Thursday, June 28, 2012

Freedom Rosary: For Me, It's Personal

First, a clarification about the local freedom rosary's schedule. The plan here in Sauk Centre, Minnesota, is to pray each evening at 7:30 p.m.: including the evening of July 4. Now, on with this post.

Prenatal Testing? "It Depends:" Definitely

"Should expectant couples get prenatal testing?" (Paul Schlenker, Google+)

That's a good question. I firmly answered, 'yes; no; it depends:'
"For some couples, I think not getting prenatal testing might be a gross neglect of parental duty. Genetic disorders are known, which are much easier to deal with if they're caught early.

If, however, one assumes that prenatal testing always means killing a child who does not match expectations: in that case, it is not a good idea.

The issue isn't prenatal testing: it's why the technology is used.
(Brian Gill's comment on a post by Paul Schlenker, Google+ (June 27, 2012))
Bioethics questions involving birth defects and 'therapeutic' abortions are more than just public issues for me:

Freedom Rosary

It's the personal angle that makes going to my parish's 'freedom rosary' each evening easy. That, and the (so far) good weather.

I don't have statistics to back this up, but I think there's a higher percentage of folks with disabilities at these prayer meetings, than in the general population.

Part of that may be because 'they have nothing else to do:' although I'm an example of 'the disabled' who has held jobs. Granted, I'm retired now.

In my case, though, sitting outside with 50-plus other folks for an hour of prayer wasn't a matter of 'finding something to do.' Particularly when I can do online research:
Most days, I'm concerned about getting all the tasks done: not whiling away idle hours. And that's another topic.

Life, Conscience, and Me

I was in the garden between the parish church and the rectory yesterday evening, and plan to be back today, because I think:
  • Human life is sacred
    (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 2258)
  • Religious freedom is vital
    (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 2104-2109)
    • For everybody
      (Catechism, 2106)
  • Having an well-formed conscience is important
    (Catechism, 1776-1794)
  • Some actions are always wrong
    (Catechism, 1789)
    • Even if the President says it's okay
      (Catechism, 2242)
Catechism, 2242, doesn't specify "president." The document is for all Catholics, not just those living in America. The terms used are "civil authorities" and "public authority."

The point is that there's a moral order in creation that can't be changed by an act of Congress, presidential proclamation, or a Chancellor's emergency powers. Not even the Supreme Court of the United States has that sort of authority.

And that's yet another topic.

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From time to time, a service that I use will display links to - odd - services and retailers.

I block a few of the more obvious dubious advertisers.

For example: psychic anything, numerology, mediums, and related practices are on the no-no list for Catholics. It has to do with the Church's stand on divination. I try to block those ads.

Sometime regrettable advertisements get through, anyway.

Bottom line? What that service displays reflects the local culture's norms, - not Catholic teaching.