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Mass of Reparation for Notre Dame’s Obama invitation. Wow…

posted by David Gibson

Bishop Thomas Wenski of Orlando is going to lead a Mass of Reparation linked to Notre Dame’s invitation to Obama. This whole thing has truly gone into an alternate universe. The mass is May 3 at 6:00 p.m. in the Cathedral of St. James in downtown Orlando. The announcement says:

As Catholics we are aware of the many shortcomings and transgressions committed against the dignity and sacredness of human life in our world. That is why it is inconceivable that Notre Dame University, a Catholic institution of higher learning, should receive and honor anyone who promotes policies that are contradictory to who we are as a people of faith.

As our Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI stated in his visit to the U.S. last year in reference to Catholic university presidents, “to justify positions that contradict the faith and teaching of the church would obstruct or even betray the university’s identity and mission.” …

Come and pray with Bishop Wenski for all of our transgressions against the Gospel of Life.

Reparation is the making amends for a wrong done or for an offense against God. By his death on the cross, the Son of God offered his life out of love for the Father to make reparation for our sinful disobedience (CCC #614).

We are obliged to make reparation for personal sins against justice and truth (CCC #2412 and #2487).  

So…what are they making reparation for? Or are they using a mass to point the finger of blame? Amy Welborn tries to put a positive spin on it:

If this were, indeed (as some might read it), a Mass in Reparation for the Sins of Notre Dame..that would be inappropriate and kind of strange. But it seems (seems – I’m just guessing) as if what has happened here is an examination of conscience of sorts.

I’d guess it’s more than that, more like what the announcement says, and indeed kind of strange. As Amy notes, Bishop Wenski is no Burkean Romanist, by any stretch. It also seems clear that there are any number of moments to hold a mass of this sort. And I of course also wonder whether such a mass has been held regarding the abuse crisis.

Apart from the politics of this, ecclesial and political, perhaps others can illuminate the proper use and rationale of a Mass of Reparation. This does seem inappropriate as it feeds divisions when there is no clear judgment that Notre Dame has committed such serious sin.



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Steve T

posted April 18, 2009 at 3:48 pm


We’re back to the 19th Century.



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pagansister

posted April 18, 2009 at 4:10 pm


Guess Wenski didn’t vote for President Obama, huh?
Guess this mass will make everyone “feel better”.
The reaction to this is all out of proportion. It is one speech to be given by the President of the United States…at the invitation of what happens to be a Catholic school of “higher education” and sometime during that graduation ceremony, the President will be given an honorary degree. The President happens to have a different view of the abortion issue…so does this mean that in a Catholic institution of higher learning differences can’t be allowed? A person who happens to not agree with the teaching of the RCC shouldn’t be allowed to speak at that institution? So much for “education”.



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Mareczku

posted April 18, 2009 at 4:13 pm


Good grief. Who would have thought that having an African-American President would lead to this? I think some people have truly lost it over having Obama as President. I wonder if some of the same people who are in such a snit over Obama are as upset about the revelations about government approved torture. Now that is scary.



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Jerry Wilmsen

posted April 18, 2009 at 4:24 pm


Will those damn bishops ever shut up? No word when we refuse to stop laying landmines, but running off at that mouth about a speech.9bufuh



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Cindy

posted April 18, 2009 at 4:52 pm


reparation |?rep??r? sh ?n|
noun
1 the making of amends for a wrong one has done, by paying money to or otherwise helping those who have been wronged : the courts required a convicted offender to make financial reparation to his victim.
• ( reparations) the compensation for war damage paid by a defeated state.
2 archaic the action of repairing something : the old hall was pulled down to avoid the cost of reparation.
Just exactly who are the parties to this “reparation”?? The Catholic Church? Notre Dame? Obama? The unborn? The aborted?
What the heck is going on here? Can you just make up stuff and hold a Mass in favor of a personal opinion? Who exactly has been harmed here?
Catholics?
Are we serious??



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ed

posted April 18, 2009 at 5:35 pm


What can you expect from a diocese that gets most of it’s money from Disneyland or whatever they call that place in Orlando. Clergy/bishop child abuse in Florida makes Boston look like holy ground.
All sludge flows south.. that’s the nature of gravity.



