What exactly are you worshipping at your church?