Subtly, ingraining by practising in Church masses, a past contentious issue.
Well, at least at my parish and another which shares the same parish priest.
This contentious issue, those in the SFX parish must surely admit, had been actively promulgated in the past, by a particular priest. This priest, I can attest for a fact, had been very vocal in church masses ever since the Anwar Ibrahim Sodomy I debacle.
In that 1999 election year, a completely Parti Keadilan poster emblazoned van was allowed to be parked prominently within the church compound entrance of SFX, during the election period. I found that extremely irresponsible and detestable.
Coming back to the present time. The political psy-war, reminding religious "repression", is beginning.
All Saints' Day mass in my parish, 1 November - reciting Lamb of God in Bahasa Malaysia.
The very next week, a hymn - in Bahasa Malaysia, at another parish but sharing my parish priest.
I had delayed putting up this post but I can do so no longer.
This last Sunday, the other parish in a more affluent part of Kuala Lumpur nearby, had this priest just like all opposition zombies (not the parish priest and I find it a strange "coincidence" they are all not of the parish) giving a sermon heavily political in the guise religious parallelism.
I will not mention what could be considered a very seditious remark in that sermon but suffice, by his warped opposition mentality, to ask what has PPSMI got anything to do with religion?
According to this opposition political adhering priest, decisions on this issue is "playing God".
Digressing but pertinently, in a personal conversation with a very prominent blogger of him wanting to do an article on Christian sermons, he explained to me that all sermons (khutbah) in mosques had to get clearance from the religious authorities. He asked me whether it was the same for Christian sermons. I cannot confirm then or now.
If priests and Bishops would want a hand and say in politics, I say how hypocritical. They neither protest nor condone the Merdeka Sexuality hoopla but get caught in between a rock and a hard place and resort to "nuances" which to me is more doublespeak,
"However, Bishop Paul Tan said he felt constrained to caution campaigners against the mistreatment of people with with an unconventional sexual orientation about pushing their stance to the extent it paves the way for the legitimisation of ‘queer’ behaviour."Is it any wonder priests of the lower order are given licence to engage in politics
“A wise circumspection is needed when importing the western human rights agenda lock, stock and barrel into our context,” he opined.
“There has emerged in our society a broad consensus transcending race and religion on issues of human rights - on their urgency, legitimacy and desirability,” he added.
“This consensus was long in the making and was painstakingly gained. For this reason, nothing ought to be done that would imperil this consensus arriving at its culmination in a more just and equitable Malaysia,” he elaborated
when the Bishop can take a shot at Govt,
"Catholic Bishop Dr Paul Tan Chee Ing has expressed regret over the police ban of Seksualiti Merdeka workshop, saying it was another reflection of the manacles the powers-that-be wanted the Malaysia mind to be confined within."
What I find revolting is when these opposition political campaigns are being pursued and preached in Church in the guise of quest for social reforms. They are obviously not. Not in the manner these priests would like to have us believe. It is their political proclivity that is speaking, not of men of the cloth.
I do not care if it is for or against the Govt. For or against any political party.
Funny that politically laced sermons have never had anything good to say about the Govt. Meaning if priests see it fit to criticise the Govt, by the same token should not the Govt be commended, when commendableness is due?
One such example is the Govt stand on Hudud.
Politically motivated or otherwise, non-Mulims are relieved by the Govt's stand, Christians especially cannot deny this.
Conveniently, matters like the Merdeka Sexuality and the Hudud issue would not find it's way into any sermon in Church. All practising Catholics, support or at least welcome, the Govt's decision to ban this sexuality workshop or whatever it may be.
The same can be said of the Govt's position on Hudud.
We all know where Bishop Paul Tan stands on this.
"Top Catholic bishop tells non-Muslims to support hudud in Kelantan", Harakahdaily, if you don't.
So, if Bishop and priests are actively but subtly telling Catholics the Govt is bad, it will not come as a surprise that Catholics will not support Barisan Nasional in the next 13th GE.
I end this post with a paragraph from the Vatican Council II call for all Catholics, priests and Bishops.
