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Marines are defenders of the republic and the Constitution. That is our oath, that is our purpose, that is our calling. Many are Democrats. This is the journal of one such Marine. This leatherneck's progressive perspective is as follows...

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Tuesday, April 05, 2005

Roman Catholic Church Proves Relevant and More Than Viable: Church Flexes Its Muscle In A Way Unseen for Generations Posted by Hello
Good morning to all. I'm running late, so I will post quickly and be on my way. I am sure everyone already knows, but the Pope passed away on Saturday, 2 April 2005 after a lengthy battle with chronic illness compunded by an acute illness that ultimately ended his mortal struggle (http://www.nypost.com/news/worldnews/42178.htm). My heart, like so many others, is still heavy with the loss of this great man and great world leader; a world leader that came to symbolize peace and the "better angels of our nature" for over a quarter of a century. But, out of Pope John Paul II's passing has come a festival of faith on the world stage that is simply mind-blowing and quite probably unprecedented in the history of mass communication (http://www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mpl/world/3117985). I don't know how to express with eloquence my feelings towards the events that are unfolding before our eyes, i.e., the Pope's passing, the significations of respect and faith, the Cardinal Conclave that will choose a new Pope, etc. But, these events are more than impressive and riveting displays of human faith; these events have done something to me in their ability to move my soul and stir my spirit . Without question, the Catholic Church has always been there, in terms of the Church being a well-established and significant world institution (http://www.catholic.org/). This is without question or need of any significant intellectual debate. But, in a sense (especially here in the United States, where members of the Church of Rome makes up roughly 1/4 of the population, or about 60 million Catholics, http://www.catholic.org/) the Catholic Church (although present in the United States, without a doubt) seemed to dwell on the horizon of life, in the background and/or right below the surface. Of course, in Brazil and Mexico where over 90% of their populations are members of the Holy Roman Church (Brazil and Mexico have the two largest Catholic populations on earth with 140 million Catholics and 95 million Catholics respectively, http://www.bbc.co.uk/dna/h2g2/A1304948 ) and for those in the U.S. that either live in areas dominated by the Church (like Boston, Los Angeles, San Antonio, etc.) or are directly involved with the Church (i.e., practicing Catholics, those attending Catholic schools, universities, etc.) the Church must be an omnipresent force. Yet, (I dare say) for most of us here in the U.S., the Catholic Church is sort of an after-thought (no offense intended) as it is drowned out by the sheer pervasiveness of Protestantism and the Protestant heritage that (for the most part) makes up the history and culture of the United States. However, upon witnessing the recent activities in Rome (and the world for that matter) in terms of the mourning of the Pope, there is no doubt in my military mind that the Catholic Church not only lives, but is thriving. Also, it is unquestionably a matter of fact that the Church is a real and visible force globally, as well as, in the lives of billions of people worldwide. In fact, I don't believe the world has seen such an exuberance of piety, faith and dedication to God since the days of knights, armor and swords. I can only speak for myself of course, but this display of faith is unfolding before our collective eyes in such a moving and impressive way that is just beyond words. You know, up until Saturday, it seemed to me that it was only members of the Muslim faith that were able to convey such fervor and zealousness of faith via their demonstrative religious ceremonies like the Hajj, Ramadan, Eid-ul-Fitr, etc. But upon the death of the Pontiff and the subsequent gatherings of Catholic/Christians to recognize that passing, I must conclude the following: be advised, the Roman Catholic Church is not only alive, but it is strong, viable and still a major global religious/political force in the 21st century. I find it interesting that the word "catholic" (small "c") in the Merriam-Webster's Dictionary means "universal, general". As of Saturday, I'm beginning to understand and appreciate the meaning of that word a whole lot more. With over a billion Catholic members worldwide (http://www.cathnews.com/news/205/27.php) making up 17% of the human race (Catholicism eclipses all other forms of Christianity, http://www.religionfacts.com/christianity/denominations.htm; and Christianity is the world's largest religion, http://www.adherents.com/Religions_By_Adherents.html) it is not difficult to see how the Catholic Church remains an institution of faith that has a great global impact. This is a Catholic Church that has entered the 21st century sound in terms of its own viability and (moreso) sound in terms of its capability to effectively communicate a "universal" message to a "universal" following some 2,000 years after its establishment. Semper Fidelis


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