Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Blessed are They Who Mourn.....Obama's Win

A nation disregarded the gravest threat against the unborn and voted their pocketbooks, to make history, for their own sense of health and economic security, and for change. That all came at the expense of the unborn who remain a class of people who aren't considered people at all.
Barack Obama vowed to fight for all Americans. That is, all Americans except the unborn. The silent slaughter will now be exacerbated with President-elect Obama's promise to sign FoCA into law within the first 100 days. All of the individual state bans on partial-birth abortion and parental notification laws will be struck down if he succeeds in fulfilling his promise to Planned Parenthood. Given Obama's doctrine on abortion, it will probably work against the Born Alive Infant Protections Act, in which babies who survive botched abortions are currently required by federal law to receive life-saving treatment.
Even if I thought Obama had the best economic plan, the best approach to health care, for jobs, for national security, voting for him would have been like selling my soul for some temporal short-lived comfort.
What is most disappointing, is the Catholic Vote. It would appear that as a nation the Catholic vote went to Obama. What's more, is that it should be of little comfort to anyone, especially the bishops, that in those states where the Catholic vote supported McCain, it was only marginal. That 46% or 48% of Catholics voted for McCain, in contrast to some 74% of white, born again evangelicals is also disturbing news. They've got it right and a good many Catholics didn't.
Holy Mother Church and her bishops have much work to do. We must pray fervently for them, that they take all necessary actions to turn this around in the next four years. Unfortunately for millions of babies, it will be too late. It will take decades to undo the damage about to be done.
Forgive me for not believing that Obama's rise is not the will of God. Rather, I believe God is permitting this nation to suffer consequences of man's own sinfulness and greed. God can turn every evil into good. I'm not talking about health care or the economy. The good I'm talking about is the effect it will have on our bishops and priests as they must now reconcile with overwhelming evidence that Catholics have much to learn and they have much to teach.

Forty years I endured that generation.
I said, “They are a people
whose hearts go astray
and they do not know my ways.”
So I swore in my anger,
“They shall not enter into my rest.”

Our bishops made one of the most valiant efforts in recent weeks, with over 120 bishops making strong statements that life itself has priority. The intrinsic evil of abortion is so great, and the magnitude of unborn being murdered far outnumbers deaths in any other category. It is the moral issue of our day. You can't compare the number of people suffering from the Iraq War to the nearly 50 million already aborted. Over 4000 babies are aborted each day here in the US, and it's very possible that the number of late-term abortions are about to increase.

None of this minimizes the suffering of living, breathing people caught up in war. Rather, it underscores that the unborn aren't considered people at all, otherwise they would be a protected class with all of the rights provided for by our founding fathers, chiefly, the right to life.

Unfortunately, ignorance, confusion, and outright disregard for Catholic teaching could not be remedied by the good bishops no matter how valiant the effort. The bottom line is that it is a problem with a 35-40 year head start and it got deeply ingrained. Such things couldn't be resolved in weeks or months. God has been patient, enduring a deafening silence for decades from the pulpits of priest and bishop alike on abortion, contraception, extra-marital and pre-marital sex, homosexuality and more. But, the zeal and courage shown by certain bishops have given me real hope for the future of our Church, especially with the manner in which they witnessed the faith for a new generation of seminarians and priests.
Let's face it, most abortions are not taking place in the context of marriage. Rather, it is often the result of promiscuous sex outside of marriage - the primary product sold by Hollywood these days. One only has to look at the pregnancy rate of teenage girls who watch racier programs in contrast to those who don't watch those programs. Do the bishops have any idea just how many adult and teen Catholics regularly snack on programs like Desperate Housewives?
Remember your leaders
who spoke the word of God to you;
consider how their lives ended,
and imitate their faith.
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday,
today, and forever.
Do not be led astray
by all kinds of strange teaching
(Hebrews 13:7-9a)
The silence and ambiguity on the part of most bishops over decades with regards to these things gave rise to dissident theologians who have participated in protecting free sex, and ultimately abortion. Their specialty is loop-hole theology, by which they give Catholics various ways to justify their anti-Catholic positions.
While bishops, cardinals, most theologians and Catholic apologists make strong and consistent cases in Catholic media, the dissident Catholic theologians like Richard McBrien have proven to be the darlings of secular media sources like the New York Times and CNN. Far more average Catholics - practicing and not - are probably getting their catechesis from the New York Times than from diocesan papers. Even some of those diocesan papers carry articles riddled with namby-pambyism on the part of waffling writers who don't seem to understand or communicate the faith with clarity.

