George A. Sprecace M.D.,
J.D., F.A.C.P. and Allergy Associates of New
Point and Counterpoint: Abortion and Alternatives
- Article 36, for Sunday, July 13, 2008
CATHOLICS, CHURCH AND
WE HAVE HERE IS
A FAILURE TO COMMUNICATE”
The undersigned have
been attempting, since March 2006, to
engage in a dialogue with the Laity and the Clergy by means of our
entitled Point and Counterpoint, of which we have
thirty-five before this one. All of
these are available on the following website: www.asthma-drsprecace.com. The most recent of these articles concerns
B”, the abortifacient “birth control” agent.
This followed a period of eight months during which time we
stimulate reconsideration of an unfortunate action taken in September
the Catholic Bishops of Connecticut regarding the use of “Plan B” pills
four Catholic hospitals of Connecticut.
In the last four months, our multiple efforts at communication
unanswered, both by the Diocese of Norwich and by the Archdiocese of
Hartford. We have thus communicated our
concerns to the
Papal Nuncio in Washington, D.C. which letter has been acknowledged. Perhaps this situation should not seem
unusual considering some contemporary history to wit:
- Encyclopedia Britannica, Vol.13, p21A:
“The most important initiative of Pope John’s pontificate was the
summoning of a general council, the first in nearly 100 years…. The
pope allowed the fathers of the council great, perhaps unprecedented
freedom of discussion and urged them to find new means of making the
faith live in the hearts and lives of the faithful of the church”. Two of his encyclicals are Mater et Magistra
and Pacem in Terris.
- “Papal Sin: Structures of Deceit”,
by Garry Wills, Doubleday, 2000, pp82-85, et al. “Pope
John XXIII upset conservatives in the church with his two social
encyclicals, “Mater et Magistra” (1961) and “Pacem in Terris” (1963) –
the latter issued during the first session of the Council itself. Those letters’ openness toward the world,
their call for cooperation with it, were considered naïve by the
Pope’s own staff (Curia), as was his calling of the Council”. As documented by the author, the substantial
majority of the Council members were constantly subverted by the
conservatives who wanted no change – and indeed no Council.
- “A Concise History of the Catholic
Church”, by Thomas Bokenkotter, Doubleday, 2004 is a great
source of information and insight on the church, historically and in
the shadow of Vatican II. Another
description of the pitched battle that occurred within the church
during the 1970’s is the work by Msgr. Kelly entitled “The Battle for
the American Church”, 1979. As articulated
by Bokenkotter: “The root of the current problem of authority in the
church…was a conflict between two theologies: one sees the church as
above all a fellowship of spiritual communities held together in
essentials by their recognition of papal primacy; the other, the
traditional one, still sees the Church on the Hildebrandine model – a
superstate governed by an absolute monarch whose aim is to impose the
maximum amount of conformity.” (pp. 412, 413).
- Zenit – The World Seen from Rome (www.zenit.org) is an ongoing source
of church sponsored information about the Vatican today.
The many articles and reports posted on that site cover
analyses of current Church teaching, activities of the Church
throughout the world, efforts to engage in dialogue with other
Religions, but rarely, if ever, invitations to the Church’s own Laity –
The Body of the Church – to engage in meaningful dialogue on the many
pressing issues facing both the Laity and the Magisterium.
- A relatively recent initiative to that end, a
group called “Voice of the Faithful”, was ignored and obstructed.
- For other non-Church sources of investigative
information about the Church and specifically about the Vatican see: “Pontiff”,
by Gordon Thomas and Max Morgan-Witts, Doubleday, 1983; and “The
Vatican Empire”, by Nino Lo Bello, Trident Press, 1968.
Above all we seek honest
and engaged dialogue with our
Clergy…and with our fellow Catholics. “Let
us reason together, in faith”. We do not
accept the alternative of being ignored…or walking away like so many
of our disillusioned brethren. And our
commentaries will continue.
George A. Sprecace, M.D., J.D.
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