27 November 2013

A Call to Action: Obama's further attack on the sovereignty of the Holy Church

Sub Tuum.

It has recently been announced that the Obama administration has downgraded the Nunciature (Embassy) of the Vatican to the United States. It will no longer occupy its present building, but will be moved to offices within the embassy of the Italian Republic to the U.S. Likewise, it is said that in time the American Embassy to the Holy See will be moved to offices within the American Embassy to Italy. Aside from the glaring geopolitical fact that the Vatican City-State is a sovereign state and not part of the Republic of Italy, this is disturbing in the extreme on a much higher level. 

America has a long history of anti-Catholicism. It was a major step when Ronald Reagan gave full diplomatic recognition to the Vatican. Mr. Reagan and Blessed John Paul II were friends and allies in the cause to defeat communism around the world. Now we have a White House occupied by a communist who shows Islamist tendencies. He does not mind bowing before Saudi royalty, but he snubs the representative of the Vicar of Christ. Particularly as seen in the light of the Obama Administration's numerous attacks on religious freedom, human dignity, and the sanctity of life, this is disturbing indeed and a grave matter of concern. 

It has been said by some, and certainly asserted by the Obama Administration, that the Church must yield to the civil government when the two are in conflict. One common argument for this is that the Church exists in part within the territorial boundaries of the United States. Yet, the United States exists within the territory of God's earth. The Church Militant has lasted on earth approximately 2000 years. It has outlasted every empire and nation on earth. Duty to God is greater than duty to country or to anything else. In fact, a Christian's service to one's country (which is a laudable thing) can only be done in a manner consistent with the laws of Christ. This applies likewise to participation in civic societies and even to one's employment. 

It is time for all who profess the Catholic Faith in America to stand up and make their voices heard that they are servants of Christ above all else. It is time to say that our loyalty is to Christ and His Holy Church above any nation, however great it may be. No nation of this earth compares to the Kingdom of God. 

The Church Militant is the body of faithful here on earth. She is militant because the enemies of Christ are always seeking her destruction, and we certainly see this with the present situation in the United States. The Church Militant is not a body on its own. It is joined through bonds that no earthly power can sever with the Church Suffering (the souls in purgatory) and the Church Triumphant (the souls in Heaven). Many tyrants have sought the destruction of the Holy Church. By the Passion of Christ and the blood of the martyrs, all tyrants have failed. 

Now is the time for those who profess the Catholic Faith to stand up with the resolve of Christ as He faced the Passion and with the courage of the martyrs as they earned their holy crowns. Let no one of the faithful stand idly by as the forces of darkness attack the Church.

13 November 2013

The Economic Plague of the 21st Century

Sub Tuum.

I'm sure you will all not be surprised when I mention that increasing secularization is largely to blame for the cultural situation that permits the economic conditions plaguing millions of Americans (not to mention millions more around the globe). Ultimately what we are dealing with here is greed for money and lust for power. The government as a whole suffer from both (and that applies to both parties). Meanwhile, the leaders of massive corporations likewise suffer from greed and lust. Those corporations, with their resources and influence, have potential to do great good, and many have done so. But, a corporation still has a duty to bear in mind and work for the common good just as individuals do. With increasing wealth, power, rank, and influence goes increased responsibility. If as a hypothetical CEO my one goal is increasing profits so the shareholders will be happy and give me an even higher salary than my already staggeringly-high salary, without regard to the impact this has on others, then I might be satisfying my responsibilities to the corporation, but I fail in my higher responsibilities. 

Some argue that it is survival, and that is true to an extent. Mainly, though, in smaller businesses in which one really is fighting to survive. Is it really worth putting a lot of people out of work, though, just so the CEO can afford another vacation house or swimming pool? American society unfortunately would say it is. Sadly, the pre-Civil War slavery culture was more kind to the slaves than rampant capitalism is to supposedly free people.

We have built a society that worships the Almighty Dollar. Profits are considered more important than people. Until we as a society learn to love our fellow man, we will never begin to solve the problems facing us. They will only get deeper. What we are facing as a society is an economic plague caused by an infection of the soul.

08 November 2013

Government and Charity

Sub Tuum.

As Obamacare has taken effect, the debate over health care in America has continued to heat up. On one hand, there is, independent of the government, the legitimate Christian concern over those who cannot afford health care. The Church has never been content to say that only those with a large enough pocketbook or the right kind of job that provides health insurance "deserve" medical treatment. Rather, it is a basic Christian principle to help those in need without first checking to see if they have a health insurance card. 

Also at hand is the issue of skyrocketing health care costs in America. The same treatment is available in other countries, for example, by American-trained doctors with top-rate equipment for far less money than Americans have to pay. Various theories as to why these costs have been increasing abound. Health care is certainly one area in which capitalist interests should not be the primary concern. 

Now Obamacare (or the "Affordable Care Act," as it is officially called) has arrived on the scene. One of the first things many people noticed is that their health care has not become more affordable. Many people observed their premiums actually going up for the upcoming year. Insurance companies state that this is necessary to comply with the new laws. As they are now no longer able to turn away those with certain pre-existing conditions, they have raised premiums to insure that they (the insurance companies) do not lose money. On top of this, Americans no longer have the basic commercial right "not to buy." Those who do not purchase insurance will be fined with what has been officially determined to be a tax. In the case of government requirements to have auto insurance if you drive, you have a choice whether or not to purchase an automobile and whether to drive on public roads. In the case of health insurance, there is no option. One is forced to purchase insurance or pay a tax simply for being alive. Living is a fundamental right, and now the government has found a way to tax that. 

At the heart of this debate are two issues. The first is whether or not the government knows better than an individual about that individual's health. In pure socialized medicine, like any other socialist system, the government is supreme and the individual has no self worth. The government-imposed system determines what the individual "needs" based on the perceived needs of society. There is no respect accorded to the sanctity of each and every human life. Obamacare has yet to show that it is going to be anything other than socialized medicine, reducing the dignity of human beings to mere drones of the state. 

The second issue at the heart of the debate is the issue of private wealth. With higher premiums for many of those currently insured and with the requirement for the uninsured to purchase health insurance or pay a tax, we have what can easily amount to a tremendous transfer of wealth from a large segment of the population. To whom is this wealth transferred? To major corporations, to the government, or both. Now, there is nothing wrong with corporations or the government as long as they fulfill the requirement that we all have to do what they do with a mind to the common good. Obamacare, however, looks to be yet another mechanism to reduce the wealth of many people and concentrate that wealth in the hands of a few private individuals and the government. That may seem to be an extreme scenario, but it is one that has been played and replayed many times. The destruction of private wealth, with wealth then being vested in a few individuals and the government, gives the potential for unlimited control over the vast populace by those few individuals and the government. In all but a truly benevolent, Christian-oriented government, exploitation and tyranny are the inevitable outcome. What else could be expected if the government views the people as mere tools to be used by the state? 

This process is not one that takes place instantly. The intelligent revolutionaries plan their actions over time, introducing new policies and procedures ever-so-slightly so that there is either no resistance, or there is a manageable level of resistance. Over time, people acclimate. New generations grow up with indoctrination, and thus are immune to the admonitions of their parents and their elders, dismissing them as old fashioned and outdated. This was the means used by the Nazis and the communists. It was highly effective. It is still highly effective. 

The fact is that most people are followers and susceptible to manipulation, even in "individualistic America." It is right to submit to just authority. Leaders have a tremendous responsibility to lead those in their charge in the way of right and truth. When leaders fail in that responsibility, their authority is no longer just.