Our Liturgy of the Hours includes the Magnificat. “He disperses the arrogant of mind and heart. He overthrows rulers from their thrones and lifts up the lowly.” To call for ruler’s overthrow is a political act. The Magnificat is a political manifesto. Forgetting Matthew 25:31, some argue, Jesus himself never appeals for government involvement. They also forget Jesus quote in Mark 12 quoted earlier.
The Canticle of Zechariah tells us, God rescues us to give public service to him in dedication and צֶדֶק/charity before him all our days. Our faith demands a faith response, to God and to others. Zechariah addressed this faith response to us, “You, child, will be called Navy of the Most High. You will go before the Personal Name to prepare his ways, to give his people knowledge of salvation/Jesus, through the forgiveness of their failures. He will visit us to shine on those who sit in darkness and death’s shadow, to guide our feet into the path of peace.”
One Encyclical tells us in section 14, “Sometimes it is lawful to tolerate a lesser moral evil in order to avoid a greater evil. It is never lawful, to do evil that good may come of it.” It may be acceptable to stay home on Election Day and tolerate a non-pro-life official. It is never lawful to elect a politician who supports the culture of death.
Those opposed to Catholic Action, as a nation, who oppose helping the poor, as a nation, support a Culture of death. The principle of the new opinions Pope Pious X speaks of is, “To more easily attract those who differ from the Church should shape her teachings with the spirit of the age.”
New opinions are new opinions, coming from Modernist Conservatives, or Contemporary Liberals. Catholics reached our high point in the late 1970s, when the U.S. population was nearly 30% Catholic. The Catholic percentage is now 23%.” Something changed and it is not the content of our faith. We need to return/ teshuvah, to the way things were, before the last thirty years novelties.
Some quote American Catholics claiming some commandments are more important than others. C.C.C. 2069 and that cardinal I referred to earlier in his Doctrinal Note on the participation of Catholics in political life: November 24, 2002
The Decalogue forms a coherent whole. Each “word” refers to each of the others and to all of them; they reciprocally condition one another. The two tablets shed light on one another; they form an organic unity. To transgress one commandment is to infringe all the others. The Christian faith is an integral unity, and thus it is incoherent to isolate some particular element to the detriment of the whole of Catholic doctrine. A political commitment to a single aspect of the Church’s social doctrine does not exhaust one’s responsibility towards the common good.
Notice the phrase, “political commitment.” The cardinal tells us we need to shape our political commitments in light of all of Catholic moral tradition, not five points we pick out at random.
Liberals arguing for pro-life after birth are not sincere. They are not here. When we focus on what Liberals say, they are the head, not us. I know of three persons who are sincere and they do matter, Father Son, and Holy Spirit. God’s acceptable loss of life is zero, before and after birth. Ezekiel 18:32. The time has come to promote life.
We looked at Psalm 72 and Psalm 82, which make clear that government does have a role in promoting life for the poor, the outcast, the marginalized, in the Catholic tradition. Yes, we must work as much as possible to help people help themselves. Everyone wants the least possible government. To argue for less government than is necessary is irresponsible. To argue for more is both wasteful and contra productive.
Some argue they vote for the less of two evils. This is in spite of Humanae Vitae telling us it is unlawful to do evil in the hope good may come from it. The argument also depends upon the logical fallacy of false dilemma. There is always a third choice.
We have 231 Catholic colleges and universities and 26 law schools, combined, graduating 70,000 students each year. We cannot find 535 willing to run for Congress and for President? We cannot find one? Are our universities failing that badly? Where are the Catholic/Christian candidates? Finding these candidates is part of Catholic Action. Finding these candidates is Faithful Discipleship. There are lawyers watching this debate. Why do they not run for public office, supporting all of Catholic moral teaching? Should they decide to run, voting for them and taking the other steps of Catholic Action is Faithful Discipleship.
This is part 6. Please click here for part 1