Catholic Values in a Hostile Political Climate

06 Aug

How did morality get politicized?

In Todd Akins new book “Firing Back” he speaks of how those who modify cultures by subverting the meaning of words. He tells of being in a church in 1985 where a speaker by the name of Tomas Schuman was explaining how the Soviet’s subverted their culture;

They sold these bad ideas by a technique that Schuman called “word pollution,” an Orwellian devaluation of a moral tradition by redefining it. For instance, you may think you are pro-life, but to the opposition you are “anti-choice.” If you favor traditional marriage, you are said to be a “homophobe” who opposes “marriage equality.” If you recognize that men and women are different, you are a “sexist” who denies a woman her “reproductive rights.”

Akin, Todd (2014-07-15). Firing Back (Kindle Locations 374-377). WND Books. Kindle Edition. .

This is exactly how this same ideology is subverting our culture today. This process is well down the road to taking America down the same dead end road that Russia and the Soviet Union followed. Most Americans were lulled to sleep by the fact that the U.S. had defeated the Soviet Union in the cold war and the economic war; however, most of us have failed to realize that those who promote this sick ideology have far from given up. The enemy is far more devious than we have realized and they are now winning the culture war in America.

They have successfully in the minds of many Americans, changed moral issues such as abortion and homosexual acts into political issues. This has advanced throughout Europe and Canada and is now gaining speed here in America. In the news today we hear that these forces have reached an agreement with our own IRS to begin monitoring speech from the pulpit. Now when a priest or preacher speaks of the evil and immorality of these issues they are no longer preaching the gospel according Jesus Christ, they are now engaging in political speech. This has advanced so far in some areas that those who are following the command of Christ to take His word to all people in all nations are being charged with hate crimes. Diabolical and as evil as evil gets, but it is working. We all need to be aware of how this is working and begin to use you voice to stop it. It must be done now while we still have a voice. There are groups and individuals; both those who are the perpetrators and those who are following blindly who want to take your ability to speak out away.

Unfortunately, I believe that there are some of us alive today in America who will face the same challenges that the martyrs of the Church in earlier days faced.

03 Aug

This should be a teaching (learning) moment

For all the liberals who do not understand; there is such a thing as a just war. The attack on Israel should be a very clear example of this. There are groups and individuals who believe they have a right to exterminate their enemies and will not settle for anything less. You do have a right to defend yourself. Israel is in the untenable position of having to politically walk on eggs to maintain its necessary relationship with the United States and its currently unfriendly administration because of mis-guided world perceptions and its need to defend its people. How long would the U.S. or any nation allow an enemy to rain missiles on their country without attempts to stop it? This is a classic example of a just war; yet liberals all over the world (except in Israel) are demanding that Israel show restraint. Hamas places its rocket launchers in schools and residential neighborhoods in Gaza so that when Israel takes the very necessary steps to eliminate those rocket launchers it will necessarily cause the injuries and deaths of innocent civilians as planned by Hamas so they can then plead to the world how Israel is killing innocent women and children. How ruthless and diabolical can you get? And unbelievably much of the world falls for it.

Liberals seem to live in this theoretical fantasy land where everything is or should be perfect. Perfect does not exist in this world; evil and its perpetrator the devil is alive and well in this world and he seems to have many people on his side. We all know the end result of this war on earth; it has already been won by Christ for us. Why would we ever want to join the losing side?

Although, in the end, it makes no difference because we know evil will be defeated; let us all be on the side of right. The political world is so intent on their own wants and desires that they are willing to let the innocent suffer for their own gain. Our own U.S. diplomats seek a cease fire so they can look like heroes to the world; never mind that the cease fire is only temporary and will encourage further aggression from the perpetrators of evil. When one side in a conflict openly states its goal is the total annihilation of the other side and will negotiate nothing less; the other side has two options; to either accept their annihilation or attempt to stop them. Which would any government of the people do? Endless cease fires will do nothing to stop the conflict. Some liberals are so nuts that they even have proposed that Hamas should be given “Iron Dome” missile defense to make the conflict “more fair”. HUH?

