Seeker brought this notion up...(Even economics isn't - but that's where my brother and I get into big arguments. Doing a lot of math and equations doesn't make a field scientific in and of itself.) They're still worth doing, even if they're not.
Roger brought the mafia up... well...I am gonna combine the 2 of them, hehehe, yep ya guessed it there is a evil punch line...
It seems a mafia don in a big city was bein' plagued by seein' his capo's + torpedoes gettin' whacked by a rival group of Islanders wantin' to carve the ganja + drug trade for themself. Well, this led to a nasty internecine battle of the streets.
So 1 night the mafia don told his head capo, we need more enforcer's start recruitin'. The next night, the capo brings in 3 specimens of lo-life he thought would fit the bill, all 3 comin' from sleazy Italian famiiies riddled wit petty punk thieves.
The 1st punk sort of lumbered into the room, he resembled Conan the barbarian down to the last mumble. The Don asked this hulk, OK, answer this question satisfactorily and we can put ya to work. How much is 2 +2, and no guessin', capeesh? Duh, yer da boss, I say its tree. The Don tells the capo, the guy has the right enforcer specs but he will prove to be a liability, so, waste him, he knows what we're up to.
The next punk, a wiry karate-choppin' in the air like a break dancer saunters in, The punk makes the mistake of speakin' 1st, Whaddaya want? The Don sez, play yer card right and we can use ya, OK wiza guy how mucha izza tree plusa tree, the punk snapped back, 6, OK. when do I start. The Don tells his capo, this guy knows too much, next thing ya know he'll trow us out in da street, waste, him, he's trouble from the jump.
The 3rd punk sleazed into the room, casin' it with his shifty eyes as he did. He stops in front of the don and just stand´s there starin' him in the eyes. The Don is really impressed with this greaseball. OK, punk if yer any good we can use ya, How much is 2 + 2 and no guessin', the punk pauses for a second and comin' a bit closer to the Don in an almost conspiratorial whisper, anything ya want it to be.
The Don sez, put him to work, that's the kinda guy we need.
In this lil' episode where economics are the only thing on the Don's mind, the problem of makin' the equations work to his advantage meant he had to find folk willin' to do whatever evil deed he sent them out to do,
Roger, thinks just 'cuz a sleazbucket mafiosa claims to be a Catholic is a real NO-Brainer. Jesus already spelled out the ground rules, that means love Jesus with all yer might, so, does orderin' folk to be demised equate with lovin' + followin' every precept Jesus sez ya gotta follow?
For starters that mafiosa will have to do a serious repentance + mortification for all of his sins in order to come back into the State of Grace. Just sayin' yer a Catholic like Sean M does is a mere play to the galleries. The proof is in the behavior of that person. Now, if that mafiosa repents, and sez he wants to spend the rest of his life workin' in a Hindu slum like Mother Theresa did, his sayin he's a Catholic takes on credibility, yes?
louvian's example of a chicken bones reader as being Catholic is another NO Brainer. I'd like louvian to show me where in Catholic liturgical ceremony, rite-ritual ya use any object not sanctified and used universally in every Catholic Church. Her excuse is, its a local 'thang', yeah sure. just like Sean Manchester's local catholic 'thang'. It seems louvian is interpreting what is considered cathoic for herself, just like San does.
The kicker here is, once this burger king mentality mojo of, 'have it your way' type of heretical apostasy sets in, that constitutes evil from the Curia's way of lookin' at it. The evil comes in the form of willful defiance. It'd be more ethical of louvian and all folk who wanna do a a burger king 'thang' and have it their way, by doin' what Luther did and makin' a clean break.
Luther was excommunicated, al Protestants today are in apostasy, yes? IMHO its evil to subvert what is not yers to subvert, namely the Church which is being guided and shepherded by the Curia. If Cathoics are upset with a Papal dictate, they are free to vote with their feet, but if in their ultimate stupidity think they are still covered by the Catholic Church over a matter of equivocation, a point in mind is the Bishop who told Patrick Kennedy to take a hike. Ya ain't a Catholic if ya support abortion. patrick can't receive Communion, if he does it in a sneaky manner, that will only make matters worse for him, 'cuz in effect, he wants Jesus to make an exception to the rule for him.
If Patrick sneaks Communion in under this bann, he has violated the 1st Commandment by putting a false god of abortion before his total love for Jesus. In the eyes of the Curia that is an extremely evil thing to do.
..." I may not always be right... BUT, I am never wrong..." sez the Queen of Hearts