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Your Name

posted April 18, 2009 at 5:39 pm


What if McCain/Palin was elected?
They would welcome him with open arms even though:
1. He stands the same as our Pres. on Stem Cell Research
2. He had an affair with his now wife during the time his other wife had a very bad accident. Now – last time I looked – that is a sin.
3. He is really for abortion. He just says that to win over votes
As far as Palin goes – there isn’t enough room to write about her ignorance and lack of any class whatsoever.
I have heard more people say they admire Obama’s marriage, the kind of father he is, the way he seems to forgive people and reach out to those who are against them. Which is a lot more than these bishops.
Look around – there is more in this world to worry about than abortion. I am sick and tired of these so call “Princes of the Church”
Go back to your offices and look over all the sins of yourselves and your sex abuse priests.



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Guy Selvester

posted April 18, 2009 at 6:50 pm


To Jerry Wilmsen who said:
“Will those damn bishops ever shut up? No word when we refuse to stop laying landmines, but running off at that mouth about a speech.”
You couldn’t possibly be more wrong. The USCCB issued a statement backed by all the bishops in this country condemning the use of landmines LONG before it became the darling cause of so-called “celebrities” like the dead Princess of Wales. When she decided to speak about it, AFTER, the bishops did, everyone lauded her as wonderful. Why didn’t people know about the bishops’ statement against landmines? It was probably for the same reason that you didn’t: because they DON’T WANT TO know. They’d rather remain ignorant of that so that they can complain.
I really don’t think that “those damn bishops” will ever shut up. It’s their JOB to proclaim the gospel “in season and out of season”.



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Your Name

posted April 18, 2009 at 7:30 pm


Catholic leadership is a lot like Shiite Moslem leadership. It’s their way or the highway. Here, it is the Republican puppeteers; there it is the mullahs and bazaris (businessmen)commandeering their highly strong marionette Republican Guard – conservatives in a similar fashion to Republicans, self-interested and not interested in the general population.
I remember my nephew and niece coming home from church (Sunday school) and relaying their ‘teacher’s’ assertion that Democrats are going to hell.
If you read between the crooked lines, you will intuit that the invisible finger is pointing at our newly elected Democratic president.
The Republican party appears desperate.



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Livia F

posted April 18, 2009 at 8:03 pm


As a life long, practicing Catholic, I’ve finally come to the very sad conclusion that I cannot in good conscience remain united with the hierarchy of the Church. I’ve struggled with this for some time now, especially throughout this Lenten season, in spiritual direction and with my pastor. At the same time, I continued to serve as an RCIA catechist and was faithful to the process (I truly love and honor the journeys of the five women who entered the Church last week).
I haven’t made the decision to leave the Church yet, but am very close. How do others stay faithful during periods such as this, which seems to be an Inquisition? I understand and embrace the reality of loving a sinful Church (including myself), but when do you enter into sin yourself simply by staying?



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Mareczku

posted April 18, 2009 at 8:12 pm


You need to remember, Livia, that you go to Church to worship God not the bishops. Just because you have a bad bishop why should you give up your union with Christ in the Holy Eucharist? Isn’t your love of Christ one of the reasons that you serve as an RCIA catechist? Don’t let sinners drive you from the Church and Christ.



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pagansister

posted April 18, 2009 at 8:54 pm


If a person who is Catholic can’t respect the bishops, and those higher…law makers for the RCC…then why stay, Mareczku? There are many other churches where that person, if so inclined, can continue to worship Christ. The RCC is by no means the only sacred place on this planet. The RCC and it’s leaders should EARN the respect of the people they are supposed to serve. Many of the RCC leaders haven’t been doing such a good job of earning that respect…indeed any respect, IMO.



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Little Bear

posted April 18, 2009 at 8:55 pm


Hi Mareczku, The problem is that it isn’t just ONE Bishop carrying on like this—it is so many, 30+ and counting. The Bishops are acting just like a Catholic version of the Taliban. Oh, they don’t physically beat, torture or kill people—-but they have used the Sacraments as a weapon, and they pressure, investigate groups (the Women Religious in America—why?), investigate their Leadership (but don’t investigate their own Leadersip–lack of vocations to priesthood), try to curtail anyone who thinks outside the box (theologians whose writings explore a issues differently), attempted to sway a presidential election, and now are now trying to cajole, or punish the head of a major Catholic institute of higher learning. This latest “Mass of Reparation” in Orlando is just one more strategy by the Catholic Taliban Bishops—to continue their reactionary hegemonism.



