Opus Dei champion Leonardo Lee pushed far right judges onto the Supreme Court who find the whole idea of pluralism and separation of church and state repugnant.
SCOTUS recently broke precedent about federal money for church schools and followed it up with a ruling that school districts cannot prohibit high school football coach’s prayers on the field. I received this e-mail in response:
No longer protecting the separation of church and state! Conservative religious fanatics victorious again thanks to the Supreme Court’s decision this morning!
Of course this should come as no surprise–Opus Dei has never liked the separation of church and state. Consider Franco’s dictatorship where Opus Dei played a very active role in marrying far right wing Catholicism with right wing politics and industry for decades of rule.
This decision to turn its back on pluralism shows clearly in the SCOTUS decision to gut 49 years of precedent and kill roe/wade since most religions do not recognize a fetus as a human being until a certain number of months (including most Christians, among them Saint and doctor of the church, Thomas Aquinas). The Jewish tradition (that of Jesus) believes the fetus is not a human until it leaves the womb.
Clearly Dobbs demonstrates venom toward women and especially poor women many of whom are women of color. This hardly echoes Jesus’ teaching of a “preferential option for the poor,” does it? What research did Alito do into the impact Dobbs will have on poor women? In fact, Dobbs will kill poor women and render poor families even more poor.
The most recent appointee to this unSupreme Court gave a speech this past summer under Senator McConnell’s auspices–and with him in attendance–and declared that people should not see her and her colleagues on the Court as “political hacks.” At the time, I couldn’t help catching a déjà vu—oh, yes, it was President Nixon publicly declaring that “I am not a crook.” That happened shortly before it was demonstrated to the world that he was so much a crook that he was forced to resign the presidency—AND to be pardoned for his crimes by the next president.
Not only is the current Supreme Court political hacks with their decision-making, but they are also religious quacks. Opus Dei is religious quackery. So too is much of the evangelical version of Christianity. Check it out. Mixing fascism and Christianity is religious quackery of a very serious kind. Its name is Christofascism.
Every supreme court judge who signed off on this so-called legal decision, that utterly contradicts the 13th and 14th amendment that prohibit servitude and the control over women’s bodies that was integral to the slave system, is acting out of Christofascism and is pleasing forces of Christofascism.
Adapted from Matthew Fox, “Opus Dei,” in Fox, The Pope’s War: Why Ratzinger’s Secret Crusade Has Imperiled the Church and How It Can Be Saved,” pp. 106-124.
To read a transcript of Matthew Fox’s video teaching, click HERE.
Queries for Contemplation
Do you think it is possible for people who call themselves followers of Christ to also submit to fascism? Is it time to call out Christofascism in all its forms?
The Pope’s War: Why Ratzinger’s Secret Crusade Has Imperiled the Church and How It Can Be Saved
The Pope’s War offers a provocative look at three decades of corruption in the Catholic Church, focusing on Josef Ratzinger, Pope Benedict XVI. The final section in the book focuses on birthing a truly catholic christianity.
“This book should be read by everybody, not only for its ferocious courage, but also for its vision for what needs to be saved from the destructive forces that threaten authentic Christianity.” ~ Andrew Harvey, author of The Hope.
“In the gripping The Pope’s War, Matthew Fox takes an unwavering look at the layers of corruption in the Catholic Church, holding moral truth against power.” — Jason Berry, author of Vows of Silence: The Abuse of Power in the Papacy of John Paul II