Our politicians have separated morality from governing and convinced everybody that your faith and your politics should be separated. This has caused a host of problems, not to mention a springing forth of evil and corruption hardly seen since the persecutions of the Roman Empire. Today, we literally have Catholics sparring with other Catholics on whether it is a sin to vote for a candidate who supports the evil of abortion. Astounding.
Last month, the Church of the Immaculate Conception in San Diego issued a statement warning Catholics that parishioners risk “descending into hell” if they vote for Hillary Clinton, who is a steadfast supporter of abortion on demand, protected by law and funded with tax dollars.
In addition to her immoral stance on procured abortion, Hillary Clinton also takes an immoral stance on the nature of marriage, embryonic research, euthanasia, and possibly human cloning.
The statement resulted in a firestorm of controversy. Over the weekend, the diocese responded via spokesperson Kevin Eckery, “It’s not a mortal sin to vote for Democrats, number one. And number two, the Church doesn’t take positions on this, and we’re not going to.”
Respectfully, we disagree with the prudential decision of this Bishop on this matter. An examination of the Party Platform of the Democratic Party is sufficient to make our point. That is not to say this is about party politics. It is about a moral compass.
But, our opinion is not really what matters. It is the teaching of the Catholic Church. St. John Paul II put it rather bluntly in his Encyclical Letter entitled The Gospel of Life (Evangelium Vitae) in order to bring to an end the kind of confusion which these events demonstrate.
This portion of paragraph 62 is enough to make our point:
“Therefore, by the authority which Christ conferred upon Peter and his Successors, in communion with the Bishops-who on various occasions have condemned abortion and who in the aforementioned consultation, albeit dispersed throughout the world, have shown unanimous agreement concerning this doctrine-I declare that direct abortion, that is, abortion willed as an end or as a means, always constitutes a grave moral disorder, since it is the deliberate killing of an innocent human being.
“This doctrine is based upon the natural law and upon the written Word of God, is transmitted by the Church’s Tradition and taught by the ordinary and universal Magisterium. No circumstance, no purpose, no law whatsoever can ever make licit an act which is intrinsically illicit, since it is contrary to the Law of God which is written in every human heart, knowable by reason itself, and proclaimed by the Church.”
At some point, likely due to the wiles of satan, the ultimate deceiver, we became confused between what is a moral issue and what is merely a political issue. We now believe that moral issues are all “political” issues because those who disagree with the truth concerning the intrinsic evil of every procured abortion currently hold secular power and are using their power to suppress the truth.
They have pushed a line which is inconsistent with the Constitution and the call of the Church to serve the common good of all society. Here it is, in a nutshell – they insist that the Church does not have the right to speak about these issues in the public square because it touches the third rail of “politics”.
What a deception!
For clarity, a merely political issue is how much tax to levy. How should the revenues be spent? Where should the freeway go?
On the other hand, moral issues are squarely within the realm of the Church’s responsibility. In fact, she has a duty to speak to them! They often have political implications.
The right to life of the unborn baby is a moral issue. It is not, and has never been simply a “political issue”. It is a moral issue with political implications. The Church not only has a right to speak about this issue, it has a moral obligation to do so. It is always and everywhere wrong to take innocent human life. Period. These children have a Right to Life. The current civil authorities have stripped it away. Rights do not come from government but from God.
Anyone who dares attempt to shout down the moral instruction of the Church on this issue, or who defies the very Word of God on the pretext that this is somehow a “political issue”, likely – even if unintended – participates in satan’s plan of deception.
Marriage is also moral issue. The Bible speaks extensively on marriage. So too does the unbroken tradition of the Church. As in the truth about the fundamental human right to life, the Church also teaches that marriage as between one man and one woman is more than a “religious” issue. It is revealed by the Natural Moral Law.
Yet today, marriage has been reduced to a mere political issue in the public forum. Recently, five black robed lawyers on the US Supreme Court, with no legal precedent, took it upon themselves to redefine it.
This all deceives many into thinking it is acceptable to divorce their moral sense from their political sense and defy God, the Church, and the Natural Law. In their hubris the enforcers of a secularist order insist it is wrong for the Church to defend marriage on moral grounds!
Hillary Clinton has made it very clear that she is opposed to the Catholic Church, to its moral instruction, and to many things that Catholics hold sacred, including the right to life, freedom of conscience and the truth about marriage.
How can any vote for her be interpreted as a morally upright decision?
Her supporters retort with bad arguments. “Trump is worse” they parrot, simply repeating the talking points of a propaganda press. “The Church should not talk about such political issues” they cry.
These people suffer from a grave deception. They honestly believe that moral issues, when they touch the political arena, are out of bounds for the Church – and for people of faith, at least to address in the public square. They insist that the Church is overstepping its role. The opposite is true. The Church and people of faith have a right to full participation and that participation serves the common good.
In fact, the Church has a responsibility to speak on moral issues. As Catholics, we have the right to expect instruction from our Church. The wise man loves correction.
Unfortunately, we live in a time where satan speaks loudly and seems to have confused many. Many people have made up their mind that they can support a person who is so unashamedly anti-Catholic, and who is on the wrong side of the most important moral issues.
In addition, thanks to the devil, millions believe the Church has no place speaking about moral issues, at least outside of the front doors of the Church buildings where people gather for Mass and prayer.
What then is the purpose of the Church? Is it merely a place to pray? Why bother praying if we are so recalcitrant and unwilling to listen to the voice of God and continue to speak the truth to all men and women?
The greatest tragedy of this election cycle is to see the impact satan’s lies have had on our parish communities. To see so many good people condemn their own Church for fulfilling its duty is tragic.
Please pray and listen to the moral instruction of the Church. Pray that the confusion sown among the faithful is dispelled.
By Marshall Connolly