Trimming morality to how we behave guts the Gospel call to conversion of life and rejection of sin. Francis Cardinal George
The Trimmer*s have been around for a very long time. Having taught John Dryden's closed couplet satire Absalom and Achitophel required a great deal of providing historical context to the great work. During the late Stuart Period of British History, Roman Catholics in England, Scotland and Ireland suffered great persecution at the hands of well-educated and rhetorically gifted bigots. Not until October, 2011, did Great Britain lift the ban on an heir marrying a Catholic; prior to this we had "Succession is also governed by the Act of Union 1800, which restates the provisions of the Act of Settlement 1701 and the Bill of Rights 1689. These laws restrict the succession to legitimate descendants of Sophia, Electress of Hanover and disbar those who are Roman Catholics or who have married Roman Catholics."
It is a Progressive thing, you see, Trimming! What?
Trimmer - a (1) : one that trims articles (2) : one that stows coal or freight on a ship so as to distribute the weight properly b : an instrument or machine with which trimming is done c : a circuit element (as a capacitor) used to tune a circuit to a desired frequency
2: a beam that receives the end of a header in floor framing
3: a person who modifies a policy, position, or opinion especially out of expediency
A trimmer- One who wants things done HIS way without question, compromise or consideration . . . like President Obama
Long before President Barack Obama followed the dictates of his base and presented HHS Coercion of Catholics and other Christians to violate their beliefs, another Trimmer, a bigot, forced Parliament with his soaring rhetoric to exclude Catholics from marriage to the Royal Family.
In 1674 he brought forward a motion for disarming "popish recusants," and supported one by Lord Carlisle for restricting the marriages in the royal family to Protestants; but he opposed the bill introduced by Lord Danby in 1675, that imposed a test oath on officials and members of parliament, speaking "with that quickness, learning and elegance that are inseparable from all his discourses," and ridiculing the multiplication of oaths, since "no man would ever sleep with open doors. . . should all the town be sworn not to rob." He was now on bad terms with Danby, and a witty sally at that minister’s expense caused his dismissal from the council in January 1676. In 1678 he took an active part in the investigation of the "Popish Plot," to which he appears to have given excessive credence, but opposed the bill that was passed on 30 October 1678, to exclude Roman Catholics from the House of Lords. . . . He readily accepted for himself the character of a "trimmer," desiring, he said, to keep the boat steady, while others attempted to weigh it down perilously on one side or the other; and he concluded his tract with these assertions: that our climate is a Trimmer between that part of the world where men are roasted and the other where they are frozen; that our Church is a Trimmer between the frenzy of fanatic visions and the lethargic ignorance of Popish dreams; that our laws are Trimmers between the excesses of unbounded power and the extravagance of liberty not enough restrained; that true virtue hath ever been thought a Trimmer, and to have its dwelling in the middle between two extremes; that even God Almighty Himself is divided between His two great attributes, His Mercy and His Justice. In such company, our Trimmer is not ashamed of his name. . . . ( Emphasis my own) He was Lord Halifax author of The Character of a Trimmer Concerning Religion, Laws and Liberties ,by a person of honour: George Savile, Marquis of Halifax, 1633-1695.
Lord Halifax was witty, loud, deceptively avuncular, rhetorically skilled and a devout bigot - George Saville would be a regular a on MSNBC today. MSNBC lards up its nonsense with Brits.
Francis Cardinal George has taken on the Trimmer Dragon of Secular Obstinacy - the Obama Regime.
In this week's New World Lenten Message, Cardinal George lances the Obama political Trimmer Dragon with the facts, context and the historical impact of Obama Regime's assault on Religious Liberty.
Since 1915, the Catholic bishops of the United States have taught that basic health care should be accessible to all in a just society. Two years ago, we asked that whatever instruments were crafted to care for all, the Hyde and Weldon and Church amendments restricting funding for abortion and respecting institutional conscience continue to be incorporated into law. They were excluded. As well, the present health care reform act doesn’t cover entire sections of the U.S. population. It is not universal.(emphasis my own)
The provision of health care should not demand “giving up” religious liberty. Liberty of religion is more than freedom of worship. Freedom of worship was guaranteed in the Constitution of the former Soviet Union. You could go to church, if you could find one. The church, however, could do nothing except conduct religious rites in places of worship-no schools, religious publications, health care institutions, organized charity, ministry for justice and the works of mercy that flow naturally from a living faith. All of these were co-opted by the government. We fought a long cold war to defeat that vision of society.
The strangest accusation in this manipulated public discussion has the bishops not respecting the separation between church and state. The bishops would love to have the separation between church and state we thought we enjoyed just a few months ago, when we were free to run Catholic institutions in conformity with the demands of the Catholic faith, when the government couldn’t tell us which of our ministries are Catholic and which not, when the law protected rather than crushed conscience. The state is making itself into a church. The bishops didn’t begin this dismaying conflict nor choose its timing. We would love to have it ended as quickly as possible. It’s up to the government to stop the attack.
If you haven’t already purchased the Archdiocesan Directory for 2012, I would suggest you get one as a souvenir. On page L-3, there is a complete list of Catholic hospitals and health care institutions in Cook and Lake counties. Each entry represents much sacrifice on the part of medical personnel, administrators and religious sponsors. Each name signifies the love of Christ to people of all classes and races and religions. Two Lents from now, unless something changes, that page will be blank.
Sadly, Cardinal George, that is the idea. The Trimmer Dragon will and has come at people of Faith not only from Health and Human Services, the Department of Labor ( St. Xavier University most recently) and the Military -ordering military chaplains not to read the letter from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops condemning the Choice Mandate.
The regime tells us that 99% of Catholics ignore their faith. Let's see in November.
Prayer to Saint George
Almighty God, who gave to your servant George boldness to Confess the Name of our Savior Jesus Christ before the rulers of this world, and courage to die for this faith: Grant that we may always be ready to give a reason for the hope that is in us, and to suffer gladly for the sake of our Lord Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.