USCCB (United States Conference of Catholic Bishops; this writer i.e., tjdonegan, is a Roman Catholic…) have decided that it is time for the Church to once again issue a letter which will likely lead to no cultural moral amelioration (it doesn’t address morality, in general), but it may lead to greater social turmoil, viz: It may provide another cudgel for ideologues and Leftist socialist activists with which to beat their moral opponents i.e., the orthodox Catholics, denominational Christians and conservatives (moralists)… We do not claim that this is the intent of the USCCB “Open Wide Our Hearts” (the Bishops letter), but we do claim that the Bishops are slothfully addressing cultural symptoms, rather than the malady which ubiquitously afflicts, and is killing our civilization, and their response is actually an example of what is manifest from the cultural disease…
Racism is immoral! It is an injustice to deny another their due predicated upon an accidental aspect which may – but need not – attend to human (moral) beings. Humans – as the only moral beings of which we humans have knowledgeable* – can choose to order themselves to the moral law, or reduce the moral law to their sentimental impetuses; generally, the latter is the case, and this due to ignorance as to what is the moral law…
* Note: we can believe in angels, and we can know there is a God – although many think it is necessary to believe that there is a God, it is actually the case that one can know there is a God; it is a faith proposition to claim: “there is no God!”
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Although racism is immoral, it is also immoral to accuse another of being a racist; unless one knows that the individual accused as a racist, is a racist, one is maligning another upon something other than knowledge, thus one is “judging by appearances.” But God – as Jesus Christ – commands: “Stop judging by appearances, but judge justly.” John 7: 24. And it is also the case that misogyny, nativism, sexism, et al, are also immoral, and likewise accusing another of such injustices – without knowledge, or the individual’s souls ordering – is also immoral… What is needed? Wouldn’t it be grand if the USCCB did something novel, and penned a letter on morality, and moral obligations… If one understands morality, and its obligations, one will likely avoid judging others by appearances and will tend to rebuke those which do… If objective morality were ubiquitously taught, encourage, embraced and lived, it would eventually lead to minimizing racism, sexism, misogyny et al, and also the baseless accusations which are so frequently tossed about; moreover, it would lead to greater sexual chastity, fairer treatment of employees, and employers and many more social (moral) ameliorations; it would establish for – people in general – a common-ground, whereby cultural ostracism would result – organically – in response to anti-social conduct… This is why Jesus Christ includes these commandments: “If you bother sins [against you], go and tell him his fault between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have won over your brother. If he does not listen, take one or two others along with you, so that ‘every fact may be established on the testimony of two or three witnesses.’ If he refuses to listen to them, tell the church. If he refuses to listen even to the church, then treat him as you would a Gentile or a tax collector.” Matthew 18: 15-17
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As it is, the USCCB are avoiding morally chastening the culture as a whole (the entire culture needs moral admonishment, to include the USCCB and all of their moral failures, e.g., child-molestation and clergy…) which exhibits a moral selectivity as they issue their letters (Rebuking the concept of “racism” and the few individuals in this culture that are actually motivated by antipathy for people-of-color, because of their color is pretty non-polemical, and pretty safe; a cynic may see it as a distraction from the Bishops real duties…). We think – vis-à-vis the culture-of-death – issuing a letter which treats racism, is a bit like attempting to kill swarming mosquitoes with an ice-pick… And we think the Bishops – in that issuance of that letter – appear insincere in carrying forth the Mission with which the Lord Jesus Christ left His Church, to wit: “Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.” Matthew 28: 19-20
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