The International Writers Magazine:
THOUGHTS AND OPINIONS OF A BUDDHIST AMONG BAPTISTS
Reverend Father Antonio
Hernández, O.M.D., A.B.F.
Founder of the Independent Order of American Buddhist Fathers
Oficio Excomunico: Catholics Stick in Their Big Noses
...what the Catholic Church is doing is tantamount to a Constitutional
J. Myers of Newark, New Jersey, is only one among many in the Catholic
Church who has overstepped his bounds. Myers, formerly the none-too-popular
bishop of the Diocese of Peoria, Illinois, made statements recently,
that Catholic politicians should essentially confess themselves to the
public if they support anti-Catholic ideas. Myers went a step further
and forbade any such politician from receiving communion, thus branding
any such politician a heretic.
For the layperson, that kind of declaration is equal to excommunication.
No religion has the authority or the freedom to bully voters or politicians;
Myers believes he's above all that. The Church has now publicized a
painful rider to Myers' Medieval view: no Catholic may receive communion
if that Catholic supports an anti-Catholic politician. Two excomunicados
with one stone. The Church violates its own canon law in doing these
things, treating as public the very things that are strictly between
priest and laity. Talk about buying and selling votes: I thought simony
and usury were relics of the past....
In the midst of Defense Secretary Rumsfeld's damage control visit to
Iraq, and a highly touted visit by Bush to see the pope, the Republican
party has stooped lower, ever lower - they have clearly bought out the
Catholic vote. Or at least they're trying. At least it's heartening
to see how desperate they have become.
Catholic politicians are outraged at the Church's arrogant Republican-like
hypocrisy. Many Catholic politicians have said they will not receive
communion, but will continue going to mass. Some have said they simply
won't attend church at all. Is this a way for America to run campaigns?
Sadly, yes. But what the Catholic Church is doing is tantamount to a
America is the only land in which we have true freedom: we are free
to be religious, and simultaneously we are free from the religions of
others. If the Catholic Church thinks it can usurp a bully pulpit, it
will have another think coming. This kind of "religious" activity
is what fosters the kind of "event" that occurred on American
soil on that horrific 11 September.
All of us must ask: is this kind of religious blackmail the sort of
thing voters should have on their minds? Especially in light of one
of the most important presidential races in history? America is not
a theocracy. It is, however, an anything-goes mudslinging festival.
The presumptive John Kerry happens to be a Catholic with some anti-Catholic
views, and he's been lambasted for it. The incumbent, as far from Catholic
as one can get, is about to visit the pope. Blessings and assurances
for THE tyrant of the 21st century? You can bank on it.
And here I thought the Inquisition was over. How naïve of me.
© Reverend Father Antonio Hernández, O.M.D., A.B.F.
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