There was a clear message sent to the Roman Catholic Church in Ireland with the recent referendum there on same-sex marriage: the rights and freedoms of people -- regardless of their sexualilty or gender trump the dusty outdated dogma of an increasingly more irrelevant religious institution.
I wonder how the Catholic Church took the message?
“I was deeply saddened by the result,” Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican’s secretary of state, said at a conference in Rome on Tuesday night. “The church must take account of this reality, but in the sense that it must strengthen its commitment to evangelisation. I think that you cannot just talk of a defeat for Christian principles, but of a defeat for humanity.”Alright then. Not so well, I suppose. So now more evangelization will be necessary to counteract this. Perhaps at a younger age, since it seems like it's the younger generations who don't have any problems with LGBT people getting married or living their lives in peace. Better tell them how wrong that is at an early age -- before their brains are developed enough to actually think about anything you're telling them, right?
Wash them brains and make them nice and clean and shiney real early.
The Archdiocese of Denver's got something to say about this:
"In an increasingly secular world, the reality is this: The souls of our children are the battleground," he wrote. "As the shepherd of the Archdiocese of Denver, I must do everything I can to help those who form children win that battle."When I was younger, I didn't get confirmation until I was into my early teens. I can still remember the priest talking about how I had to go to battle for the Church and then he smacked me on the cheek. It was beautiful. The idea now is to get them all confirmed before they can even think for themselves -- because teens are starting to seriously question an institution which calls their gay friends -- or them! -- sinful.
Currently, baptized Catholic children receive their first communion in the second grade, with confirmation following in their teens. The so-called "restored order" will have children receiving both confirmation and first Eucharist in third grade at the same Mass.The reasoning behind this is to allow children to grow their faith. Isn't that what unicorns, superheros, faeries and dragons are for?
"The idea is that if we make this available earlier, it allows children the ability to grow their faith as they grow up," Elmer said.My five year old is starting to ask some pretty heavy questions and watches Bill Nye the Science Guy daily. I suppose the Church should have gotten to him in utero.