I received this in an email from The Cardinal Newman Society“:
* Russ Feingold — who was stridently pro-abortion while a U.S. Senator from Wisconsin — was hired in January to teach at Catholic Marquette University.
* Sister Carol Keehan — the Catholic Health Association president who undermined the U.S. bishops on Obamacare, then clashed with Bishop Olmstead over an abortion at a CHA hospital — remains on the Board of Trustees for Catholic St. John’s University (New York) and the University of St. Thomas (Minnesota). Sister Keehan has also been a featured lecturer or commencement speaker at several Catholic colleges and universities in the past year.
* Next week, Boston College Law School plans to celebrate the “life and work” of Jesuit Father Robert Drinan — a former U.S. Congressman who championed abortion rights and federal funding for abortion.
Catholic Bishops Did Not Support Obamacare Repeal Vote
— by Steven Ertelt, LifeNews.com
January 20, 2011
Boehner, Pro-Life Advocates Launch Bills to Ban Tax-Funded Abortions
— by Steven Ertelt, LifeNews.com
January 20, 2011
Catholic Bishops Don’t Support Obamacare Repeal
— by Amy Sullivan, TIME
January 21, 2011
USCCB Prolife Chief Draws ‘Lines in the Sand’ on Healthcare
— from The Catholic Key Blog
August 7, 2009
It is difficult to understand just how Catholic Bishops could support “Obamacare” that does contain public funding of abortion AND THEN ALSO, soon afterward, oppose repealing it but that is the situation: their positions as follows:
— they oppose Obamacare *if* it contains public funding of abortion (which it did while the Catholic Bishops supported it); and,
— they oppose repealing it after it’s passage but do support removing public funding for abortion from it.
It just seems to me to be a clouded and confused message from these Catholic Bishops, and one that runs contrary to both common sense and Catholicism while accommodating a perspective that burdens others rather than alleviates suffering: many an individual is to suffer increasingly to make “Obamacare” possible and it is not limited to abortion, though that be egregious.
While I welcome their decision to support removing public funding for abortion (that *is* in “Obamacare” despite Obama and the Democrats claiming it is not), it is implausible of the Catholic Bishops to not support repealing it entirely — even Pope Benedict has declared that Marxism is antithetical with Christianity.
Pope Benedict XVI on the false hope of Marxism
— by MJAndrew, Evangelical Catholicism
July 6, 2009
But, I am both Catholic AND pro-life and the issue of the sanctity of human life, including unborn human life, is very important to me; thus, I am grieved immensely when I hear news from others that reflects indifference about or even a lack of concern about abortion. And most especially offended when I read from others who deem themselves Catholic that they are not pro-life or have adopted a cavalier attitude about unborn human life, reducing such in value to “a choice” by the women who carry the unborn.
I did not come by my beliefs easily or by acquisition by environment or “how I was raised.” I was not born nor raised as a Catholic and spent many years of my mid-to-early adult years as not only not Catholic but rarely associated by deeds or thought with Christianity, despite much association with Christianity in my youth and youthful social environments.
In my experience, Christianity and Catholicism are beliefs — however privatized — that are continued even when one drifts from or is snatched far away from Christ by circumstances and influences. If one has ever committed themself to follow Christ — acknowledged who Jesus Christ is, Savior and Lord, Son of God, and believes in Him as such — one does not disallow that despite influences by evil and weak decisions that leave one tossing along in life like a floater on the open ocean, food for any predator who may swim by.
And as to Catholicism, I made a decision to explore and learn about Catholicism later in my adult life — I sought the Church out and continue to learn about it now long after being confirmed in the Church, which, I venture to say, is the experience of most who maintain an ongoing development as Christians. Though I have heard and did hear prior to confirmation many of the condemnations of the Catholic church by, oftentimes, persons who had no experience with it or who were those “fallen away” out of the faith itself, the Church was “where God planted me”.
So I became a Catholic later in life, having had no prior experience with the Church, and this after I returned to Christianity and attended a variety of Christian, Protestant congregations. And in this frame of reference I developed a pro-life belief, not due to any instruction or demand by Catholicism (though pro-life is a position of Catholic theology), but by God’s inspiration upon my consideration of human life and through my relationship with God and Christ: recognizing all human beings as individuals with life created by God, worthy of respect as God’s creation and endowed with souls known to Him.
On that basis, I believe that the unborn are:
(1.) human beings;
(2.) alive from conception; and,
(3.) not to be put to death
— and I believe the act of abortion is, indeed, intentionally taking the life of another human being, a demonstratively defenseless human being at that.
“Whatever you do to the least of these…”
Matthew 25:31-46 (King James Version)
31 When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory:
32 And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats:
33 And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left.
34 Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:
35 For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in:
36 Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.
37 Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink?
38 When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee?
39 Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee?
40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.
41 Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:
42 For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink:
43 I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not.
44 Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee?
45 Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me.
46 And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.
Even after becoming Catholic, I maintained what I’d considered to be a contemporary belief that, though I considered abortion wrong, an evil act, I reasoned that the decision was up to the individual in keeping with our nation’s current law — but that view over time changed. While I’d always acknowledge abortion as evil, I did not recognize for a few years that as one allows evil, one participates in it. My position of trying to be modern and “considerate,” or so I was motivated, I then recognized as consenting to or allowing evil, and thus, recognized my own sin in doing so.
My changed and current views are that the act of abortion IS evil, that it is evil to associate with it, even in acceptance of it, it is evil or participation in evil — to be a part of evil — to maintain a distance from the act of abortion in accepting it as “someone else’s decision” in a dispassionate, indifferent sense. I certainly am not one to resort to crime to force my belief on anyone else but there’s a point where one has to ask oneself, to what degree of selflessness is one to go to protect the life of the most defenseless among us?
So I do maintain a belief today — as I have for years past — that abortion is evil, it is an act of violence to end the lives of the most defenseless human beings among us, persons who, while in the womb, cannot get up and run away from assault upon them, cannot pick-up weapons to defend their lives, cannot cry out for friends or strangers to come to their aid, utterly helpless and reliant upon the grace and goodliness of other human beings to allow them in the womb the time and helps necessary to grow and continue with their lives; and while mothers are expected by biology and emotional relationship to provide those necessary goods for the unborn to grow and continue, some mothers refuse to and therein is the cruelty of just how alone and in need of help the unborn are as to abortion. I cannot turn my mind or heart away from such and often come to tears over the tragedy of lost, maligned and aborted human life.
Under these circumstances and regards, it is impossible to maintain a position of “pro-choice” such that the lives of millions of unborn human beings are ended while the rest of us looks away.
As to us who are Catholic, the Church, unfortunately, has many a wayward betrayer claiming membership. About this, I pray.
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