Liberal Catholics, the Church and Abortion

As I was driving down the street  in Southern California today, I saw a car with a bumper sticker that read:  “I’m Catholic and pro-life.”  I thought to myself, well, that is about the same as saying “I’m a member of society and I’m pro-life.”  Being a Catholic and being pro-life have nothing to do with each other, unfortunately.  The percentage of pro-life Catholics is about the same as for the general population; so it makes no sense to say that one is Catholic and pro-life, necessarily.  Here is a study by a Rhode Island group on what Catholics believe about abortion.  Click here.

Being a liberal, by definition, means that you are basically marching to your own tune, and only following church teaching when you agree with it.  This is commonly referred to in Catholic circles as being a “cafeteria Catholic.”  As I see it, you cannot be a liberal Catholic and be true to church teaching – it’s a contradiction.  Think about it!  The dictionary defines “liberal” as “open to new behavior or opinions and willing to discard traditional values.”  How can you be true to the church and be a liberal?

The liberal Catholic will pick and choose what suits him/her.  Let’s take abortion for an example.  In my church, which is one of the largest Catholic churches in Southern California, about 60% of the “faithful” are pro-abortion, in my estimate – they would call themselves “pro-choice.”  Now, since logic is important in this blog, let’s examine this.  What makes you a Catholic?  If you only follow 95% of church teaching are you a Catholic?  If you only follow 60% of church teaching are you a Catholic?  Now, let’s make a comparison.  If I’m only faithful to my wife 95% of the time, am I faithful?  What about if I’m only faithful only 60% of the time?  Would I call myself a faithful husband?  Then why do liberal Catholics call themselves Catholics if they do not follow 100% of church teaching? Being a “liberal Catholic” is a contradiction in logic.


Abortion and “The Big Lie”

We all marvel at how an entire nation like the Germany of World War II could support the murderous Adolph Hitler.   Indeed, Hitler perpetuated the lie that the Jews were somehow “the problem.”  His most ardent henchman, Joseph Goebbels,  is famous for saying that if you repeat a lie many times people will eventually believe it as truth.  There is a perfect correlation today on how many people, including religious Christians, Jews and others can believe that a perfectly healthy baby can be killed, as long as it is in the mother’s womb.  Take the recent Dr. Gosnell murder trial where he killed babies after the baby came out of the womb.  He routinely snipped the neck of the struggling baby on the table to kill it.  This outraged most people and Dr. Gosnell was convicted of first degree murder.

A reporter recently asked Nancy Pelosi what is the difference between what Dr. Gosnell did and the killing of a baby in the womb?  Pelosi opposes any law limiting partial birth abortion, even though she claims to be Catholic.  She gave an angry convoluted answer, which did not address the question, but trotted out “a woman’s right to choose.”  Watch this video of Pelosi responding to this question – it’s a classic. This is contrary to all logic, yet many people, including good friends of mine who attend the same church I do,  cannot admit that there is no difference.  They keep stating the nonsensical answer that women have “a right to do with their bodies what they like,” or words to that effect.

What has happened in our society, world-wide, is that the lie about abortion has been repeated so many times, and indeed everyday, that these people believe it as truth.  There is no difference between what the Nazis did to six million Jews and what we do today to unborn babies in the womb; the Nazis killed innocent human beings and we kill innocent human beings in the womb.  What supports this claim?  Science has verified that human life begins at conception; logic tells you that the baby in the womb is the same baby in a mother’s loving arms, a few minutes after birth.  Natural  Law, the law written in all of our hearts, tells us that murder is wrong.  You don’t need to be educated to know that murder is wrong.  Should you have any questions about this, just go to anyone in the world and ask them if murder is OK.  Another example of the law written in our heart:  let’s say I come to your house and before I leave I take you nice new Nikon Camera that you spent $1,000 without your permission.  Would the owner of the camera say that was wrong?  We know, by instinct, what is right and wrong.  Abortion is the killing of a human life and it is wrong all the time, under all circumstances.

