Monday, August 27, 2007

Just odd but typical

Joseph Biden: a frank and abiding faith

"There are elements within the church who say that if you are at odds with any of the teachings of the church, you are at odds with the church. I think the church is bigger than that."

And then this:
"I was raised at a time when the Catholic Church was fertile with new ideas and open discussion about some of the basic social teaching of the Catholic Church," Biden says. "Questioning was not criticized; it was encouraged."
He recalls a question in a ninth-grade theology class at Archmere. "How many of you questioned the doctrine of transubstantiation?" the teacher asked, referring to the teaching that the bread and wine change into the body and blood of Christ during the Eucharist. No hands were raised. Finally, Biden raised his. "Well, we have one bright man, at least," the teacher said.

I think this part is my personal fave:

He told them that while he personally opposes abortion, he would not vote to overthrow the US Supreme Court's 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that gave women the right to terminate a pregnancy. Nor, however, would he vote to use federal funds to fund abortion.

"I don't think I have the right to impose my view – on something I accept as a matter of faith – on the rest of society," he writes in his autobiography.

Another cafeteria Catholic who wants us to call him one of our own. It's nauseating. How can you be that "faithful" and that wrong about Church teaching? I don't think you can.


Lily said...

This is one of my pet peeves. I've written about this before as well. I've also submitted rebuttals to some of these "Catholic" publications, only to be rejected. Does it surprise me that they will not publish my rebuttals? No, it would surprise me if they did! It is difficult to stomach the cafeteria catholics and their publications. Sometimes you hear cafeteria theology from the pulpit too, sigh, that is the worst. Yep, a real pet peeve of mine.

Mac McLernon said...

Mine too. You either accept the Church's teaching as the Truth, or you don't. Jesus was not just a good man with a message. He claimed to be God. Either he spoke the truth, or he was a liar. Liars are not my definition of "good men." If Jesus is God, then we have to accept his Church. All of it. End of!

FloridaWife said...

That teeth clacker disappoints me.

I especially didn't like how he was during the John Roberts confirmation hearings.

AND while we're at it, what about this whole Michael Vick thing and cruelty to dogs is horrid but cruetly to an unborn human is okay.