Cathloholics Anonymous: A Sobering Communion With Facts

With the selection of a new Pope, certainly a lot of mention is being made of the Catholic Church sex scandals. It was a matter of time before someone took the crass easy shot of making sure homosexuality stays blended with molestation in the minds of the auto-pilot public. Leave that to Bill O’Reilly, who this week, took it upon himself to ‘whoopsie daisy’ conflate homosexuality with molestation (more on that later).  Alas, I figure it’s worth clarifying this matter as this poison calls for an antidote.  It is often said that the two have nothing to do with each other, and just as often silently assumed that they do. But it is never explained how the two got conjoined to begin with. Here’s how:

1.  Absolution of sin by proximity to God.

If you’ve grown up in a Catholic family/country, then you’ve been immersed in a culture that makes certain you are aware that any deviation from heterosexuality is an outright sin, and one that you should be immensely ashamed of.  The prolonged internalization of this feeling can cause some men to ‘hide’ from persecution on the the two fronts they face it on:  1. society/family and  2. God himself.  By entering the clergy, the men, who are deviants by Catholic measure, are ‘excused’ from displaying any normal sexuality because they are to be chaste, therefore, no suspicion is ever aroused that they are homosexual since they don’t take wives.  The same modality is applied the molestor-types, as obviously taking a child partner would never be possible.  That is the the model of deflection used toward society.  And for their personal concerns, they can assuage their guilt and sinful nature through their constant communion with and proximity to God working in the Church.

2. Law Of Attraction – if you were to describe the Cardinal signs of Catholicism, they might be: sexually repressed, and guilt ridden.  Who else might be feeling this way? Those who are told their sexuality is sinful. Life is set up in a way that people who are of a similar feather flock together. What an irony then that this grand institution has focused so much energy into fear and judgement that it has become the most vibrationally similar element to that which it condemns.

Obviously homosexuality is not a sin against anyone.  This differentiates it from the configuration of sexuality which imposes upon a victim through molestation.  It is unfortunate that Catholicism has erroneously condemned Homosexuality to be such a sin, and it is because of this that the Homosexuals – who are innocent of any sexual immorality – are subjected to the same feelings of shame as those who are actually inclined to sexual crime.  So…it ends up being people who internalize shame that gravitate toward the clergy, although their reason for harboring this shame is MARKEDLY different.

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Religion & Science

I see one person who knows how to speak his language, and another person who only knows how to write in his language.  They’ve both just seen a plane fly by and they’re trying to explain it to each other.

Which one is correct in their explanation?

There is validity to each approach (religious & scientific) because the truth is an integration of both systems.

Religion [spirituality] is to physical law/science what the human body is to mechanics/technology.  It is the most advanced manifestation possible in this realm.

Spirituality is the most technologically advanced science.

It is such because it represents a confluence of truth on all aspects of existence in all dimensionalities experienceable and influenceable upon Human life.

The universe is encoded with patterns.  If you were to climb up a strand of DNA, compositing an image of its plan one base pair sequence at a time, you would eventually be able to extrapolate the whole and have an idea of what’s going on.  I believe we can approach reality the same way.

Both science and religion mirror each other along the Human timeline in terms of how their ‘truths’ have been defined (in the case of science) or depicted (in the case of religions).  It’s interesting how science has changed just as much as religion (and why should science change? – It’s science and supposed to be factual and unmalleable once deemed as fact).  Yet many concepts have come and gone from medicine and astronomy –  at the same time religious doctrines have been revised and adapted to serve better the civilizations that were participating in them.  New religions emerge, and new pseudo-sciences emerge.  Why should the inerrant word of God be any more revisable than an agreed upon scientific fact?  Yet this is cyclically the case.  The world cannot stay flat forever.  Ironically, sometimes it is a person’s faith that a fact is different from what is being purported, that leads to new scientific discovery.

Staging Ground

So, after 10 years of war, have you any idea what it was for?  To borrow a line…..”Ask yourself,…are you better off?”

I had to do a little mental addition…of all the conspiracy theories, main stream media talking head arguments, administration justifications, and independent conversations I’ve heard that have produced the precise ‘reason’ we have been straddled in war for the last decade – and I’d have to say that there must be 10 irrefutably accurate reasons why we did what we did, all correct, and all mutually exclusive, naturally.

How the hell is this possible.

How can we be mired in war on 2 fronts for 10 years and yet if you ask around, either no one knows why, or they state something completely different than the last person you just asked.   How can something as ominous and last resort-ish as war exist in a bubble of ambiguity… What is the precedence for this?  When was this ever possible before this new strange time period? ….So what does it mean…

I reviewed some of the aforementioned theories – mainstream and conspiratorial – in my living room tonight with some opinionated friends. And I came to a realization: the only measurable outcome from having engaged and sustained these conflicts is the hemorrhaging of American wealth.

So why would this be happening… If nature abhors a vacuum (the one where our money used to be), by whom and for why is this void in our power being created?

