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October 2, 2007

Fr. Richard Neuhaus is declaring Christianity “disestablished” in Canada

Fr. Neuhaus is a leader in the neo-conservative movement in the Roman Catholic Church, and he single-handedly drove me screaming to TEC.

From the LifeSite Article:

After returning from his annual summer vacation in his native Ottawa Valley, Neuhaus wrote in First Things, “It is true to say that, in most aspects of public life [in Canada ], Christianity has been not only disestablished but also banished.”
n an interview with the National Post, Neuhaus linked the erosion of the Christian foundation of Canadian society with the Charter of Rights and Freedoms imposed by the late Prime Minister, Pierre Elliot Trudeau.

Referring to the Charter as a “thoroughly American” document, Neuhaus told the Post’s Charles Lewis, that it “is riddled through and through with the radically individual notion of the unencumbered self and equality enforced by state power.”

“I think Canada has suffered from it grievously. All of Canada is a fascinating case study in terms of the meaning of modernity relative to religion generally and Christianity in particular.”

Blah, blah, blah. Yadda, Yadda, Yadda

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11 Comments leave one →
  1. October 2, 2007 11:45 am

    Funny how ‘they’re not letting us run the country’ translates out to ‘we’re being discriminated against’, doesn’t it?

    😛

  2. episcopalifem permalink*
    October 2, 2007 11:54 am

    Yeppers.

    You know what I say, right? ASSHATS.

  3. October 2, 2007 12:03 pm

    Kate,

    That’s right. And it’s because one of the major memes of the religious right is “being disagreed with” = “be persecuted” (it’d be an eye-opening experience for them if these asshats ever experienced real persecution)

  4. October 2, 2007 1:11 pm

    Yeah, David—but since they are all about God, guns, and glory, it ain’t likely.

    Because, as I’ve noted elsewhere, we all know that Jesus was a member of the NRA, right?

  5. October 2, 2007 2:44 pm

    “God, guns, and glory” theology kept me out of “church” at a time when I needed it most; I say “church” because it was the U S Army sanctioned version. There may have been a Christian hiding in it whom I might have found, but it seemed too risky at the time.

  6. October 2, 2007 6:50 pm

    Careful… or you’ll become like us… BWAHAHAHAHAHA, EH!

  7. episcopalifem permalink*
    October 2, 2007 7:34 pm

    Since you’ve only got pubic Bush up there, I can’t see what harm there would be in becoming like you hosers, eh.

  8. October 2, 2007 9:03 pm

    I think it would be fair to describe RJN as a leading critic of Roman Catholic social teaching on the economy.

  9. episcopalifem permalink*
    October 3, 2007 9:59 am

    Bill – RJN single-handedly drove me away from Roman Catholicism. After I read Catholic Matters, and how joyous he was over B16’s election, I just said, “ENOUGH.”

    I’m finally done – looked up the Episcopal Church in my town, saw that the Rector was a woman, and that was all she wrote. Haven’t looked back since.

    BTW…You’re birthday is coming. Don’t think I’ve forgotten.

  10. October 3, 2007 10:11 am

    Well, at least you had the good sense to run in the direction of the Episcopal Church, and we who know you, thank you for doing so. Our lives here would be the poorer if you hadn’t! Even The Mad One would agree with that!!!

    Love and hugs,

    Catherine+

  11. episcopalifem permalink*
    October 3, 2007 10:16 am

    (((Catherine+)))) My life is definitely richer in spirituality and friends since making this choice.

    It has done wonders for me.

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