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Your Name

posted April 18, 2009 at 9:10 pm


Livia F,
I pray for Catholics like you. You struggle with the true teachings of the Church looking for compromise from God and the Vatican. Unable to reconcile the culture in your life with true Catholicism.
I believe you should take a leave of absence as an RCI Catechist as your own personal struggle may lead others astray.
You no doubt are a supporter of President Obama and feel he is being mistreated. President Obama 3 times as a state Senator voted to allow a baby to die after a botched abortion. He has promised he would sign F.O.C.A. into law which would potentially close down Catholic hospitals as well as directly eliminate all abortion restrictions in this country. He, by executive order, has eliminated the mexico city policy giving our tax dollars to pay for foreign abortions. He has opened the door for cloning with his policy on human embyos again giving away taxpayer money for something that so far has shown no promise. He publicly said he would have his daughter abort his grandchild if given the chance. Until he reconciles these positions he has no business speaking at a Catholic University or on any other campus that purports to be prolife.
If we as a nation cannot protect the most innocent of life then how can we hope to solve any of these other human problems?
It is about time that we stood up for life as a nation. And this is the time to do it. http://www.presentationministries.com please join us.



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Livia F

posted April 18, 2009 at 9:17 pm


Dear Your Name,
Thank you for your comments. I’m glad you can see so clearly into my soul.



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Todd

posted April 18, 2009 at 9:56 pm


“How do others stay faithful during periods such as this, which seems to be an Inquisition?”
Simple. The cardinal virtues. Plus, we realize that the hierarchy does not equal the Church.



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Your Name

posted April 18, 2009 at 10:54 pm


To the discouraged;
You have to realize that most of these bishops were educated at a time and place that excluded African American men from the seminaries and they never made a ‘peep’ about it.



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Your Name

posted April 19, 2009 at 12:11 am


To Amy,
To answer your question, here it is…
“for all of our transgressions against the Gospel of Life.
Reparation is the making amends for a wrong done or for an offense against God. By his death on the cross, the Son of God offered his life out of love for the Father to make reparation for our sinful disobedience” (CCC #614).
“We are obliged to make reparation for personal sins against justice and truth”
These are good reasons to pray and make reparation for our sinful disobedience.
A Catholic Institution should stand firm by the moral teaching and standard of morality of the Catholic Church; the preservation of human life; that human life starts in the womb and only God has the right to terminate it.



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jh

posted April 19, 2009 at 5:19 am


“To the discouraged;
You have to realize that most of these bishops were educated at a time and place that excluded African American men from the seminaries and they never made a ‘peep’ about it.”
Good Grief what is that based on.



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Catholic Voter

posted April 19, 2009 at 11:19 am


If you read the Pope’s discussion on the topic just over one year ago, you will see how obscene what is about to happen at Notre Dame on 5/17 is for any true Catholic (not to be mistaken with C.I.N.O.s).
See: http://www.catholic.org/collegiate/story.php?id=33213&page=1
If your attention-span is as short as most Americans today, and you want to get to the core of his comments, go to page 3 of the text.



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Robert

posted April 19, 2009 at 1:31 pm


“I haven’t made the decision to leave the Church yet, but am very close. How do others stay faithful during periods such as this, which seems to be an Inquisition? I understand and embrace the reality of loving a sinful Church (including myself), but when do you enter into sin yourself simply by staying?”
Birth. Maybe before. Certainly by the time you are baptized. But as sick as the Catholic Church is now, at least it no longer rapes and tortures and murders in Christ’s name. Just rapes.



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Sheldon & Mary Levy

posted April 19, 2009 at 4:12 pm


Georgeown is once …
Notre Dame is twice …
How many times will YOU deny HIM?
This is shameful!



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gmo2

posted April 19, 2009 at 6:39 pm


The Pope called Obama to congratulate him on being elected POTUS. How does that fit in to all of this? I guess it begs the old question: Is the Pope Catholic? Maybe he should be added to the Mass of Reparation.



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TJH

posted April 19, 2009 at 7:07 pm


Pope Benedict XVI didn’t “call” Obama to congratulate him. He sent a telegram expressing good wishes and prayers.
Should Notre Dame need reparation? Why not. Honoring the most pro-abortion president in our history is one reason. Others include: 1) Sponsoring the annual “Gay Film Fesitival” which promotes the homosexual lifestyle, and 2) Sponsorship of the pornographic “Vagina Monologues,” which endorses a twisted version of female sexuality in total contradiction of Church teaching. All this in the name of “academic freedom.”