15 Jul

Todd Akin and the cowards that threw him under the bus

It is no wonder that we Christian conservatives cannot adequately defend our position on abortion. Admittedly, Todd Akin made a clumsy attempt at defending the pro-life position when he espoused a medical opinion about the odds of women becoming pregnant as a result of rape, however, this does not excuse so called conservative republicans throwing him under the bus for their own political futures. Where Todd made is mistake was in allowing himself to be drawn into this particular issue. Liberals have long used the “rape” card to justify abortion and this gave them another golden opportunity to play on the sympathies of everyone for rape victims. Those who live according to Christian moral principles and try their best to demonstrate through their actions and speech these principles, realize the devastating effect rape has on its victims. We also, unlike our pro-abortion opposition realize the devastating effect abortion has on its victims; the woman having the abortion, the baby, and all of the families involved. The way the pro-abortion advocates use rape victims as a means of justifying abortion is totally unjustifiable and this is where Todd Akin was coming from. The number of abortions that would be required to kill the babies that resulted from a rape would be infinitesimal compared to the million plus abortions in the United States every year. Add to this situation the fact that the rape victim is victimized again by society pushing, cajoling, encouraging, her to undergo another totally unnatural act by having an abortion. This does not even consider the fact that the totally innocent baby has to pay the ultimate price of his or her life. A truly compassionate and caring society would offer care, concern, help with psychiatric and physical medical care plus adoption services if the victim chose that path. Millions of childless couples would welcome the new life and the victim’s long term health and well-being would be preserved. There are plenty of good people walking around today who are very happy that their mothers who were rape victims chose life. I doubt if any of them would be throwing Todd Akin under the bus. The down side? Planned Parenthood and its bloody business would go out of business. No, Planned Parenthood does not provide healthcare. At best they provide referrals to others who are legitimate health care providers. Regardless of what the pro-abortion crowd claim; Planned Parenthood is in the abortion business period. In another time they would have been labeled what they are “perpetrators of genocide”. Statistically, African Americans and other minorities suffer abortion at a much larger rate than the general population (Minority women constitute only about 13% of the female population ages 15 to 44 in the United States, but they undergo approximately 36% of the abortions). And in fact the founder of Planned Parenthood, Margaret Sanger an admitted Eugenicist is credited with many extraordinary quotes on her objective to kill babies whom in her opinion because of race or economic conditions are unworthy of life.

The liberal pro-abortion lobby has one objective and one objective only to keep our society open to adultery without guilt so the people who make large sums of money off of this dirty business can keep their industry going and growing.

It is unfortunate that people like Todd Akin who truly believe in the value of human life are cut down by those who give it lip service, but when the rubber meets the road and it may hurt their political ambitions, they cut and run, and destroy the one with the high moral ground. I can fully understand those who support abortion dumping on Todd Akin, however, the Karl Roves, Mitt Romneys, and numerous other so called pro-life people who threw him under the bus rather than risk their political futures have much to answer for. Why is it that liberal democrats find it so easy to defend the immoral actions of a Bill Clinton but conservative Christians cannot find the courage to defend the moral actions of a Todd Akin? It is a sad commentary on our Christian nation; this was not the case prior to the 1960’s.

I have great respect for Mike Huckabee who at great personal risk to his political career wrote the forward for Todd Akin’s new book “Firing Back”, he is one of the very few who has the courage to confront those who would sacrifice Todd Akin’s career for their own. On the other side is Katie Pavlich’s new book “Assault and Flattery”. Although Katie’s book goes a long way in exposing the hypocrisy of the pro-abortion crowd, she also throws Todd Akin under the bus with her comments about his stupid comments regarding rape. This can only be caused by her lack of understanding of the true pro-life position and where Todd was coming from. In spite of her understanding of the liberal agenda she has also obviously fallen prey to their (and the establishment republicans because he threatens their positions of power) propaganda in regard to the attacks on Todd Akin.

