Sunday, January 22, 2012

And One More Thing

I was thinking about this and was curious as the following argument. I'm no canon lawyer, but it would be interesting to see how this would play out.

Catholics aren't allowed to join certain organizations. The most known of these is Freemasonry, but the canon in question is much broader:

Can. 1374 A person who joins an association which plots against the Church is to be punished with a just penalty; however, a person who promotes or directs an association of this kind is to be punished with an interdict.

As of this point, the Obama Administration seems to form just such an association. Now, you might have difficulty defining the "Administration" but it would seem that HHS could qualify rather easily.

A separate point. Could the bishops ask the Democratic Party to repudiate this new position by the President and, if it refuses to do so, invoke this canon against the entire party? They are certainly promoting a President and his organization in a plot against the Church. It would be a bold move, which is what is called for here. It would probably lead to a massive conflagration over the Church's tax exempt status.

As I said before, though, he's either stopped here or he won't be stopped ever.

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