politics and the catholic church
i mentioned before that the decline of the catholic church depresses me, even though i don't really have much room to talk because i'm not much of a practicing catholic anymore. but i used to be very, very into it, and it saddens me every time i see it further devolve into social capitulation that is rampant among some forms of prodestantism. (not meant as a criticism of prodestantism, but really...gay preachers? can someone explain to me how that is not a step toward moral relativism?) say what you will about the catholic church, they have been, if nothing else, a powerful force in generally improving the human condition for a long time, and a guidepost that has served as an absolute rule between good and evil.

but now, desperate for practicioners and trying to fit into a softer world, the rule has been relaxed. which is why this post by ragin dave made alot of sense to me, as he faces a church that no longer fits into what he believes, but rather seems to be run by the folks at cnn. from shabby dress codes to rhetorically stabbing in the back the troops deployed overseas, the catholic church is no longer what it is suppossed to be: an absolute line of morality, a rock in the rolling waves of public opinion and societal pressure that will guide and support us ordinary humans for our lives and the lives of our children.

eh i babble. go read what he has to say, it's interesting and thought provoking


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ace o spades hq
bargain-basement allahpundit
a small victory
army of mom
babalu blog
beautiful atrocities
being american in t o
belmont club
blame bush!
castle argghhh!
citizen smash
the command post
common sense runs wild
curmudgeonly & skeptical, r
curmudgeonly & skeptical, pg-13
dean's world
drill sergeant rob
exit zero
enjoy every sandwich
feisty repartee
fistful of fortnights
free will
four right wing wacos
ghost of a flea
half the sins of mankind
the hatemonger's quarterly
hog on ice
house of plum
id's cage
ilyka damen
incoherant ramblings
in dc journal
the jawa report
knowledge is power
lileks bleat
the llama butchers
memento moron
the mudville gazette
naked villainy
nerf-coated world
those damned pajama people
professor chaos
professor shade
the protocols of the yuppies of zion
protein wisdom
the queen of all evil
seven inches of sense
shinobi, who is a f'n numbers ninja, yo
tall dark and mathteriouth
the nose on your face
the thearapist
this is class warfare
texas best grok
tim worstall
way off bass

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