My latest question comes from the assertion that care and concern for homosexuals or the divorced or those who simply exercise their God-given right to free-will decision-making automatically deserve the epithet: giving-in to a secular agenda. (See Cardinal Pell's quote in this article.)
So, what exactly does "secular" mean? Did it have any meaning when Jesus was alive? Was Jesus crucified because (maybe) he appeared to be too secular for the religious authorities? Would he be "crucified" today by the trolls among us - the rich, the powerful, the keepers of authority?
Who defines "secular" or its opposite? And how many opposites might there be? For example, a majority of Americans admits to a belief in God. A majority admits, as well, to the practice or acknowledgement of some type of faith. Yet, a majority of Americans is also now in favor of gay marriage, to such an extent that even the Supreme Court, packed (I assert) with Opus Dei adherents (impossible to be sure - as the Opus prefers the Opaque) ... even the Supreme Court has not ruled against Gay Marriage!
So where does this leave us?
Whose side was Jesus on? Whose side was God on when we, creatures of human soil (or stardust?) were granted free will?
I think of Moses, the story of the Burning Bush. And the words uttered there: I have heard my people's cry.