The Catholic Church has given us the answer to our problems and have taught this solution for centuries; however, to accept this solution we would have to admit that adultery is still a sin and would have to give it up. Apparently our culture and even many who espouse they are pro-life are not ready to do this. Saint John Paul the great’s Theology of the Body is a detailed description of God’s plan for human life and sexuality, Has the liberal left provided any type of explanation for their opposing view and why humanity should follow their plan rather than God’s plan? If any liberal would dare to attempt such an undertaking, that document would have to sound like the most selfish plan ever devised.

26 Jun

The establishment power base in Washington is destroying America

I recently wrote about the need to change our haphazard way of voting in America. Stop listening to the big money campaign ads and educate ourselves about the candidates then vote wisely instead be being led by the media. We lifelong conservative republicans and democrats; even though a majority in America are being shut out of the political process by the powerful strategist of both parties.

Yesterday’s primary elections around the country should be a wakeup call to constitutional conservatives of both parties. Once again big money and the political insiders won huge victories against those of us who want a less intrusive big spending government that serves the powerful and continues to keep the poor and middle class citizens under their thumbs.

The personal ambitions of long time politicians who have driven this country into the sorry state it is in cling to power via political strategist that plan and find methods of winning elections by any means necessary. Honor, justice, and morality be damned; they will stoop to any dirty trick, lie, or means to slander any opponent; apparently now even members of their own party if they threaten their grip on power. This is what happens when we forget that we are not immortal and there is a higher power to which we will have to answer when that inevitable day comes.

One glaring example that came out of yesterday’s elections was the race for a republican candidate for the Senate from Mississippi. Long time Senator Thad Cochran has apparently won the primary over Tea Party favorite Chris McDaniel by some of the slimiest tactics ever used against a fellow party member. The republican establishment is so afraid of the conservative movement within their own party that they have joined forces with the democratic party to defeat members of their own party. The republican establishment in Washington ran ads in Mississippi that sounded very much like liberal democrat ads supporting pork barrel spending, food stamps, and government give away programs to get democrats to vote in the republican primary against a Tea Party favorite.

We constitutional conservatives find ourselves without a party and (at least for the time) unable to form a third party. Well, so be it; but we will continue to fight. I urge all likeminded constitutional conservatives to STOP funding the republican party until this outrage ceases. Donate only to tea party groups until the republican establishment gets on board.

19 Jun

My Theory

I have written before about my theory about why as humans we follow false narratives such as global warming. It appears to me that those involved with seeking answers to issues of all kinds tend to develop theories as to why things happen and project future unknown events based upon their theories. They become so focused on proving their hypothesis that they put on blinders and cannot or will not see truths which tend to disprove their theories. This happens not only in the scientific community but also in politics and virtually every field of endeavor. In the case of global warming I believe science originally developed theories in the early part of the 20th century see recently resurrected article from 1922 about global warming and developed the theory that it was caused by human pollution. Politicians then saw a great opportunity to use this theory as fact to assist them in gaining power by imposing governmental restrictions on all kind of previously free enterprise activities. This was brilliant on their part; it had just enough truth to it that it was initially an easy sell. Most scientist cling to this theory because they do not have better answers and they do not like to be wrong. Politicians cling to this theory because it is a wonderful excuse to passing laws that give them more power. Today, both groups cling to this theory in spite of overwhelming evidence to the contrary.

