George A. Sprecace M.D.,
J.D., F.A.C.P. and Allergy Associates of New
WHAT'S WRONG WITH THE CATHOLIC CHURCH #225
Rapid Response for SATURDAY,
"THE TRUTH SHALL MAKE YOU FREE". (John - Acts, 8:32).
statement by Jesus Christ and enshrined in the Bible was a bedrock
pronouncement of Pope John Paul ll (now canonized) as he declared Human
Dignity to be the possession of every human being during his life-long
fight to free humanity from the slavery of Communism.
was clearly in evidence as I viewed an excellent documentary on his
life offered on NetFlix. Always a favorite of mine - and especially of
my wife Therese Pahutski Sprecace, who with her mother had visited his
childhood home, I am conflicted regarding some of this holy man's
positions during his papacy.
How can one have Human Dignity when
he or she is forced as a loyal Roman Catholic to choose between this
Pope's stand against "Liberation Theology" and the Truth that over 90%
of citizens in Latin America lack the dignity of earning an honest
living on their own land?
How can committed married couples have
Human Dignity when they are forced by circumstances and by conscience
to use non-abortifacient contraception in direct opposition to the
positions of this Pope and of the Church, often living outside the
Church for decades until fertility has passed? And how can these
couples practise the intimacy vital to their married bond and to their
personal integrity only by ignoring the pronouncement about "the
Unitive function of sex? Where is the Truth in that?
How can loyal
members of the Laity, the Body of the Church, accept the Church
positions on Homosexuality, on the prohibition against divorced persons
taking Holy Communion unless remaining celibate for the rest of their
lives, and on seeing some base results of Clergy being forced to remain
unmarried and celibate - while they may have their own family members
or friends severely affected by these unmerciful positions? Where is
the Human Dignity and Truth in that?
I hope and pray that the
Popes who have passed will assist the present Pope and the current
Magisterium to see the need to restore Human Dignity to life in the
"THE TRUTH SHALL MAKE YOU FREE".
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