Over at Twitter/X, the attack on the Church’s authority continues:
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In many states, someone isn’t legally dead until they have been certified as such by a doctor. Many aspects of their estate can’t be dealt with until the death is registered with the state.
Get ready for some absurdity.
Let’s see what would happen if we applied this “humble” idea of not having authority to judge here.
We’re going to give the body the benefit of the doubt until doctor comes, and assume the person is still alive.
After all, we don’t have authority or training to declare a death.
If doctor is delayed, we need to treat an increasingly decomposed corpse as if it were alive, until that moment of officialdom arrives
What if doctor never arrives?
Well then, we will assume he isn’t dead. It’s the safer option. The opposite is just pride.
Let’s say doctor finally arrives. The body has now had the first step of the process. But it hasn’t been registered with the state which things the deceased is still alive. He is held liable for taxes, holds property, etc.
Getting ahead of process is rejecting the state’s authority and judging the deceased with private judgment.
This means that calling relatives to tell them your loved one is dead is incredible presumption, pride, and again, rebellion and treason.
Further, we must also acknowledge that there are many people who, despite being buried in the ground and being skeletons, are actually legally alive. After all,