Wednesday, February 06, 2013

Today's links


  1. I don't oppose a flag in Church with the provision it is not in the sanctuary and that someone or some Church or parish board is not playing politics with it. Same with no flag in Church unless of course it is a political statement (anti-war and anti-U.S.). I don't mean this as anti-war in your Libertarian sense of the word but as anti-everything including those in the military as happened during the Vn War and the protesting of same.

    1. In pre-Vatican II and pre-Vn War days there was an American flag in our
      Church outside the sanctuary opposite the Vatican flag that was on the other side of the Church also outside the sanctuary. Nobody thought anything about it and it was not a controversy. Perhaps it meant that this was a Church in the United States with Americans principally as congregants. There isn't a flag--even a Vatican flag!--at my parish Church here in Albuquerque, NM today.

  2. No national flags should be on display in a parish church -- for a Catholic parish, the appropriate flag would be that of the Vatican. As St. Paul put it, our citizenship is in heaven. We can be good Americans because of that fact, also good Canadians, good Mexicans, good Russians, good Bulgarians, good Nigerians, etc. But to reinforce where our primary citizenship is, national flags should be excluded.

    As for vets coming back shattered, I grew up in the Puget Sound area of Washington State back in the 1970's and 1980's, and we used to go on vacation over to the Olympic Penninsula quite a bit. My dad (a WWII & Korea vet, and a cop when he came back into civilian life) warned me one when we went into the Olympic Nat'l Forest to not go off the marked Forest Service trails. Why? Because of the Vietnam vets who basically never left the jungle and they were out living in the triple-canopy forest on the Olympic Penninsula.


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