Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Pelosi's bizarre position on abortion

After Nancy Pelosi's latest bizarre reaction to a question from a reporter concerning the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act sponsored by Arizona congressman Trent Franks, I received a number of inquiries asking my reaction.  The following reflects an email sent to a friend explaining my thoughts on the matter.

Our final purpose in life is the continued presence before our loving God and the work of our life is to live in such a way as to proclaim the Gospel drawing all people toward Christ. We are to be reflections of His love. However we also have a duty and responsibility not to allow blatant error and sin lead others astray. Our Lord has very stern words for those who lead His children astray.  Our responsibility is to shepherd the lost back to the fold and that applies whether we are clergy or laity.

That being said for some time Nancy Pelosi has been given a “pass” when it comes to her strident and almost bizarre handling of the abortion issue. Not content to play the Mario Cuomo card that lead so many politicians down the road to perdition, she presumes to lecture clergy, laity, theologians and the public on the teachings of the Church.
Her heresy of “choice” which elevates a misinformed conscience above the Magisterium is the most egregious of her misdeeds. How many “Catholics” who otherwise would be open to fraternal correction and restoration are seduced by her propaganda. It is worse that the press will give her credence while ignoring those courageous bishops who have made clear the Church’s teaching on the dignity of the human person and the requirement that the law and governmental agencies protect the right to life of all persons.

With the continued erosion of the collective conscience, it is apparent to me that publicly known scandalizing Catholics must be made to account. Pelosi, Durbin, Andrew Cuomo and others who wrap themselves up in cultural Catholicism in order to pander for votes while publicly dissenting from the most fundamental of God’s law – the proscription against murder – must be told that they are not in communion with the Church. For while it may be one thing to sin in “private,” it is quite another to announce to the world that one intends to do evil and ignore the teachings of the church one claims to embrace.

Her soul is in peril. And we have a duty to rescue it from death – just as we seek to rescue the innocent from death.

If she is our sister in Christ, we do not want her going the way of Judas, but the way of Mary of Magdela, who as a result of her sorrow for her sins, was given the privilege of being the one who told the apostles of the Risen Christ.

It is my prayer that she would repent and become a witness for Life, a witness for hope, and a witness of the means of repentance.

But someone must address the realities of life to her, lest she die in her sin.

 The continued assault upon the Church will not let up as long as Catholics allow this type of response from a "Catholic' politician to continue.  Recalling the words of Ezechiel, each of us must be mindful of our duty to our brother or sister who remains in persistent sin.

Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the people of Israel; so hear the word I speak and give them warning from me. When I say to the wicked, ‘You wicked person, you will surely die,’ and you do not speak out to dissuade them from their ways, that wicked person will die for their sin, and I will hold you accountable for their blood. But if you do warn the wicked person to turn from their ways and they do not do so, they will die for their sin, though you yourself will be saved. ( Ezechiel 33:7-9)
For it is not only the unborn child, his or her mother, or the father to whom we owe a duty. It is to our brother or sister who refuses to respect the dignity of the human person. We have a responsibility to tell them the truth,the whole truth and nothing but the truth. Once we have done our duty, then we can allow for their conscience, perhaps moved by the truth to inspire them to repentance.