The National Catholic Reporter is a ‘progressive’ Catholic newspaper – and indicative of the serious problems facing the American Catholic. The editor embraced the signing of the Obama health plan, proclaiming that ‘….Congress and its Catholics should say yes to health care reform.’
Certainly, Catholics should say ‘yes’ to reform. Reform that is consistent with Catholic teachings. Unfortunately, the editor believes that this is open for debate. The NCR does not seem to like my contribution as they have not published this comment.
“In any event, what is being debated is not the morality of abortion but the politics of abortion, and there is plenty of room for honest and respectful disagreement among Catholics about politics.”
With this sentence, he has invalidated the editorial legitimacy of NCR as a legitimate Catholic newspaper. While there is room for a ‘open and honest disagreement’ with non-Catholics about the politics of abortion, entertaining that there is a legitimate difference of opinion among Catholics is at best disingenuous. According to the teachings of the Church, there are no pro-abortion Catholics. According to the Catechism, abortion cannot be be bartered like a poker chip.
How can I be so judgmental? I am not. The Catechism of the Catholic Church is clear that life begins at the instant of conception. From the natural commencement of life to it’s natural end, Catholics are obligated to cherish and defend life. This is why it is important for Catholics to oppose the death penalty, euthanasia, hunger, poverty, and a myriad of other important social issues. But you cannot embrace a policy that addresses a number of worthy issues if abortion is among the planks of the policy. Period. For a Catholic,a pro-abortion policy is always a deal-breaker. It has to be. It is a tenet of our Faith.
Catholicism requires a discipline that many Christian denominations don’t demand. This is one of the reasons why so many Catholics are leaving the church now. I wish them well. I would rather worship with brothers and sisters who are true to the Magisterium then to have to accommodate those who think Catholicism is a spiritual all-you-can-eat buffet.
You can’t pick and choose your virtues, leaving the ones you may be uncomfortable with off of your plate. If you are going to be Catholic, be Catholic. And that means you cannot be pro ‘choice’. And it means that you can’t support politicians who advocate for the maintenance or expansion of abortion.
Sorry, folks. Abortion is an ‘inimical evil’. We don’t compromise with that. Ever.This means that ‘Catholics’ who support Obama and his policies are in violation to the sacramental oaths they swore at Confirmation. This includes politicians like Pelosi, Biden, Courtney, Stupak, DeLauro, and a host of prominent ‘Catholic’ politicians. It also included the people who support them.
This democratic health insurance bill is socialism. Socialism is contrary to Catholicism as it substitutes the goodwill of a ‘benevolent’ state with the need of individual responsibility for charitable works. In Centesimus Annus, Pope John Paul explains socialism as a serious threat to our Faith:
Socialism considers the individual person simply as an element, a molecule within the social organism, so that the good of the individual is completely subordinated to the functioning of the socio-economic mechanism. Socialism likewise maintains that the good of the individual can be realized without reference to his free choice, to the unique and exclusive responsibility which he exercises in the face of good or evil. Man is thus reduced to a series of social relationships, and the concept of the person as the autonomous subject of moral decision disappears, the very subject whose decisions build the social order.
The Holy Father explained that a government that assumed increasing responsibility over the governed eliminates Free Will. Charity is non-existent in a socialist system as people are taxed by a government that determines who is in need and how best to satisfy the needs of the people. The abortion controversy inherent in this ‘health’ plan is indicative of the concerns the Pope explained in the excerpt.
As Catholics, we should be supporting our Catholic institutions with our time, talent, and treasure. I am amazed that people quoting scripture so piously seem to miss that point. Please show me a Gospel passage where Jesus charged the governments of Rome or Judea to tend to the sick, hungry, poor, and infirm. I’ve read the New Testament – several versions in a couple of languages – fairly comprehensively. If it’s there, I missed it. Perhaps one of the Catholic Bible Scholars for Obama can enlighten me.
Because of the collaboration of a host of quislings – like the editorial staff at the National Catholic Reporter – countless Catholics believe that the passage of this bill was a triumph for life. Cooperating with the most pro-abortion White House in the history of the nation is a sign of how ill the Catholic Church in America is today.
Pray for a healing of our Church, brothers and sisters.