I bring this up again because I believe this same phenomenon is responsible for the current situation in the Middle East and in America. Everyone including supportive Democrats (even though many will not yet admit it) are at a loss as to how the Obama administration can continue to apparently make one bad decision after another in foreign and domestic policy. I believe that Obama came into office with a deep conviction that America was the cause of much of the world problems. He felt that our overwhelming super power status was the reason that many of our allies and enemies disliked or even hated us. He mistakenly thought that if we would power down and make nice with the rest of the world, everyone would love us and the wars and discontent would magically end. Thus his famous statement after his first election in 2008 “We are days away from fundamentally transforming America”. This is the one promise that Obama has kept, however, I don’t believe that even he understood the transformation that would take place. Two examples of which there are probably many; were objectives for closure of Guantanamo Bay detention camp and the pull out of troops from Iraq. Obama felt that these were two of the most damning issues for America and therefore was determined to achieve these (among other) goals. His determination to achieve these two goals in retrospect are obvious; in spite of the backlash, recommendations by military experts, and overwhelming evidence that these two goal were causing more harm than good, Obama was far too far down the road, far too narcissistic, and committed to these goal to admit he was wrong. Eventually, whether Obama ever admits his mistake or not, we the American people will pay the price for electing him in the first place and then doing it again. There were plenty of warning voices, unfortunately, the dedication to political parties interfered with our good judgment and our elected leaders failed us again by protecting their candidate at the expense of America.

18 Jun

An Open Letter to the American Electorate

Our country is in serious trouble. I worry about what kind of world and country we are leaving to our children and grandchildren. I have watched us over the past 50 years move steadily away from God and our founding principles. We have become a nation too comfortable with the sleaze we see every day on television; in the commercials as well as the programming. We sit and allow our young impressionable children and grandchildren to be exposed to this trash and then wonder why our country is in the sorry state it is in; where even our right to freedom of religion is under attack because it is perceived as a hindrance to our freedom to do as we please. Worse, we have elected leaders who tend to cater to our selfish desires. We have mistakenly come to believe that freedom means we have the freedom to do as we choose rather than the true meaning of freedom which is the freedom to do as we should. This has led us to a point where we elect Presidents and representatives who openly promote ideologies and actions that we know are immoral. We are willing to elect leaders who demonstrate a lack of moral character because they are good public speakers and make promises they cannot or will not keep; they are able to raise huge sums of money to run campaigns and commercials to get reelected and to elect their political allies who follow the same ideology.

Because of the system of government that we have been given by our founding fathers who believed in and followed the principles of our Judeo Christian heritage; we have another opportunity in the upcoming midterm elections and on November 8th, 2016 to elect representatives and a President who will lead our beloved America out of the despair into which it has fallen. Now is the time to begin that process. Let us no longer elect leaders who demonstrate personal ambition and claim to behave in a moral manner but do the opposite. Let us not listen to what they say but watch what they do. Let us ignore all of the TV, radio, and bill board ads and do our own research on the candidates. Let us elect leaders who demonstrate the kind of character we know to be what our country needs, rather than what they promise to give us. Let us reject leaders who openly promote or demonstrate what we know to be immoral actions regardless of our personal opinions on those issues. Let us reject candidates that show a greater loyalty to their political party affiliations than to their constituents. Let us start moving our country back to the principles that made America the most successful, generous, God fearing country we became and reject the ideologies that have been proven to be dead ends by others who have already made those mistakes. Why would we want to emulate the ideologies and policies of the former USSR and Eastern bloc countries?

It is time to throw out our political party allegiances and vote for individuals who exemplify the characteristics we know to be right for America. Both parties have incumbents that have become part of the problem by continuing to promote the status quo. We can no longer afford to live with the status quo; we need major change in our government. Law makers spin their wheel churning out laws after laws that are either enforced with zeal or not enforced at all dependent upon the ideology and mood of the current President. We MUST begin to replace these leaders with new leaders that have the moral conscience to actually obey the oath they have taken to up hold the constitution of the United States. When you see or hear a politician from either party criticize and undermine a new comer to the political process because he or she espouses constitutional principles and does not understand the way the system works; you will know you have found a politician that needs to be removed from the political process.

Polls state that America is 77% Christian. If all Christians vote with a Christian conscience, we can turn our country around and make it one nation under God once again. Let us begin God’s work and start to clean up our corrupt government by learning all we can about every candidate in the upcoming elections and then vote wisely for the future of America.

12 Jun

Hope for the future?

