Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Religious Liberty: Some Limericks

Just a few limericks (complete with bad rhyming) and commentary…

I wonder why Kathleen Sebelius
Believes we all think she’s serious
When “Catholic”, she claims,
Is her middle name.
Really…she must be delirious.

Sebelius insists (wrongly) that “birth control has significant health benefits for women and their families”. She rightly notes that “it is the most commonly taken drug in America by young and middle-aged women”. So…her point would be?!  It’s still against Church teaching! It’s still immoral, a grave sin!

And then she has the unmitigated gall to suggest that “…by carving out an exemption for religious organizations based on policies already in place, we are working to strike the right balance between respecting religious beliefs and increasing women's access to critical preventive health services”. Yeah. Right.

 Well, she has been told not to receive Holy Communion. This is for her own good, lest she unworthily receive the Body of Christ, but it is also necessary to protect the faithful from more scandal.

Bishop Fabian Bruskewitz has now famously called Sebelius a “bitter, fallen-away Catholic”.

Next up:

Pelosi just can’t get it right
She’d even believe “day” is “night”.
She thinks Catholic checks
Should help “contracept” sex!
Her religion is called “Kathlic-Lite”.

Nancy Pelosi has asked us to believe that the Catholic Church doesn’t really have a clue when human life actually begins; that Obamacare wouldn’t fund abortion; and that Catholics just need to get over this “conscience thing”. She has been corrected by her bishop, and has been laughed at by many who know what it really means to be Catholic. And yet, like the Energizer Bunny, she just keeps going and going and going. Disgraceful.

Now...the bishops...they are trying hard! Yay!

The bishops will fight the good fight;
They’ll wield a pen with great might!
“We cannot, we WILL not!”
They say, but it’s STILL not
Much more than a shot in the night.

I am impressed and encouraged, to some extent, by the outcry of the bishops. Good for them! And good for the ones who have had a letter read in every parish of their dioceses! We need to pray for our bishops to have the strength to wage this war, because, frankly, they’re just not used to it.

I have to admit, though, that I find this comment from Ann Barnhardt amusing, because there is certainly some truth to it (my emphasis):

Wow. I stand in awestruck wonder at the strong, masculine leadership on display. It’s like watching a battle scene in “300” . . . except in this version the Spartans are all 98 pound weaklings who are all crying like little girls and can’t even pick up their own swords without spraining their wrists. “But, but, but, if those meanies don’t stop, we, we, we’re gonna WRITE A LETTER!”

Let us pray that our bishops become more like this:

My final limerick for the day:

The warnings we had were voluminous,
Those “Kathlics” were downright unscrupulous.
We did this ourselves.
It wasn’t the elves.
It’s time we all turned back to truthfulness.

See this article, for example, and this one. The bottom line is that there have been decades of laxity in catechesis of Catholic children and adults on issues of morality and on the truth of Catholic teaching. And whose fault is that? Well, we gain nothing by pointing fingers, really, except for those responsible (all of us, in a sense) to do something about it.

We absolutely must return to an acknowledgement that there IS an absolute truth, an absolute right and wrong. And we can’t be shy about telling the world what that truth is.


Teach it. Preach it. Live it. 

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