We are not just material beings, but spiritual persons with a need for meaning, purpose, and fulfillment that transcends the visible confines of this world. This longing for transcendence is a longing for truth, goodness, and beauty. Truth, goodness, and beauty are called the transcendentals of being, because they are aspects of being. Everything in existence has these transcendentals to some extent. God, of course, as the source of all truth, goodness, and beauty, has these transcendentals to an infinite degree. Oftentimes, He draws us to Himself primarily through one of these transcendentals. St. Augustine, who was drawn to beauty in all its creaturely forms, found the ultimate beauty he was seeking in God, his creator, the beauty “ever ancient, ever new.”―Sister Gabriella Yi, O.P.

Bishop Lopes: A Pledged Troth. A pastoral letter on Amoris Laetitia.

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Conscientious objection, the Catechism and the State.

Catholics are lovers of the Truth. We believe that the Truth became incarnate. Jesus is the way, the truth and the life.

Should a Christian government worker be compelled to uphold unjust laws? Should any person, government employee or not, be compelled to uphold unjust laws?
The citizen is obliged in conscience not to follow the directives of civil authorities when they are contrary to the demands of the moral order, to the fundamental rights of persons or the teachings of the Gospel. Refusing obedience to civil authorities, when their demands are contrary to those of an upright conscience, finds its justification in the distinction between serving God and serving the political community. "Render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s." "We must obey God rather than men"
When citizens are under the oppression of a public authority which oversteps its competence, they should still not refuse to give or to do what is objectively demanded of them by the common good; but it is legitimate for them to defend their own rights and those of their fellow citizens against the abuse of this authority within the limits of the natural law and the law of the Gospel. (2242)
Given the current trajectory along which many western societies are heading, is it reasonable to speculate that conscientious objectors will likely be told to conform to regressive policies of the left or risk censure of one kind or another and quite possibly incarceration? If western societies adopt policies which attempt to inhibit inalienable rights, how will western nations be any different from North Korea, the People's Republic of China, Iran, Saudi Arabia and a host of similar countries routinely identified as the worst offenders responsible for attacks on people's inalienable rights?

Will...
  • Christians be told they need not apply for government jobs?
  • Catholic and Eastern Orthodox and Oriental Orthodox Churches be forced to "employ" women "priests"?
  • parishes be forced to amend baptismal records by those who change their names for whatever reason?

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