“These will be the ways of the king who will reign over you,” says the LORD… “He will take the best of your fields and vineyards and olive orchards and give them to his servants. He will take the tenth of your grain and of your vineyards and give it to his officers and to his servants. He will take your menservants and maidservants, and the best of your cattle and your asses, and put them to his work. He will take the tenth of your flocks, and you shall be his slaves. And in that day you will cry out because of your king, whom you have chosen for yourselves; but the LORD will not answer you in that day.”
For the last three plus years, the United States has been reaping the just rewards, not of a nation that has forgotten the principles of its Founding Fathers, but of a Church that has gone astray by turning its collective back on Christ the King.
- When 54% of self-identified “Catholics” (some of them priests and bishops, no doubt) vote for a candidate who aggressively promotes intrinsic evil, the Church has gone astray.
- When Catholic prelates speak of the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution as though it was inscribed by the finger of God on a tablet of stone, the Church has gone astray.
- When the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops produces a 13,000+ word voting guide so ambiguous as to provide succor to those who insist upon promoting the “seamless garment” deception, the Church has gone astray.
- When a pastor can cause public scandal by preaching in favor of objective immorality without fear of meaningful discipline, the Church has gone astray.
I could go on, but presumably you get the point. The single greatest underlying cause of the nation’s most serious challenges, both economic and social, is really no different than it was for the people Israel some 3,000 years ago: far too many of us have forgotten who our King is.
See Dick. See Dick run his mouth.
Meet the longtime Pastor of St. Vincent de Paul in Baltimore, MD, Fr. Richard Lawrence, (“better known simply as Dick,” according to the parish’s website), who made national news for preaching in support of “same-sex marriage” immediately after reading from the pulpit aloud a letter from Archbishop William Lori urging Maryland Mass-goers to vote otherwise in an upcoming statewide ballot initiative.
“It seems to me,” Fr. Lawrence posited, “that even if we do not believe that gay marriage ever could or should be allowed in the church, we could live with a provision that allows civil marriage of gay and lesbian couples. Personally, however, I would go farther than that.”
“I personally believe that this is a possible line of future development in theology and perhaps eventually even in church teaching. And if this is even a possibility, could we not judge that civil marriage for gay and lesbian couples ought to be allowed by the state at this time?”
See Dick’s Bishop. See Dick’s Bishop respond.
Fr. Lawrence’s scandalous and well-publicized remarks demanded (at least one might reasonably assume) an equally public response from his ordinary, Archbishop William Lori, but what came instead was a written statement (accessible only after clicking on a front-page link generically entitled, “The Teaching Role of Priests”) that neither names Fr. Lawrence nor addresses the scandal that he caused directly.
The statement itself is, well… a little perplexing. Archbishop Lori begins by making note of the promise he personally made at his ordination to subordinate his personal views to the teachings of the Catholic Church when preaching. He then says, “It is in the light of this responsibility that I have been teaching about marriage” as between one man and one woman.
Even though it might appear that the archbishop is telling his priests, “Look, I set aside my personal views on this topic, you should too,” I’d much rather assume that the statement is just very poorly worded in what it says, as well as in what it doesn’t say.
See Dick’s flock. See Dick’s flock starving.
While Fr. Lawrence’s scandalous disregard for the truth that comes to us from God through His Holy Catholic Church didn’t earn him the public rebuke he deserved (not so much to send a clear message to Dick but to all concerned) it did earn him a standing ovation from his parishioners; a sure sign that he has been given free reign to shepherd his flock to perdition for many years.
As further evidence of Fr. Lawrence’s neglect for the souls in his care, consider the following taken from the parish website:
Women in Ministry is a group of women who believe that, through Baptism, women as well as men are called to ministries in the Church, including ordination. In solidarity and through prayer and action, we serve our Church community by: Promoting the liberating message of the Gospel. Increasing the awareness of sexism within the Catholic community. Working to eradicate unjust policies that prevent all of God’s people from using their gifts.
See the Church. See the Church in disarray.
According to Gallup, “Currently, 46% of likely voters identify as Democrats or lean Democratic, compared with 54% in 2008. But in 2008, Democrats enjoyed a wide 12-point advantage in party affiliation among national adults, the largest Gallup had seen in at least two decades.”
