Making a Habit of Heresy…

As the health care debate enters a critical state, a coalition of ‘Catholic’ nuns entered the fray in a manner that convinces me that the inspection tour of women religious orders is warranted.

Some 60 leaders of religious orders representing 59,000 Catholic nuns Wednesday sent lawmakers a letter urging them to pass the Senate health care bill. It contains restrictions on abortion funding that the bishops say don’t go far enough.

The letter says that “despite false claims to the contrary, the Senate bill will not provide taxpayer funding for elective abortions.” The letter says the legislation also will help support pregnant women and “this is the real pro-life stance.”

The Citizen shouldn’t be surprised. After all, we have women who claim to be Catholic religious in good standing who act as escorts at abortion clinics. The only thing that is surprising is that it’s only 60 ‘leaders’ that are heretical…or maybe these are the ones that are speaking up.

Heretical? Yes. According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, abortion is one of those inherently evil and inimical acts that cannot be compromised. Supporting abortion is a violation of Catholic doctrine and those who explicitly or implicitly condone abortion are in error. While it is tragic that the laity don’t understand this, it is criminal that religious don’t. Frankly, they do know this – their liberal political agendas have made abortion just another card on the table, another issue to be negotiated.

This ‘endorsement’ is troubling on a number of levels. The fact that this statement will add confusion to the laity is not the least of them. Groups like ‘Catholics for Obama’ have twisted and distorted the Magisterium to reassure liberal and moderate Catholics that supporting Obama is consistent with Catholic teachings. The Citizen knows of priests and deacons who had Obama stickers on their cars. Now, nuns are supporting this flawed bill at the last minute. What is the average, rank and file Catholic supposed to think? Priests say it’s OK, nuns say it’s OK, who am I to argue?

Well, I am arguing. And you should be, too. There is no reason to believe that this bill will save money, will improve access to care, or – most importantly – will not create a federally-funded network of abortion clinics.

How a Catholic can say that this bill, sponsored by the most pro-abortion executive and legislative leadership in the history of this nation, is not pro-abortion is insane. Congressman Stupak crafted careful language that would have ensured that no last-minute rules or amendments could be inserted. This was explicitly omitted from the Senate bill. The language dictating the creation of community health centers opens the door for clinics that would be run by groups like Planned Parenthood. The language certainly provides sufficient loopholes to permit the siphoning of taxpayer money into reproductive health ‘services’ – a common euphemism for abortion.

The abortion industry has demonstrated their contempt for existing laws. Federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies rarely hold them accountable. This administration has literally dozens of high-level bureaucrats in many agencies who have worked for or with NARAL and Planned Parenthood.

This is congressional leadership that excels in slipping in earmarks at the last moment. They have no compunction over using bribes (the Louisiana Purchase, for example) and threats to achieve their goals. Just this weekend, Nancy Pelosi tacked on a student loan package to the health care bill. What else is going to appended? How can we be sure that abortion funding won’t be buried in there as well?

The answer is simple. We can’t. These religious orders that have supported this plan are ignorant or actively cooperating with a pro-abortion agenda. Neither is acceptable. The Vatican has seen this crisis looming and has taken action.

Cardinal Rodé  is the Vatican official who initiated an investigation of women religious orders in the United States. In a speech last summer, he was clear in stating his concerns over the direction that many orders have taken. He referred to evidence of  some American nuns “who have opted for ways that take them outside” the church. The Cardinal is gracious.

I’m not. Catholicism is not a smorgasbord. You don’t pick and choose the tenets to comply with and those that are too ‘controversial’ or ‘conservative’ or ‘uncomfortable.’ Life begins at conception. Any action that unjustly takes a life is a mortal sin. Therefore, abortion is a mortal sin. Those Catholics who cooperate with practices, policies, and organizations that support or perform abortions are committing a mortal sin. There are no exceptions. There is no compromise. We cannot weigh the potential good that a party advocates if abortion is part of the agenda. We cannot put abortion on one side of a moral teeter-totter and all other social issues on the other side and claim that they balance out. Promoting a dozen admirable, Christian policies cannot excuse support for abortion.

Laypeople should have been taught this. Nuns should know this. I pray that the visitation’s examination of these orders purge the heretical from our ranks. The sins of these apostate nuns – and priests – are compounded in that they not only knowingly engage in sinful actions. The greater sin is that they knowingly lead the laity into sin; laity who believe that these ‘holy’ women and men are really doing God’s work.

I will not pray for these women. I pray for the souls of those they have led into heresy.

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