Catholic Politicians

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In recent election cycles there’s been a growing focus on the increasingly clear contradiction between some so-called Catholic politicians and their policy positions.

As a Catholic, many of the issues of our day give plenty of room for disagreement and debate. This is especially so when dealing with the questions of how our government should fix a problem. We all agree that the hungry need to get fed, but we obviously disagree on the best ways to do that. Fair enough.

However, there are some issues that allow no room for debate – at least not if you are a Catholic. That’s not because the Catholic Church won’t allow it. It’s because there is a real, objective thing out there called the truth. And when we profess that we are Catholic, we are professing that we believe in that truth.

The Church has many issues within it that need and deserve debate and discussion. But it also must proclaim those truths which, through the Magisterium of the Church, it knows without doubt are true. This is the Faith. They define what being Catholic means. If you do not hold these to be the Truth, then that aspect of your being and beliefs are not Catholic. It’s as simple as that.

Let’s be honest. Catholic people believe all kinds of things. Unfortunately, many of those things they believe are misguided and contrary to the actual teachings of the Church. If we truly are Catholic then our life should be a constant effort to better conform our beliefs to those of our Church. Otherwise, how can we really say that we believe in the Catholic Church? How can we say we are Catholic?

Those that sit back and pick and choose what they want to believe when it comes to being Catholic show a total misunderstanding of what it means to be Catholic. And when those people happen to be high profile people, such as politicians, it is actually very scandalous.

Support of abortion is a perfect example.

As a Catholic, there is no room on this issue to support abortion in any way. The Church has always taught this. The pope is very clear on it. The bishops are all very clear on it. The Catechism is very clear on it.

How any Catholic can somehow find a justification to support abortion shows that they have little understanding of their faith. They put their own personal agendas and opinions first and then try to twist Church teaching to fit what they want to believe. This is not Catholic and it shows a total disrespect to Jesus Christ and His Church.

Vatican II said it perfectly, “This split between the faith which many profess and their daily lives deserves to be counted among the more serious errors of our age (GS 43).”

And when a public official, like a politician, is proclaiming this serious error while claiming to be Catholic it is a matter of great scandal within the Church. They are misrepresenting the Catholic Faith. And they are leading other well-intentioned, but misguided, Catholics into error. That is serious stuff.

Scripture puts it this way (Matt 18:6):

“Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a great millstone hung around his neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea.”

So when the current Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi (a professed catholic), comes out and says, “doctors of the church ” have not been able to define when life begins and that “over the history of the church , this is an issue of controversy.” She is misrepresenting the true teachings of the Church. She is either gravely misinformed or just plain being deceitful. There is no reason why a person like that should not know the actual teaching of the Church on this issue. It’s very clear. Either way, she should be careful. Her false witness is leading others into sin and error.

And it isn’t surprising that the bishops of the Church are starting to more forcefully speak out against such misinformation.

Denver Archbishop Charles Chaput posted a public statement saying, “Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi is a gifted public servant of strong convictions and many professional skills. Regrettably, knowledge of Catholic history and teaching does not seem to be one of them.”

The statement continued – Abortion “is always gravely evil, and so are the evasions employed to justify it.”

The Archbishop also reaffirmed that politicians such as Pelosi and Joe Biden should refrain from receiving communion while they continue to be unrepentant of their abortion positions and in total contradiction to the Church. Other Bishops are starting to come out and say the same thing.

These are strong statements, but it’s the Truth. And they are long overdue in my opinion. Abortion is a serious issue. And if politicians are going to claim to be Catholic it is only right that the Church expect them to act like it. Otherwise, they need to stop the scandal – change their policy or stop claiming that they are Catholic.

Besides, it just makes you look foolish when you claim to be Catholic but then either know nothing about it or intentionally live contrary to it.

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