SAINT MARY OF THE CROSS
Presumably somebody dictates to Mr Obama what he must say and not say when overseas.
Like telling the nation of his ancestors to abandon their traditional attitudes to marriage or face unspecified sanctions.
Little surprise when his Kenyan counterpart told him — politely — to mind his own business.
Then Mr Obama must tell them how it’s bad to treat women as second-class citizens.
How ill-bred is that?
Especially from somebody heading a nation where women, as far as we can see, are treated as third-class citizens.
American women being routinely regarded as sex objects — in the advertising of every kind of marketable product and by two of America’s biggest industries (pornography and prostitution).
And financially coerced into being wage-slaves — abandoning one-to-one motherhood while leaving their offspring at commercial day-care institutions.
Today if you’re called a “fundamentalist”, somebody is probably trying to insult you.
The word “fundamentalist” was invented 100 years ago by conservative protestants who claimed that non-fundamentalists over-estimated the “rational” basis of religion.
Any religion based on anything “alone” sounds a bit sus – as though you’re being called on to swallow somebody’s ideas un-thinkingly.
OK. But isn’t today’s worst fundamentalism the one preaching “Sola scientia”?
Everywhere people say it with a straight face: “The only way to truth is through science”.
I heard it yet again on last Saturday’s ABC radio “Science Show”.
This creed isn’t based on common sense. It certainly can’t be proved scientifically.
Here’s one scientist who seems not to have fallen for scientismistico-fundo notions:
You needn’t accept every word he says. But isn’t he at least asking the right questions?
For some thousands of years, marriage has been important to human communities.
Has the current “same-sex marriage” debate trivialised it?
If so, that wouldn’t be good.
But is the “same-sex marriage” issue a mere sideshow?
To include homosexual couples in the definition of marriage – off-putting as it might be to most people – may not be the real problem.
What the government (i.e. politicians) — even what Australian Law (i.e. compromises arrived at by politicians) — say marriage is or is not is trivial in comparison with what the Church says.
If the Church weakens its understanding of what marriage is — bingo — it will have demolished one of its own foundational Seven Sacraments.
Thus stepping onto the banana-skin of decomposition, decay and fragmentation, not only of marriage, but also of the Church.
And of the human race itself?
Some “progressives” in the Church seem to want this to happen soon – after the October 2015 Synod on Family Life.
Then the Pope will make the decision.
A recent poll has found only 39 percent of Americans supporting the legalisation of same-sex “marriage”.
42 percent opposed it.
18 percent were neutral.
Backing for SSM seems to have decreased since a previous survey in April, in which 48 percent said they were in favour.
BRONWYN BISHOP, YOU’VE DONE THE WRONG THING: good government in australia would need a whole change of philosophy
The ancient Greek philosopher Plato suggested that human societies should be ruled by “philosopher kings”.
Today, we fancy ”democracy” — not kings, not philosophers, but the general public voting in our law-makers.
The “general public” includes uninterested persons who only vote to avoid being fined.
The resulting standard of politician turns out about as good as one would expect.
Some pollies use the system to get free helicopter rides to attend free feeds. (Others legalise abortion and try to legalise euthanasia)
Perhaps we need a society where everybody is a philosopher, or at least has some enthusiasm to understanding the basics of philosophy?
I recently re-read that sensible book “The Philosophy of Jesus”, by Peter Kreeft, Philosophy Professor at Boston College, USA.
Kreeft writes well about philosophy – in words anybody can understand.
“DISTURB US, LORD, when we are too well pleased with ourselves,
“When our dreams have come true because we dreamed too little;
“When we arrived safely because we sailed too close to the shore.
“DISTURB US, LORD, when with the abundance of things we possess, we have lost our thirst for the waters of life;
“Having fallen in love with life, we have ceased to dream of eternity.
“In our efforts to build a new earth, we have allowed our vision of the new heaven to dim.
“DISTURB US, LORD, to dare more boldly, to venture on wider seas where storms will show your mastery;
“Where losing sight of land, we shall find the stars.
“We ask you to push back the horizons of our hopes;
“And to push into the future with strength, courage, hope, and love.”
(attributed to Sir Francis Drake, 1540-96)