For the past few decades, so-called Catholic politicians have been flaunting their pro-abortion views at the Church, or cowardly ducking the question by playing the fool and the hypocrite. Most recently, Justin Trudeau, the leader of the Federal Liberal Party has decreed that anyone holding pro-life views is not welcome to run as a candidate in the Liberal Party. He is merely the latest case in a long line of pseudo-Catholic politicians who have profited handsomely on the backs of unborn babies, or to put more accurately, on their crushed skulls and dismembered bodies.
I’m not sure why it is, but this situation has been permitted to continue for DECADES without an appropriate reaction for the Canadian bishops. Let’s review a few good reasons why our Bishops might want to educate Justin as to why he can’t be Catholic and a Fascistic Pro-Abort at the same time.
#5 – Evangelization – Credibility is kind of a prerequisite for Evangelization, you know. What possible credibility can we hope to have as a Church if we continue to tolerate this pro-abort Catholic politician fraud? Who, in their right mind, thinks that such a scandalous and treacherous witness does not have any bearing on what we’re evangelizing for? A lip service religion does not attract too many people, so we need to stop giving the impression that we are one. We don’t need a new program for Evangelization. We just need to be honest not only with ourselves but with the pro-abort politicians who are playing us for fools. The Church needs to stop speaking out of two sides of its mouth. On the one side of our mouths, we say that pro-abort politicians are not Catholic, but then liturgically by allowing them to receive Holy Communion, we say they are Catholic. If we want to evangelize the culture, we need to stop playing the consummate hypocrite and fool. Just stopping that would do wonders for our credibility as a Church, and our evangelization efforts. The Trads are right. Everything ultimately does really depend on the liturgy, doesn’t it?
#4 – Dignity of the Human Person – You know, the Church has emphasized time and time again that the first right is the right to life. It is the right that all other rights are contingent on. And yet, the current pastoral practice of the Church is not reflective of this truth. We start to confuse people when we talk about the weather aka “climate change” or the economy or the administration of health care as if they are on par with protecting innocent human life from the abortionists’ forceps or the euthanizing needle of the “death with dignity” crowd. We need to have the courage to boot the pro-abort public official out of the Church, if necessary. We can dialogue, warn, scream and holler all we want. If, at the end of the day, we don’t act to remove the apostate from our midst, just whose fault is it? Theirs or ours?
When something so fundamental to who you are is being trashed, you’d better be prepared to bring everything you have to the fight if you want to be taken seriously. But where’s the war? Where’s the casualties? Jesus came to bring war not a fake peace where babies are crushed, and fools parade around pretending they value peace. Christ solemnly taught: “Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword.” (Matt. 10:34). But we’ve settled for this fake peace on abortion at the expense of the mangled bodies of unborn children. The Blood of Abel cries out, your Graces. Let the weathermen talk about the weather, the Bishops of the Church are to preach Jesus Christ Crucified in the Unborn.
#3 – Sanctuary of Conscience – The Second Vatican Council taught the following regarding every person’s right to follow their properly formed conscience:
In all his activity a man is bound to follow his conscience in order that he may come to God, the end and purpose of life. It follows that he is not to be forced to act in a manner contrary to his conscience. Nor, on the other hand, is he to be restrained from acting in accordance with his conscience, especially in matters religious. The reason is that the exercise of religion, of its very nature, consists before all else in those internal, voluntary and free acts whereby man sets the course of his life directly toward God. No merely human power can either command or prohibit acts of this kind. (Declaration on Religious Freedom, 3)
Justin Trudeau has effectively made it impossible in his Party for people of honest Faith to be involved in forming public policy. He is in direct opposition to what the Church teaches, not only on the issue of abortion, not only on the issue of freedom, but also on the issue of the respect for a person’s conscience. What kind of sick ideology mandates a human person to violate his conscience? What kind of leader do we want making decisions for the country where that individual demands that other elected representatives violate their consciences? Do we really think that he won’t violate his own? If that is not the ultimate sign of corruption, I really don’t know what is.
The text from the Declaration on Religious Freedom says this about conscience: “No merely human power can either command or prohibit acts of this kind“. Again, I challenge the bishops of this country to prove to us they are serious about protecting our Faith and what the Second Vatican Council Fathers taught. Is Justin Trudeau Catholic? Yes or no? By all means, seek him out and have the discussion. Let that discussion last a few months even, but please, don’t shirk your responsibility. If Justin Trudeau is not Catholic then show the mercy to his soul and preserve the Faith to do your duty and tell him that he is outside of the Faith. Tell him that he is not welcome in his current state to receive the Eucharist.
#2 – Canon Law – This is an antinomian age where we ignore the Church’s own laws. Canon Law is very clear on what to do with pro-abort politicians:
“Those upon whom the penalty of excommunication or interdict has been imposed, and others who obstinately persist in manifest grave sin, are not to be admitted to Holy Communion.” (Can. 915)
Is the proclamation of the Gospel of Life just cheap talk or are we willing to suffer for the Faith by expelling the liar and the thug from our ranks? If the bishops of the Church can’t see the need to preserve the boundary line between those who advocate for the protection of life and those who advocate for murder, we might as well fold up this big tent and go home.
“No matter how often a bishop or priest repeats the teaching of the Church regarding procured abortion, if he stands by and does nothing to discipline a Catholic who publicly supports legislation permitting the gravest of injustices and, at the same time, presents himself to receive Holy Communion, then his teachings ring hollow.” – Cardinal Raymond Burke
#1 – Be Not Afraid – It is as clear as day that the central reason why no action against pro-abort politicians is fear and the comfortable living that mediocrity and bureaucracy bring. St. John Paul II addresses both:
“ This is no time to be ashamed of the Gospel. It is the time to preach it from the rooftops. Do not be afraid to break out of comfortable and routine modes of living in order to take up the challenge of making Christ known in the modern metropolis. ” ― John Paul II
The crosier has a two-fold purpose: to discipline and to teach. It’s time for that bishops to understand that their full fatherhood needs to be exercised, and that includes using discipline to preserve the supernatural family of God, the Church, and the Faith.