Love or loathe them, perspectives continue to differ regarding the appropriateness and morality of tattoos. “Not exactly,” according to Mark Hart of Life Teen International, who’s affectionately known as the Bible Geek.Which made me wonder: What does the Church say about it? Hart explained that this verse referred to the ancient mourning practices of the Canaanites that were forbidden for the Israelites.
Any support of a market economy equals libertarianism equals Randism equals heresy.Are we who favor smaller government, less regulation, and market solutions really the same as Ayn Rand and John Galt?Above all—to radical individualists—the State is the Enemy.Except some of what these people call libertarianism, isn’t.“It’s not altogether correct to say a blanket statement like ‘tattoos are against God’ or are ‘anti-Biblical’ because they’re not,” Hart said, adding that the decision of a tattoo goes beyond what the Bible says about it and should be taken seriously.
Perhaps getting a tattoo isn’t a question of “good or bad” or “if”—but “why? People get tattoos to memorialize a person; honor a relationship with a child, parent or spouse; commemorate an event or accomplishment; reflect their heritage; express their personality, convey their religious beliefs; and sometimes, to evangelize. D., a professor of theology at Notre Dame Seminary in New Orleans, studies postmodern culture and its relationship to Catholicism.
By the way, faithful Catholics like philanthropists Frank Hanna and Sean Fieler are on the Acton board.
Another person this group wanted to instruct was actually sitting in the audience that day.
Catholic Democrats did go a little batty when Acton’s founder Father Robert Sirico published something called “Who is John Galt?
” in which he suggested that, without noticing it herself, Ayn Rand had made John Galt a Christ-figure.
One of their targets, and the only organization named in the conference was the Acton Institute, the Michigan-based think tank that seeks “to promote a free and virtuous society characterized by individual liberty and sustained by religious principles.” Look at Acton’s core values and they line up almost perfectly with Catholic Social Teaching.