The Papists

Apologetics and Evengelization
  • May 16, 2012 8:11 am
    lilithsplayground:  So if it is okay if you try to legislate your faith's subjective morality into law, is it not okay for me to do the same?

    - Our faith’s morality is not subjective.

    - Morality is legislated all the time. Murder, theft, lying (perjury, fraud), sexual assault, and many other immoral acts are justly legislated against.

    - If it’s gay marriage you’re worried about, I personally have spent more time on tumblr lately than I care to count trying to explain to people that the government has no legitimate authority to regulate marriage at all. As Niko pointed out, the whole point is that citizens, especially Catholic citizens, are concerned with making just laws. A just law does not deny someone a legal right. Marriage is not a right and certainly not a legal right, but the legal benefits tied up with civil marriage licenses are. Catholics have no interest in denying anyone their legal right to name a partner of their choosing for governmental/money/etc recognition/reasons, because all human beings as citizens have the right to name whatever consenting adult they choose to that position. But that is all the government should be doing in regards to people’s personal relationships, whether those relationships are maritalhomosexual, or otherwise, because that is all the government has the authority to regulate: legal matters. And relationships, including marriage, are not a legal, governmental matter.

    God bless you.

  • January 27, 2012 3:46 pm

    The Lazy Catholic Activist’s Quick-Fix Guide to Writing Congress


    My fellow American Catholics: You’ve heard about the new contraception mandate, right? How the government is forcing Catholic organizations to buy products that violate the Church, their consciences, and the True Faith? This is unconstitutional, but if we don’t protest, nothing will be done about it. 

    Fortunately, protesting and contacting Congress just got 100% easier. If you want to be part of the resistance, just follow these four easy steps:

    1. CLICK THIS LINK. This is the NCHLA website describing the contraception mandate and why it’s a problem. Right at the top of the page is a button that says: Send E-mail to Congress. Click it!

    2. The form page that loads in a new window has two forms: one for your representatives and one for your senators. There are three boxes to write your letter in: opening, body, and closing. Beneath the read more cut, I’ve included a letter you can copy and paste into those boxes. I borrowed the text of Bishop Zubik’s letter and the single paragraph that loads with the form urging Congress to sponsor the Respect for Rights of Conscience Act (H.R. 1179), which will ensure that the rights of conscience of all participants in our nation’s health care system will be respected. And I added my own comments. Feel free to edit any or all of it, but if you’re crunched for time or unsure what to say, send as-is.

    3. Fill in your information at the bottom: name, address, email. It’s nothing the government doesn’t already know, especially if you’re a registered voter. If you’re under 18, write anyway! If you’re concerned they’ll dismiss you because you’re not a voter, mention your parents, or any other 18+ relative in that district.

    4. Click send. 

    It’s that easy! There’s absolutely no excuse for Catholic Americans to let this slide. Even if you’re conflicted about or disagree with Church teachings on contraception and abortion, bear this in mind: once one person’s religious freedom is taken away, it is ever more likely that yours will be next. America was founded on freedom for religionnot freedom from religion.

    Here’s the letter. Godspeed!

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