Monday, October 27, 2008

So what happens now?

I've been reading a number of posts on Catholic blogs which argue that the abortion fight as it has been fought is over. The cocktail circuit republicans have no use for us. Obama will probably win and he will probably get the Freedom of Choice Act passed. We Christians, these bloggers say, need to take a different approach.

Maybe. I know that if just 50 maybe even only 40% of Catholics were serious about the Faith we could change the world.
There was a time in this country when Catholicism was respected. I'm sure that there were many anti Christians in Hollywood in the 50s and early 60s but they knew that if they made a movie that was offensive decent people wouldn't watch it and their gravy trian would come to an end. Now we, Christians act and react like everybody else. We are too afraid and ashamed of the gospel to stand in the arena so we sit, perhaps in the back, but still there with the people who are cheering on the lions. We want so badly to not look provincial, backwards, uncool that we melt right in to the muck.

If every Christian man who indulges in skin magazines decided to stop reading FM, King, Maxim, and all those others they could drive those publications out of business. If every Catholic woman who buys condoms before a hot date would decide to live chastely it would cause a positive ripple effect. If every Christian woman who wastes her money on "spicy romance" novels gave it up, the publishing world would have to sit up and take notice. If every Christian man who is guffawing at South Park, Family Guy, etc. decided to pass that stuff by we could make network television less dangerous.
Do you remember when NYPD Blue showed a completely naked actress in prime time? How many Christians tuned in that night? I remember flipping chanels and seeing an extreme sex scene one night on HBO. It was only half a step from straight up porn. I turned the channel but I'll bet millions of Christians didn't. Remember the original 90210 or Buffy the Vampire Slayer or Sex in the City? All were beloved by women and all featured a cast where every character was having sex outside of marriage with no consequences. It wasn't just pagans who made those shows into hits.

We, who profess the gospel of Jesus Christ have to change our ways. I'm not saying we need to act like the Amish but we ought not be Young Goodman Brown either. We do need to stand out and live a noiceably different way. We have to actually practice what our better priests and bishops preach. This will not be fun. It will be painful and it might cost friendships, invitations to the better parities and for some of us, even our jobs. But, we are in a spiritual war and every war has it's casualities.


Smiley said...

If every catholic family and every catholic kneeled down and said the rosary on their knees we would see a difference.
NO the abortion battle is not over. we need to pray and fast. If today every catholic as soon as they got home instead of turning on the tube knelt down for 15 minutes to say the rosary i assure you we would see change

Andy Nowicki said...

Of course pornography should be shunned. But I grow weary of this argument that movies, books, and TV shows are evil if they depict bad behavior, or that art is only acceptable if it's squeaky-clean and radically sanitized.

I'm not denying that there's a lot of filth out there, but art that is provocative or crude or "dark" or "edgy" shouldn't be immediately filed in the "smut" category. Context and overarching meaning and message are important things to keep in mind. More often than not, even a show like SOUTH PARK has a message that we would find postive and refreshing. (I'm pretty certain that Stone and Parker are against abortion, to take one example.)

Prima said...

If they'd get rid of USCCB's hokey movie ratings system (remember, they initially liked Brokeback Mountain), and re-establish the Legion of Decency ratings system, along with other "small" changes, like appropriate dress in church, and some basic teaching from the pulpit, we'd see some changes. Along, of course, with Smiley's suggestion about family prayer.


The election is not over until all of the polls close on Nov. 4th and the votes are counted.

The abortion battle is not over by a long shot but Obama and FOCA will make all Catholic realize that he is no better than a dictator, when Catholic and Protestant and Muslim institutions must include it in their health care and be forced to do them or else be fined.

gramps said...

The following bishops have made strong statements that the pro life issue is by far the most important issue when deciding on who to vote for. That is good news until you see that leaves 75% of the bishops either silent or worse, giving their flock direction that leaves live on par with war, poverty and racism.

