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Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Be Catholic, sort of. Mixed messages.

Contrary to the grey universe of the liberal-progressive, there really is night and there really is day. That is, there are moral absolutes. Men of little wisdom and common sense infect the public sphere with trite capitulations.

Is anyone guilty of sin anymore? Is anyone culpable for his actions? Did God say, "Hey, I understand you've had a rough time of it and that the golden calf you made has brought you a little relief in a tough situation. Nice work; keep having fun. I understand."—?
“Thus says the Lord God of Israel, ‘Put every man his sword on his side, and go to and fro from gate to gate throughout the camp, and slay every man his brother, and every man his companion, and every man his neighbor.’”—Exodus 32
Idolatry has a price; sin has a price. Did Jesus die for nothing?
But God shows his love for us in that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us.—Romans 5:8
Man's hope of salvation can only be found in and through Jesus Christ.

We live, it seems, in a time when too many bishops are timid and unable to stand for truth and act according to the clarity and peace that embracing and living the truth brings.

What is a priest or layman to do when he takes a stand against injustice and his bishop says
“(i)t is understandable that emotions are running high” as the election nears, he wrote. “Yet these emotions do not give us license to espouse positions that do not embrace the full moral teaching of our Catholic tradition. Nor do they allow leaders in the Church to endorse or denounce a candidate because of his or her position on a given issue.”
The above excerpt is from a LifeSiteNews report:
New Mexico priest urges pro-life voting, then his archbishop gives conflicting response
Archbishop Baloney is, it would seem, merely covering his Roman Purple posterior. The Archbishop's red herring does little to distract the rational believer from acknowledging the fact that the humanity of the unborn person is the most important issue of our time. The attitude which fuels the destruction of innocent human life is the same attitude which robs children of innocence and ruins families and entire civilizations.

If there is a seamless garment, it is worn by the innocent unborn. Among the many casualties of the culture of death one could include the environment. Poor stewardship of the environment resulting in its degradation is a sign of man's inhumanity toward himself and an idol to his desire to exploit that which he wants to lord power over and consume.

Modern man is a spoiled brat who seeks to deny his rival, the unborn, any share of the natural resources. The unborn child is, to the modern man and woman, an obstacle to freedom. That freedom is freedom from responsibility and the obligation to do what is right. So, it is no freedom at all. Unredeemed man is a cannibal who sacrifices his own offspring to his selfish desires. The demon Moloch thrills at the conquest of the innocent by bloodthirsty men.

The priest in question, Father Larry Brito, has simply alerted people to the fact that life is sacred, and therefore Catholics—if they be faithful Catholics—should not support those who destroy life. If what Fr. Larry has done is a bad thing, then we should all behave so badly.

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