We are not just material beings, but spiritual persons with a need for meaning, purpose, and fulfillment that transcends the visible confines of this world. This longing for transcendence is a longing for truth, goodness, and beauty. Truth, goodness, and beauty are called the transcendentals of being, because they are aspects of being. Everything in existence has these transcendentals to some extent. God, of course, as the source of all truth, goodness, and beauty, has these transcendentals to an infinite degree. Oftentimes, he draws us to himself primarily through one of these transcendentals. St. Augustine, who was drawn to beauty in all its creaturely forms, found the ultimate beauty he was seeking in God, his creator, the beauty “ever ancient, ever new.”―Sister Gabriella Yi, O.P.

Friday, October 14, 2016

Chaput on WikiLeaks emails and the Democratic Party

By now you may have read Archbishop Charles Chaput's comments about the recent WikiLeaks release of emails which confirm what most of us had long suspected about the attitude of the elitist core of the Democratic Party toward faithful Catholics.

Anyone dumb enough to vote for Clinton and state-level Democrats deserves everything Clinton and her kind will do to further rob citizens of their inalienable rights, especially the right to religious freedom and the right to freedom of speech.

Thanks be to God, there is at least one Catholic American bishop who will not be silenced now or anytime soon.

Archbishop Chaput exposes the behaviour of the Democratic Party elite as manipulative, overbearing, condescending, bigoted and unworthy of Catholic support. Mind you, he makes clear that the Republican Candidate for President is hardly worthy of Catholic support either.

A word to "progressive (c)atholics"—those who belong to or support Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good and Catholics United are not worthy of the name Catholic. They (you?) are traitors, co-conspirators in an effort to undermine the Catholic Church. The emails are now available which prove beyond any doubt their (your?) complicity with the Democratic Party in an attempt to sow confusion and division among Catholic Americans for the purpose of undermining the Church and marginalizing the one group capable of mounting a credible defence of inalienable rights.

