Review of God and Caesar – Selected Essays on Religion, Politics & Society, by Cardinal George Pell.
Edited by M.A. Casey; published by Connor Court in Australia, the Catholic University of America Press everywhere else.
Less that 190 pages, this is a collection of ten essays by Australia’s foremost Roman Catholic cleric.
The topics covered include: The Law and Morality, Catholicism and Democracy, The Case for God and Human Dignity, Human Rights and Moral Responsibility.
Quite readable generally, most of the essays flow in a very conversational way which reflects their origins as speeches. I’m not overly familiar with Roman Catholic doctrine & semantics, but I was able to understand most of what Pell was trying to say.
In as much as the book has a central theme it is the rejection of the primacy of conscience.…Read More
On my way to Church Sunday and as I routinely do on my cart, I cut through the parking lot of the local RCC and I had a thought after see the multitudes of cars. They go to mass because hey have to to avoid hell they think, we go because we want too.
Anyway that’s what I was thinking in my little mind.
As one who grew up Roman Catholic, that is a very good observation. They even call Holy Days “Days of Obligation”.
They approach worship as a slave would.
Now, granted, a few of them are happy slaves and, existentially, they are looking forward to going to Mass but it is as a happy slave, along with the vast majority in the RCC that are miserable slaves who know they’ll go to Hell if they don’t at least “punch in” on Christmas and Easter.…Read More