Lindy’s Blog: Where Mom is Always Right

September 24, 2008

Hell’s Bells, Sister!

Okay, I’ve been trying numerous ways to expunge from my soul the letter to the editor in our local paper, written by a probably well-intentioned, though seriously misled (and arguably certifiable) Catholic Sister.  David had to almost physically restrain me from running to the computer to type up a response.  I could have had a field day.  But, for David, this blog is bad enough.  A letter by his wife to the local paper chastizing a nun would just be too much. 

But, my local readers no doubt read the letter and feel my pain.  Not only does she make some really illogical points, based on nothing that is even in the ballpark of reason or fact, but she makes Catholics in general look bad.  (For those of you who haven’t heard that nasty little tidbit, I am now a Catholic.  Unabashedly, proudly, shamelessly Catholic.  Go ahead, start laying into me.  Trust me, I’m used to it by now.  But more about that, later.) 

Among other outrageous claims, she stated that Republicans politicize abortion to gain votes.  Sister, it’s my moral obligation to politicize abortion.  You’re damned right I’m going to politicize it, just the same as I would politicize the need to make murder illegal. 

Warning:  What I am about to post will make any Catholic Obama supporter cringe.  You might just want to stop right here to save yourself from this fate.  But, if your curiosity is piqued, by all means continue reading.  But don’t say I didn’t warn you. 

Here is a little article written by a priest, Fr. Corapi.  In light of all the recent gaffes by CINO (that’s Catholic In Name Only) Democratic politicians, and their public rebukes by all the Bishops and Cardinals, I think it’s growing increasingly difficult for Catholics who support pro-abortion candidates to rationalize their decision.  In any case, I don’t envy their position, because to continue in this direction in all seriousness should inevitably lead to an examination of why they’re Catholic, and if they can remain so.

In speaking with faithful Catholics all over the world for the past twenty years there is a consensus among them that the average Catholic doesn’t know much about their faith. Likewise there is an overwhelming consensus that if we did, the world would be a very different place. In the United States of America we have over sixty million Catholics. If these Catholic citizens knew their faith and then voted and lived their faith, this country would be incalculably better off. In turn, so would the entire world.

In the past few months leading up to what may prove to be the most crucial presidential election in this country’s history, it is outright frightening how many Catholics think they can vote for a pro-abortion candidate. As many of our good bishops have pointed out, under the current circumstances this is not possible. Abortion is the overridingly most important moral issue of our times, all others being important, but rendered irrelevant if the preeminent right—the right to life—is destroyed.

As Bishop Robert Vasa of Baker, Oregon recently pointed out, clarifying the teaching of the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops in their excellent pastoral letter “Faithful Citizenship,” a candidate or office holder is disqualified from receiving the vote of a Catholic in good conscience if they hold a pro-abortion position. In other words pro- choice candidates under the current set of circumstances are disqualified because of their pro-death political positions. We cannot vote for them. As the Bishops of Kansas recently asserted in their excellent voter’s guide, “Catholics would ‘commit moral evil’ by voting for a candidate who supports abortion and other intrinsically evil things. Voting is a moral act, and voting for pro-choice candidates is evil in itself. One becomes a collaborator in evil by so doing. No amount of rationalization can escape this logical and moral conclusion.

There was some confusion over this based on a statement made some time ago by Pope Benedict, who was speaking in general terms, saying that for a “proportionate reason” it would be possible to vote for such candidates. However, in the concrete situation we face, with a candidate who is pro-life, this would not be possible. No amount of “other reasons” would excuse voting for a pro-choice candidate. The Church clearly teaches that life begins at conception. As Pope John Paul II stated many times, “abortion is murder.” Following logically from this, if a single abortion is murder, then 48,000,000 (the approximate number of abortions in this country since Roe v. Wade) of them is genocide. What would be the “proportionate reason” supporting such an outrage? There is none.

Lack of understanding of what the Catholic Church teaches is grossly harmful to the individual Catholic and to society in general. It is for this reason that I have always tried to promote and teach the Catechism of the Catholic Church. It is a sure norm for teaching the faith, as Pope John Paul II asserted in promulgating the Catechism. “Guarding the Deposit of Faith is the mission which the Lord entrusted to His Church,” are the first words of the Apostolic Constitution “Fidei Depositum.” These are the words the Holy Father used to introduce us to the Catechism.

For this reason we are making my series “The Teaching of Jesus Christ” more and more available through television, radio, and the lowest prices ever offered for DVD and CD versions. Ignorance of the Faith can prove fatal—for individuals and for nations. Learning our faith is the best investment we can make. The Catechism of the Catholic Church is the very best way to do this.

May God bless you, each one, and may God bless America in this time of national crisis,

 Father John Corapi

Seriously, we’re killing our babies, here.  Brutally, horrifically, and in sickening numbers.  I realize that it’s easy to forget just how serious this is, given that Roe’s been around for three decades.  But don’t be lulled into apathy!  If you need to be reminded of how grotesque this practice is, and how it harms women who undergo abortion, go here: http://www.lifesitenews.com/abortiontypes/.  (Warning:  graphic images.)

