Eight years of Catholic Grade School. Four years of Catholic High School. 50+ Years of ‘Being Catholic’.
And yet I apparently, still have much to learn about MY religion…
I haven’t said much about the foolishness going on in Wisconsin.
Why? Well, quite honestly, life is too short.
Okay, so what am I thinking? (Don’t worry, I’ll keep it brief):
1. Public Sector Unions wield too much power and throw too much financial weight around by contributing to political parties to BUY influence and impact future union contract negotiations.
2. Doctors handing out bogus ‘sick notes’ to striking teachers should be fined at minimum, and then reprimanded, by the Wisconsin Medical Examining Board of the Department of Regulation and Licensing.
3. Governor Scott Walker-R should send ‘Dog the Bounty Hunter’ into Illinois to bring the 14 missing Democrat Senators back to work. These 14 Democrats have decided to over-turn the will of the people in the state, effectively over-turning the results of the last election.
And now I get to the subject of this post. The thing I didn’t want to EVER write about here, or anywhere else, for that matter. The following excerpts I found in the National Catholic Reporter…
The chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development gave his support Feb. 24 to views on the rights of workers caught in the midst of Wisconsin’s budget battle earlier articulated by Milwaukee Archbishop Jerome E. Listecki on behalf of the state’s bishops.
“I write to express support for and solidarity with your clear statement,” said Bishop Stephen E. Blaire of Stockton, Calif., the committee chairman, in a letter to Archbishop Listecki.
“You and our brother bishops in Wisconsin are offering a timely reminder of what the church teaches on the rights and duties of workers, including the right to form and belong to unions and other associations, and the obligation to address difficult problems with respect for the rights and needs of all,” Bishop Blaire said.
The Catholic Labor Network, in its Feb. 24 newsletter, released a copy of a letter it had sent to all Wisconsin legislators on the right to organize.
“While we do not minimize the depth of the current economic crisis, we must conclude that any measure that attempts to resolve them by depriving workers of the right to organize and collectively bargain stands in direct conflict with the teaching of the Catholic Church,” the letter said.
“As brothers and sisters in the faith we urge our fellow Catholic legislators to seek remedies for Wisconsin’s economic challenges that respects our Catholic magisterial tradition, and honor the rights of Wisconsin’s workers, both public and private, to join labor unions.”
My personal opinion is that representatives of the Catholic Church have a LOT of issues which they should think about addressing with their congregations. However, honoring the ‘rights of Wisconsin’s workers’ isn’t one of THEM.
Having the Catholic Church lecture the political leadership in Wisconsin about ’Civility’ is a lot like having President Obama lecture Congress on ‘Fiscal Responsibility’. If it didn’t tick me off so much, it would be laughable…
When the Catholic Church begins advocating ‘Social Justice’ and posting ‘Green’ articles (check out the link provided, labelled “National Catholic Reporter” above), I’m thinking that they may be straying from its mission a bit. I guess this could be a Lefty Catholic fringe site, but IF this site represents mainstream Catholicism, I’m a bit out of the ‘stream’. Now that I think about it, I don’t feel ‘wet’ at all.
Shoot, I’ve got to go now, I have a whole lot of Hail Mary’s to get knocked out before I go to bed…
Hey, could one of you folks light a candle for me?
Thanks (don’t forget to put money in the steel box – prayers don’t count unless cash changes hands)…
Chant in Latin with me…
“O filly me bony belly, Bene selly all hees dominoes” (Translation provided upon request)