Thursday, November 13, 2008

Good Riddance to Stale Crackers

This is a problem?

A priest at St. Mary's Catholic Church in downtown Greenville has told parishioners that those who voted for Barack Obama placed themselves under divine judgment because of his stance on abortion and should not receive Holy Communion until they've done penance.

The Rev. Jay Scott Newman told The Greenville News on Wednesday that church teaching doesn't allow him to refuse Holy Communion to anyone based on political choices, but that he'll continue to deliver the church's strong teaching on the "intrinsic and grave evil of abortion" as a hidden form of murder.
The threat is to withhold the servings of enchanted crackers? Priestly coercion just isn't what it used to be (well ...).

To Obama voters now "under divine judgment" for angering that priest's favorite imaginary sky-scold, I remind you of the many fine foods available during all hours throughout the Lent season, that the money wasted on tithes will serve even better for Christmas presents (and bill payments), and that the hours spent in Mass are every bit as pointless as you've sometimes permitted yourselves to suspect. This sounds to me like as good an opportunity as any to make a clean break and let this attempt at priestly coercion succeed in coercing you right out of the flock.

(H/T to LOLTheist on the cracker poster)


Laura said...
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Laura said...

I love how that compassionate, loving institution, the Church, uses fear in the coercion of its parishioners to get them to act against their own interests.

Dale said...

Laura, you're right that it's juuuust lovely.

On one hand, I want the church to just be itself. Be what it is. It is, in fact, an organization that thinks it needs to be in charge of the entire human species in all details. It's intellectually dishonest when it claims to be something less than that.

On the other hand, I have no time or patience for any organization that wants to be in charge of the entire human species in all details. To the extent it wants that, it wants too much -- it wants what it has no rightful claim to have. It has erected a huge tyrannical organization on a foundation of false premises.

When they take steps like this (and I realize the Entire Church of Rome is not *necessarily* on board with this priest), they show their stripes and expose the stakes. I honestly hope -- and expect -- that some people will see things clearly in these moments and join me in asking them ever so politely to fuck the fuck off.