An organization billing themselves as CATHOLICS FOR CHOICE, which in reality means Catholics for heresy, have issued an ill-conceived and poorly reasoned defense of Nancy Pelosi’s distortions and manipulations of the Church’s teaching on the right to life. The statement makes an appeal to the Church’s teaching on conscience but, in true heretical fashion, it only appeals to that teaching in part. In order not to look at the forest they’ve jammed their heads into the knothole of a particular tree.
“On conscience, Catholic politicians need no reminding that Catholic teaching requires them to follow their own consciences—even if it is in conflict with church teaching. In addition, Catholic teaching requires at least tolerance, if not respect, for other people’s decisions.
The Church’s teaching merely asserts that people have the right to be ignorantly wrong. It does not follow that the Church thereby surrenders its right to teach the truth so as to inform and correct those who are ignorantly wrong. Nor does it follow that she surrenders her right to exert her spiritual authority (e.g., excommunication) or enact spiritual discipline (revocation of the Eucharist).
The concept of tolerance and its relation to conscience was dealt with in the previous post and will not be repeated here (see link above).
Speaker Pelosi and the many other prochoice Catholic politicians are following this teaching to the letter when they recognize the proper place for personal religious convictions in the political arena, and support policies that help ensure affordable contraception, safe and legal abortions, comprehensive sexuality education, and affordable health care for all people in this country.
As I have already noted, the teaching on conscience has been truncated by the Heretics for Heresy, allowing them to put their own spin on it. The “personal religious convictions” of Catholic-in-name-only politicians like Pelosi are just that; their own personal religious convictions. By what right do they twist, distort, and ignore Catholic teaching to justify these personal convictions (whereby they will be convicted on Judgment Day), and still claim they and their convictions are Catholic. Catholic means “all in one,” not ” Tom, Dick and Pelosi for themselves.”
“Despite what many bishops might hope, they cannot impose teachings on an unwilling faithful. Barely a fifth (22%) of Catholics in the US agree with the bishops that abortion should be completely illegal, and Catholic women in the US have abortions at the same rate as women in the population as a whole. In fact, while the bishops may seek to make abortion an election issue, it is clear from a poll conducted by the noted Washington, DC, firm Belden Russonello and Stewart, that many of the hierarchy’s teachings on reproductive health and rights have not been received by the faithful.”
Seriously? An appeal to the sensus infidelius (sense of the unfaithful)? I’d love to meet the theological genius who penned this paragraph.
When the Son of Man comes, do you think he will find faith upon the earth?-Luke 18:8
Many are called (by the Gospel preaching), but few are chosen (at the judgment).-Matt 22:14
3:1 But know this, that in the last days, grievous times will come.For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, fierce, no lovers of good, traitors, headstrong, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God; holding a form of godliness, but having denied its power. Turn away from these, also. For some of these are people who creep into houses, and take captive gullible women loaded down with sins, led away by various lusts, always learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. Even as Jannes and Jambres opposed Moses, so do these also oppose the truth; men corrupted in mind, who concerning the faith, are rejected.But they will proceed no further. For their folly will be evident to all men, as theirs also came to be..I command you therefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who will judge the living and the dead at his appearing and his Kingdom: preach the word; be urgent in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with all patience and teaching.For the time will come when they will not listen to the sound doctrine, but, having itching ears, will heap up for themselves teachers after their own lusts; and will turn away their ears from the truth, and turn aside to fables.But you be sober in all things, suffer hardship, do the work of an evangelist, and fulfill your ministry. (2 Tim 3:1-9; 4:1-5 WEB Bible)
The Shepherds are not at the beck and call of the sheep; and certainly not subject to the bleating of the faithless ones. A shepherd is supposed to lead the sheep, those who would follow the herd will soon be up to their armpits in sheep’s dung.
One wonders if the Heretics for Heresy understand the basic concepts of Church and faith. The word Church generally translates the Greek word ekklesia, which is derived from ekkalien, meaning “to call someone out.” The Church is the community called together by the proclamation of the Gospel. Faith comes through hearing the proclamation of the Gospel by those who are sent (Rom 10:14-17; see also Col 1:3-8; Gal 3:1-6). The faithful are those who are obedient to the message (Mark 16:15-16). The faithless do not construct the Gospel. If they fail to repent in light of it, they will be destroyed by it (Matt 7:26-27).
Why is it deathocrats seem to think that the Church is, or ought to be, democratic? Scripture speaks of the Kingdom of Heaven (or “of God”), and not the Democratic Republic of Heaven. God didn’t feel himself compelled to go along with the herd when the whole human race decided to eat the apple. He didn’t consign Himself to the whim and fancy of the flock when, at Babel, they tried to scale the heavens by their own designs. God is decidedly non-Pelosian.