What has further complicated all of this, is that dissident theologians and professors continue to enjoy "good standing" with the Catholic Church, and with their respective Catholic insitutions. This gives them a forum. Average, unsuspecting Catholics, as well as groups bent on distorting Catholic teachings are led into great scandal by them. They are the chief architects of dissent found throughout Catholic culture and the Church should stop paying them to do it and providing a platform for their anti-Catholic rhetoric. Think about that the next time you go to send your alma mater a check and send it to a college that is actually employing faithful professors.
No matter how much the bishops speak up, as long as dissidents have good standing at Catholic institutions, and remain a "representative" of the Catholic faith for the secular, loop-hole mentality media, things are not going to change in any appreciable way.
Today while others celebrate their victory with President-elect Obama, many will be silently mourning with Our Lord. Now, we need our bishops to teach us something else: How to make acts of reparation for offenses committed by the other 50%+ of Catholics who didn't vote pro-life, especially those in leadership positions who led large numbers of Catholics astray. The outcome of the election would have been quite different had far fewer Catholic votes gone to Obama.
Pray for President-elect Obama, his supporters, and for our bishops who have a most difficult task ahead of them. Given their recent zeal, I am hopeful that in their annual bishop's conference taking place in about a week from now we will see signs that they have learned some things from this election cycle. However, the first sign I will be looking for as a member of this Church, is for the scandalizing of Catholics by dissident theologians, professors, and politicians to be brought to a clear end. These people should no longer be permitted to represent the face of Catholicism. The only way they are accessible to the sources who regularly use them, is if they remain in good standing.

Now, we get on with mourning and with reparation.
Note: Edited at 4:48pm for clarity.

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Anicka said...

Couldn't have said it better myself. Thank you for your blog...it's very helpful in many ways and deeply appreciated. God bless you!

~~JennD.'J.M.J.'~* said...

Well-said, Diane!
I am still sobbing for the babies, the children, the elderly, all of us.
I, like you, wish we could have an end to all the scandalous behavior of the so-called Catholics who profess the True Faith but do not really believe, nor practice It.
Let us pray, eh? And let us stay tuned...

Afro Seminarian said...

Very good article, however, I will have to disagree with you. If you want Catholics to just focus on an issues that the repblican party wants you to focus on. Give the population that voted for Obama credit, they exercized thier right to vote. I am disapointed that you continue to insisist that we should ignore what is happening to our pocketbooks. yes abortion is wrong, however, we have to look at a breath of problems that is effecting the United States. How are we going to solve them if we remain polirized. (I know you will not post this, just letting you know that not everyone who reads your blog aggrees with you.)


Diane M. Korzeniewski said...

Dear Reggie,

I have published all of your comments, so why would you think I would not publish this one?

I am not focusing on any issue because the Republican Party wants me to focus on it. The economic points I have made in the past are my own conclusions. The pro-life position I have is one I have held from the time I first learned about abortion as a teen. I know it is not tissue, but a human being. It is not about what a woman does with her own body, but what she does with someone else's body, a vulnerable baby for whom God, not the mother, is the author of life.

I am totally amazed that anyone in a Catholic seminary could ignore the fact that Barack Obama is the most pro-abortion candidate ever to run for US President. Then again, the some seminaries are still stocked with hippy-era priests, theologians and nuns bent on distorting Catholicism to advance errant agendas.

Furthermore, before I am a Republican, a Democrat, or an Independent I am a Catholic.

You said, "I am disapointed that you continue to insisist that we should ignore what is happening to our pocketbooks. yes abortion is wrong, however, we have to look at a breath of problems that is effecting the United States"

So, this means that the lives of the unborn are only valuable if people's pocket books are not in trouble? I would rather live on the street than to seek comfort in this life while sacrificing the unborn.

You use an argument similar to the "personally opposed but" argument. We could look at that several ways, as follows:

I'm personally opposed to slavery, but....I'm going to vote for candidate A because he's going to save my farm

I'm personally opposed to segregation, but Candidate B has the best solution to my health care concerns

I'm personally opposed to Candidate C's involvement in the KKK, but his economic plan will create more jobs

Do you see the pattern here? It's all about selling out some moral common good for the sake of my own needs. These may be proper basic needs, but you can't compromise what is right and just for the sake of comfort. That's not justice, it's a perversion of justice.

There is no justice here for the unborn who deserve the right to life.

Black babies are aborted at 5x the rate of white babies. Doesn't that mean anything? Have you read the article by two black bishops on Obama and abortion? I would be interested in your thoughts.

