Friday, May 19, 2006

"Religious Liberals Gain New Visibility"

See the article: Religious Liberals Gain New Visibility
The religious left is back.

Long overshadowed by the Christian right, religious liberals across a wide swath of denominations are engaged today in their most intensive bout of political organizing and alliance-building since the civil rights and anti-Vietnam War movements of the 1960s, according to scholars, politicians and clergy members.
The terms "conservative" and "liberal" are political terms and should have no place in religious matters. "Orthodox" and "heterdox" are better terms. This is a carefully organized political action, and its base philosophical beliefs are far from traditional Christianity; although the same could be said for much of conservative religious activism.

Christ came to change the world, but often our political philosophies change the teachings of Christ.

Did you ever consider why Mother Angelica located her monastery in Birmingham, Alabama? The American South has few Catholics outside of isolated pockets. But she moved there in support of the civil rights movement of the 1960s. She is considered by the Left to be an arch-conservative, but instead she should be considered orthodox. Without a solid standard of morality, how can you judge society? But if you fluidly change your standards then that cannot be orthodoxy. Numerous older so-called "conservative" clergy were active with civil rights and are quite happy with what they had done; but being orthodox, they didn't follow the protest movement into heresy with the sexual revolution, abortion, and the era of big socialist government. The civil rights movement, although problematical and highly divisive, was clearly orthodox, while heterodoxy gained the upper hand after the rejection of Humane Vitae.

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