I have always said that if you ask the wrong question, you will always get the wrong answer. That, in a nutshell, is the problem with pro-abort politicians. The problem is not with the pro-abort politicians. Wrong question. The right questions is: “What’s wrong with the bishops who taught them by their silence?” Ask the right question. Get the right answer to the problem.
For the first time in a very long time (if ever) in the very sad abortion-contraceptive history of the Canadian episcopacy, Archbishop Prendergast of Ottawa has made some encouraging remarks about finally – at long last – getting to the crux of the abortion matter with “Catholic” politicians who somehow think dismembering a baby is somehow consistent with their Faith. I am unsure if we should get too excited about it, but sometimes it’s good to hold on to a bit of hope, even if it is short-lived.
Here are the sections which I think need a bit of commentary and elucidation:
If Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau is setting limits as to who can belong to his party, the Catholic Church also sets limits on who belongs to the Church, Prendergast said.
Zing. Holy smokes. Is that zinger or what? In fact, this little shot gives the Archbishop all the media cover that he needs to drop the candles on Justin Trudeau. All of the clap trap about the Church dictating to the State about abortion kind of just withers away with this one-liner. What’s kosher for you, Justin, sweetheart, is kosher for us too.
The archbishop said he would not go so far as to advise Trudeau to no longer receive communion without meeting with him beforehand. He thinks that after Trudeau’s public statements a meeting would be “a good idea.”
You know, the Catholic Church dialogues with just about anyone who wants to. Since Vatican II, we would dialogue with a herd of cows if they could talk. But for some reason, for the past 50 years we don’t dialogue with the people who matter most….ourselves! Before the Catholic Church seeks to reach out to other religions, it should fix the problems within its own foundation and with its own people, before going to preach a compromised Gospel. What’s that you say, bishop? You believe in life? Then why are your political leaders professing an anti-life Gospel? Go and heal the wounds in your own Communion and preach to the children you have lost before you seek to preach to us.
“I don’t think you can make a judgment about someone’s faith position simply by what is said in the public,” he said. “There needs to be a meeting with myself, or with his parish priest, a priest who is in harmony with the Church’s teachings.”
Huh? If that is not a not-so-subtle admission that not all priests are really Catholic, I don’t know what is. Got a hand it to him, at least, he’s got the guts to spill the beans. And God Bless him for it.
“I would respect a wish to consult with the Archbishop of Montreal (Archbishop Christian Lépine) if he wished, or with a priest that would be acceptable to the Archbishop of Montreal or myself,” Prendergast said.
Just in case you missed it the first time, the Archbishop is kind of cutting off any lame attempts of Justin to appeal to Fr. Feel Good.
“One may not dissent from these core teachings on life issues and be considered a Catholic in good standing,” the statement says.
And if one dissents, then what? Archbishop Prendergast might actually do something about this scandalous situation in the Church. Let’s pray that he does. Double those rosaries! We have had enough of the “huffing and puffing and no-action” bishops.
The archbishop said he issued the statement because there was a big reaction from local area Catholics wondering “what we are going to do about it.”
Hmmm. I wonder if Socon or Bust’s petition had any part to play in this?
Trudeau’s statements “bring to the fore the role of our faith in public life,” said Prendergast. “We can’t simply put our faith under a bushel basket. We have to let it shine forth so people can see it.”
And, with profound respect to his Grace, bishops can’t simply hide their crosiers under that same bushel basket either. They have to wield it, as Christ commanded them to do. It’s not just for decoration or to be used as a liturgical device.
“If we keep shunting conscience aside, it’s no wonder we see the kind of behaviour that needs to be constantly corrected by new regulations.”
Well, Justin Trudeau said he is sticking with the Party’s policy to ban pro-lifers from seeking the Candidacy of the Liberal Party. We have seen this belief system before which puts Party over Conscience. It’s called Communism.