Synod: Do we really want to give that mouse a cookie?

RJ
If you give people making up rights a cookie…

RJ: So, you think they have enough? [everybody nods] Well, they don’t. For humans, enough is *never* enough!

Here I violate my own rule about not talking or even thinking about the late synod, but only at a high, strategic level, to point out something that has gotten far too little attention:

Do you think, does anybody think, that giving in to whatever degree whatsoever, to demands that the Church loosen its moral rules around sex will  be enough? That, if the church were to say: OK, divorced and remarried Catholics, it’s totally up to your well-formed (?!?) consciences whether you are good to go to receive communion, and, by the way, there are certain aspects of gay partnerships that aren’t all bad – does anyone think such actions would calm things down? That, all in all, people would be appeased? That the clamour for the Church to get with the times would subside?

Such a wish, if in fact anyone really entertains it (which I doubt) is so detached from reality and history to be delusional. What we’ve seen throughout the history of our mainline Protestant brethren is that, once the idea that sex is for something specific (creating families and children) is lost, there is no bottom. Once it is conceded that sex does not find fullness and holiness only within a marriage properly understood, but can have other or no meaning, there is nothing in the way of the worst aspects of the culture we have now.

So, if you like the culture we have now, with its hookups, callousness, shallowness, perversity, abortions and commitment to the destruction of the family, then give that mouse a cookie. Otherwise, try to be as clear and merciful as possible about what the Church teaches, and has always taught, and leave the rest up to God.

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Author: Joseph Moore

Enough with the smarty-pants Dante quote. Just some opinionated blogger dude.

One thought on “Synod: Do we really want to give that mouse a cookie?”

  1. I agree with you. Especially with the bit about Protestantism.

    However, I have to say, it seems half the hoopla about the synod is concerns about messaging. Setting aside for a moment the claims that these are just covert tactics to change the church’s teaching (in practice or in fact), most people who are upset about the Synod seem to be saying, “but that’s going to make people think that they don’t have to change, and they can continue sinning!” This is a real concern; after all the synod is about pastoral practice. However, I don’t really understand when people say it is false that there are some good aspects to gay relationships. Isn’t it, like so many other sins, just a perversion of a good thing, (in this case, say, friendship and romantic love). Just because alcoholism is a sin, doesn’t mean alcohol is evil. It seems obvious to me that people in a homosexual relationship can care for each other, and learn selflessness and other virtues. This doesn’t mean that the relationship isn’t sinful, but it seems silly to deny that there is ANYTHING good in it at all. Isn’t this just like the whole “Pope Benedict says condoms are okay” malarkey?

    As to the divorced and remarried Catholics question, I am neither divorced, remarried, nor a theologian, so I don’t have much opinion about it, beyond a hope for the church to be faithful to her teachings and merciful to her flock. What has occurred to me, however, is thinking about how this particular teaching relates to the hope of re-unification of the Catholic Church with the Orthodox churches. It seems like one of the big differences (among many, to be sure). But I also don’t think de-schismification (that’s a word, right?) will happen without both churches becoming more like each other in various ways. I don’t think the Orthodox churches will ever just say, “You are right Pope! Rome is right about all of our disagreements and we are wrong!” And I don’t want the Catholic church to do the opposite. So thinking about how we can understand our teaching in light of theirs is interesting to me.

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