On being a good son of the Church

Jesus crucified passion of the christ

Jesus not playing politics. Crux stat dum volvitur orbis.

Recently I published a post entitled Father Byers’ run for political office? In that post I tried to make a good argument for dabbling in politics as a priest, befuddling both left and right. Just smacking people down to make ourselves look better than “them” does not draw those in the peripheries to take note of the pastoral wisdom of the Church.

Did not Jesus redeem us all? Does He not want that we also be saved? Were we not all in the peripheries of left and right until we assented to allow ourselves to be drawn by Him to the Cross when He was lifted up to that great height? Can we do that if we pretend that we’ve never ever been on the peripheries, that He never had to forgive us, that we were always correct even as we crucified Him?

What does a good son of the Church say? He says “Jesus have mercy on me, a sinner.”

 

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3 responses to “On being a good son of the Church

  1. nancyv

    Well…hmmm….(that kind of just shamed me in my thoughts about your post about being on the Board of Aldermen) I am pretty sure you would have been the best politically incorrect holder of that office..

  2. Father George David Byers

    In truth, I would have had to resign as I would perpetually be abstaining from voting as I simply cannot compromise on moral issues, and there are many in politics. At that point, the other Alderman would appoint a replacement who could otherwise not get elected, and that may have well been the point. Nothing is as it seems, right?

  3. elizdelphi

    I was on the left periphery and had some very gravely wrong opinions prior to coming back to the Church, where I am now among many people who identify with the right periphery. Political “orthodoxies” often substitute for the role that authentic moral reasoning should have in people’s lives even to the extent of seeking to instrumentalize religion as a means to political ends. It is upside down and although I saw this up close and in an extreme way in my “progressive” days it happens both on the left and the right. I can no longer believe in letting political movements have such a big role in shaping our opinions, which is also so polarizing creating deep gulfs of suspicion between people. “Seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness.”

    In other words, join the American Solidarity Party today! http://www.solidarity-party.org/
    (just kidding, sort of, I admire this effort to form what is basically a Catholic Social Teaching party rather than another secular ideological identity)

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