On Church and State
While we are constantly warned against the danger of mixing religion with politics, the current state of the Church, as well as the quasi-religious hysteria of the American political scene, suggests that there is not a whole lot of difference between the two.
The Catholic Church is, for one, in really deep trouble
over its cover-ups of clerical sexual misconduct and crimes -- not just in the
Meanwhile, the USA, once admired as the world's most democratic country, has begun to be regarded the world's pariah, no longer a shining example for other nations, but as a "bully" that feels entitled to dictate to the rest of the world what it must do to curry our favor and be considered our "friend". Not to be "with us" is to be "against us" -- certainly a hypocritical stance to take while our government refuses to be with the rest of the world when it comes curbing pollution, controlling nuclear proliferation, or even bringing international criminals to justice. And as our new officially declared national defense policy openly declares it, no one may have weapons of mass destruction, except of course ourselves and our "friends" -- as if any nation should be any longer allowed to possess them! If ever there was an example of a nation operating under a double-standard, we are seen by the rest of the world to be it.
Yet, oddly enough, the cause of both the Church's and the
If this be true, then all this suggests the cure for this
colossal mess can only come at an almost tremendous cost, some form of
tremendous humiliation, and even then, whether that cure can be in the end,
successful, remains somewhat in doubt.
Perhaps there should be less doubt when it comes to the Catholic Church,
which in one form or another has been with us for nearly two-thousand
years. As more than one historian has
observed, any institution that has survived so much internal corruption for so
long almost has to have had divine protection.
But when it comes to political institutions, these tend to be much more
short-lived. If "
Surely there is a lesson in all this for both
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