Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Under the semblance of freedom...


I discovered, listening to The Today Program (I don't know how long this link will be available) that once again the government has decided that it's in the best interest of society to teach children as young as 4 that a same sex relationship is equal in every way to marriage. Marvellous. They're going to do this by a £600,000 government funded research initiative. The Guardian reports on this ("The prince married a man, and lived happily ever after") and provides a synopsis of the books' content as follows:

King & King

A queen wants her son to get married and become king. She arranges for a string of princesses to meet her son but he does not fall in love with any of them.

In the end it is one of the princesses' brothers who catches his eye. The princes get married and become two kings.

Spacegirl Pukes

A little girl who is about to set off on a space mission falls ill. Her two parents, mummy Loula and mummy Neenee take her home to look after her but then they fall ill too. When she recovers, the spacegirl puts back on her suit and goes on an adventure to space.

And Tango Makes Three

Two male penguins, Roy and Silo, live in a New York zoo but feel left out when all their friends pair up. They spend all their time together until the zoo-keeper realises they must be in love. The zoo-keeper gives the couple an egg and Tango is born, the first penguin in the zoo with two daddies.

I've found very little about this on the net, but it all seems very tied in with the furore about the SOR, which I've already blogged about. This is more of the same, but it's a little terrifying how quickly it's all moving. We were talking about it in the office today (also because I just got a very angry email at Xt3 from a gentleman who'd taken offense to something a lady called Kathy Goble said on TV, I don't know her, and she has no connection with us, but Charlie says she's lovely) and because Wetherby has a gorgeous community of very faithful Catholic families with lots of children they were (half joking) about all home-schooling together, a couple of the mothers are teachers, we'd be grand... except then it would be officially a school, and no school is exempt, apparently. Fr Tim reckons even homeschoolers will be attacked by these regulations.

I was impressed by a lot of Cranmer's comment on the matter, however found his insinuation that there was some preferential treatment for Catholics a little daft; as a Catholic I'm particularly keen to disassociate myself from Ruth Kelly, and am very disappointed in her stance given the general orthodoxy of Opus Dei, however I think this point is well put, and worthy of consideration:
The violation of a person’s dignity by refusing goods or services because of their sexuality has an equivalence in law, which is the violation of a person’s dignity by refusing goods or services because of their race or religion. The provision of anti-discrimination legislation in the minority area of sexual orientation does not negate the provision of anti-discrimination legislation in the minority area of religion. Under Human Rights legislation, one has the right to freely practise one’s religion, and therefore exemptions to this law must be permitted. If not, there will emerge a hierarchy of rights in which sexual orientations override all religious rights. How does the Equalities Minister intend to resolve this? What says the new Commission on Equalities and Human Rights?
All my blog posts nowadays seem rather disjointed and all over the place, still, I would like to finish with a quote from the Holy Father, and then leave this mess and go to the pub with Rachel.

Today, a particularly insidious obstacle to the task of education is the massive presence in our society and culture of that relativism which, recognizing nothing as definitive, leaves as the ultimate criterion only the self with its desires. And under the semblance of freedom it becomes a prison for each one, for it separates people from one another, locking each person into his or her own ego.

The various forms of the dissolution of matrimony today, like free unions, trial marriages and going up to pseudo-matrimonies by people of the same sex, are rather expressions of an anarchic freedom that wrongly passes for true freedom of man...from here it becomes all the more clear how contrary it is to human love, to the profound vocation of man and woman, to systematically close their union to the gift of life, and even worse to suppress or tamper with the life that is born.

Benedict XVI (taken from This Burning Fire blog)

Please pray for my vocation situation if you have time, am a little confused :)

In Christ, Mx

10 Comments:

Blogger Cranmer said...

I'm not particularly impressed by a lot of Cranmer's comment on the matter

It would appear that you have not understood it. But then it is difficult to equate your lack of impression with the fact that you proceed to quote half of His Grace's post on the matter, with which, presumably, you agree.

You may just find that we are in agreement, but it is difficult to comprehend how this could be misconstrued from His Grace's post.

2:24 PM  
Blogger Mhari said...

Fair enough, it should have read, "I am impressed by a lot of Cranmer's comment on the matter, however find his insinuation that there was some preferential treatment for Catholics a little daft." Thank you for correcting me, I'll edit my post :)

2:31 AM  
Blogger . said...

I was reading this post and even before I finished it I though it was so good that I stoped and posted about it in my blog and linked to you.
Then I came back and finished reading and then I realized you were linking to me also.
Thank you.

4:33 AM  
Blogger Laura H. said...

hey missy -- where are you?

7:07 PM  
Anonymous Martin O'Shea said...

A graphic novel which may interest visitors to your blog is available from:

www.forbiddenplanet.co.uk

'The Least Among Us' explores the response of the Church to suffering in itself and a preview is available at: http://www.all-creatures.org/fol/ann-theleast.html

Whilst the book challenges certain attitudes and dogma it remains a Catholic (if underground) comic.

All best wishes,

Martin

10:46 PM  
Blogger onthesideoftheangels said...

praying hard -it's up to you for the rest...

8:49 AM  
Blogger Laura H. said...

mhari... where are you, girl? come back! say something!

11:34 PM  
Blogger Mrs Jackie Parkes MJ said...

Will pray for sure...

1:17 AM  
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9:21 AM  
Blogger Do Not Be Anxious said...

I just stumbled across your blog. I follow a few blogs of men and women discerning their vocation.
In my business career I've found that success usually is the result of someone doing something right, and I seek to understand why. I'm in the process of pulling together a book. One of the stories in it may be that of the Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist. A teaching order for young children, they grew from 4 nuns to about 125 in 13 years; their average age now is 26. Based in Ann Arbor Michigan USA, their order has spread throughout the US and Europe. Discernment weekends attract 100 women. They are doing something right. If you are seriously looking, you could do a lot worse than look here: http://www.sistersofmary.org/index.php

2:11 PM  

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