Church’s teachings the path to true freedom

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I wish to comment on the column “When intolerance crosses the line” by Peter Jackson (Feb. 26).
Jackson writes that when he was younger, he grappled mightily with the dichotomy between freedom and democracy, between freedom and tolerance.

Jackson tells us that he was mixed up in the past, but I say he is more mixed up today because he has scuttled the truth. He has divorced freedom from the truth and it is the truth that makes us free.

What is the truth, asked Pope John Paul II in the encyclical, “The Splendour of Truth.” It is the eternal law of God. The eternal law of God is nothing more than God’s plan and purpose for the universe. God is the architect of the universe. His plan is the truth and if we want to be free, we follow that plan. Two men or two women marrying one another is not based on truth and will not lead to freedom, but to enslavement.

The institution of marriage involving a man and a woman for the sake of love and procreation is the action of the creator God. The redefining of marriage by the secular state is an act of man devoid of legitimate authority.

Every human being has the Natural Law given to him or her by God. In other words, the Eternal Law of God — the Ten Commandments — is a list of do’s and don’ts; God alone has the truth. The Catholic Church teaches that the Eternal Law of God is the objective norm for all morality — not mankind, not society, not a court.

Jackson is proposing a new totalitarianism which will force people to be tolerant. In this new age, biblical sins become rights and the secular state lambastes churches prohibiting sodomy and so-called gay marriages. Hate-crime legislation becomes the instrument to force one to accept liberal teachings. We live in an age of totalitarianism where people are forced to be tolerant no matter how serious the evil. Father Thomas Euteneuer says, “Never in all history have we seen evil promoted so effectively.”

In a candid interview, notorious feminist Camille Paglia has the courage to speak honestly about this sick age. She says, “What we are seeing is how a civilization commits suicide.” She speaks out strongly in defence of masculine virtues and says, “Ignoring the biological differences between man and woman risks undermining Western civilization.” She reacts strongly to the notion that gay people are born gay — referring to such thinking as a piece of false information put out as a hoax.   

Paglia sees the tacit elevation of “female values” such as sensitivity, socialization and co-operation as the main aim of teachers; rather than fostering creative energy and teaching hard geographical and historical facts. She contends that school systems are creating a toxic environment for boys. Paglia’s friend, Christine Hoff Sommers, has written about the war against boys for more than a decade.

We, in the Western World, no longer use words like good and evil. We have become a law onto ourselves — we have our values, you have yours, end of story. Peter Jackson, being tolerant gives the individual the right to do, to say or think, whatever you please. However, true freedom is the right to do what you ought.

 

George McIsaac

St. John’s

Organizations: Catholic Church

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  • david
    April 14, 2014 - 11:42

    "Church’s teachings the path to true freedom"..... But unfortunately, Church's actions the path to somewhere else.

  • Herb Morrison
    April 11, 2014 - 10:11

    Note to Peter Two. To begin with I wouldn't describe Mr. McIsaac as being a tortured soul. It is more likely, but not a certainty that Mr. McIsaac is from or was influenced by people of my 60+ generation, a time when Roman Catholics were told that the Catholic Church is the only true Church, and all Protestants were going to Hell. Fortunately, both the present-day Roman Catholic Church, in general; and my Roman Catholic relatives and friends; in particular, are considerably better enlightened than Mr. McIsaac. Secondly Petertwo, the Bible tells of an encounter between Jesus and an unidentified person who addressed Jesus as Good Master. Jesus response was: "Why do you call me good? There is none good except my Father in Heaven. Which leads me to believe that Jesus was teaching by example, as He sometimes did, that extolling of one's virtues is not a Christian concept.

  • Petertwo
    April 11, 2014 - 08:27

    I think George McIsaac is a somewhat tortured soul himself, so what do you propose we do about it all? I hate to mention this but do you think God is too stunned not to know what is going on? It's His world so leave Him alone and let Him, through Jesus, do His work, patience is a Christian virtue after all.

  • Dr. Bob Wilson
    April 11, 2014 - 05:07

    I was involved in two debates on Natural Law in 1980's Ireland. Dail hEireann, the Irish parliament, had voted to submit to the people a referendum which would have allowed civil divorce if approved by a majority; you will not be surprised to learn that the proposed legislation was violently opposed by the Roman Catholic hierarchy on the grounds that divorce "is" against "Natural Law". At the same time, a neo-pagan Dublin magazine, \Ancient Ways\, was running two debates on whether machinery "was" or "was not" against Natural Law and on whether anti-aging research "is" or "is not" against Natural Law. I participated in both of these debates also, and it became quite clear to me that the Natural Law mystique, in Catholic, libertarian or neo-pagan forms, remains basically a set of rhetorical strategies to \hypnotize\ others into the state which Bernard Shaw called "barbarism" and defined as "the belief that the laws of one's own tribe are the laws of the universe." Thus, from a skeptical and agnostic (not dogmatically atheistic) point of view, the Catholic doctrine of "Natural Law" seems to be an abstraction and reification of Statute Law based on sheer bluff. We can see and observe the highway patrol, and we know something about what happens to people hauled into court by them, but nobody has ever seen the Catholic "god" and the claim that he has a kind of super-jail, worse than any human prison and called "Hell," where he tortures those who rouse his ire, has simply not been proven. Of course, one cannot \disprove\ the existence of this "god" and his torture chamber - like the "essences" involved in transubstantiation, they have been defined so as to be incapable of proof or disproof - but whether or not one is going to be frightened by such bogeys depends on one's willingness to buy a pig in a poke.

    • Colin Burke
      April 11, 2014 - 09:42

      Dr. Wilson, it seems to me that the foundation of natural law properly understood is the truth, perceptible to human understanding but unproved and unprovable as a first principle must be, that persons deserve the effects of what they do. Divorce would then be contrary to the natural law if people getting married intended their marriage to be permanent; they would have made their marital relationship one that lasted until death, and they could not then unmake that permanence without travelling back in time to the moment they had married. Hell, I am inclined to think, consists in the mind's being permanently identified after death with its having chosen to act contrary to one's deserving one's deeds' effects. That principle has largely been ignored because our civilization's favourite commercial practices run counter to it: for instance, "operating" machinery which runs on energy from inanimate sources is a negation of actual "doing" -- no one does the movement of a motor vehicle -- and therefore results in people's gaining benefits they do not deserve. I hope you may find this helpful; applications of "natural law" not founded on such primary principle are most likely indeed the kind of abuses of reason which you have mentioned. Religious arguments do not establish natural law applications but must accord with them.

  • Morris
    April 10, 2014 - 05:38

    Your belief in the Catholicism is a freedom you have, only because I have the freedom NOT to accept or believe such supernatural nonsense! The " we in the western world" statement clearly demonstrates your position of superiority! "True Freedom" might occur when the Vatican decides not to oppose the UN's repeated requests for historical data re incidents of child abuse!

    • Colin Burke
      April 10, 2014 - 10:25

      Yes, indeed, Morris, you have especially the freedom to say why you believe belief in the supernatural is nonsense. Carry on.