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ENDNOTE: Stop doing Gooferment paperwork in Church


November 23, 2012
The Church Lost the Marriage Debate Decades Ago: It’s Time To Get Out of the Game
Posted by Ryan W. McMaken on November 23, 2012 02:48 PM

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Another reason to give up on the civil marriage game is to recognize that the American bishops actually threw in the towel on this decades ago when they made peace with no-fault divorce. According to Catholic theology, unless the marriage started out as unlawful (i.e., is incestuous or invalid for another reason) marriage does not end until one of the parties dies. Case closed. No exceptions. It says this in numerous places in the New Testament. Yet, the American bishops recognize the state’s alleged prerogative to define a “marriage” as a union between divorced people. This violates what the Church has always taught. So, why is a fake and adulterous marriage (as defined by Catholic theology) acceptable as long as it’s between a man and a woman? Yet, a fake and adulterous marriage is not acceptable if between a man and a man? Apparently, the state can recognize that a man who has been divorced 5 times is “married” if the state says so. And the bishops have no problem with this.

None of these situations is morally acceptable for Catholics of course, and never have been, but the American bishops abandoned their political consistency on this in the 60s when no-fault divorce was accepted because the bishops were either too eager to compromise or too asleep at the switch to take a stand back then. So, you’ll forgive the public for not noticing when the American bishops recently decided that “oh, this time, on gay marriage, we’re going to stick to our guns.”

It’s time to cut the cord. Let’s swallow our pride and say that we’ve been wrong about marriage ever since that day centuries ago when we started allowing civil authorities to decide who was married and who was not. It’s time to say that all civil law about marriage is null and void, and that we don’t care what the government has to say about it. Divorced people aren’t “married” any more than gay people are. If other private individuals wish to define matters differently, they can have marriages in their own churches or living rooms or where ever, and the state should be removed from it just as the state should be removed from the activities all consenting adults.

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[JR: Interesting when secular conservative writers have insights into the Catholic Church. When they are spot on, then it’s even better. Whule it may not make a big difference at this point, seems like a start to deny performing a “state marriage” in Church. Should take down the American flag as well. If the State / King is not going to recognize the First Amendment, then it’s time to fight. Excommunicating all the CINO politicians would be a good start. Closing the Catholic hospitals is not “unimaginable” either.]

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ENDNOTE:Will the “values” vote?


Published on Mar 10, 2012 by creativelab7

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Will you vote the values that will stand the test of fire? Some things are more important than high gas prices or a faltering economy. They are life, marriage and freedom. This November, Catholics must stand up and protect their sacred rights and duties.

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[JR: Seems like the gloves are coming off in the battle of Church and State. Now, I’d like to this I always vote my principles. Even though, I rarely vote for a winner. The ad doesn’t say who to vote for, but I think it’s obvious. Should be a “fun” election.]

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POSITRACTION: The sad history of the decline of the family and the manly man


A History of the American Bachelor: Part III — The 20th and 21st Century
by Brett & Kate McKay on April 18, 2012

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During both World Wars, the United States used conscription and relied primarily on bachelors to quickly raise their troop levels. While both single and married men were required to register for the draft, married men with dependents were sometimes given deferments, while single men shipped out.

Before heading off to war, young GIs often decided to tie the knot with their girlfriends, ensuring they’d have love and support from the home front and someone to look forward to coming back to. Once the war was over, the men who returned still single had had their fill of violence, deprivation, and living in an all-male environment, and were more than ready to trade their ditches and cots for the tranquility and domestic comforts of hearth and home, along with the touch (and delicious meatloaf) of a woman.

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Today’s young bachelor often doesn’t have that same understanding nor the societal expectations of his predecessors. He also rarely has a group of positive, older male mentors to help balance his masculine desires to act out with some wisdom on how to segue into approaching life more maturely. Diminished expectations towards young, single men, coupled with a more crude, and in many ways less mature notion of masculinity, has resulted in a new, lowest common denominator idea of the bachelor: The Bro.

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Trends indicate that both men and women are marrying less. Only 51% of the adult population today is married. Most experts expect single folks to outnumber marrieds in the next few years–the first time that has happened in America’s history. While co-habitation without marriage has increased over 1500% since the 1960s, according to the Pew Research Center, the number of people choosing the single life (people not forming long-term relationships) has been increasing in the past 10 years as well.

There’s also an interesting trend taking place once you parse the general numbers further. While the percentage of people marrying has fallen for all socioeconomic groups, the decline has been much steeper for the poor and working classes. For college-educated, white collar people, the marriage rate has only declined 11% since 1960; in that same period, the marriage rate for blue collar workers without a college education declined 36%. The divorce rate among the college-educated is much less than the general population as well–just 11%. Thus it is possible that marriage will come to be seen as sort of a privilege and status symbol for the upper classes, which might make endless bachelorhood less sexy–something associated with being lower class.

At any rate, with America’s shifting attitudes towards marriage and the sub-optimal economic conditions in the United States right now,  bachelorhood will probably extend further into a man’s adult life for the foreseeable future.

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Very interesting.

Culturally, the Wars (continual) are a contra-survival for the species as the “strongest” males (i.e., “warriors”) are taken out for the gene pool and the “defectives” (i.e., non-warior losers like criminals, welfare recipients, and drug addicts) are encouraged to breed. Add to that the “sexual revolution” that deceives men, as well as women, into random casual sex as opposed to creating families, which are essential to the survival of the species. And, you have a formula for the death of the human race.

Maybe the fellow in the funny white hat calling this a “culture of death” isn’t such a wack a do?

Throw in the insane “(pseudo) War on (some) Drugs” and homosexuality! You’ve got a mix for the decline of the species.

Finally put everyone on the dole to get “free lunch” with train out any natural ability to survive. (Example, Katrina floods and people died waiting for rescue when their forefathers would have just made their own way. Example, decades after the flood, people are still living in temporary, substandard, or even destroyed housing, waiting for outside “help”.)

It’s insane and reflected in the birth rate falling below the replacement rate in most “First World” countries.

I’m sure my fellow alums can see the way out of this. A return to morality and ethics. Reward achievement and eliminate the dole for the able bodied. But, I can’t see how it happens. Hope I’m wrong. I’m sure I’m wrong. Usually, humans ALWAYS find away. That’s why dictators fail and there are drugs in prisons.

Dona Nobis Pacem.

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