Church pulls out guilt card to influence vote on marriage amendment in November

The Church is pulling out all of the emotional stops in its efforts to perpetuate an environment that denies same sex couples the right to enjoy a love for one another through marriage.  After their first attempt at waving the flag and shouting “Liberty”, two articles in the Catholic Spirit now play the classic Catholic guilt card by throwing the idea of conscience to influence our vote on November 6th in favor of the anti-gay marriage law in Minnesota.  Both of these articles try to convince us that we need to listen to that little voice of the Catholic Church to make our decision and determine our conscience for us.
 
Mr. Clemmer’s “Question of Conscience” article claims that the USCCB’s document on Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizen is “a call for Catholics to get involved in the political process, not a voting guide.”  Well, his most worshipfulness the Archbishop shows us the true intent of the Catholic Church on the political process.  In his letter to all priests of the archdiocese on October 4, 2011 he specifically tells them that it is imperative that they “vigorously organize and support a grass roots effort to get out the vote to support the passage of this amendment.”  His actions go beyond activities such as organizing a voter registration drive to get people involved in the political.  His most glorious worshipfulness is organizing his resources to influence its outcome in the Church’s favor.
 
At least I give Sharon Wilson’s “You’re not the boss of me!” article more credit for being more understated in her attempt to influence people’s vote on the Minnesota marriage amendment.  She tries to use the subtle example of a young girl going recklessly down a hill on a skateboard and ignoring neighborly guidance as an example of how we should “look to the wisdom of others” (hhmmm, specifically the Catholic Church) in telling us what our conscience should be on voting in November.   Unfortunately, the truth of the matter is that the Church is telling us to do the opposite. They want us to listening only to their decree that gay marriage is a bad thing and go recklessly down that hill on our moral skateboard without listening to our own conscience purely because they tell us to do so (at least if you want to be a good catholic). That way society will end up with a broken arm at the bottom of the hill in November  and the Church will pat us on the back and tell us what a nice job we did ( I’m sure they will call an ambulance for us as I’m can’t believe they would be that cruel, or at least give us a moral band aid so that we feel better after the fall).
 
Ms. Wilson emphasizes the same USCCB document as Mr. Clemmer to influence the Faithfull’s vote by emphasizing the idea of a well formed conscience and prudential judgment that needs to conform only to the Catholic Church’s teachings.  She continuously plays the “wisdom” card and asks everyone to rely on the insight of the Catholic Church and its teachings because all of us “may not make decisions that are good for us or others…” on our own.  She ends by claiming it is “our responsibility to know and apply the Catholic Church’s teachings and not rely on popular media to sway our judgment.”   I think that this is the same popular media that encouraged us to go to war in World War II despite the church’s teaching that “thou shall not kill”; this is the same media that exposed and influenced our conscience on pedophilia in the Church despite the fact that the church wouldn’t acknowledge its existence and tried to cover it up.  I think that I’ll take the popular media over the Church any day of the week and twice on Sunday’s (strange how that works out).
 
What about our own independent choice to form our own view?  What about looking at different views to help shape our own judgment?  Right or wrong they are a necessary part in helping shape our conscience.  The Archdiocese and the Church are constantly telling us to only listen only to their view and block out all others in making any type of decision or have any independent thought on important subject. (sounds like a cult doesn’t it, or at least if it walks like a duck and talks like a duck…  I’ll let your own conscience and sound judgments make that call…)