Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Abortion

While looking at various blogs today regarding abortion, I found that a great number of those in favor of the "right of a woman's choice" never seem to address the real issue of abortion. It is not a matter of imposing one's religious beliefs on someone else. It is not about denying a woman's right. It is not about imposing one's ethical viewpoint on someone else. The crux of the issue is whether abortion is truly the taking of a life. If it is the taking of a life, then no other reasoning in support of abortion makes sense. When one concludes that abortion is indeed the taking of an innocent life, then no reason to support it has any validity. I welcome your comments.

Saturday, November 3, 2007

Missing Pope John Paul II





I still miss him. Today I put the DVD of John Paul the Great's funeral mass in the player. It still impresses. There are several points during Archbishop Foley's (now Cardinal Foley) narration where one can clearly hear his voice almost breaking with emotion. Wonderful. So many impressions; the crowd, the gospel, the simple casket, Bush at times appearing out of place amongst all of this Catholic stuff, the coffin being turned to the crowd one last time before entering the basilica, the applause. How fortunate we are that God gave us this man. How fortunate we are that he was His vicar. How thankful I am that I am a Catholic. I still miss him.


Democrats and Abortion

I have been watching the recent Democrat and Republican presidential debates these past few weeks. The first thing that strikes me this political season is how uninspiring is the current field of candidates. Not one of them has any real charisma or excitement. This of course is nothing new. I am sure there are some candidates that have some real intelligence and hopefully some real vision for the future of the country and the world. Unfortunately, in the quest for votes they are all so fearful of offending anyone, and often controlled by political handlers and advisers, that one only receives from them the smallest clue as to what they really think.

I have not voted for a Democrat since Carter. It is not that I disagree with many of the basic beliefs of the that party, it is more that I feel I have not seen a Democrat running for president that I feel is honest. This is not to say that I am convinced the Republicans are all Mother Theresas. They often as disingenuous as the Democrats.

If the Democrats were to offer a nominee that more closely reflected my moral beliefs, there is a good chance that candidate would receive my vote. All in all the Democratic party is more in line with the hierarchy of the Church in this country. Some may argue that that is not an especially positive thing. Nonetheless, it is true. The Democrats greatest point of departure is of course their position on abortion. I have read somewhere that someone felt that in the end abortion will cease not because of the Republicans but because finally the Democrats will see the light and see what abortion really is, that is the denial of life to the most vulnerable members of our society.


I am not sure which candidate will receive my vote. I have, however, managed to scratch a good number of them of my list of possibilities.

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

POPE BENEDICT XVI, THE BISHOPS, POLITICIANS, AND THE PRESS

The politicians upset by Benedict XVI's remarks regarding their support of abortion putting them in a state that precludes reception of the Eucharist have been taken to task by the bishops http://www.cwnews.com/news/viewstory.cfm?recnum=51287. Now, if only the bishops would continue to speak out.

This question of a politician's standing within the Church came to a head when the Benedict responded to a reporter's question while en route to Brazil. Thank God we have a pope that is not afraid to tell it like it is. There was a time when pope did not deign to even respond to the press. His response is welcome, correct, and timely. One hopes the bishops will follow his lead.

When politicians take and promote positions that clearly contradict established doctrines of the Church, and do so publicly, the pope is obligated to correct them, not only for their benefit, but for the benefit of all Catholics. Let us all hope he continues to speak out on this issue.

Monday, May 21, 2007

Pope Benedict XVI

After the Pope's recent visit to Brazil I am dismayed by the reaction of certain members of congress. It seems they are upset when he does his job. He is correct when he says that those in government that promote abortion by their legislative actions should not present themselves for the reception of the Eucharist. The teaching of the Church has been clear throughout the ages from the very first centuries. One only has to read the writings of the early Church fathers to see that the Church clearly has a history of acknowledging abortion as a grave evil. I can understand that some may hold views on the abortion question contrary to the teaching of the Church. However, when one claims to be Catholic and publicly defies the very clear teaching of the Church, a teaching clearly defined and easily accessible, he or she is in a position that precludes reception of the Eucharist.

Sunday, May 20, 2007

What I'm Reading Now

I am currently reading The Monks of Tibhirine by John W. Kiser http://www.monksoftibhirine.com/. It is the account of the lives of seven Trappist monks taken hostage and killed in Algeria in 1996. I have always had an interest in anything Trappist and this book is an inspiring read and very timely in light of the current events in Iraq and the Middle East.