After a somewhat long day, I finally am getting to editing and hopefully publishing my blog post. We are expecting crazy weather here. I sure hope it's good where you are.
There is no such thing as a Liberal Catholic. That's just a Catholic not living their faith according to Cannon/God's Law.~ AnonymousThere is no such thing as a Progressive or Liberal Catholic. You can not pick and choose which rules to follow. We are all sinners, but it's the making an effort to live by God's laws... that's what makes us worthy. God knows we will never EVER do everything right. But he knows our heart. And if your heart says His Church is wrong.... please search your soul and seek counsel.
You are saying - what in the world brought all this on? Well, it's been coming for a while. I'm sick and tired of people justifying their actions by saying, "oh, well, I don't agree with that part of the Catholic Church". Maybe they are a same-sex couple and want to be married in the Church. While we do not hate homosexuals, we will not marry them because we believe it is wrong, as a faith body. Saying you dislike something is not hating a person. It's the old, "love the sinner, hate the sin" adage. No, you can not pick and choose what to follow in our Faith. We are sinners and we are forgiven, but that is not an excuse to do anything you want. That doesn't work. There are plenty of scriptures that talk about God holding those who know Him responsible for their actions in a way He doesn't hold others responsible. Meaning - if you know God and you choose to sin against him, you're far more wrong than a person who doesn't know God's laws and breaks one. See the difference?
It also brings me back to this:
A few years ago, I was in Lane Bryant getting fitted for a bra and a big man was in the store. I was informed that if he wanted to try something on they had to let him. I left and never went back. Surely a truly transgendered or gay man would not be interested in me, and I get that. But I'm not changing behind a curtain while a flurry of big, flamboyant me are in the changing rooms next to me. Something about that is wrong to me. PERIOD!
This past week, Target stated:
In our stores, we demonstrate our commitment to an inclusive experience in many ways. Most relevant for the conversations currently underway, we welcome transgender team members and guests to use the restroom or fitting room facility that corresponds with their gender identity.So for me, Target is now off my list. Besides the fact that if you have a male body parts, you are male... and if you have female body parts, you are female... plus, there is a chromosome thing. Sigh. But that's the science of it. I'm not telling you anything you don't know.
For me, while I do find the LGBT folks fairly troubling, and I don't think Our Lord is happy with their choices, it is not the transgender or gender fluid people I am worried about. It's the perverts (like the ones that have recently been arrested) that are going to prey on children because they now have the legal right to say, "I identify as a male or female" and be in the bathroom, locker room etc. of the opposite sex. It's not safe. We are going to have to become vigilantes in order to keep our children safe. It's crazy.
Just to prove my point... In Florida, A guy walks in, dressed like a man, with razor stubble and gets permission to go into the women's bathroom. He's not transgender. He's just testing the waters. VIDEO HERE.
Further, has anyone thought about Girls Schools or Boys Schools or any other tradition of that sort.... do we have to let the opposite sex into everything? I sure hope not. That is troubling on so many levels.
But what is even more troubling are the Catholics, like THIS POST that call out Catholics for speaking out against Target and the Pedophiles because we have had Priests who were Pedophiles. That logic is idiotic at best. But then she calls for Charity (I hate when people are being rude and they call for others to be charitable.... please look the word up). The first thing she says is that anyone who lets their children go to the bathroom alone are idiots. Yep, super charitable.
Anywhoooo.... I prefer Matt Walsh's Post on it, "Regardless of the Law, I Can't Allow A Man To Enter A Bathroom With My Wife Or Daughter". But that is not my point.
What I find sad are the people who try to pull out the "judge not" scriptures. Please note, in the Gospel of Luke, Chapter 6, Jesus does tell the story about plucking out the speck in your brother's eye, when you have a log in yours. But in the Study notes, it is explained in this way, "it is foolish to correct others for slight faults when we ourselves are best with greater ones. It is the size difference between the speck and a log that makes such practice look ridiculous". Fantastic information. Because God calls us to lovingly admonish our Brethren that are walking in Mortal Sin. It doesn't mean we don't love them... quite the opposite, it means we DO love them. Love is not saying, "everything you do is perfect in God's eyes". Love is saying, "did you know that God has taught us this way, and you are doing the opposite. I'd love to talk to you about it." Do you see the difference?
In Chapter 8, Jesus explains the Parable of the Sower:
The Parable of the Sower4 When a great crowd gathered and people from town after town came to him, he said in a parable: 5 “A sower went out to sow his seed; and as he sowed, some fell on the path and was trampled on, and the birds of the air ate it up. 6 Some fell on the rock; and as it grew up, it withered for lack of moisture. 7 Some fell among thorns, and the thorns grew with it and choked it. 8 Some fell into good soil, and when it grew, it produced a hundredfold.” As he said this, he called out, “Let anyone with ears to hear listen!”The Purpose of the Parables9 Then his disciples asked him what this parable meant. 10 He said, “To you it has been given to know the secrets[b] of the kingdom of God; but to others I speak[c] in parables, so that ‘looking they may not perceive, and listening they may not understand.’The Parable of the Sower Explained11 “Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God. 12 The ones on the path are those who have heard; then the devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts, so that they may not believe and be saved. 13 The ones on the rock are those who, when they hear the word, receive it with joy. But these have no root; they believe only for a while and in a time of testing fall away. 14 As for what fell among the thorns, these are the ones who hear; but as they go on their way, they are choked by the cares and riches and pleasures of life, and their fruit does not mature. 15 But as for that in the good soil, these are the ones who, when they hear the word, hold it fast in an honest and good heart, and bear fruit with patient endurance.I liken the situation going on now to the Parable of the Sower. If people don't understand and live the Word of God, and truly love and live our Faith, the seed of Faith inside them is not on fertile soil, but more in the thorns or on rocks. Everyone has free choice and the ability to change, but the free choice of others does not have to be accepted and liked by the body of the faithful.
We are called to be light in a dark world. In this way, we must speak up. If we are not allowed to tell the truth because someone might find it offensive, that light won't shine brightly. And this means we have to speak up for the rules of our faith, whether people like it or not.
Let me make this clear, I am not a proponent of HATE. Our Faith calls us to love, above all else. We must be loving and merciful. I will not call people names. I will not shout someone down. However, I am allowed to state my concerns about a situation.
And I think if folks don't like it or decide myself or anyone else is hateful because we are concerned.... then they should look inside themselves, and certainly they should look up the world Charity.
As Christians we are not called to conform to the world. We clearly must stand against any attacks on our Faith.
As for me and my house, we serve the Lord!
Join me in praying for our Country. For people who have mental illness; people who live their lives in ways God did not plan. For our Priest and Clergy... and for our Church.