Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Moral Relativism meets Catholicism

Far from keeping church and state separated, three NDP M.P.'s are using their pulpits in Ottawa to interpret their own version of the Bible, and use it to justify their support for same-sex marriage.

Apparently MP Joe Comartin has been given divine inspiration on the issue:

Joe Comartin concurred saying his decision was based on “the very underpinnings of Christian tradition. “You ask yourself that age-old question, what would Christ do?” he told Maclean’s. “What my faith taught me was his Christ’s love for humanity was an absolute fundamental, in many respects overriding all other considerations.



Wow. So who needs Pope Benedict?


Oh, yeah. And on the subject of protected rights...

And if we do incorporate “speciesism” into the curriculum, will Stephen Harper have to attend every major fall fair and ploughing match in Canada?

I mean, let's face it. He clearly favours cats.

9 comments:

SUZANNE said...

Christ told the faithful to listen to the apostles (and their successors) "He who hears you hears me".

These are Catholics disconnected from Catholic Tradition. You cannot understand Catholic doctrine if you are not imbued with Catholic Tradition.

linberal supporter said...

Do they withhold communion for all Roman Catholics in politics who do not work to outlaw contraception and divorce?

counter-coulter said...

Far from keeping church and state separated,...

This statement from a person who does nothing but decry the secularism of the government?? It would seem the very definition of hypocrisy.

Besides, there's no melding of church and state in this MP's statement. He's not trying to incorporate biblical canon as state law. Here merely made a statement about what his belief system has taught him and how it motivated him to his opinion. Or are you of a mind where only "certain" people are allowed to have a view of Christ's teachings?

Joanne (True Blue) said...

CC - I have a problem when he twists Catholic dogma and the Pope's words to allow himself a way out of his religious conflict. Fine if he sees it that way. He just shouldn't be publicly trying to weasel out of it, with arguments that have no theological basis in that particular religion.

Membership in the Catholic Church, however, is not based on a person’s feelings or desires, but on internal assent to the Church’s doctrines.

If you're a Roman Catholic in favour of same-sex marriage, that's fine, but don't say in spite of what the Pope said, Jesus said it was o.k.

PGP said...

I never get too worked up about someone expressing their views on religion. Comartins take is quite correctly described as reletivism.

This seems to me to be a kind rationalization that many undergo in an effort to reconcile their experiences with what they are taught.

Basically Comartin is not speaking for anyone but himself...this is his dilemma not anyone elses. At least not necessarily anyone elses. Should he be saying that this particular view is in some way a standard of morallity that should be adopted then he is proselytizing!

And I do think there is a problem with politcos seeking approval of their religious views and using their position as a platform for their promotion.

Joanne (True Blue) said...

PGP - All I'm sayin' is that Jack Layton better watch out. Since Joe Comartin is now 'infallible', he would make a formidable Dipper leadership candidate!

Anonymous said...

Joe Comartin may call himself a Catholic but if you don't follow the rules you don't belong to the club. Moral relativism is wrong same-sex marriage is wrong and anyone who agrees with what Comartin has said is wrong. Savvy?

liberal supporter said...

Anon, then how come the Roman Catholic community accepts government funding for separate schools, if the source of that money is so morally bankrupt?

Cherniak_WTF said...

And I do think there is a problem with politcos seeking approval of their religious views and using their position as a platform for their promotion.
Except when Harper says "God Bless Canada..."...
Or the issue of SSM
Or SOW
Or....
Well you get the picture sweater guy...