Thursday, March 30, 2006

Pope Benedict XVI on Church and State in Europe

Pro Ecclesia*Pro Familia*Pro Civitate covers the Holy Father's remarks:
As far as the Catholic Church is concerned, the principal focus of her interventions in the public arena is the protection and promotion of the dignity of the person, and she is thereby consciously drawing particular attention to principles which are not negotiable. Among these the following emerge clearly today:
- protection of life in all its stages, from the first moment of conception until natural death;

- recognition and promotion of the natural structure of the family - as a union between a man and a woman based on marriage - and its defence from attempts to make it juridically equivalent to radically different forms of union which in reality harm it and contribute to its destabilization, obscuring its particular character and its irreplaceable social role;

- the protection of the right of parents to educate their children.
These principles are not truths of faith, even though they receive further light and confirmation from faith; they are inscribed in human nature itself and therefore they are common to all humanity. The Church’s action in promoting them is therefore not confessional in character, but is addressed to all people, prescinding from any religious affiliation they may have. On the contrary, such action is all the more necessary the more these principles are denied or misunderstood, because this constitutes an offence against the truth of the human person, a grave wound inflicted onto justice itself.
The Reasonable Utopianistas of the world are fond of sidelining the Catholic Church. Their usual tactic is to stick their fingers in their ears and mantra "Separation of Church and State!" like a child screaming "I'm not listening! I'm not listening! la-la-la-la-la-la!" They must believe that if they say the same, sad lie over and over, people will eventually believe them.

Unfortunately for them, they underestimate us Fools. We keep taking the Pope at his word. And the Pope clearly explains that the Church's position on human dignity, family, marriage and the rights of parents is not rooted in her confession of faith. It's rooted in the reality of human nature and in the natural order all truly reasoned individuals can understand. Religion simply isn't involved. Therefore, there's no relevence to demanding a separation of Church and State in this context. It's only a pretext to silence the Church.

It's not surprising that the Reasonable would continue to try. No prophet receives a warm welcome. Especially prophets whose message threatens the Absolute Individualist fantasies of Utopianistas.

Unfortunately for them, no one will hear their ridiculous bantering because we Fools laugh too loud and too long!

So keep laughing, Fools! Keep laughing!