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pagansister

posted April 19, 2009 at 8:43 pm


TJH:
Guess you must have been a Bush supporter. He only started a war, got us into an economic mess, helped make the United States disliked and hated by most of the world…and that is just a few of the things he ruined for us….but I suppose that is OK. Obama is a wonderful breath of fresh air… a new generation (my children’s age) not the idiot that we had to endure for 8 very, very long years. (unfortuately of my generation…but certainly didn’t represent anything I stand for). Just because President Obama happens support a woman’s right to choose, believes in equality for ALL Americal citizens, and doesn’t happen to be a Catholic….how is that a problem for you?



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Your Name

posted April 19, 2009 at 9:33 pm


The main part of teh statement reads:
“Come and pray with Bishop Wenski for all of our transgressions against the Gospel of Life.”
It appears that the reparation is being made for all of us as we all at one time or another trangress against the Lord. I read the statement as one of disappointment that ND has cooperated and permited Obama (who is staunchly anti-life)to have a platform at a Catholic University which should be staunchly pro-life.



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Your Name

posted April 20, 2009 at 12:16 am


I address pagansister andother who agree with her mindless comment….to say Pres Bush started a war is like saying Amecians planned 9/11….pay attention you silly person, he kept us safe following a tragic experience which totally turned and changed the focus of his presidency….BHO is a fraud, an empty suit who has shown his true colors, that of being a community organizer, nothing more, his lack of experience shows in his naivete in foreign policy and destructive social policies…..God Help Ameica as we tread through the muck of his term in office.



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Your Name

posted April 20, 2009 at 8:43 am


Dear GM02 et al:
The Holy Father is also a head of state. Hence, diplomatic relations are kept.
Fr.Jenkins is not the leader of a soverign country. He is the leader of a Catholic institution. Fr. Jenkins is honoring a politician who will make abortion universaly available in the US, and exported thru Planned “parenthood”, inc. worlwide.
As a Catholic, I believe in the body of Christ. We are our brother’s keeper. We must speak out when we see wrong. We are responsible for our inability to bring about a universal Pro-Life community.
Let us pray for Fr. Jenkins, why not, fellow Catholics?
Have a nice day!



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DML

posted April 20, 2009 at 9:38 am


Bishop Thomas Wenski must certainly be a tool of the hierarchy and has drank the cool aid. Given his career in helping the poor in Miami’s Haitian community and his work on issues of social justice in Latin America and Africa, it would seem that his own work meshes better with Obama than with the fundies on the right. It is gross, palpable nonsense to have a reparation mass for what someone else has done anyways.
This single issue focus on abortion will seriously damage the work of those in the Church still committed to issues of social justice in Latin America and here in the states. The Catholic Church will cease to be a credible partner with the US in any development projects if this keeps us.
Bishop Wenski must know the many terrible things his Church did in Latin America. I would suggest holding a reparation mass each day for each and every individual Haitian and indigenous person in Latin America victimized by the Church once a day, pleading for forgiveness. After a couple million days of such masses, then he can think about pointing the finger at others.



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pagansister

posted April 20, 2009 at 1:30 pm


YN at 12:16 AM 20 April: (would be nice if you were brave enough to actually Have a name!)
Did it escape you that “W” invaded a country that had nothing to do with 9/11? Guess the fact that no WMD’s were ever found (an excuse for the invasion) is OK? Guess that thousands of our men and women military personnel have died and been maimed for no reason is OK, right? Guess that since “W” disliked Sadam made the invasion OK, right? Guess the fact that thousands of innocent Iranian women and children have died, is OK, right?
Guess “W”s approval of torture is OK, right? It’s OK that he brought our country down to the level of our enemies with that approval is OK, right? Guess it is OK that due to “W”s mouth and attitude towards the rest of the world, most of that world lost all respect for the U.S., right?
Other than the above. “W” was a great president and kept us “safe!” Right and the moon is made of green cheese!
President Obama has now got to make up for the mistakes brought on by the wonderful Republicans. As the old saying goes “keep your friends close and your enemies closer”. It’s going to be a long road to get the respect back for this country.



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pagansister

posted April 20, 2009 at 7:02 pm


Big OOPS! Should say “Guess the fact that thousands of innocent IRAQie women and children have diedm is OK, right? Just noticed my mistake.