Barack Obama has stated a number of times that one of the first things he would do if elected is pass the Freedom of Choice Act, that would essentially codify abortion into law, and make it impossible to reverse.  That is serious.  And let us never, ever forget the BAIPA bill.  That is infanticide.  And Barack Obama sees nothing wrong with it.

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9 Comments »

  1. How I wish more Catholics realized that voting for someone like Obama is to cooperate in the moral evil of promoting abortion. I cannot see how anyone can remain blind or indifferent to the mass slaughter of innocents committed every day.

    Comment by Maddog — September 24, 2008 @ 2:31 pm |Reply

  2. I agree, Maddog. Prayer is the only thing that will jolt us out of our apathy. A 40 day prayer vigil began yesterday, called “Forty Days for Life”…Please join in!

    The 40 Days for Life campaign information gives powerful expression to the motivation behind this phenomenally successful movement:

    “The battle against abortion has always been a spiritual battle. … Abortion will never be overcome without penance and sacrifice and that’s what this campaign is all about. So, in the early hours in the morning, through the cold, the rain, through the occasional insult, sometimes alone, sometimes with others, always surrounded by the heavenly angelic host, we engage in the most important battle that has ever been waged in the history of mankind – the battle for life itself.”

    Go to http://www.PrayForLifeDay.com if you’d like to use the written prayers.

    Comment by Dee — September 24, 2008 @ 6:35 pm |Reply

  3. Well stated Lindy….
    This recent contributor to our local paper has in the past sent letters in like this most recent one. She is more often than not pushing a liberal social agenda and uses her interpretations of the Churches teachings/Bible to justify her own beliefs….

    This nun thinks she has a “platform” in our local paper and uses it to sound off.

    My thought’s are…..If babies are aborted then no other issue matters ………….they are not here to benefit from her “stand” because we have exterminated them.

    This is a good example of how we are all in charge of our own conscience, its formation and living accordingly.

    Comment by trish — September 25, 2008 @ 8:19 am |Reply

  4. If you are going to be morally consistent, you wont vote for McCain or Obama, they are both for capital punishment.

    Comment by elizabeth — September 27, 2008 @ 6:56 pm |Reply

  5. I would argue (as have many people a lot smarter than me), that this is one of those “lesser of two evils” situations. Capital punishment does not take the lives of thousands of innocents per day. Most of the time, (though not always, one of the reasons why cp needs to be further looked into), those who are condemned to death have every reason to be there.

    I think that people who are pro-abortion have to go to fantastic lengths to justify their viewpoints, esp. in an age that is giving us more and more proof that life most certainly begins at conception. I would caution anyone to not justify bad behavior by pointing to other bad behavior. This is what second graders do. No one could ever take a moral stand on anything if we had this infantile way of conducting our lives.

    Comment by lindyborer — September 28, 2008 @ 8:10 am |Reply

  6. I said it to be provocative in a good way. To encourage a measured debate about the moral relativism that should be discussed about “life” issue.

    I didnt say it to make myself feel better or for you to feel worse, I think this is a discussion best not left to second graders.

    Comment by elizabeth — September 28, 2008 @ 9:34 pm |Reply

  7. Well, then I absolutely agree with you, Elizabeth!

    You’re right: one cannot speak out of both sides of one’s mouth when it comes to life issues, and that is one of the reasons I am Catholic. The Catholic faith is incredibly consistent on life issues, from conception to natural death. And that includes contraception, capital punishment, etc… Strong Protestant pro-lifers have a bit of a quandary, I imagine, if they’re pro-contraception or pro-capital punishment.

    Thank you for your comments.

    Comment by lindyborer — September 29, 2008 @ 7:34 am |Reply

  8. Great Blog Lindy!!!

    Thanks for the comment on fratres.
    Finally, I had the chance to respond. Sorry for the(kid)delay– you’ll find it there.

    jme

    Comment by james mary evans — December 5, 2008 @ 2:27 pm |Reply

  9. Thanks for signing the old year book!

    Go figure. I came hear to shed light on the mystery underlying my avatar and St. Patrick shows up freeing does (souls). I think the new blavatar at WordPress has something to do with it. Onward.

    Ah, the Avatar!

    That would be one “Rainbow Crawdaddy” around these parts…

    Long story short:

    We have the best (river) swimming hole in Southern Oregon next door. Deep pools, a walk bridge and cliffs to dive from and crawdad’s galore in the shallows! During the summer I take the little ones down and we play “Rainbow Crawdaddy”. I mesmerize them by throwing large rocks in the river causing mist, which creates rainbows in the sun. In order to see the rainbows the kids need to draw close to me, (Snapper Man), as soon as the rock plunges it’s up to them how long they want to view the rainbow before I turn into Rainbow Crawdaddy and commence chasing and snapping at them… Some never get away in time….

    One of my more, shall we say, creative friends worked the image up and presented it to me at my 50th surprise b-day party.

    And that’s the way it is… snap! snap!

    jme

    Comment by james mary evans — December 5, 2008 @ 11:42 pm |Reply


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