I can see reasons for that. Both topics tend to involve emotions - and otherwise-reasonable folks can get a bit crazy when elections or what we do on Sunday come up.
In a blog like this, I'm doomed, sort of.
Something called A Catholic Citizen in America can't very well avoid discussing - you know, the "R" word.
Of course, I could keep all the "R" stuff nice and vague: dreamy, 'spiritual' in a groovy '60s sort of way.
Not gonna happen. I spent my teens in the '60s. I have some good memories, and I still like quite a lot of the music. But I don't intend to plan my life around the era of Timothy "turn on" Leary. Remember Jimi Hendrix?
Still, I could try writing about "religion," carefully concentrating on stuff like the history of nativity scenes and what color the vestments are. (done that: (December 24, 2009, July 22, 2010)) And, maybe, part of what happens during one hour on Sunday morning.
That's not an option. The Catholic Church doesn't have an eleventh commandment: "Thou shalt not maketh waves." We're supposed to "contribute along with the civil authorities to the good of society in a spirit of truth, justice, solidarity, and freedom." (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 2239)
Man! The Catholic Church has rules about everything?!
- "Is Government Really Necessary?"
(March 12, 2011)
- Short version -
- And there are rules about it
- Short version -
- "Citizenship, Rules, Marriage, and Not Being Decently Quiet"
(March 5, 2011)
- "American Elections are Coming: What's a Catholic to Do?"
(October 25, 2010)
- "Apathy is Rampant, But Who Cares?"
(October 4, 2010)
- "Elections and Citizenship, Catholic Style"
(September 24, 2008)
- Catechism of the Catholic Church
- United States Council of Catholic Bishops
- And there's even more
- There always seems to be more
This post is one of a series being written today:
- "My Take on Libya, War, and Getting a Grip; Mostly Links"
(March 22, 2011 5:49 p.m. Central, 22:49 UTC)
(March 22, 2011 6:02 p.m. Central, 23:02 UTC)
- "'Jesus was a Pacifist/American/Vagrant'?!"
(March 22, 2011 6:36 p.m. Central, 23:36 UTC)
- "Assumptions, Making Sense, and Politics "
(March 22, 2011 6:45 p.m. Central, 23:45 UTC)
- " 'Just War:' Unpleasant, but Not a Contradiction in Terms "
(March 22, 2011 6:49 p.m. Central, 23:49 UTC)