Thursday, October 13, 2005

Church And State

Here we go again. We have heard about Evangelical Groups meddling in US politics. Now we are facing a similar problem in Canada.

Catholic bishops will gather in Rome this weekend to consider refusing communion to politicians who pass laws that violate church doctrine.

This could affect Catholic politicians who support gay marriage.

I have read various blog posts saying this is ok because it is an internal issue within the Catholic Church. I have also seen posts that suggest the government retaliate with taxes or other sanctions. I am not sure I agree with either side. I do know I don't want religious organizations of any type to dictate morality or law to the government of my country.

The Catholic Church has two roles in the world. As a religious body it is universal and welcome in many countries. It fulfills a need for some Canadian citizens and it can guide them as it sees fit. As a political entity:

it is effectually the government of the Roman Catholic Church; as such, it is recognized as having a legal personality under international law.

In this context the Church is interfering in the internal politics of another nation. This is grounds for sanctions such as breaking diplomatic ties or more drastic actions.

The Catholic Church can guide it's followers but should not cross the line into internal Canadian politics.

The "Religion and Philosophy::Church and State" section of CanConv was a big help in preparing this post.

1 comment:

Fin said...

I have but one thing to say to the catholics: