RORATE CÆLI: Fr. Rutler: In this presidential election, we cannot be indifferent – one side is flawed, but the other is EVIL

 

October 30, 2016

by Fr. George W. Rutler

On the Election
Exactly eight years ago I wrote a column titled “The One We Were Waiting For” in which I referred to a book by Monsignor Robert Hugh Benson, The Lord of the World. That dystopian novel has been cited by Pope Benedict XVI, and Pope Francis said he has read it several times. The protagonist, if one can apply that term to an Anti-Christ, imposed a new world religion with Man himself as god. His one foe was Christianity, which he thwarted in part by using “compromised Catholics and compliant priests to persuade timid Catholics.
Since then, that program has been realized in our time, to an extent beyond the warnings of the most dire pessimists. Our federal government has intimidated religious orders and churches, challenging religious freedom. The institution of the family has been re-defined, and sexual identity has been Gnosticized to the point of mocking biology. Assisted suicide is spreading, abortions since 1973 have reached a total equal to the population of Italy, and sexually transmitted diseases are at a record high. Objective journalism has died, justice has been corrupted, racial bitterness ruins cities, entertainment is degraded, knowledge of the liberal arts spirals downwards, and authentically Catholic universities have all but vanished. A weak and confused foreign policy has encouraged aggressor nations and terrorism, while metastasized immigration is destroying remnant western cultures, and genocide is slaughtering Christian populations. The cynical promise of economic prosperity is mocked by the lowest rate of labor participation in forty years, an unprecedented number of people on food stamps and welfare assistance, and the largest disparity in wealth in over a century.
In his own grim days, Saint Augustine warned against nostalgia: “The past times that you think were good, are good because they are not yours here and now.” The present time, however, might try even his confidence. Sands blow over the ruins of churches he knew in North Africa where the Cross is virtually forbidden. By a blessed irony, a new church is opened every day in formerly Communist Russia, while churches in our own formerly Christian nation are being closed daily. For those who bought into the seductions of politicians’ false hopes, there is the counsel of Walt Kelly’s character Pogo: “It’s always darkest before it goes pitch black.”
It is incorrect to say that the coming election poses a choice between two evils. For ethical and aesthetic reasons, there may be some bad in certain candidates, but badness consists in doing bad things. Evil is different: it is the deliberate destruction of truth, virtue and holiness.
While one may pragmatically vote for a flawed candidate, one may not vote for anyone who advocates and enables unmitigatedly evil acts, and that includes abortion. “In the case of an intrinsically unjust law, such as a law permitting abortion or euthanasia, it is therefore never licit to obey it, or to ‘take part in a propaganda campaign in favor of such a law, or vote for it’” (Evangelium Vitae, 73).
At one party’s convention, the name of God was excluded from its platform and a woman who boasted of having aborted her child was applauded. It is a grave sin, requiring sacramental confession and penance, to become an accomplice in objective evil by voting for anyone who encourages it, for that imperils the nation and destroys the soul.
It is also the duty of the clergy to make this clear and not to shrink, under the pretense of charity, from explaining the Church’s censures. Wolves in sheep’s clothing are dangerous, but worse are wolves in shepherd’s clothing. While the evils foreseen eight years ago were realized, worse would come if those affronts to human dignity were endorsed again. In the most adverse prospect, God forbid, there might not be another free election, and soon Catholics would arrive at shuttered churches and vacant altars. The illusion of indifference cannot long be perpetuated by lame jokes and synthetic laughter at banquets, for there is handwriting on the wall.

Hillary Clinton Gets Daily Bible Verses From This “Faith Whisperer,” But Still Supports Abortion | LifeNews.com

 

MICAIAH BILGER   AUG 26, 2016   |   3:34PM    WASHINGTON, DC

Hillary Clinton Gets Daily Bible Verses From This “Faith Whisperer,” But Still Supports Abortion

 NATIONAL   MICAIAH BILGER   AUG 26, 2016   |   3:34PM    WASHINGTON, DC
A Southern Baptist from Mississippi, Strider told The Brody File that he and Clinton have exchanged emails almost every day for about 10 years. Strider was Clinton’s director of faith outreach during her first presidential bid in 2008.

“… we share reflections and devotions each day,” Strider said.

Strider said Clinton impresses him with her knowledge of the Bible, even calling him out at times if he wrongly cites the location of a verse.

When asked why Clinton’s faith does not appear to be reflected in her public policy, Strider replied that Clinton’s faith is much more apparent to people who know her.

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Clinton’s radical positions on abortion, religious freedom and other ethical concerns have many questioning the sincerity of her religious beliefs. Strider recently faced scrutiny for ethical issues, too. A January Politico piece reported that Strider used his influence with Clinton to try to help a friend snare two multi-million dollar State Department contracts.

Clinton says she is a Christian and a United Methodist. The pro-abortion Democrat even wrote a column for the Deseret News in Utah a few weeks ago, claiming that she is an advocate for religious liberty.

Clinton supports repealing the Hyde Amendment and forcing taxpayers to fund abortions, a widely unpopular measure even among Democrats. She also said an unborn child just hours before birth has no Constitutional rights. In February, she defended the gruesome partial-birth abortion procedure.

In a speech last year, Clinton essentially said Christians must be forced to change their religious views to accommodate abortions.

“Far too many women are still denied critical access to reproductive health care and safe childbirth,” Clinton said, using the euphemism for abortion. “… And deep-seated cultural codes, religious beliefs and structural biases have to be changed.”

Source: Hillary Clinton Gets Daily Bible Verses From This “Faith Whisperer,” But Still Supports Abortion | LifeNews.com

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Pro-Abortion Catholic Politicians: The Modern Heresy

By Joe Kral

Dr. Peter Kreeft once quipped in his book Jesus Shock, “Abortion is the Antichrist’s demonic parody of the Eucharist. That is why it uses the same holy words, ‘This is my body,’ with the blasphemously opposite meaning.” He is right in his analysis. For years, practicing Catholics have had to deal with “Catholic” politicians who have made the claim that they are personally opposed to abortion but still believe the practice should remain legal because of some deluded notion of imposing one’s faith onto another. Of course, not only are these politicians not making any logical sense (it is akin to saying that one is opposed to rape, but won’t pass any laws since the Catholic Church says rape is sinful [see Catechism of the Catholic Church, no. 2356]), but it is problematic from a theological perspective as well.

To further explain this one needs to look at the whole of the Gospels. Was there a way in which a person could licitly kill Christ? Of course not, hence the phrase from the penitent thief, St. Dismas, “Have you no fear of God, for you are subject to the same condemnation? And indeed, we have been condemned justly, for the sentence we received corresponds to our crimes, but this man has done nothing criminal” (see Luke 23: 40-41). Dismas is not merely speaking of Jesus breaking Roman or Jewish laws, but rather something much deeper. Rather, Dismas recognizes the absolute Holiness of Christ hence him asking Christ to remember him when Christ enters Paradise. Dismas acknowledges Christ’s sinlessness and as a result death is something that is contrary to true justice and charity.

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The Inconsistency of “Personally Opposed but Still Pro-Choice” | Catholic Answers

By Trent Horn July 25, 2016

Hillary Clinton’s selection of Virginia governor Tim Kaine as her running mate has reignited the debate about whether Catholic politicians can support pro-choice policies but remain “personally opposed” to abortion. In June, Kaine explained his position on Meet the Press:

I’m a traditional Catholic. I’m personally opposed to abortion and personally opposed to the death penalty. . . . I deeply believe, and not just as a matter of politics but even as a matter of morality, that matters about reproduction and intimacy and relationships and contraception are in the personal realm. They’re moral decisions for individuals to make for themselves. And the last thing we need is government intruding into those personal decisions. So I’ve taken a position which is quite common among Catholics. I’ve got a personal feeling about abortion, but the right role for government is to let women make their own decisions.

First, saying you’re a traditional Catholic because you personally oppose abortion only puts you to the right of a handful of radicals who love abortion and think it should be some kind of sacrament.

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07/24/2016 

Hans Holbein the Younger (1497/1498–1543), “Sir Thomas More”

In 1984, after much interior laboring over the thorny issue of abortion, Catholic Governor Mario Cuomo delivered the speech that would free Catholics from being swaddled in Church teaching while liberating them to cuddle up to pro-abortion policy. The New York Governor conceived the hair-splitting notion that amounted to – “I’m personally opposed to abortion, but politically pro-choice.” Born of a desire to appear to be pro-life (and adhering to Catholic teaching), while also appeasing the pro-choice juggernaut that doesn’t allow for choice on the issue, Cuomo seemingly resolved the unresolvable. Catholic politicians and others have hung onto it for dear life ever since.

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