This info came from

Cardinal Francis George OMI of Chicago (USCCB president; 15 Oct)

Cardinal Edward Egan of New York (23 Oct)

Cardinal Justin Rigali of Philadelphia (USCCB Pro-Life Chair; 23 Oct, 12 Sept)
Archbishop Daniel Buechlein OSB of Indianapolis (3 Oct)
Archbishop Eusebius Beltran of Oklahoma City (5 Oct)

Archbishop Michael Sheehan of Santa Fe (8 Oct)

Archbishop Charles Chaput OFM Cap. of Denver (18 Oct)
Archbishop Alfred Hughes of New Orleans (11 Oct)
Archbishop Timothy Dolan of Milwaukee (28 Sep)

Archbishop Joseph Naumann of Kansas City in Kansas (8 Sept)

Archbishop Jose Gomez of San Antonio (10 Oct)
Archbishop John Nienstedt of Saint Paul and Minneapolis (19 Oct)

Bishop Patrick Zurek of Amarillo (24 Sept)

Bishop Robert Vasa of Baker (16 Oct)
Bishop Robert Baker of Birmingham (20 Oct)

Bishop William Lori of Bridgeport (USCCB Doctrine Chair; 28 Sept)

Bishop Joseph Galante of Camden (6 Oct)
Bishop Peter Jugis of Charlotte (26 Oct)

Bishop Michael Sheridan of Colorado Springs (17 Oct)

Bishop Kevin Farrell of Dallas (8 Oct)

Bishop Samuel Aquila of Fargo (23 Oct; 8 Oct)

Bishop Kevin Vann of Fort Worth (8 Oct)
Bishop David Ricken of Green Bay (17 Oct)

Bishop Larry Silva of Honolulu (20 Oct)

Bishop Jerome Listecki of La Crosse

Bishop William Higi of Lafayette in Indiana (28 Sept)

Bishop Glen John Provost of Lake Charles (7 Oct)

Bishop Earl Boyea of Lansing (22 Oct)

Bishop Robert Morlino of Madison (16 Oct)

Bishop Alexander Sample of Marquette (17 Oct)

Bishop Arthur Serratelli of Paterson (15 Oct)

Bishop Thomas Olmsted of Phoenix (18 Sept)
Bishop David Zubik of Pittsburgh (28 Oct)
Bishop Thomas Tobin of Providence (29 Oct)

Bishop Michael Burbidge of Raleigh (26 Oct)
Bishop Thomas Doran of Rockford (24 Oct)

Bishop Paul Coakley of Salina (17 Oct)

Bishop Joseph Martino of Scranton (30 Sept; 19 Oct)

Bishop Walker Nickless of Sioux City (4 Sept; 23 Oct)

Bishop Timothy McDonnell of Springfield in Massachusetts (3 Oct)

Bishop Leonard Blair of Toledo (3 Oct)

Bishop J. Vann Johnston of Springfield-Cape Girardeau (3 Oct; 26 Sept)

Bishop Robert Hermann, archdiocesan administrator of St Louis (17 Oct; 24 Oct)

Bishop Robert Finn of Kansas City-St Joseph (17 Oct; 8 Sept)

Bishop Paul Swain of Sioux Falls (2 Oct)

Bishop Gerald Barbarito of Palm Beach (24 Oct)
Bishop Michael Jackels of Wichita (24 Oct)

Bishop Bernard Harrington of Winona (2 Oct)
Bishop Robert McManus of Worcester (24 Oct)
Bishops of Florida (7 diocesans, 2 auxiliaries; 15 Sep)

Bishops of Kansas (4 diocesans; 2006 statement reissued 15 Aug 2008)
Bishops of New York State (8 diocesans, 11 auxiliaries; 1 Oct)

Bishops of Pennsylvania (7 diocesans, 6 auxiliaries; 10 Oct)
Bishops of Virginia (2 diocesans; 1 Oct)

Dymphna (4HisChurch) said...

The bishops have spoken out on this issue and this election as never before in recent memory. Sadly, there are Catholics on both sides of the political divide who see fit to be their own bishop.

I am afraid for the future of this country, but I will vote and I will pray.

Hans Georg Lundahl said...

Glad OMI was on the good side (priest who received me into Church was a Pole and an OMI).