I saw something worthy of Germany in the 1930’s in today’s Hell’s Bible (aka The New York Times):
White House Works to Shape Debate Over Health Law By ROBERT PEAR Published: March 9, 2012 […] On Wednesday, White House officials summoned dozens of leaders of nonprofit organizations that strongly back the health law to help them coordinate plans for a prayer vigil, press conferences and other events outside the court when justices hear arguments for three days beginning March 26. […]
A prayer vigil?
In the face of the Obama Administration obdurate will to force violations of conscience through their HHS mandate I call on the USCCB to organize prayer vigils for the awakening of the reason and conscience of the American people, and rousing of their awareness about the cliff to which we are being driven.
One of these days we will see a shift from blatant Kulturkampf to Kirchenkampf, the battle of the American Patriotic Catholic Association under its leader against the Holy Catholic Church. Parish priests: If you hear about some prayer rally organized by enemies of the Church and the 1st Amendment, please think about organizing your own “rally”, perhaps in the form of Exposition with a sermon and confessions.
I would like to recommend for your opportune knowledge and reflection Eric Metaxas’s book Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy (UK HERE). Aside from the biography of this interesting man, the book is a great introduction to what happened in Germany in the 20’s – 40’s. Also, as a bonus, the author delves into the washpish theological social trends in the USA at the same time.
I found it very informative and learned a lot from it. Furthermore, time and again what I read in Bonhoeffer gave me some uncomfortable crawlies of premonition.
Ultra-liberal MSNBC is in the tank for Pres. Obama. One of their newsies interview the author of the book I mentioned after he spoke (in front of Obama) during the National Prayer Breakfast. Notice how quickly the newsie tries to change the subject.
And to hear Metaxas at the Prayer Breakfast, here he is. Charming, fellow, even as he dresses down the President.
Note his ironic comments on “the family”.
I don’t think his comments about elevated language is quite right, because he is working from the current dictates of decorum (or rather lack of decorum), but he is right that elevated prayer can be just as full of gas as false familiarity often is.
He says some devastating things about secularism and liberalism, but with a dose of humor.
About the unborn tune and abortion listen especially to 24:20 and following.
His talk about seeing Jesus in your enemy harks to St. Augustine in his commentary on 1 John, in which he describes love of enemy as being the perfection of human charity during this life.