This blog is written in response to an article about Vatican consultant Father James J. Martin who urged US priests not to tell their followers that a vote for Joe Biden for President is a mortal sin. Apparently some, or many, were doing so. Enough that he thought it necessary to address it. BTW: in the United States there is supposed to be a strict separation between church and state. The founding fathers realized the fatal danger of trying to co-mingle religion with a democratic republic.
I'm not surprised that a lot of priests would consider voting for Biden a mortal sin. They are members of an ancient and still very influential patriarchy. Biden represents liberal democracy....and liberal democracy and patriarchy are actually not compatible. Liberal democracy when fully mature confers human rights on everyone, including women. For example, it gives women the right of control over their own body. And giving rights to women is anathema by definition to a patriarchy. One or the other, over time, will have to give way.
That is the great struggle now across the globe: Patriarchy (in its many forms) vs. Liberal Democracy (still a new idea in the state of striving to achieve full maturity). That the Catholic Pope tells priests to refrain from telling citizens how to vote is very scary to all old guard Catholic patriarchs...a man who supports full rights for women, as Biden does, is a clear and present danger to any patriarchy.
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Dr. Judith Hand writes historical fiction, contemporary action/adventure, and screenplays. Hand earned her Ph.D. in biology from UCLA. Her studies included animal behavior and primatology. After completing a Smithsonian Post-doctoral Fellowship at the National Zoo in Washington, D.C., she returned to UCLA as a research associate and lecturer. Her undergraduate major was in cultural anthropology. She worked as a technician in neurophysiology laboratories at UCLA and the Max Planck Institute, in Munich, Germany. As a student of animal communication, she has written scientific papers on the subject of social conflict resolution.
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