Stacy McCain on why the Catholic Church is not a Democracy

Ok actually it’s a post about Planned Parenthood and teaching sexual perversion but hidden cleverly within that post is a basic argument against morality by vote.

Stacy notes the planned parenthood course and his own alternative course on how to teach kids about sex to help reduce teenage pregnancy which involves other motivations.

This is the kind of basic common-sense curriculum kids really need. Simple messages like, “Stop Wanking to Porn, You Horny Freaks” and “There Were More Than 1.4 Million Cases of Chlamydia Last Year. Don’t Be the Next Case. Keep Your Britches On, Missy.” We must implement the Four Basic Principles of Sex Education:
Fear.
Guilt.
Shame.
And more Fear.

He notes that “most sex problems can be solved by basic common sense.” However there is a problem with basic common sense in that it doesn’t satisfy the desires of the people who are looking to gratify their senses.  They don’t want basic common sense, they want what they want.  This problem in fact is not new as St. Paul reminded us in his letter to the Romans:

For I know that good does not dwell in me, that is, in my flesh. The willing is ready at hand, but doing the good is not.  For I do not do the good I want, but I do the evil I do not want.

Romans 7:18-19

So the natural inclination on man is to follow his animal instinct toward sin, which is why you have clear Biblical teaching on this subject and the consistent teaching of the church to back it up.

But what happens if rather than the clear teaching of the church you decide to select doctrine based on the whims of man?  As Andrew Sullivan and others have demonstrated it’s much to redefine what sin is rather than to actually resist it,

Let’s say for example a man is not getting sexual satisfaction from his wife.  Under the doctrine of the church to seek alternatives, such as pornograpy, or an affair is a matter of deliberate mortal sin, sin that separates us from God and requires repentance and sacramental confession to return to a state of grace.

But what if we redefine salvation to say:  Once saved always saved, suddenly it doesn’t matter if we consume all the porn we want, or sleep around or spend money on prostitutes since one can never lose their reward it’s not a problem.  So one can literally bathe themselves in sin and not fear for their reward.

Thus can a person conform themselves to an age and by redefining what is sexually acceptable for kids Planned Parenthood redefines acceptable behavior among those who have the least will, resistance (or desire to resist) bad decision that will last a lifetime.

But while we moan for our kids who make this mistake is this not the mistake of the Protestant reformers who decided to redefine scripture?  From that 95 Thesis nailed to a door with the intention to correct a scandal what has come.  Thousands of denominations that have proven themselves able to redefine not only doctrine but sin.

Do you think I exaggerate?  consider:

100 years ago,  every single protestant denomination considered birth control a sin, now 100 years later all have dropped it .  Who still stands on that point?  The Catholic church?

10 Years ago no  protestant denomination recognized gay marriage, now denomination after denomination is falling, but not the catholic church.

In fact just last week we saw the latest change from the Anglicans 

Priests had apparently felt that the ceremony — which asks parents and godparents whether they will renounce Satan — was too complex and confusing to people who don’t regularly attend church, so it was “quietly voted” out by the General Synod, the denomination’s legislative body, according to Religion News Service.

Rather than rejecting the devil outright, these parties will now simply be asked to “turn away from sin” and to “reject evil,” a development that has sparked some debate.

Too complex?  Renouncing the Devil is too complex at a ceremony of Christian initiation?  I’d be surprised, but as the Anglican church was founded on the basis of Henry VIII deciding  marital fidelity was too complex it not that much of a stretch to decide rejecting the Devil is just too tough for people to handle.

And that ‘s why the Catholic church is not and never will be a democracy, because morality and right and wrong is not a matter for vote, it’s something defined by God.  If you allow man to vote on sin then in no time it is done for man’s own gratification or wealth or standing.  Suddenly eternal truths are subject to what is popular that day.

What Planned Parenthood is doing today is the same thing, they are redefining the game, the goal is to find a way to justify action that will in the long run bring more of those kids to their doors seeking abortion, all of this comes from the redefining of morality and all of that comes from removing the Judeo-Christian values from the American ethos.

The irony of course is that in America a country founded primarily by protestants (with a notable exception Charles Carroll of Carrollton who ironically was the last surviving signer or the Declaration dying in 1832) it is the Catholic Church that remains the most consistent  in standing for basic morality and the eternal truths that our founding fathers fought for.

I’ll give the last words to John Adams

Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.

and to Christ and the apostles from the Gospel of John

Then many of his disciples who were listening said, “This saying is hard; who can accept it?”

Since Jesus knew that his disciples were murmuring about this, he said to them, “Does this shock you?  What if you were to see the Son of Man ascending to where he was before?   It is the spirit that gives life, while the flesh  is of no avail. The words I have spoken to you are spirit and life.  But there are some of you who do not believe.” Jesus knew from the beginning the ones who would not believe and the one who would betray him.  And he said, “For this reason I have told you that no one can come to me unless it is granted him by my Father.”

As a result of this, many (of) his disciples returned to their former way of life and no longer accompanied him.

Jesus then said to the Twelve, “Do you also want to leave?”

Simon Peter answered him, “Master, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.  We have come to believe and are convinced that you are the Holy One of God.”

John 6:60 -69