In my history class today, we were discussing Calvinism, and, in part, how it led to the growth of not only the State, but also the State’s involvement in Family life. As I was contemplating this idea, I jotted down on an extra sheet of paper the following:Calvinism leads to the Consistory in Geneva Consistory in Geneva leads to State Intervention in the Family Life State Intervention in the Family in Calvinism relates to The Obama Administration One of the many atrocities of the Obama Administration is the HHS Mandate
So, before I can get all the way through this, I guess that I had better start at the beginning. While in the midst of starting a new religion, John Calvin fled to Geneva, Switzerland. After a number of years, began to reform the city. This led to the creation of the Consistory. The Consistory was the judicial body in Geneva, and, due to the strict order that Calvin wanted in his city, chances are that one would be called before them for one reason or another within a ten year span.
Due to the fact that most people were called before the consistory for one thing or another, the Consistory not only slowly began to get more involved in family life. Because of this, punishments became much more harsher. There were small penalties for things like not knowing your prayers in French (God help the poor woman who goes and recites Ave Maria, gratia plena… in Latin) to death for repeated adultery. I get that it’s the 16th century and there were different beliefs about punishment, but really? Death because someone couldn’t keep their damn pants on???
I continue, lest I begin digressing about this. So we see that the Consistory led to state intervention in family life, especially since the Consistory was certainly running the show in Geneva. How does this connect to today, you may be asking.
Well, in November of 2008, a very confused American People, and in that group, the majority of Catholic voters, elected a man named Barack Obama to the White House. Since day one, he has been doing all he can to interfere with the private life of families in America. Fast forward to January 20, 2012. Kathleen Sullivan, the Secretary of Health and Human Services, a “Catholic”, [For the record, due to her clear public stance on Abortion, I fully support the Prelates of the Church that have told her not to receive Holy Communion, but I digress yet again.] decreed that the Obama administrations original mandate requiring all institutions to provide birth control at no cost. This isn’t the state intervening in family life, per-say, but it is intervening instead on RELIGIOUS LIBERTY. One of the founding principles of this country. We see history repeating itself. The state interfering in things it really has no right to interfere on. Religious Liberty is why we are fighting the Obama administration on this. Yes, being forced to provide birth control is horrible, but it is not the heart of the issue at stake here. Religious Liberty is.
So, history always seems to repeat itself. 500 years ago, we had the consistory of Geneva interfering in people’s lives and killing them for not being able to keep their pants on. Now, we have the Obama administration interfering in people’s lives, and ultimately, Religious Liberty, forcing those who object to artifical birth control to pay for it so their employees don’t. Ironically, this also leads to people’s deaths, yet again because people can’t keep their pants on. There is no need to be providing birth control, let alone free birth control. But, yet again, I start digressing… This is a topic for another post.
P.S. The only good kind of Consistory will happen this Saturday. That is the Elevation of new Cardinals to the Sacred College of the Holy Roman Church.
Saints Peter and Paul, pray for us!