U.S. Catholic Church Punts On First Down

The other night at a Knights of Columbus meeting our chaplain asked if there were any questions after his brief Chaplain’s Report.  One person asked a very good question:  Why does the Church do nothing about apostate Catholic politicians who publicly rebuke the Church on abortion and marriage issues?  I’ve asked this question myself for a long time.  The chaplain, who is my pastor, and one of the best orators that I’ve ever seen, gave a very tortured and circular answer that evaded the question.  This is very typical of the U.S. Church’s position on these issues:  The Church is very timid when it comes to confronting these issues with those who publicly oppose it.  When some bishops come out and speak against those who are for same-sex marriage and abortion, they walk on eggs.    They have the ball, first and ten,  and they punt, to use a football analogy.  This is what perplexes most faithful Catholics.

The problem, I believe, is that the Church has been co-opted by the culture, and intimidated into silence.  In our politically correct culture of our day, you are not allowed to call evil what it is:  evil; if you do they will take your head off.  The Church has fallen victim to this type of intimidation.  Why, you may ask, is this the case?  The culture has many “divisions,” to use a military analogy.  The culture has the big pulpit, the main stream media, Hollywood, the Universities, public education and they have the liberal Catholics who consider, abortion and marriage to be subjective options which they totally approve of.  How do I know this?  I speak to many of my liberal Catholic friends and this is what most will tell you.  Abortion is a “woman’s right to choose,”   and same-sex marriage is now the “in” thing to do; so get on the bandwagon.

A close liberal friend of mine brought me an article the other day, written by a Jesuit priest, Fr. Thomas J. Reese, called “Is there a Political Plan B for the Bishops?.”  Jesuits are notoriously liberal and known to follow their own way, rather than the Church.  The article suggests that the bishops who’ve been outspoken about same-sex marriage and abortion during the election season should go along with what the young people want, namely same-sex marriage and the legality of abortion. Fr. Reese suggest a surrender:  “First, it is clear there is an approaching tsunami of young voters who will eventually make same-sex marriage legal in most states.  The likelihood of stopping this tsunami is very low.”  “If making abortion illegal is an impossible dream in the current political environment, what is plan B? Plan B has to be working with politicians of any stripe, including pro-abortion-rights politicians, in supporting programs that will reduce the number of abortions.”  What?  supporting programs that will reduce the number of abortions?  What might these programs be?  How about making murder legal and just supporting programs that discourage murder?  This is the insanity and the moral collapse of some church leaders.  Heaven help us.

Liberal Catholics Eat the Apple

Catholics represent about 25% of the U.S. population and are a formidable voting block, if it were not that they vote the same as the general population.  In 2008, for example, 54% of Catholics voted for Barack Obama, the most pro-abortion, far left politician in U.S. history.  Obama was then and is now a fervent defender of abortion rights at any stage and even after a failed abortion, he voted to deny life to a baby that had survived abortion when he was in the Illinois house.  He is for gay marriage and has waged a war with the Catholic Church on religious freedom in his HHS mandate that Catholic institutions must provide for contraception, sterilization and abortifacient drugs to their employees, even though this goes against church teaching.  Obama promised Cardinal Dolan of New York that he would do whatever it takes to protect religious freedom in a face to face meeting. Click here to hear Cardinal Dolan discuss this meeting.

Abortion and marriage are two huge church teachings, but Catholics choose to ignore their church.  The dictionary defines apostasy as:  the abandonment or renunciation of a religious or political belief.  It can be stated categorically that such catholics are apostates, yet they attend church and receive communion as if they were in line with the church.  The church herself turns a blind eye to such people; it’s sort of “don’t ask don’t tell” situation.  The church herself is infested with such people in its own ranks.  For example, a large group of nuns have been recently censured for not following church teaching as it relates to abortion, marriage, women as priests and an interpretation of the scriptures that is more in line with Marxism than with the church, such as the followers of Liberation Theology.  Catholic universities such as Notre Dame and Georgetown openly entertain dissent from church doctrine as if it were the right thing to do.  Just recently, Georgetown trotted out a student, Sandra Fluke, to support the Obama Administration’s denial of religious freedom in the HHS Mandate.  A few weeks later they hosted a speech by Kathleen Sibelius who is the author of the HHS mandate against religious freedom.  Notre Dame university hosted President Obama after his election despite his hostility to church teaching on marriage and the dignity of life.

