Monday, October 8, 2012

Not to interfere but ....

Barack Obama (2012)

I don't much care which Wall St puppet wins the American election but the increasing desperation of Catholic bishops in the face of rising catholic support for Obama is interesting. Regard :-

Citing the Democratic Party platform plank supporting "safe and legal" abortion, Bishop Thomas Paprocki of Springfield, Ill., told Catholics in his diocese that their salvation was in "serious jeopardy" should they vote for that plank.

"I am not telling you which party or which candidates to vote for or against, but I am saying that you need to think and pray very carefully about your vote," Paprocki wrote Sept. 23 in his diocesan paper, Catholic Times, "because a vote for a candidate who promotes actions or behaviors that are intrinsically evil and gravely sinful makes you morally complicit and places the eternal salvation of your own soul in serious jeopardy."

Archbishop John Myers of Newark, N.J., warned Catholics that disagreement with the church's official teaching on same-sex marriage "seriously harm[s] their communion with Christ and His Church."

"I urge those not in communion with the Church regarding her teaching on marriage and family ... sincerely to re-examine their consciences," Myers wrote in a 16-page pastoral statement Sept. 25. "If they continue to be unable to assent to or live the Church's teaching in these matters, they must in all honesty and humility refrain from receiving Holy Communion until they can do so with integrity."
The bishops' statements came as a new poll suggested that support for Obama among Catholics had surged since June, despite a well-publicized dispute between coverage of birth control in health care plans the U.S. bishops and the presidential administration over a mandate requiring  birth control in health care plans. [Link][.

John F.Kennedy (1960)

During the 1960's various protestant churches joined together against the Catholic John F.Kennedy to remind voters that the Vatican was “political as well as religious organization [that has] specifically repudiated, on many occasions, the principle sacred to us that every man shall be free to follow the dictates of his conscience in religious matters.”

They were of course correct. Roman Catholics are obliged to align their consciences with the church so freedom of conscience is the freedom to act as the church dictates. The comments quoted at the start of this post merely reaffirms that point.

The attack forced Kennedy to clarify his position in the (in)famous speech of Greater Houston Ministerial Association in September 1960 :

I believe in an America where the separation of church and state is absolute – where no Catholic prelate would tell the President (should he be Catholic) how to act, and no Protestant minister would tell his parishioners for whom to vote – where no church or church school is granted any public funds or political preference – and where no man is denied public office merely because his religion differs from the President who might appoint him or the people who might elect him…. I believe in a President whose views on religion are his own private affair, neither imposed upon him by the nation or imposed by the nation upon him as a condition to holding that office….
 
Whatever issues may come before me as President, if I should be elected – on birth control, divorce, censorship, gambling, or any other subject – I will make my decision in accordance with these views, in accordance with what my conscience tells me to be in the national interest, and without regard to outside religious pressure or dictate. And no power or threat of punishment could cause me to decide otherwise.

 1960's America was  a very different time than 2012; a time when Americans quite rightly viewed the Vatican as a foreign religion and a foreign power. However we  now have bishops growing bold and once again threatening voters with hell fire. Perhaps it is time for a certain candidate to issue a similar speech to Kennedy ?

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