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TG

posted April 20, 2009 at 10:06 pm


The first basic problem I have with many of the comments posted stems from the truth (and it is the TRUTH) that abortion is murder, which if murder were being discussed in any other context, there would be no controversy at all. If Obama, or any other politicians, approved a law to murder of millions of children who were 6 months old, then would Catholics unite, and not invite them to speak at Notre Dame, or any other public place for that matter? Some might argue that these are two different scenarios, but they are the same. This is a very basic problem here. There should be NO controversy about a truth!
The second basic problem I have is the potential confusion by all of this controversy. The devil is the Father of Confusion and has always used it against us. Therefore, I wish the Church and all of the priests, bishops and the Pope would speak clearly about this right now, so there is no more confusion, and that the offending priests and Catholic politicians who vote for abortion be told that they are excommunicated or whatever consequences are required. YES CONSEQUENCES. Not in the future, like the sexual abuse cases. No delaying, do it now, before any more confusion is allowed to persist.
Once and for all, we need to accept that abortion is murder, because until we do, all of this arguing and disagreement will continue. My family and I pray for everyone of you on this comments section who do not see what abortion really is. Please open your eyes!



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Gerard Nadal

posted April 21, 2009 at 1:10 am


Hi Pagansister,
You really need to knock off this coy act and just come out and admit that you love George Bush. You’ll feel so much better when you do ;o)
Interesting article from 2006;
http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2006/06/22/report-hundreds-wmds-iraq/
It reads in part:
“WASHINGTON–
The United States has found 500 chemical weapons in Iraq since 2003, and more weapons of mass destruction are likely to be uncovered, two Republican lawmakers said Wednesday.
“We have found weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, chemical weapons,” Sen. Rick Santorum, R-Pa., said in a quickly called press conference late Wednesday afternoon.
“Reading from a declassified portion of a report by the National Ground Intelligence Center, a Defense Department intelligence unit, Santorum said: “Since 2003, coalition forces have recovered approximately 500 weapons munitions which contain degraded mustard or sarin nerve agent. Despite many efforts to locate and destroy Iraq’s pre-Gulf War chemical munitions, filled and unfilled pre-Gulf War chemical munitions are assessed to still exist.”
These were some of the munitions that we were looking for after the Gulf War, which were part of the justification for going to war.
Here’s a WSJ article,
http://www.opinionjournal.com/editorial/feature.html?id=110008568
So, ready for your George W. Bush Official Fan Club Cowboy Hat? (They’re more mainstream and normal looking than a Benny Miiter).
God Bless!



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Gerard Nadal

posted April 21, 2009 at 1:13 am


TG,
AMEN!



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Cindy

posted April 21, 2009 at 8:18 am


TG-
While I think I understand what you’re trying to say, you may want to rethink what you’re actually saying.
Abortion is killing a human being, yes. That is the truth. And, according to the Catholic Catechism it is an intrinsic evil.
Murder, however, is an act with legal definitions according to a system of laws and is not considered an intrinsic evil according to the CCCC. In fact there is no excommunication penalty at all for murder.
Statements such as yours actually muddy the waters. Some people may get more inflamed or angry when using the word “murder” to describe an abortion. However if we do use the term “murder” we actually lessen the moral, spiritual and seriousness of abortion substantially.
Abortion is the killing of a human being, as we believe that life begins at conception. THAT is the simple truth. Bringing in the concept of murder actually causes more confusion.



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pagansister

posted April 21, 2009 at 3:45 pm


Good Afternoon, Gerard N.,
I smiled when I read your first sentence…and the last one is a good one too. Though I will actually have to admit that a cowboy hat is a little more stylish than Benny’s Miter. Thanks for the smile today…I needed it.
Read the articles you posted. Informative. Did happen to notice in the first article that a defense department spokesman said the WMD’s they found were “not the WMD’s we went to war for.”
However in spite of your attempts to change my feelings of “W”, and the reasons for the Iraq war, I’m afraid it didn’t work. Nice try.:o)
Hope all is well with you and yours, Gerard.