Catholics have had the power to shape our political and moral landscape and have opted out.  Prior to 1973 many Democrats, including the Kennedys were pro-life, as was most of the Democratic Party.  What happened?  In a Wall Street Journal article of January 1, 2009, Anne Hendershott explains:  “But that all changed in the early ’70s, when Democratic politicians first figured out that the powerful abortion lobby could fill their campaign coffers (and attract new liberal voters).  They were presented with the same test as Adam and Eve but chose to align with the devil instead.   Hendershott explains how the Kennedys changed:   “In some cases, church leaders actually started providing “cover” for Catholic pro-choice politicians who wanted to vote in favor of abortion rights.  At a meeting at the Kennedy compound in Hyannisport, Mass., on a hot summer day in 1964, the Kennedy family and its advisers and allies were coached by leading theologians and Catholic college professors on how to accept and promote abortion with a “clear conscience.”  One of the participants, Father Giles Milhaven later recalled the Hyannisport meeting during a 1984 breakfast briefing of Catholics for a Free Choice:  “The theologians worked for a day and a half among ourselves at nearby hotel.  In the evening we answered questions from the Kennedys and the Shrivers.  Though the theologians disagreed on many a point, they all concurred on certain basics…. and that was that a Catholic politician could in good conscience vote in favor of abortion.”  Among the Catholic luminaries who advised on this were Rev. Joseph Fuchs, a Catholic moral theologian; the Rev. Robert Drinan and Charles Curran.

Because of this the U.S. Liberal Catholics have chosen to follow the serpent rather than God.    I may be wrong, but I don’t think so. Liberal Catholics have sold the church down the river of death.  Since 1973 over 55 million babies have been killed by abortion.

Who Are People on the Margin of Society?

Sister Simone Campbell appeared on the “O’Reilly Factor” on the Fox News Channel last night to complain about Paul Ryan being named as a running mate to Mitt Romney.  Apparently she believes that the Ryan budget demolishes the social safety net of our society.  This is totally bogus.  As soon as she came on I knew we were dealing with a radical feminist nun.  Click here to watch her on the Colbert Report.  This is a very liberal woman who only follows what she wants and not the Catholic Church in which she swore allegiance and obedience to when becoming a nun.   Liberal nuns such as Sister Simone follow  “Liberation Theology” which is a Marxist/Socialist interpretation of the Scriptures, stressing government responsibility for everyone.  All they care about is taking care of the people  “on the margin.”

If you follow people such as Sister Simone, you will find that “people on the margin” never include the unborn, only what they define as “the poor.”  Over 1.2 million babies are killed each year in the United States alone but Sister Simone does not notice.   I don’t know what she means by “the poor.”  Back to her original complaint about Paul Ryan.  Liberal Catholics, or liberal Christians, for that matter, believe that only the government can provided for the poor.  How have they arrived at this conclusion?  They believe it emotionally, not based on any facts.  Sister Simone believes that the way to help the poor is for government to give money to them non-stop, without restriction.

Here is the great divide between conservatives and liberals when it comes to helping the poor.  Liberals believe that this is the job of the government, conservatives believe that we help the poor by providing a sound economic policy that enables all people to prosper and be self-sufficient.  Conservatives believe that the individual should care for the poor.  Watch this video of Nobel Laureate Economist Milton Friedman explaining how this works.  According to Liberation Theology, government should take care of you from birth to death.  Conservatives believe that empowering people economically will lift them out of poverty; liberals believe in a socialist type of system where no one is rich and everyone is equal.

Let’s look at history to prove our point.  In 1965 President Johnson announced “The War on Poverty.”  Since then, the government has spent more than $15 Trillion dollars and we’re no better off than we were then.  In 1965, the now famous Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan raised the alarm in his historic report:  “The Negro Family: A Case for National Action” that it was a tragedy that 23% of Black children are born out- of-wedlock and that this could not be sustained.  Today over 70% of Black children are born out-of-wedlock.  We will never get out of poverty if this keeps up no matter how much money the government throws at the poor.  Has government helped the poor?  No.  Sister Simone mentioned giving people a “living wage.”  What is a living wage?  Does minimum wage count as a living wage?  I have a test for you:  Go out on a street corner where illegal aliens wait for work and offer them the minimum wage to work for you.  No one will go with you unless you pay them, say, $15 to $20 per hour.  In California minimum wage is $8 per hour.  Additionally, economists in the U.S., Canada and Europe have studied the minimum wage and have found that it produces the opposite effect:  It hurts those it tries to help by increasing unemployment.  For a further study of this I refer you to Thomas Sowell’s book “Basic Economics.”

