Sunday, July 14, 2013

Does the Catholic Church exist?

These things have I spoken to you, that you may not be scandalized. They will put you out of the synagogues: yea, the hour cometh, that whosoever killeth you, will think that he doth a service to God. And these things will they do to you; because they have not known the Father, nor me. But these things I have told you, that when the hour shall come, you may remember that I told you of them.
 -- John 16:1-4
There was an atheist that used to go on stage and say something like "God, if you exist strike me dead." And then he would look at his watch and wait for a minute. And after a minute he would look up and say, "You see. God does not exist."

In Ireland the government consisting of presumably mostly Catholic politicians has just passed a bill allowing abortion on demand for the first time. (Yes, I realize that expectant mother must declare that she is suicidal, but this is a legal loophole which is relatively easily satisfied by signing a document.) And now we wait to see if the Church will strike back in some way at those Catholics responsible for the passage of this bill. We look at our watches (or calendars) and wait....

In the meantime, politicians that have expressed opposition to this abortion bill have already been expelled from their political party. And there will likely be more political repercussions for those who voted against the party line which seeks to legalize the killing of an innocent child in the womb.

The clock is done ticking and there is no response from the Church. This inaction would have been inconceivable in the Church's long history up until very recently.

What can we say about a Church that remains silent in the face of such injustice towards innocent human beings?

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