Church or State?
Now, I don't know how many Canadian politicians are Catholic so I don't know how serious an impact this would actually have. I mean, for me if I was a politician it wouldn't faze me in the least being a Jew, and I have never heard of a Jew being turned away from synagoge for having liberal beliefs but hey, anything's possible.
Regardless, my first reaction was "how childish is this?!" What, so if this country won't do what one church in particular thinks is "right" (no pun intended here) then fine, we'll take our waffers and wine and go home? Do they quiz every single person as they go up to take communion to find out how they feel on the marriage issue, what their views are on abortion and birth control before agreeing to let them partake? I somehow doubt it so why make this particular comment singling out the politicians? Because it's easy to do?
Thinking further I realize the Catholic - and any other church or religious institution for that matter - has the absolute right to refuse communion, absolution, whatever to anyone who follows their particular faith but strays from their beliefs. However, I think that the Church has to accept that Canada is not a Catholic or even a Christian country and that many races, religions and lifestyle blend to make up the textured fabric of this nation. In my opinion it's one of things that makes this a great country and why I prefer to live here even above the U.S. who's politicians say they believe in equality but have under George Bush been taking a rather scary hard-line right-wing approach and that as far as I'm concerned is a step back into the dark ages for any country in this new millenium.
Still, I can't get over the fact that I feel as if the Catholic Church seems to believe by making threats they can control what we do here in Canada. As I say to anyone who doesn't agree with gay marriage or abortion or birth control or whatever -This is a free country where the rights of the individual - so long as they harm none - must be put above any one religious organization. So if you don't like it, don't do it. Or move to Rome, whatever suits you best.