Has the recent election results in Virginia signaled the possibility that the American electorate is waking up to the fact that they still have the power if only they will educate themselves and use it wisely

We the people have surrendered our control of government by allowing ourselves to be indoctrinated (brain washed) by the continual campaign ads we are subjected to during each election cycle. It has become fact that the candidate who spends the most money on TV, Radio, and Bill Board ads wins. This has led to those with the money dictating who wins elections. Those who contribute the most money to winning candidates receive more (favors) from their political representatives. This is NOT how our government was instituted by the founding fathers. It is supposed to be government by the people, for the people; not government for those who have special interests and money to buy government officials. This in a nut shell is how we have arrived at the sorry state of our government today.

It is said you have to hit bottom before you can begin to rise again. Have we reached that point yet? The Virginia election between one of the established officials who have embraced this “money rules” government; Eric Cantor and one of the new Constitutional Conservatives who are fighting back; Dave Brat, indicates that possibly that point has been reached; at least in Virginia. In spite of the fact that Mr. Brat was out spent more than 5 to 1 he prevailed in the election because voters there have grown tired of the government at usual and have stood up against the massive spending to name Mr. Brat as their choice over long time representative Cantor from Virginia and a powerful voice as the majority leader in the House of Representatives. As Mr. Brat stated after his victory, “Money does not vote, people do.” If we can all learn this lesson, maybe, there is still hope for our country.

25 Sep

The fallacy of silence.

My recent discussions have been about the argument of not provoking people by speaking out versus speaking out about Catholic teaching and the errors followed by Catholics and others. I found this sermon by St. Augustine to reinforce my position on this subject.

St Augustine’s sermon On Pastors

Do what they say, not what they do

Well then, shepherds, hear the word of the Lord!” What must you shepherds hear? Thus says the Lord God: behold, I am above the shepherds and I will call them to account for the sheep in their hands.

Listen, sheep of God, listen and learn: God will call the bad shepherds to account for his sheep and for their deaths. As he says elsewhere in Ezekiel: Son of man, I have appointed you as sentry to the House of Israel. When you hear a word from my mouth, warn them in my name. If I say to a wicked man, “Wicked wretch, you are to die,” and you do not speak to warn the wicked man to renounce his ways, then he shall die for his sin but I will hold you responsible for his death. If, however, you do warn a wicked man to renounce his ways and repent, and he does not repent, then he shall die for his sin but you yourself will have saved your life.

You see, brethren? Do you see how dangerous it is to keep quiet? If you remain silent, you die; and rightly. You die for your impiety and sin – it is your negligence that kills you. He who has said, As I live, says the Lord might have found a living shepherd – but since the shepherd was negligent, not warning those he had been given authority over, those whose sentry he was, he will die justly and the sentry will be justly condemned. But if – the Lord continues – you say “you are to die” with one I have threatened with the sword, and he does not avoid the sword and it comes and kills him, he will die in his sin but you will have set your soul free. That is why we must not keep silent – and you, even if we did keep silent, must listen to the words of the true Shepherd in holy Scripture.

Since I raised the question, let us see if he takes the sheep from the dead shepherds and gives them to good ones. I certainly see him taking the sheep from the bad shepherds: I am above the shepherds, and I shall take my flock back from them and I shall not allow them to feed my flock. In this way the shepherds will stop feeding themselves. For when I say to them, “Feed my sheep,” they feed themselves and not my sheep. I shall not allow them to feed my flock.

How does he stop them from looking after his sheep? Do whatever they say, but do not do what they do. It is as if he were saying, “Their words are my words but their actions are their own.” When you avoid what the bad shepherds do, they are not in charge of you any more: when you follow what they say, it is my words you are following and it is I who am tending you.

23 Sep

Opinions on this Blog?

I would appreciate comments on this blog. I try to live up to the blogs title; however, sometimes I may get off track. Dissenting opinions are welcomed. I have recently received a few comments off line but very few in the feedback section.

On occasion, I get a comment suggesting that I should tread lightly on certain subjects like homosexuality and should be more like Jesus. While I welcome the comment, I wonder what some people think Jesus was like while on earth. Somehow many believe He was kind of a pacifist and just an overall nice guy that always got along with everyone. That’s not the Jesus that I know. The Jesus I know was crucified because people did not like what he said. He was always saying things the people of that time did not like.

