Thursday, November 19, 2015

Who is this, who tells me that I MUST denounce firearms ownership?


In BALTIMORE, one of the most violent cities in America, the Catholic Church will propose a Fatwa against law-abiding owners of firearms in America.  Isn't THAT ironic?

Is the Pope U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops aware that the level of firearms violence in MOST of America is not comparable to BALTIMORE?


Protect life: limit access to guns - Baltimore Sun:

Next week, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops will meet in Baltimore to update its "quadrennial statement on political responsibility, Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship." The document, which is essentially a voters guide for American Catholics circulated before presidential elections, outlines key church teachings, areas of emphasis that should inform how Catholics decide upon various candidates. The bishops must urge the faithful to support candidates who stand up to the National Rifle Association (NRA) and advance the cause of gun control.
   A "Voters Guide for American Catholics" makes Peck a Bad Boy?


If I (we) are Bad .. it is NOT because "they" (you and I) are trouble makers ... but because we have a similar level of interest in firearms ownership as criminals who use their guns for violent actions (while we keep them for sporting purposes, and to defend ourselves against violent action).

So why is the Catholic Church in America picking on me?  

I am so very proud to have been singled out by "Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship".
As if I have no conscience, and am not a citizen (regardless of my "Faith", which is none of your business thank-you-very-much).

Yes, I am insulted. I resent the insinuation that because I own guns I am a faithless marauder.

 Gun violence in America disproportionately afflicts the poor and marginalized, especially impoverished black communities in our cities. Jeffrey Goldberg writes in the Atlantic that between "1980 and 2013, 262,000 black males were killed in America," the vast majority from guns. The murder rate for African Americans is eight times higher than it is for white Americans and 12 times higher than other developed nations, reports statistician and blogger Nate Silver; the closest comparable murder rates are found in the developing world. Urban murder rates have soared again this year — especially here in Baltimore, right under the bishops' noses.
"The murder rate for African Americans is eight times higher than it is for white Americans and 12 times higher than other developed nations."

Yes. Well, I haven't murdered anyone for ... oh, I can't say; it has been SO LONG since I have murdered anyone I can't even remember it.  Am I bad?

Maybe the Catholic Church should go to those "impoverished black communities in our cities", and take a close look at exactly WHO is responsible for that disproportionate level of Gun Violence.

Here's a hint:  They Are Not Catholic!

I live in a college town in the Pacific NorthWet, and I suppose I should not feel offended by this sweeping accusation.
But I do.
Most of my friends are Friends Of Guns.  We have shooting competitions regularly. Many of my friends hunt regularly.

None of my friends murder people regularly.

Where in this "Document" does it mention that the majority of Americans do no indulge in frivolous mayhem?

The bishops must urge the faithful to support candidates who stand up to the National Rifle Association (NRA) and advance the cause of gun control.
What is this word, "must"?

MUST!  Is this, like, a Mandatory thing?  One Catholic Priest decides that the entire community which he heads must follow his arbitrary lead?  And he is unaware of the upset he has allowed in his community?

[Out of respect for the faith, I have deleted several dozens of lines of comments regarding the above subject matter]

My friend, The Hobo Brasser (who happens to be a Catholic) must find himself in something of a quandary here.  He knows that all of the hundreds of "gun nuts" among his plethora of friends are honest, responsible firearms owners.  But still, the Leader of his faith *(or his designated minions)* has declared that my friend MUST hold his nose and vote for the illegitimate bastards who would undermine our constitutional freedoms.  (Is my friend the only conservative voter in his church?)


Which draws a schism between himself and his duty to his church.  (And also between him and me, because my faith does not require me to make such schismatic decisions.)

I haven't been a member of the NRA for 20 years, but only last week I joined just because  I hoped it would piss off the hoplophobic people who denigrate me and my ilk because of our own personal beliefs about our constitutional rights (which are, I remind you .. "God Given".)

Now THE POPE is on record against me?

Brother, I take this as a personal slight.

My best friend must decide who to trust: his religious leader, or his friend of 20 years.

And is my friend going to get rid of his guns?  Well, neither of us are very good at our sport, but we enjoy both the activity and the community of pistol shooting.  I know what I'm going to do .. but what is HE going to do?

In truth, I'm only insulted.  Chagrined.
Dumb-struck by this unexpected shot in the back. (sorry, couldn't resist.)

But my Catholic friend ... I am concerned because this proposed document puts him in the uncomfortable position of having to decide whether to obey his spiritual leader, or do what he knows in his heart is the right thing to do.

How many other devout Catholics find themselves in the same quandary?

And how must the leader of a proud and righteous faith reconcile his good intentions with the harm which his arbitrary, unilateral pronouncements have imposed upon his followers?

I would like to say that I speak more in sorrow than in anger, but that whole anger thing kind of gets in the way of my good intentions.



5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Fortunately, the Pope, and bishops, have no religious police force that can compel Catholics to obey their pronouncements.
Just Call Me Anon

Mark said...

I am the Hobo Brasser and I left the Catholic church some time ago. This is just one more reason why I am no longer a Catholic. I am still a Christian, but am totally disgusted with the church. These are the same guys who look the other way when little boys are being buggered. There are many prominent Catholics who openly support abortion. They refuse to tell these people not to take communion. The current pope is goofy. No your good friend is not a Catholic.

Archer said...

Gun violence in America disproportionately afflicts the poor and marginalized, especially impoverished black communities in our cities.

Great. Go bother those "impoverished black communities in our cities" about the "gun violence" that "disproportionately afflicts" them. While you're at it, put a "convert or die" spin on it. Be sure to remind them (especially the #BlackLivesMatter crowd) that police are the "Only Ones" responsible enough to have guns. See how far you get.

Leave us lily-white peaceable suburbanites the Hell alone.

brian rooney said...

Gentlemen, gentlemen... This column, urging the USCCB to insert anti-gun language in a teaching document, was written by an associate professor of Philosophy at an Art College! It was not written by the Pope, a Bishop or a priest. It is one man' s opinion - nothing more. Please hold your vitriol until the actual document is published. I doubt you will find that it contains anything remotely close to what Mr DeBrabander ( a Belgian) espouses. The Catholic Church teaches that a person has a right - actually a responsibility - to protect innocent life, be that your own life, the lives of your families or friends or another. Patience is a virtue.

brian rooney said...

Gentlemen, gentlemen... This column, urging the USCCB to insert anti-gun language in a teaching document, was written by an associate professor of Philosophy at an Art College! It was not written by the Pope, a Bishop or a priest. It is one man' s opinion - nothing more. Please hold your vitriol until the actual document is published. I doubt you will find that it contains anything remotely close to what Mr DeBrabander ( a Belgian) espouses. The Catholic Church teaches that a person has a right - actually a responsibility - to protect innocent life, be that your own life, the lives of your families or friends or another. Patience is a virtue.