Read on!
About Those Unthinking, Backward Catholics by Archbishop Charles Chaput.
Back in 2008, in the weeks leading up to the Obama-McCain presidential election, two young men visited me in Denver. They were from Catholics United, a group describing itself as committed to social justice issues. They voiced great concern at the manipulative skill of Catholic agents for the Republican Party. And they hoped my brother bishops and I would resist identifying the Church with single-issue and partisan (read: abortion) politics.
It was an interesting experience. Both men were obvious flacks for the Obama campaign and the Democratic Party — creatures of a political machine, not men of the Church; less concerned with Catholic teaching than with its influence. And presumably (for them) bishops were dumb enough to be used as tools, or at least prevented from helping the other side. Yet these two young men not only equaled but surpassed their Republican cousins in the talents of servile partisan hustling. Thanks to their work, and activists like them, American Catholics helped to elect an administration that has been the most stubbornly unfriendly to religious believers, institutions, concerns and liberty in generations.
I never saw either young man again. The cultural damage done by the current White House has – apparently — made courting America’s bishops unnecessary.
But bad can always get worse. I’m thinking, of course, of the contemptuously anti-Catholic emails exchanged among members of the Clinton Democratic presidential campaign team and released this week by WikiLeaks. A sample: Sandy Newman, president of Voices for Progress, emailed John Podesta, now the head of Hillary Clinton’s campaign, to ask about whether “the bishops opposing contraceptive coverage” could be the tinder for a revolution. “There needs to be a Catholic Spring, in which Catholics themselves demand the end of a middle ages [sic] dictatorship,” Newman writes.
Of course, Newman added, “this idea may just reveal my total lack of understanding of the Catholic church, the economic power it can bring to bear against nuns and priests who count on it for their maintenance.” Still, he wondered, how would one “plant the seeds of a revolution”? John Podesta replied that “We created Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good to organize for a moment like this . . . likewise Catholics United” (emphasis added).
Another Clinton-related email, from John Halpin of the Center for American Progress, mocks Catholics in the so-called conservative movement, especially converts: “They must be attracted to the systematic thought and severely backwards gender relations and must be totally unaware of Christian democracy.” In a follow-up, he adds “They can throw around ‘Thomistic’ thought and ‘subsidiarity’ and sound sophisticated because no one knows what . . . they’re talking about.”
On the evening these WikiLeaks emails were released, I received the following angry email myself, this one from a nationally respected (non-Catholic) attorney experienced in Church-state affairs:
“I was deeply offended by the [Clinton team] emails, which are some of the worst bigotry by a political machine I have seen. [A] Church has an absolute right to protect itself when under attack as a faith and Church by civil political forces. That certainly applies here . . .
“Over the last eight years there has been strong evidence that the current administration, with which these people share values, has been very hostile to religious organizations. Now there is clear proof that this approach is deliberate and will accelerate if these actors have any continuing, let alone louder, say in government.
“These bigots are actively strategizing how to shape Catholicism not to be Catholic or consistent with Jesus’ teachings, but to be the ‘religion’ they want. They are, at the very core, trying to turn religion to their secular view of right and wrong consistent with their politics. This is fundamentally why the Founders left England and demanded that government not have any voice in religion. Look where we are now. We have political actors trying to orchestrate a coup to destroy Catholic values, and they even analogize their takeover to a coup in the Middle East, which amplifies their bigotry and hatred of the Church. I had hoped I would never see this day — a day like so many dark days in Eastern Europe that led to the death of my [Protestant minister] great grandfather at the hands of communists who also hated and wanted to destroy religion.”
Of course it would be wonderful for the Clinton campaign to repudiate the content of these ugly WikiLeaks emails. All of us backward-thinking Catholics who actually believe what Scripture and the Church teach would be so very grateful.
In the meantime, a friend describes the choice facing voters in November this way: A vulgar, boorish lout and disrespecter of women, with a serious impulse control problem; or a scheming, robotic liar with a lifelong appetite for power and an entourage riddled with anti-Catholic bigots.
In a nation where “choice” is now the unofficial state religion, the menu for dinner is remarkably small.
So then, given that two Presidential candidates are equally unworthy of consideration, does the decision for the Office of President come down to a choice between Vice-Presidential runningmates? On the one hand, we have a Democrat dupe who is "personally opposed to abortion but politically pro abortion". Tim Kane is a charlatan. On the other hand, Mike Pence has been a consistent supporter of the right to life. He has been true to his word and is a man of character.

Trump acts like a complete buffoon and a "vulgar, boorish lout and disrespecter of women". Mike Pence is likely to be a voice for reason and able to temper Trump's antics and perhaps even effect additional positive change in Trump's character. Kane, by comparison to the witness of Pence, has no character whatsoever. For the sake of power for his party, Kane is willing to side with people who manifestly hate the very Church to which Kane claims to belong. With Catholics like Kane (and Pelosi, Biden, Sebelius, Kerry, etc.) who needs enemies?

Perhaps low-information Catholics, i.e., those belonging to the Democratic Party or who think the Democratic Party is salvation on earth, may now realize that the Democratic Party has not shed its bigoted past which, as a matter of record, included a long and close association with the KKK. It is the same political party which, having failed to acknowledge the humanity of people of colour in the past, now conspires with abortion businesses to target and terminate unborn African-American and Latino babies because the party that was once blind to the humanity of people of colour is still blind to the humanity of persons, the unborn, those who are marginalized by people of power and privilege and who are supportive of the Democratic Party or an ally of the same.

2 comments:

  1. And voting for Trump is going to help Catholics?

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    1. Trump — the (barely) lesser of two evils? Trump is far less likely than Clinton to further the Obama/Democratic Party agenda which has attacked Catholic hospitals and universities and other Church organizations.

      Unless one believes the WikiLeaks emails admit a different view of the Clinton character, yes, Trump is going to help Catholics by at least not attacking inalienable rights as Hillary most surely will.

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