I do get concerned sometimes that I may not always be 100% in line with Church (Christ’s) teachings, but I am not concerned about criticism of speaking out against obviously immoral actions regardless of who is responsible for them. I like most of us sometimes have trouble separating the sin from the sinner, so I will focus in the future on insuring that I do not personally attack the individual but only their actions.

There has been much discussion lately in the secular and religious press about perceived conflicts between Pope Francis and Pope Benedict XVI. This again is a reflection on the need to keep the sin and sinner separate in our thoughts and discussions. The sin will always be a sin but as long as the sinner is alive there is hope that they will reform and abandon the sin. I believe that there was and is no conflict between what the two Popes have said. I believe that Pope Francis is correct in not judging the sinner. He is leaving that to God (as does Pope Benedict). That does not mean he does not judge the sin. Pope Benedict was speaking of the sin in his comments about homosexual lifestyles and Pope Francis also believes this.

See the following post about recent comments by Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke, prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura in Rome. I believe like Cardinal Burke that part of the reason we Catholics are being subjected to the unfair bias from our culture today is that we have been too silent in our words and our deeds. The secular culture does not understand Christ’s teaching because we Catholics do not practice it correctly and openly.

22 Sep

Another “wake up” message for Catholics from Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke, prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura in Rome

How often have we heard the complaint from Catholics that the Church does not address the scandalous actions of some Catholic politicians who openly and frequently flaunt their immoral political positions and attempt to reconcile them with Catholic teachings? Fortunately, we do have good orthodox Catholic leaders such as Cardinal Burke. Cardinal Burke and many other Church leaders are becoming more and more vocal in their opposition to the “tolerance” (more like silence) of some Catholics including some Priests and Bishops. Cardinal Burke was recently interviewed by Don Fier of the “Catholic Servant” publication. Below are some of the more important excerpts from that interview as it relates to how Catholics should be responding to the attacks on our faith.

Fier: Things seem to be declining at an accelerating rate in our country. For example, it is shocking how quickly things happened in Minnesota. A year ago it seemed almost certain that a November ballot referendum would constitutionally define marriage as the union of one man and one woman. Despite a heroic effort by Archbishop John Nienstedt and many other Church leaders, it failed. Just four months later a law was enacted making Minnesota the 12th state to legalize so- called same- sex marriage. How did we get to this point? Aside from prayer and fasting, what can the faithful do?

Cardinal Burke: First of all, I would underline the need for much prayer and fasting. The alarming rapidity of the realization of the homosexual agenda ought to awaken all of us and frighten us with regard to the future of our nation. This is a work of deceit, a lie about the most fundamental aspect of our human nature, our human sexuality, which after life itself defines us. There is only one place these types of lies come from, namely Satan. It is a diabolical situation which is aimed at destroying individuals, families, and eventually our nation.

How did we get to this point?. We as Catholics have not properly combatted it because we have not been taught our Catholic Faith, especially in the depth needed to address these grave evils of our time.

After fifty years of this, we have many adult voters who support politicians with immoral positions because they do not know their Catholic Faith and its teaching with regard to same- sex attraction and the inherent disorder of sexual relations between two persons of the same sex. Therefore, they are not able to defend the Catholic Faith in this matter.

What has also contributed greatly to the situation is an exaltation of the virtue of tolerance which is falsely seen as the virtue which governs all other virtues. In other words, we should tolerate other people in their immoral actions to the extent that we seem also to accept the moral wrong. Tolerance is a virtue, but it is certainly not the principal virtue; the principal virtue is charity. Charity means speaking the truth, especially the truth about human life and human sexuality. While we love the individual, we desire only the best for one who suffers from an inclination to engage in sexual relations with a person of the same sex. We must abhor the actions themselves because they are contrary to nature itself as God has created us.