If this is correct, there has been shift of +20% in favor of Republicans in terms of party affiliation. I don’t trust these numbers enough to put a whole lot of stock in them; not nearly as much as good ol’ common sense observations.
Here’s five things that factored into the 2008 presidential election:
1. A large segment of the Republican base disliked John McCain (had for years) and never warmed-up to his candidacy
2. McCain was a weak campaigner; unwilling to call attention to any of Obama’s highly questionable affiliations
3. An estimated 9% of registered Republican voters cast a ballot for Barack Obama
4. Turnout for 18-24 year old voters was high and overwhelmingly for Obama
5. Obama was a virtual unknown
Contrast this with 2012
1. Whatever distrust still lingers among the Republican base for Romney is more than offset by dislike for Obama
2. Romney hasn’t run a McCainesque tiptoe-through-the-tulips campaign, and what’s more he is still benefiting from his first debate smackdown of the Chosen One
3. Most of those Republicans who can’t bring themselves to vote for Romney are far more likely to abstain than to make the same mistake twice
4. Many of the young voters of ’08 now have to live in the real world and are disillusioned and unemployed. The brighter kids in the next wave of 18-24’s know better than to drink the Kool Aid like their older counterparts did
5. We know more now, and much of it isn’t very likable to his soon-to-be former supporters
Bottom line? While nothing will sway the dyed-in-the-wool Obama supporters; i.e., those voters who are driven in large measure by a combination of all or some of the following: guilt, class envy, victimhood, earth worship and an unshakeable determination that no one (not even God Almighty) dare even suggest that abortion and homosexual behavior are moral evils, an appreciable number of those Obama voters who naively expected the ethereal “Hope & Change” thing to translate into some real improvement in American life will either switch horses or stay home.
If Obama prevails, it won’t be by anything close to 2008 margins. My sense (not that I am biased in any way) is that he will not.
I mean, think about it, even the real Messiah’s public ministry lasted only about 4 years.
Even liberals aren’t buying it.
As the Fortnight for Freedom comes to a close, the identity crisis remains: Who are we, Americans or Catholics?
Yea, sure, we’re both, but what comes first?
It seems pretty obvious that most of our bishops are content to be Americans first and Catholic only secondarily. How else does one explain such Fortnight festivities as the so-called “Patriotic Rosary,” which among other idiotic things intersperses Ave Maria’s with the recitation of quotes from notable figures in American history, some of whom were virulent anti-Catholics?
Worse still is the way in which the bishops have chosen to frame their argument against the HHS mandate from day one:
• Instead of claiming recourse to the Gospel of Jesus Christ as one might reasonably expect of the Successors to the Apostles, many of our bishops have approached the matter almost exclusively from the civil liberties angle by citing the First Amendment of the Constitution.
• Rather than decrying the objective immorality of such acts as contraception and abortion (regardless of who practices them) and rejecting them as offenses against God and His Divine Law, most bishops are expressing outrage, not on the Lord’s behalf, but on man’s behalf as a violation of “personal conscience.”
• Rather than chastising our leaders for exceeding the limits of their power by commanding that which is contrary to the laws of nature and the will of God, they are criticizing the government for infringing upon “America’s first freedom.”
Look, I’m as American as anyone and proud of it, but I’m Catholic first. As such, I’m not afraid to admit that the U.S. Constitutional approach to religious liberty is fatally flawed. And why is it flawed? Because it presumes to treat the doctrine of the Catholic Church as if it is of no more value to the common good than any number of other “religious” ideas.
As the Obama experience is making exceedingly plain, any society that is ordered on the false premise that every individual religious belief is as valid as the next – irrespective of its relationship to the absolute truth that comes to us from God through His Holy Catholic Church – is but one generation away from being crushed under the weight of a godless oligarchy.
So now here we are, Catholic citizens of a nation that is quickly descending ever more deeply into the abyss of State imposed immorality looking for leadership from churchmen who have effectively disarmed themselves of the only weapon that can possibly protect us; the sword of truth wielded in defense of the Sovereign rights of Christ the King.