Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Holy See: Hey, Lookie Here!

You have to admire the Catholic Church for trying to remain relevant aside from being everyone's first word association for "child rape institution."* Now they've come out with a hot new list of deadly sins plucked from today's headlines:

“You offend God not only by stealing, blaspheming or coveting your neighbour’s wife, but also by ruining the environment, carrying out morally debatable scientific experiments, or allowing genetic manipulations which alter DNA or compromise embryos,” he said.

Bishop Girotti said that mortal sins also included taking or dealing in drugs, and social injustice which caused poverty or “the excessive accumulation of wealth by a few”.
It's nice to see that, finally, someone has taken some kind of moral stand on these matters. We were completely at sea prior to the Church's press conference, flipping through our Bibles, self-help books, and back issues of TV Guide trying to sort it out, feeling only the vaguest inkling that somewhere, somehow, there must be moral questions afoot. Whew! Thanks, Holy See!

No public utterance by the Church is complete if it doesn't reinforce mankind's utter inability to handle things without the Church:
“Those who trust in themselves and in their own merits are, as it were, blinded by their own ‘I’, and their hearts harden in sin. Those who recognise themselves as weak and sinful entrust themselves to God, and from Him obtain grace and forgiveness.”

The Pope also complained that an increasing number of people in the secularised West were “making do without God”.
He has a point here. I wrote this entire post without god, and for that matter, this very morning, I got out of bed, into the shower, back out of the shower, and so on without placing any calls to the Vatican or to god (if there's a difference).

* This blog post makes no actual demand, implicit or explicit, to admire the Catholic Church.


mikesdak said...

In a way it's sad that the Catholic church has allowed itself to be passed by to the point that it's regarded like an elderly, somewhat senile relative ("There's old Uncle Ed spouting off again"), but it has only itself to blame. It is what results from a combination of the standard we're-right-all-others-will-burn religous attitude and the baggage that builds up with a centuries-old bureaucracy.

Laura said...

Did they fail to see themselves in this quote, “the excessive accumulation of wealth by a few,” or are we to imagine they're pointing at someone else?

mikesdak said...

Laura,They have an interesting doctrine that separates "the Church, the spotless bride of Christ" from the humans who actually run it. This allows them to engage in a schizophrenic dance whenever trouble arises, such as the child molestation scandal. So in a way they do see themselves; they just pretend it's someone else.

Laura said...

Mike, it's another one of those "churchy" things that makes me really cranky. It's like they want people to abandon all reason, and just accept anything they say, while they completely ignore the rules.

(Dale, I hope it's ok that we're crosstalking on your blog)

Dale said...

Laura, please feel free to cross-talk away. Comments are always appreciated and I have absolutely no editorial constraints on them so long as they aren't spam (I've had a few of those along the way). Everything short of that adds to the conversation. Good!

I suppose I might draw a line at really nasty comments but it hasn't come up.

Dale said...

I sometimes forget how overtly the Catholic Church embraces and promotes the idea that people are helpless, wretched, and lost without them. The gall!

mikesdak said...

What's worse is I've seen comments from some church officials blaming their current troubles on past reforms! Just like old Uncle Ed ranting about the "Good Old Days".