May 17, 2007

Will our California bishops do anything about these pro-aborts defying the Pope?

Cardinal Mahony and the rest of our bishops in California have some work to do.

That is, they do if they are serious about their fellow U.S. bishops' repeated acknowledgments that their duty as bishops is to seek out pro-abortion Catholic politicians and convert them.

Five California politicians -- Joe Baca, Anna Eshoo, Linda Sanchez, Hilda Solis and Mike Thompson -- are among 18 Catholic U.S. Congressmen who, in a statement on May 10 (click on this post's title), blasted Pope Benedict XVI for pointing out the basic Catholic truth that a politician's voting for aborting babies is incompatible with that politician's receiving Communion.

Of course, these five California politicians are all Democrats. So any bishops or clergy who have voted for them are in an awkward position when it comes to admonishing them on abortion.

But the nerve of these pro-abortion politicians saying they know better than the Pope! That is an insult to all Catholics, and it should impel our hierarchy to finally straighten them out. (Not that anyone expects them to do anything, unfortunately.)

What do you think?


Blogger Xavier Martel said...

It is wholly incongruous for petty government officials, elected or not, to presume that they can lecture the Pope on moral or ethical issues, particularly when the position which they advocate is that there is no-one who can legitimately state moral truth. They exempt themselves from this prohibition, of course.

There is no arrogance like that of a Democrat congressman (except that of a Democrat congresswoman).

However, all we can really do is pray for them. They cannot hurt God or the Church by their participation in the communion of the faithful, but they can hurt themselves terribly. Refusal of communion is for their own protection - to receive communion in their state of excommunication constitutes a further and grave sin - each time they walk up the aisle to receive unwittingly the body of Christ, they eat judgment upon themselves. It would be most charitable for their priests or bishop to protect them from this further sin by refusing them participation in the sacrament.

It is sad that their priests and bishops do not see it this way, but rather seem to see their participation in the sacrament as a social activity with no further spiritual connotations.

3:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mike Thompason is my congressman. His district, which takes in most of the north coast of California, is a "safe" one for Democrats. He has molded his image so that he appeals to relatively conservative democrats, including a lot of farmers and the grape industry. On a political plane it will be nearly impossible to dislodge him. However, the warfare that must be waged is spiritual: constant prayer and fasting. Do not expect the local bishop to confront the congressman.

6:57 AM  
Blogger Quintero said...

Dear Xavier,

Excellent points about the incongruity of "petty government officials" lecturing the Pope and essentially saying the Pope cannot set out moral truth but they can.

Excellent points, too, about the sheer arrogance of Congressional Democrats, how we can pray for them and how bishops and priests could protect them, do them a big favor, by refusing them Communion.

So true, too that even some bishops and priests act as if Communion is some sort of social activity rather than a Sacrament.

4:45 PM  
Blogger Quintero said...

Dear Anonymous 6:57 a.m.,

Thanks for the info on Rep. Mike Thompson.

You are so right about prayer and fasting. But even so, political attempts to defeat even entrenched politicians are useful, because they show the public that our pro-life side will never give up, they keep the pro-life message before the public and they inspire young people and others to get involved in pro-life activism.

4:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

For almost all, with the excepton of possibly one, of the California Bishops to even want to do something about these pro-abort "Catholic" politicians, they would first have to convert to true Catholicism!

God bless, yours in Their Hearts,
Kenneth M. Fisher, Founder & Chairman
Concerned Roman Catholics of America, Inc.

8:13 PM  
Blogger Quintero said...

Dear Kenneth,

There is no denying that having love-fests in church with pro-abortion politicians, while 3,000 babies die in abortions every day, is incompatible with Catholicism.

10:12 PM  

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