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Musings 2008/221

For some, social work
has become the be-all and the end-all.
Environmental issues, feminist and gay agendas
and Indigenous rights,
provide constant grandstanding opportunities". P

I think history will support Downer's attack, as reported, upon religious leaders, although of course, some religious leaders will be excluded - thanks be to God.
Indeed Downer's further reported remarks - hereunder - are pretty accurate, in my opinion.
P  Finally, Downer accused his church opponents of misplaced certainty and ignorance. He complained that

"political and social judgements are delivered
with magisterial certainty,
while utterances on fundamental Christian doctrines
are characterized by scepticism and doubt".

He concluded: "The greatest challenge today for leaders of all religions is to forego the opportunity to be amateur commentators on all manner of secular issues on which they inevitably lack expertise,

and instead to find the spark of inspiration
to give our lives greater moral and spiritual meaning". P

Yes, religious leaders need to keep contact with religious matters - and therefore matters of the natural law - keeping clear of purely social justice announcements, politically motivated.
That's what the politician does!
Religious leaders will do well to stick to religious matters and to help out politicians in discerning the fullness of the
natural law.
In fulfilling their vocation in this prime objective, they will, as a natural result, actually achieve social justice improvements (
real social justice needs!).
Natural Law Mission
On the other hand, should religious leaders be given real responsibility in pronouncing the natural law, even recognised by governments, they will change their attitude. They will no longer be performers on the amateurs' political platform, but find themselves face to face with grave decisions and severe responsibilities that will truly be historical on the familiar (perhaps now unfamiliar?) religious platform.
When religious leaders get back to their job, their work, their vocation, and lead their faithful in matters of The Spirit, they will achieve more social justice goals as well as other political benefits, then they will every achieve by acting as if they were politicians or even worse, social justice counsellors.

For this reason it seems to me
that a working group of specific religious leaders
should be brought together in a permanent body
with accredited authority
similar to that enjoyed by the justice system,
by all governments.

The specific work of such a body would be the listing the natural law in terms accessible by politicians, as well as an ongoing authority of interpretation of the natural law.
Such a religious working group will, in due course (when The Universal Church becomes
the light for the world) become a mission of prime importance solely of the Magisterium of The Church, but in the meantime, it will probably consist of national leaders of mainstream religions.
Mortal Sin
This is the sin - the defiance against God - that drags the soul into hell.
The Penny Catechism states:
85. A person commits a mortal sin when he knowingly and willingly consents to something which he believes to be a mortal sin; and 86. By mortal sin the soul rebels against God; it loses Sanctifying Grace and all right to Heaven.
In 87. the little Catechism also states:
To commit a mortal sin is the greatest of all evils.
A mortal sin then, is not that easy to commit.
The person must realise what he is doing and that what he is doing is
the greatest of all evils, so that in his heart, he knows that he is rebelling against the natural law (which consists of the ten Commandments).
If he were a Christian, well informed - thus given
much by God - his rebellion against God would further include serious rebellion against Church authority, thereby defying God in His Church.
P  49  12  47  And that servant who knew the will of his lord, and prepared not himself, and did not according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes.
49  12  48  But he that knew not, and did things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes. And unto whomsoever much is given, of him much shall be required: and to whom they have committed much, of him they will demand the more.
P (Luke)
It is a different situation with the sinner who has become habitual in his sinfulness. Probably he would no longer be aware of his rebellion against God, so hardened of heart would he have become. The evil he embraces would perhaps become just another part of his life.
Some might have become so hardened of spirit that they begin to think their mortal sinfulness is a good! A nightmare!
This might apply to the abortionist who has so frequently taken the life of the child in the womb, that he not only no longer feels the slightest pang of conscience but actually thinks he is doing a good for the poor mother who carries her child! Indeed, he might well hold those right-to-life people as fanatics and even sinful people in their opposition to

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