Carlos and Jan said...

Beautiful article Diane. I encourage all to read the following passage in the Old Testament. It decribes our election of Barack Hussein Obama. Here is the passage: 1 Samuel 8:4-22.

Mary said...

"When the Son of Man comes, will he find any faith on the earth?"

In response to the comment made by afro-"seminarian" who said:

"Give the population that voted for Obama credit, they exercized thier right to vote. I am disapointed that you continue to insisist that we should ignore what is happening to our pocketbooks. yes abortion is wrong, however, we have to look at a breath of problems that is effecting the United States. How are we going to solve them if we remain polirized. (I know you will not post this, just letting you know that not everyone who reads your blog aggrees with you.)"

Sounds VERY familiar:

Consider very carefully the jubilant echoes of "christian" voices in the voting booth, and the tumultuous thunder of throngs of "christians" converged into the PRAETORIUM of Chicago's Grant Park on November 4, 2008 - a chilling re-echo of the rejection of Jesus Christ by His own chosen people:

"Barabbas!" Barabbas!" "Give us Barabbas!" "We have no king but Caesar!" "May His Blood be upon us and upon our children!"
"The verdict of Pilate was that their demand should be granted. So he released the man who had been imprisoned for rebellion and murder, for whom they asked, and he handed Jesus over to them to deal with as they wished."

...And Jesus foretold what would happen to Jerusalem 40 years after they rejected Him...

"As he drew near, he saw the city and wept over it,saying, "If this day you only knew what makes for peace--but now it is hidden from your eyes. For the days are coming upon you when your enemies will raise a palisade against you; they will encircle you and hem you in on all sides. They will smash you to the ground and your children within you, and they will not leave one stone upon another within you because you did not recognize the time of your visitation." , a fulfillment of what was prophesied:
"Forty years I endured that generation. I said, "They are a people whose hearts go astray and they do not know My ways. So I swore in My anger, "They shall not enter into My rest."

We are NOW in the 40th year of American and worldwide rejection of Christ's "Humanae Vitae".

Sir, if you are really a "seminarian", then you have a mandate from Christ to preach the truth at the risk of losing your very own soul. Christ says very clearly that we cannot serve two masters, and He cannot deny himself. Hell is very real, and keep in mind that you could go there,and be responsible for the demise of a multitude of souls.

...And the thunderous chorus rejoiced at their CHOICE, chanting jubilantly the NAME of their chosen insurrectionist. And mingled with their chants, went forth the cries of the seas of slaughtered unborn blood, and the sins that cry to heaven for vengeance, and together arose heavenward into the chill and the darkness of the night air of November 4, 2008, and echoes hauntingly into eternity...

May God have Mercy on us all.

Anonymous said...

I'm so glad I found your article Diane. The Catholic Church I go to has become increasingly less Catholic over the past months. Their social teaching during this election made people more confused rather than making it a clear and easy decision. I feel this particular Catholic Church (as well as others according to the outcome of the election) have deliberately placed their political agendas ahead of their moral obligations to our society and our Lord. I raised my voice to the priest, deacon and the director of faith and was told I was "conservative", needing text book "black and white answers" as well as not respecting other people's opinions on other social issues like the war or health care. When I mentioned 1 million babies die a year by abortion, as well as abortion is an intrinsic evil, I was told the war was an intrinsic evil too because it is known that some people have been tortured. I was also told that the war could very well have killed 1 million people. Do you believe this junk? I tell you, if it wasn't for knowing the Church is the Truth, I would have left the Church all together. I'm leaving this particular place and going to the grotto from now on.

God Bless,

Diane M. Korzeniewski said...

JC - I've been in parishes like that and at the time, was not as well catechized as I am now. It IS confusing when church teaching is perverted in an effort to make a competition out of this cause or that cause.

There are degrees of evil, with homicide being at the top of the list of those sins that cry out to heaven.

War is truly an evil thing, but people can differ on opinion as to whether a war is just or not, in good conscience.

However, there is nothing to judge with regards to outright homicide and in the case of abortion, the murder of innocent babies. It is a sin that cries out to heaven.

It was good that you attempted to point out the errors. Now that you have done that in charity and have gotten such a response, I would seriously see if there is another parish within driving distance that follows authentic Catholic teaching. Assumption Grotto was only 6-7 miles from my home and I never knew it was there or that it was as solid as it was. Otherwise, I would have been there years ago. Some people commute an hour or more for the experience and the priests never leave us scratching our heads with their homilies.

Assumption Grotto: Unambiguous Catholicism at it's best!