DECLARATION ON RELIGIOUS FREEDOM
ON THE RIGHT OF THE PERSON AND OF COMMUNITIES
TO SOCIAL AND CIVIL FREEDOM IN MATTERS RELIGIOUS
PROMULGATED BY HIS HOLINESS POPE PAUL VI
ON DECEMBER 7, 1965
Furthermore, (a Muslim dominant) society (like Malaysia) has the right to defend itself against possible abuses committed on the pretext of freedom of religion. It is the special duty of government to provide this protection. However, government is not to act in an arbitrary fashion or in an unfair spirit of partisanship. Its action is to be controlled by juridical norms which are in conformity with the objective moral order. These norms arise out of the need for the effective safeguard of the rights of all (including Muslim) ) citizens and for the peaceful settlement of conflicts of rights, also out of the need for an adequate care of genuine public peace, which comes about when men live together in good order and in true justice, and finally out of the need for a proper guardianship of public morality.My emphasis are in bold and parenthesis.
For the sake of those cursing me by now, the original excerpt unedited,
The right to religious freedom is exercised in human society: hence its exercise is subject to certain regulatory norms. In the use of all freedoms the moral principle of personal and social responsibility is to be observed. In the exercise of their rights, individual men and social groups are bound by the moral law to have respect both for the rights of others and for their own duties toward others and for the common welfare of all. Men are to deal with their fellows in justice and civility.If any Catholic have any doubts about the authenticity of the above excerpt, go ask that opposition zombie priest who gave that sermon last Sunday or you can ask Bishop Paul Tan Chee Ing.
Furthermore, society has the right to defend itself against possible abuses committed on the pretext of freedom of religion. It is the special duty of government to provide this protection. However, government is not to act in an arbitrary fashion or in an unfair spirit of partisanship. Its action is to be controlled by juridical norms which are in conformity with the objective moral order. These norms arise out of the need for the effective safeguard of the rights of all citizens and for the peaceful settlement of conflicts of rights, also out of the need for an adequate care of genuine public peace, which comes about when men live together in good order and in true justice, and finally out of the need for a proper guardianship of public morality.
These matters constitute the basic component of the common welfare: they are what is meant by public order. For the rest, the usages of society are to be the usages of freedom in their full range: that is, the freedom of man is to be respected as far as possible and is not to be curtailed except when and insofar as necessary.
Blogger had always wanted to send this message to The Sun to increase it's reader circulation:
Please contact blogger to provide contact details of blogger's parish to send it's Monday to Friday issues for distribution. The Sun can then contact person/s in charge to assist in distributing The Sun among it's parishioners, as he/she/they have been assisting another free tabloid, "Selangor Times" printed by the the Selangor State Government, to circulate within the Church premises. Parishioners and blogger can then get copies of The Sun which parishioners and blogger had missed during the week.
Dear Barisan Nasional,
Please see how "Selangor Times" informs the Selangor State Government community services with loads of other interesting stuff. Take a look at it's online November 11 — 13, 2011 issue.
Nuances of Bishop Paul Tan Chee according to Catholic Lawyers Malaysia on Seksualiti Merdeka,
Freedom of sexuality according to Seksualiti Merdeka that Reverend father Bishop Paul Tan neglects to know,
Catholic Bishop Dr Paul Tan Chee Ing has expressed regret over the police ban of Seksualiti Merdeka workshop, saying it was another reflection of the manacles the powers-that-be wanted the Malaysia mind to be confined within.
We believe that everyone in Malaysia deserves to be free from discrimination, harassment and violence for their sexual orientations and their gender identities. We believe it is our right to be responsible for our own body. We believe everyone is entitled to the freedom to love and the freedom to be, whether gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, intersexed, straight, asexual, pansexual, or simply fabulous.
Homosexuality according to the Catholic faith, "LETTER TO THE BISHOPS OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH ON THE PASTORAL CARE OF HOMOSEXUAL PERSONS", that Reverend father Bishop Paul Tan should know,
All support should be withdrawn from any organizations which seek to undermine the teaching of the Church, which are ambiguous about it, or which neglect it entirely. Such support, or even the semblance of such support, can be gravely misinterpreted.
(During an audience granted to the undersigned Prefect, His Holiness, Pope John Paul II, approved this Letter, adopted in an ordinary session of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, and ordered it to be published.)
Given at Rome, 1 October 1986.
JOSEPH CARDINAL RATZINGER
Titular Archbishop of Caesarea in Numidia