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Your Name

posted April 21, 2009 at 8:07 pm


Hi Cindy,
Thank you for your note. I will confess that I do not know the Catholic Catechism very well, so I appreciate your referencing that official documentation. I will rephrase what I originally wrote, replacing the word “murder” with “killing”, but it seems the same to me (see below).
You know, I’m not sure that it matters if people get more inflamed or angry because of the word “murder”. Perhaps they get angry because it strikes a nerve. Certainly St. Paul, the Apostles and many other saints did not mince words when they spoke. Call it like it is.
If murder is a legal definition according to a system of laws … well, abortion exists because of that same system of laws, so maybe we need to work within that system to get abortion properly defined. Man’s laws can be changed. Just as this nation changed its laws to eliminate slavery, we will someday do with “killing” of innocent human beings. We will then look back with shame.
Lastly, OK if they can’t be excommunicated, but some type of direct consequence for the priests (no repeat of the abuse scandals). It seems ironic to me that the devil goes after the priests again. Let us not stumble again. As for Catholic politicians who vote for abortion, again, a consequence please.
I trust my reply will be received with the kindness intended.
*****
The first basic problem I have with many of the comments posted stems from the truth (and it is the TRUTH) that abortion is killing a person, which if killing a person were being discussed in any other context, there would be no controversy at all. If Obama, or any other politicians, approved a law to kill millions of children who were 6 months old, then would Catholics unite, and not invite them to speak at Notre Dame, or any other public place for that matter? Some might argue that these are two different scenarios, but they are the same. This is a very basic problem here. There should be NO controversy about a truth!
The second basic problem I have is the potential confusion by all of this controversy. The devil is the Father of Confusion and has always used it against us. Therefore, I wish the Church and all of the priests, bishops and the Pope would speak clearly about this right now, so there is no more confusion, and that the offending priests and Catholic politicians who vote for abortion should be given some type of a consequence. YES CONSEQUENCES. Not in the future, like the sexual abuse cases. No delaying, do it now, before any more confusion is allowed to persist.
Once and for all, we need to accept that abortion is killing, because until we do, all of this arguing and disagreement will continue. My family and I pray for everyone of you on this comments section who do not see what abortion really is. Please open your eyes!



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Cindy

posted April 22, 2009 at 1:33 pm


TG-
I appreciate the dialogue and have no wish to argue! Thank you for your temperance and for listening to my point.
I think the confusion is simply that in the Catholic Church, in the Catechism, we have an established greater penalty for abortion than that of murder. Surely murder is against the secular law and against God’s law, and there is great need for repentance! So don’t get me wrong or think that “murder” is okay. It’s not.
But the Church has established that “Abortion” is an intrinsic evil. And, thus there is a very grave moral and spiritual seriousness that surround this action. And even people who help with that action. The penalties for the soul are far graver, far deeper and far more insidious to the culture than the more common human sin and failing of murder.
I think there is such a mix up because we often equate the secular world of laws and words with the sacred. And we do this to our peril. Catholics especially. We can often get sidetracked by the fervent Pro-Life movement embraced by other denominations and lose sight of our own Catechesis on the topic.
The intent remains very much in harmony — we must end abortion. We must take a stand and be seen always to be against this intrinsic evil.
But we Catholics must also take seriously our own teachings and not lose sight of them…because we can unknowingly slide down a slippery slope of muddying the waters.
One other thing you might be interested in — St. Paul (in Thessalonians) warned us of getting too worked up about the immorality of those outside the Church. He believed we needed to be very careful of maintaining our own morality within the Church ourselves, being careful to educate and correct each other. Lovingly. But that our mission in the world is to be known by our love.
I’m not saying that we should not be angry about abortion – how can we not be angry? But so many of the people who support the legality and who choose “Pro-Choice” over Pro-Life are unbelievers and people who simply don’t know the Sacred Indwelling of Christ. We cannot hate them and castigate them for what they do not know…. we can bring them into a faith-based life and God can convert hearts. Believe me, I have seen this happen again and again.
Its a muddy mix of waters when the sacred meets the secular. I hope that we can all give each other some benefit of the doubt as we all try to figure out how to manifest our spiritual beliefs in the secular world. It is the calling of all Christians, I think.
Be well.



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Jim McCrea

posted April 22, 2009 at 2:57 pm


Livia F. Remember, all church is local. Most everything above and beyond the parish level is, at best, a distraction.
This pope said it best:
“We are not on earth to guard a museum,but to cultivate a flowering garden of life.” Pope John XXIII
The only place you can tend your garden and cause it, and you, to blossom, is in your own back yard.



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Livia F

posted April 22, 2009 at 3:48 pm


Thanks Jim,
Yours is the first sensible, compassionate post I’ve read on this site. You’ve lifted my spirits!



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When Benny met Barry: "I'll pray for you!"
The first word via Vatican Radio and first image (that I saw) via Rocco: Speaking to Vatican Radio, Press Office Director Fr. Federico Lombardi said "moral values in international politics, immigration and the Catholic Church's contribution in developing countries" were key topics of discussio

posted 12:54:28pm Jul. 10, 2009 | read full post »




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