Someone must be creating a staging ground to swoop in and ‘save us’ from the very problem that they created.

Do you care that Iraqi women have the right to vote? Do you care that Afghan girls can go to school? Do you care that democracy is now the burgeoning political modality in Iraq (joke)? Can the average American even point out Iraq on a map yet? …Probably not.  So don’t tell me that our populous ever cared about the goings-on of some countr(ies) that they weren’t even thinking about until they were told to.  Millions are unemployed, removed from their homes, and are we supposed to believe that any of these people think this scenario was worth giving some foreigners the right to vote?  Hardly.  They should’ve fought and died for it just like we did.

Nothing of the good accomplishments we achieved there will be sustainable. It was never the true intention to revolutionize their way of life for their own sake to begin with, and it is impossible to forcefully evolve another society. This must happen from within to be authentic and sustainable. Our country cannot change their sociological philosophy for the better anymore than you could authentically invade someone’s home at gun point, murder their abusive man of the house, rob their valuables, and then sway them that the reason this was all made possible was because of the God-given bestowments of Democracy that you have that they don’t but now they should try it out too.

What are we in for…. because we haven’t been told the truth.

Traditions: at Once Unifying, and Causing Separation – The Original Sin

When I hear men reference “traditional marriage” and a more “traditional” American culture I immediately reflex in thought that what was “traditional” in terms of human behavior toward another has always been exactly what un-becomes tradition and evolves the fastest.

“Traditional” to me can be a lovely thing when it is describing the practices man has over inanimate objects; like how to prepare a turkey, how to dance a jig, how and when to sing a hymn, how to cuss in your grandparent’s language, etc.  I notice how it starts to get a little dangerous when tradition envelopes Human will and appears to rightfully trump free will when deciding what is ‘better’ for certain people to do with their lives.  Traditional values, traditional marriage, are things that come to mind.  And so I have noticed a bit of a logical conflict here – it seems the people most interested in maintaining a traditional lifestyle are the people who are leading Biblically centered lives, yet in the Bible the entire premise for man’s bothering to be brought into existence is to exercise free will.  So why then, impede God’s plan for Humans to have free will by being so insistent that people adhere to a particular set of values?  Isn’t this innately defiant to the creator you believe in?

Furthermore, it is hard not to notice that the leaving-out of anyone who cannot accommodate a certain traditionally presupposed lifestyle would mean that those who can are separating themselves from those who cannot.  This to me is seemingly the least Christ-like behavior, as it is a clear repetition and re-manifestation of the Original Sin – Separation from God.  How can you be Holy if you are constantly premising your existence on separating yourself from other creations of God, by way of you religion, your lifestyle, your politics, your values, etc?  The act of separation by self-espoused liturgical people seems to me to be an utterly devilish act.

I’d have to also point out that the only thing that makes a concept traditional is its repetition.  And a lot of very bad things get repeated.  So this cannot be the only logical anchor point for tradition – and yet it is.  Any number of hideous practices have been filed as tradition and reverently so.  Mayans cut the heart out of their sacrificial neighbor, cut their head off and rolled it down temple steps.  Obviously this would bring good crops and is a wonderful tradition.  It has been tradition in India for families to arrange the marriage of their offspring.  Women love this and it has nothing to do with them being seen as property or beneficial to extending a family line and funding said family through a dowry.  It is one of America’s newer traditions – but some Mormon men traditionally perpetrate the brainwashing and use of underage females for service as a wife, homemaker, sex-haver, baby farmer and general subservient to the male ego and sex drive.  But the women love this.  It is called a “traditional” life style in the Mormon faith, adhering to their earliest (read: 180 year old) tenants, and therefore it must be good.  It uses the word TRADTIONAL.  Aren’t you listening?  Traditional means good.  It is synonymous only with turkey, Christmas, Jesus, national anthems and nothing that can ever hurt you.  It has been in no way involved with the perpetuation of some bad ideas that have hurt or limited people anywhere in the world ever.  Just call something tradition, and you will have incited a magical incantation hypnotizing the sheepeople into a relaxed, receptive lull, wherein agreement to what ever you just said is rufied into their date-rape ready mind.  And they were asking for it.

If it were really God’s Law to live in a certain manner, then it couldn’t be violated.  Wouldn’t it stand to reason that God’s Laws would outrank the laws of physics?  Try violating gravity and see what happens.

So then there really must not be any true laws from the creator governing the soft-tissue of our social lives.  Whites can marry blacks, men can marry each other, Jews can eat shellfish, and the world is not knocked off its axis and the sun still came up tomorrow…which reminds me of another set of actual inviolable laws, those of nature…including Human nature.

So the next time you hear someone refer to a deviant lifestyle as violating “traditional” values, or that it is against God’s Law, you can breathe a sigh of relief knowing that both are abstract concepts in the minds of men, and always have been.  Guess it’s just tradition.