So then, brethren, stand firm and hold to the traditions which you were taught by us, either by word of mouth or by letter (2 Thess. 2:15). Guard what has been entrusted to you. Avoid the godless chatter and contradictions of what is falsely called knowledge, for by professing it some have missed the mark as regards faith (1 Tim. 6:21-22).

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Do not vote for charlatans. A bishop challenges cafeteria (c)atholics.

LifeSiteNews captures Bishop Murphy's exhortation to Catholics.
“Support of abortion by a candidate for public office, some of whom are Catholics, even if they use the fallacious and deeply offensive ‘personally opposed but …’ line, is reason sufficient unto itself to disqualify any and every such candidate from receiving our vote,” Bishop Murphy wrote, immediately going on to emphasize, “Let me repeat that: Support of abortion by a candidate for public office, some of whom are Catholics, even if they use the fallacious and deeply offensive ‘personally opposed but …’ line, is reason sufficient unto itself to disqualify any and every such candidate from receiving our vote.”—His Excellency William Murphy, Bishop Rockville Centre, LifeSiteNews (7/24/16)
The 'personally opposed to abortion but politically pro-choice pro-abortion' doctrine of pro-choice (c)atholics constitutes a mental evasion.

An article from the National Catholic Register puts it well:
(The 'personally opposed but politically pro-choice') argument has been shown to have a real Achilles’ heel. Peter Kreeft, in his ever-insightful style, deftly refutes it based upon the reality that parsing phrases doesn’t hide that abortion is the deliberate taking of innocent human life.
I want to ask one of these politicians, "Why are you personally opposed to abortion? Is it because you believe that abortion is the deliberate killing of an innocent person? If not, why are you personally opposed to abortion? It's just…it's yucky? Like you're personally opposed to yogurt?" If abortion doesn't kill a human life, I agree with the pro-choicers: it is an intolerable oppression of women's freedom and women's bodies to tell them what to do. If that's their body and not somebody else's body, you have no right to tell them what to do. But if it's somebody else's body, they have no right to kill that other person.
There is an additional problem with the “personally opposed, but” position: it is completely illogical. Perhaps it can be seen more easily if we dilate the argument out to include other hot-button issues.
Imagine if one said:
I’m personally opposed to racism, but I insist we publicly fund people to be racists.
That politician would rightly be branded a racist.
I’m personally opposed to rape, but I will vote for laws that permit it.
This politician would be called a misogynist, at best, if not an outright criminal.
I’m personally opposed to guns, but I will vote every time with the NRA lobby.
And this politician would be called a fraud.

But somehow, if one says, “I’m personally opposed to abortion, but…,” then you’re just known as a Catholic politician.
Kreeft addressed this issue as well. He point out to that to say "I'm personally opposed, but I wouldn't want to make it illegal," is akin to saying, "I'm personally opposed to slavery, but I'm pro-choice. If you want to have slaves, go ahead."
The freedom to do what one ought to do.

Having a brain means we must use it to determine the right way to act. The Catholic has the obligation to inform his or her conscience by conforming it to divine revelation as taught by the Church that Jesus Christ founded upon Saint Peter. Where might Catholics find such guidance? The Catechism of the Catholic Church. We must think with the Church (sentire cum ecclesia). Informed and formed by divine revelation, we understand that we are created in the image and likeness of God and that life, therefore, is sacred. Understanding the sanctity of human life means that we must not settle for compromise in the midst of the struggle to defend life by all just means. Furthermore, justice demands that we do what is right and not give in to our fears. We must have courage. Courage doesn't mean we are without fear when we stand up for the Truth. Courage is doing that which is right and just despite being afraid.

More Christians must risk letting go of their comfort zones and engage the culture by speaking up, by attending rallies, by refusing to participate in a culture of death, and by fostering intelligent debate and by supporting pro-life charities. The innocent depend on us to defend them.

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