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In the late ’60s, the Hippie movement centered in San Francisco was reaching its zenith. Being a Flower Child has lost some luster and has become a parody. There are some acolytes left and, like any other movement, it morphs into something more than wearing flowers in your hair.
As a student in a boy’s Catholic high school, we were encouraged to engage in a respectful discussion of ideas. Sometimes those discussions would occur in classes that had nothing to do with government or politics. Our teachers always kept an eye on the clock to make sure that these discussions did not take up the entire class time. They were aware that our parents were paying the bills, and they expected their sons to receive an education.
Even though our parents were paying the bills, the sign in the photo that is posted at the front door of one boy’s Catholic high school indicates there might be more than financial help required of parents to help their sons mature.
One discussion in our English Lit class ended with a reminder from our teacher as one student finished an eloquent statement of admiration for the Flower Children movement. He told all of us that we should have more ambition than just running naked on the golden sands of time.
There were other what I call reminders from our teachers. One student complained about the amount of reading required in our classes. He said all he wanted to be was a mechanic. The priest said there was nothing wrong becoming a mechanic, then said there was also nothing wrong with being a well-read and highly educated mechanic.
The priests and brothers that educated us had a great deal of experience in turning heathens into students. They knew better than to let the inmates run the asylum. There was nothing that we could do, or say that they hadn’t seen, or heard before.
This brings me to President Biden and receiving Communion. The media, politicians, and some Catholics are viewing this as a political decision by a majority of Catholic bishops. I would remind them that a Church that has been around for more than 2,ooo years has seen many Joe Bidens come and go. There was a Pope 700 years before there was a King of England. Abortion has been considered a grave sin and forbidden from the very beginning in the Catholic Church.
I suppose that libertines prefer company in committing sins. Catholics, regardless of whether or not they are politicians, should understand that there is a difference between Rite, and a secular Right.Published in