The virtue of charity leads us to be kind and understanding to the individual, but also to be firm and steadfast in opposing the evil itself. This confusion is widespread. I have encountered it many times myself as a priest and bishop. It is something we simply need to address. There is far too much silence — people do not want to talk about it because the topic is not “ politically correct.” But we cannot be silent any longer or we will find ourselves in a situation that will be very difficult to reverse.

Fier: House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, when recently questioned at a press briefing about the moral difference between what Dr. Gosnell did in murdering a baby born alive at 23 weeks as compared to the practice of aborting a baby moments before birth, refused to answer. Instead she is reported to have responded: “ As a practicing and respectful Catholic this is sacred ground to me when we talk about this. I don’t think it should have anything to do with politics.” How are we to react to such a seemingly scandalous statement? Is this a case where Canon 915 might properly be applied? [Editor’s Note:Canon 915 of the Church’s Code of Canon Law states that those who are “ obstinately persevering in manifest grave sin are not to be admitted to Holy Communion.”]

Cardinal Burke: Certainly this is a case when Canon 915 must be applied. This is a person who obstinately, after repeated admonitions, persists in a grave sin — cooperating with the crime of procured abortion — and still professes to be a devout Catholic. This is a prime example of what Blessed John Paul II referred to as the situation of Catholics who have divorced their faith from their public life and therefore are not serving their brothers and sisters in the way that they must — in safeguarding and promoting the life of the innocent and defenseless unborn, in safeguarding and promoting the integrity of marriage and the family.

What Congresswoman Pelosi is speaking of is not particular confessional beliefs or practices of the Catholic Church. It belongs to the natural moral law which is written on every human heart and which the Catholic Church obviously also teaches: that natural moral law which is so wonderfully illumined for us by Our Lord Jesus Christ by His saving teaching, but most of all by His Passion and death.

To say that these are simply questions of Catholic Faith which have no part in politics is just false and wrong. I fear for Congresswoman Pelosi if she does not come to understand how gravely in error she is. I invite her to reflect upon the example of St. Thomas More who acted rightly in a similar situation even at the cost of his life.

Fier: Many faithful Catholics are troubled when high- profile political figures with unconcealed antilife, anti- family positions are honored in such ways as receiving invitations to speak at Catholic university commencement ceremonies and given honorary degrees or memorialized at public Catholic funeral Masses without having renounced their immoral positions. Faithful Catholics, at the same time, are taught they have committed a serious sin if they vote for these same candidates. How are those who are seriously trying to live out their faith to reconcile this apparent contradiction?

Cardinal Burke: You cannot reconcile it — it is a contradiction, it is wrong, it is a scandal, and it must stop! We live in a culture with a false sense of dialogue — which has also crept into the Church — where we pretend to dialogue about open and egregious violations of the moral law. Can we believe it is permissible to recognize publicly people who support open and egregious violations, and then act surprised if someone is scandalized by it? For Catholic institutions or individuals to give recognition to such persons, to honor them in any way, is a source of grave scandal for which they are responsible. In acertain way, they contribute to the sinfulness of the individuals involved. There is no way to reconcile it; it simply is wrong.

If the present government, which can be described in no other way than totalitarian, is not held back from the course it is on, these persecutions will follow. It will not be possible for Catholics to exercise most of the normal human services whether in health care, education, or social welfare because in conscience they will no longer be able to do what the government demands: to cooperate in grave moral evil. We are heading in that direction and even see it now.

I never thought I would ever say this, but we should follow the example of France. The French people have a government that is sadly much like our own. In a totalitarian way, it passed and is trying to enforce a bill giving legal recognition to so- called marital unions between two persons of the same sex. The French people are out on the streets in protest — one demonstration had upwards of two million people. There has arisen in France among the people the will to resist the government and that is what we need in this country.

We cannot go along with government policies and laws which are destroying the most innocent and defenseless among us. This will also redound to great harm to those who have grown weak through advanced age or serious illness. This is all a pattern: the complete corruption about the truth of human sexuality which has already wrought such terrible harm to individuals and families and to our society has to be stopped.

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