Thursday, July 14, 2016

Non-Catholic demands that Catholic change Catholic liturgy to affirm her equal status with God....


"Dear Pope Francis,

Every single day before communion, millions of Christians verbally declare one of the most destructive phrases in human history. On Sunday, it’s tens of millions if not a half billion of the over one billion Catholic Christians worldwide—and not without repercussions.

In the Bible, a Centurion soldier relates, “Lord, I am not worthy to have you enter under my roof...” (Matthew 8:8) before recounting the inner workings of the blindness of patriarchal hierarchies and slavery that exists to this day.

Applying religious context, what’s important for Christians to note is that the soldier uttered the phrase pre-salvation. An unsaved (ignorant) man sharing his feelings and a religion demanding a billion saved Christians repeat the phrase daily post-salvation are entirely two different matters.

Dialogue and constructs that perpetuate “I am not worthy” are the root of all evil. It is divisiveness personified. By believing we are not worthy, we open the door for the mistreatment of ourselves and the mistreatment of others as we seek to assuage the psychological pain the false belief imparts.

The guilt of unworthiness calls for us to judge ourselves and to judge others just as harshly. We cower within power-over structures or worse; we attempt to control others in our imagined superiority. The insanity continues as inferiority complexes pursue power and wealth as outward substitutes for what Jesus, Buddha, and many other saints and sages have said can only come from within.

Tacking on “but only say the word and my soul shall be healed” is not enough. Jesus did say the Word. Yet, Christianity along with many other religions, continue to shove a dagger of inequality into the hearts of those the religious community is supposed to be serving. Where is the healing?"

Well, aren't we all just the hunky-doriest.

Confession: that line is my FAVORITE part of the Mass, coming as it does just before receipt of the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Christ, since it represents my last-chance to throw myself completely on God's mercy, just as the Centurion did, before my unworthy self asks the One Who made the universe and Who keeps the universe in existence at ever moment and splits right from wrong to enter into communion with me....because, Huff Po notwithstanding, I know I am not worthy for that kind of intimacy.



4 comments:

Anonymous said...

One had to suspect this was a rather stupid article reading its first sentence:

"Every single day before communion, millions of Christians verbally declare one of the most destructive phrases in human history."

First, as things go I don't believe that "phrases" and their utterances are very high on the list of destructive actions in human history. Second, I can think of a lot of phrases more destructive than this one. In point of fact, the argument made by the author regarding the destructiveness are false. The gist of her argument is:

"By believing we are not worthy, we open the door for the mistreatment of ourselves and the mistreatment of others as we seek to assuage the psychological pain the false belief imparts."

Even assuming that is true (in general, I don't think it is true for, amongst many reasons, the feelings you cite in the last paragraph of your post), I would assert it is far worse when one believes he or she is "worthy." Such certainty almost always leads to individuals and groups behaving in the most reprehensible ways. The horrors of "self worthiness" apply to religion and government and social issues and to life in general.

However, I doubt if the Pope or the Church hierarchy reads HufPo, and I doubt many Catholics agree with the odd point of view of this women. Its not clear to me why you need to dedicate a post to this article. Its not a mountain or even a molehill.

Peter Bradley said...

And yet Huffington Post thought it was worth publishing.

But you question me for responding?

Sheesh.

Lauran said...

It's not that our liberal friends are ignorant, it's just that they know so much that isn't so.

Anonymous said...

Peter,
What I question is your assertion that somehow this represents some large swath of the population's view on Catholic teachings and dogma. I hate to tell you, but vast vast majority of non-Catholics could care less about this subject. There is no movement in "liberal" or "progressive" circles to attack Catholics or Catholic doctrine. Sure, you can cook up some fringe elements in articles like this and present them as though a mob is coming to get you, but in reality there is no mob and there is no persecution. The biggest push back is in the political realm where religious ideas and secular ideas clash over what the actual laws on various subjects should be. In almost every case, these laws address "secular behavior" and have nothing to do with "religious behavior" or religious practice. Yet you and others continue to present the false case that you are being persecuted. You are not.

Sheesh.

 
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