Is the Pope Catholic?
Should it be a crime to have morals different from our neighbors? Should your neighbor be able to impose their morals upon you? Should not adhering to the teachings of the church be a punishable crime? And if that be true then which church doctrine should we adhere to? Catholic? Baptist? Church of Christ? Mormon? Islam?
What happens when two neighbors each want to impose their morals beliefs upon the other? Should we adopt a law that says “might makes right”? Does society need a law to settle each and every moral dispute between neighbors?
Should morals be based upon religion? Or should morals be based upon the common good for society? Who gets to decide what is good for society? The Pope? Reverend Ted Haggard? The President?
The stand against abortion is a moral stand. It is a personal decision that should be made according to one’s moral beliefs. Nowhere in all of the different church’s literature does it say that if your neighbor has an abortion you will go to hell. It may say that the person having the abortion will go to hell but it says nothing about the neighbor.
Most if not all religions are intolerant of other religions. For example the Christian faith states it as a commandment, “Thou shalt have no other God”. The Islam faith makes reference to slaying anyone who does not believe in their doctrine. This intolerance for others beliefs and morals is often seen in zealous members of certain faiths.
Intolerance breeds contempt. Contempt of government. Contempt of our fellow man. Contempt of society. Intolerance is the first step in the disintegration of society.
Of all the different institutions that make up a society the church should be a leader in reconciling moral differences among the people. The church should be the first to recognize that differences do exist and that not all differences are bad. Every denomination, every faith, should be willing to accept that differences do exist. For good or bad not everyone agrees what constitutes good moral conduct.
When a horse is injured it is shot to death. According to society this is the right and moral thing to do. When a dog is without an owner to care for it, it is put to death by the government. According to society this is the right and moral thing to do. When a cat has no home, it is put to death by the government. According to society this the right and moral thing to do.
When an unwanted human is born, that human is cast aside and left to suffer. According to society this is the right and moral thing to do. Unwanted humans are at best neglected and at worst tortured. According to society this is the right and moral thing to do.
At the Notre Dame commencement there will be thousands of protesters fighting for the right of the unborn to come into this world. No judgment is to be made here.
Of all the Catholic Bishops there, how many have adopted an unwanted child? Of all the protesters there, how many have adopted an unwanted child? Of all the protesters there, how many regularly give to programs that feed the children with no parents?
How many protesters make it their business to cloth and feed children born into homes with no income? How many protesters there make it a point to volunteer at schools and counsel young ladies about unwanted babies? How many protestors there volunteer to mentor the many with no mentor?
How many of you say, “It is not my place to judge, but it is within my power to welcome each child born into this world“?
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