Just the Facts Ma’am

Many of my liberal friends  often will bring up the death penalty in connection with my advocacy for the unborn.  As an example, a Facebook friend recently commented on one of my pro-life blog posts by asking “what about the death penalty?.”   I must say that such questions are puzzling.  Consider  the facts.  In the United States alone, on the average, there are 1.2 to 1.5 million babies killed each year by abortion.  If you look at how an abortion is performed, the baby is dismembered in the womb and extracted with scissors, piece by piece and the parts placed  on a tray.  The doctor then counts all the parts to make sure he got everything out. Check out my last blog post for a diagram of this procedure.

Here are some basic facts:

  • In the last 10 years 667 convicted criminals have been killed, by court order. Click here for verification.
  • In the same 10 year period, if you look at this chart, US abortions averaged about 1.2 million per year, for a total of 12 million babies dismembered  and brutally killed in the womb in the United States alone.
  • Since Roe v. Wade in 1973 through 2011 there have been 54.5 million babies killed, almost the entire population of a country such as Italy.

Here is the question:  If the fire hydrant in your front yard has been sheared off by a car and about 10,000 gallons of water per second is gushing out destroying your house, and there is also a drip, drip in your bathroom faucet, which problem would be most meaningful to you?  When you call 911, would you also say to the operator, oh, by the way, can you also send a plumber to fix the drip in my bathroom faucet too?

Who are the “The Least of These”?

The book of Matthew 25 is universally regarded as our instructions from Jesus Christ to take care of the least fortunate and vulnerable in our society.  In Matthew 25 Jesus makes these statements:

37 Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ 40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.

Talk to most people about this and they will all tell you of our need to take care of the poor.  I agree; that is correct, however, some in the church have taken this to the extreme such as promoting  a Marxist/Socialist ideology as does the South American-born theology known as “Liberation Theology,”  usually followed by most liberal Christians.  Followers of Liberation Theology believe that taking care of the poor is nearly 100% of what Jesus taught and is the responsibility of government.  What are most people missing here?  The earlier passage refers to vulnerable, poor people, but whom among the human family is most vulnerable? Few probably will think of the unborn.  Perhaps this because the unborn are unseen.  I will submit to you that, for sure, the unborn are vulnerable human beings and they are part of what Matthew 25 is talking about, as well as the poor.

The unborn are the most in danger of extermination in our world, much more than the poor.  In the United States alone between 1.2 and 1.5 million human unborn babies are killed each year.  In Los Angeles County alone, about 150 unborn babies are killed each day between sunrise and sunset;  they’re killed in the most gruesome way imaginable – dismembered inside their mother’s belly.  The doctor rips up the tiny infant by pulling and tearing the limbs inside the womb.  After he’s finished he counts the parts to be sure he did not leave any in.   Click here to see a short 60 second video called “Raise Your hand if You’re Against Abortion” to see what abortion looks like

Father Frank Pavone, Director of Priests for Life,  says that we will not end abortion until we see it.  Most people object vigorously when anyone shows any abortion images, why?  They choose not to know.  You can say that Mt. Everest does not exist until you’re blue in the face, but when you open your eyes it will be there, no matter how long you’ve denied it.

The Bible does not mention the unborn, but whom among us is the least of us?  Surely the unborn fit this description.  Jesus, many times in his sayings compares and contrasts.  One who is a good steward of what he’s given and one who is not, such as in the parable of the talents in Matthew 25:14-30.  In the former quote from Matthew 25 Jesus makes this statement of the one who is not a good steward:

Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. 42 For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, 43 I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.

I believe that those who do not protect the unborn, even though they think they are good people will be the subject of this curse; I could be wrong, but I don’t think so.  This includes those who are pro-abortion or those who support, or vote for politicians  that promote or do nothing to prevent abortion.  Edmund Burke, the famous 18th Century British statesman famously stated:  “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”