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Monday, February 13, 2012

Did I betray my faith?

I'm walking around with a sense of guilt because I'm not agnostic; I'm a proud Roman Catholic but again I find myself in disagreement with the church's hierarchy.  I didn't go to church yesterday because I suspected that they would try to get me to  oppose something I don't agree with.  I found myself watching a lot of television this week end, hoping to find some words that would give me comfort or prove me wrong.  I heard a lot of church representatives try and prove their case but  their analogies were not realistic.  I know I've been told more than once; you don't like the church teachings get out.  It's not that simple because it's like a marriage to me, I have a lot invested in it.  Right now feel like I betrayed my faith by being so adamant and going the extra mile to prove them wrong.

I strongly oppose any church's involvement in politics, not because I think they should be blind followers but because they should be a model of peaceful resolutions, not back room negotiations.  The church's involvement in politics started a long time ago during the crusades.  In United States, Father Coughlin.,took to the airwaves to speak about danger of  Social Security and socialism, way back in 1926.  He was the Rush Limbaugh of that time.  This time it's different, it's about the church's fundamental values, whether I agree with it or not. The church's hierarchy are conservatives and they will not evolve anytime soon.  Don't get me wrong, they still support the poor and are proponents of climate change concerns and I'm in agreement more than I disagree with the teachings.

When the church gets involved in politics both sides will use them.  The evangelicals do not like the catholic church per say but they will side with them on the social issues.The politicians will take the same path.

I don't get offended when someone talks bad about the president,Democrats, or in this issue the opposing party in an issue such as this. Everyone is entitled to their opinion.

I'm so frustrated with the work on Sam Houston but it's going to look super when it's all complete. There is not a single construction hand around because of the recent rain,so that's another two days or more of wait time. In the meantime I'll just have to get used to taking Airline or Teakwood to get to the main thoroughfares.


Rebecca said...

I don't think some people will be happy until we have a Christian version of Sharia Law.

Mike said...

I know exactly how you feel.

Kyle said...

"Question with boldness even the existence of a god; because if there be one he must approve of the homage of reason more than that of blindfolded fear." - Thomas Jefferson

Mike said...

This is the absolutely positively the last time I will stand in line with the other forgetful husbands early in the morning; buying a Valentine cards ,flowers, etc....I would have forgotten again but when I got up to make myself a cup of coffee, my valentines card and box of chocolates were on the table... So much for Morning Joe, I took my shower and headed to HEB in the immense fog.. That should count for something but I won't push it..:-)..I took out my iPhone and set up an alarm to reoccur every year.

Mike said...

Thanks for the quote and it applies.... As several people do, I questioned my fate when I turned 40... Age 40 is that period of time when you realize that you reached the top of your game. Is it enough or could I have done more... It was at this time that I did a lot of research on the faith I was born into... I questioned the virgin birth and the significance down to the inscription on the cross..... I found that understanding the meaning behind the rituals made it more accepting.

I still enjoy reading Borglord's blog and always used to enjoy listening to the late Christopher Hitchens.

As always, thanks for your input.

Anonymous said...

Hello Mike, I admire you for thinking of your relationship with the Bride of Christ as a "marriage." Just wanted to let you know that you are in my prayers. God bless you, Mary Ann

Edith Ann said...

You are hilarious with that Valentine's story! Why is it so hard for you guys to remember? I think it is genetic or something.

The Sam Houston recontruction is going fast! How are you tired of it already? I am amazed. The only think I can think of, though, is that it is going to be like a speedway when it is done. And yeah, habit to turn on Palmwood!

Mike said...

mary Ann

A battle with my coscience is one of several I've had,I'm hoping I don't lose this one...

Thanks for commenting

Mike said...

I like routine and the construction workers have been off since Friday..:-)

I fixed my problem unless I lose my phone.

I don't know know about genetics because my step father never observed Valentines Day.

Mike said...

OK,I feel a lot better after watching last night's Jon Stewart showing Sean Hannity having town hall meeting with about 13 clergyman( no women) about the current HHS issue....Several clergymen saw the cameras and immediately went into hyperbole mode.They ended the show by comparing this issue to Nazism....It's NOT the church I. 'm having trouble with ,it's the ideologues,as always.

Edith Ann said...

The spot called "The Vagina Idealogues"? I just watched it, too and as a female, I wonder why he didn't have any women up there.

Oh, wait, these were republican men. They don't allow republican women to have a say.

Sean Hannity is a piece of work! I'll never forget watching him interview Sarah Palin right after McCain tapped her. You could almost see the...uh, excitement, trickling down hos leg as he talked to her! Oh, now I need to go shower!

Mike said...

Did you see the part where the church was about to rescind their objection to contraception in the 60s but the pope objected and that was that?

I am always surprised that women are left out ,when laws are made that are made about women's health issues.

Edith Ann said...

Yes, the big ol' meeting of 58 people to see if a change was necessary? I mentioned that in another blog. Why ask when you really don't want the answer?

I am not all that surprised that women are left out--it's always been that way. Male doctors have told women for years that PMS was in their heads. Men telling women what to think, how to do, etc.

Men have been making decisions for the 'Little Woman'--the helpless helpmate, for years. This is just a continuation of that mindset. I have a friend who has an elderly mother who will only listen to my friend's husband.

When my mother retired several years ago as the head of a financial institution in the area, one of her board members gave a history of the intitution telling us that until 1959 or so, women couldn't conduct their own financial affairs!

99 years ago this month women got the right to vote. It is too bad that the rest of women's rights haven't been as forthcoming. Sometimes I seriously wonder if I am in a time warp!

Mike said...

Rachel Maddow and Lawrence O'Donnell Especially Rachel, when they were talking about the right wing complaining about government intrusion but the GOP will outlaw all Virginia abortions by declaring that the rights of persons apply from the moment sperm and egg unite.

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Edith Ann said...

I know. All I can do is shake my head at the hypocrisy of them all!

Apparently government intrusion is okay if it is into a woman's vagina. Otherwise, the government needs to keep their nose out of our business.

I got it.