OTTAWA, Ontario, June 14, 2007 (LifeSiteNews.com) – In October of 2003 Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty visited a Catholic school only several weeks after publicly contradicting Catholic teaching on a serious matter of faith and morals by coming out in support of homosexual “marriage.”
Now, only several weeks after publicly contradicting Pope Benedict on a similarly serious matter of the Catholic faith, Dalton McGuinty has again made an appearance at a Catholic school.
Last month McGuinty joined the furor of dissident North-American Catholic politicians in criticizing Pope Benedict for supporting the decision of the Catholic Bishops in Mexico, who had told Catholic politicians who vote to legalize abortion that they are excommunicating themselves from the Church.
Reacting to the Pope’s matter-of-fact comments on Catholic teaching, Premier McGuinty told reporters, “There are very few political leaders who would allow all of their actions to be informed exclusively by dictates of the church.”
McGuinty added, “There’s one particular aspect of myself that is in common with the Pope and (that is) I happen to be Catholic.”
The premier visited St. Bernard Catholic School in Ottawa ostensibly to congratulate the school for improving health, fitness and nutrition.
“Building healthy schools means building a healthy future for all our kids,” said McGuinty. “I want to congratulate the students and staff at St. Bernard’s for working together to make their school community a place where everyone can contribute, where everyone feels welcome and where everyone learns to live an active, healthy life.”
Some, however, are wondering why McGuinty was allowed to make a public appearance at a Catholic school when Catholic teaching forbids dissident Catholics from being given a positive public forum at Catholic institutions.
According to a document released by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops in the summer of 2004, called “Catholics in Political Life”, “The Catholic community and Catholic institutions should not honor those who act in defiance of our fundamental moral principles. They should not be given awards, honors or platforms which would suggest support for their actions.” (see the document: http://www.usccb.org/bishops/catholicsinpoliticallife.shtml )
I really think there is a problem of coherence here. On the one hand, Dalton claims that he is Catholic and attends mass regularly with his family. On the other hand, he sees no problem in distancing himself from his Catholic faith when it rubs the liberal establishment and the powerful gay clique at Queen’s Park the wrong way.
Well, you can’t have it both ways, Dalton. That is why the Church canonized St. Thomas More, and excommunicated King Henry VIII. One guy was a model of how a Catholic politician should conduct himself while the other guy was…not. One died as the King’s good servant but God’s first. The other died of syphilis.
Suffice it say that over 450 years later, we’re still talking about the same thing: sex and how politicians deal with the consequences of it. There are those politicians who observe God’s laws on sexual activity and those who prefer the Sodom and Gomorah plan.
On July 11, 1533, Pope Clement VII excommunicated Henry VIII. The Church lost England because of it – a whole nation lost to the Catholic faith for centuries. But, with the ongoing auto-demolition of the Anglican Communion over — you guessed it! — (homo) sex, many Anglicans are abandoning the sexual heresy that their religion was founded upon, and returning back into the bosom of the Catholic Church who alone has stood up for two millenia and defended both the marriage bond and the integrity of the sexual act in toto.
Not only do we need to lift up and extol the merits of St. Thomas More as a model of Christian perservence in our day, we also need to appreciate how the Catholic hierarchy back then reacted. There was of course, St. John Fisher, the Bishop of Rochester. And, of course, there was…well…er…that was it. The rest of the English hierarchy folded like a cheap deck of cards and towed King Henry’s adultery and new religion. It’s not exactly the same today, of course. The situation is rather different, but not totally unfamiliar. We have one or two lay leaders sticking their necks out and one or two bishops. The rest are like quiet sheep.
But before Henry died of syphilis, he was officially cut off from the Church – a Church that was not afraid to cut off the cancer before the whole body was infected. We should be commemorating every July 11 as a day the Church stood up and recognized that a sexual despot would not make a mockery of marriage and the church’s teaching on sex.
Dalton McGuinty and the rest of the so-called Catholic politicians are like kids without any boundaries and without any discipline being exacted upon them whatsoever. They are allowed to malign and ignore – with total impunity – all Catholic teaching without one scintilla of discipline being applied from our bishops. It is a scandal of epic proportions, and one in which a heavy accounting will one day have to be made.
Where are our spiritual fathers in the faith? No where to be seen. What are they afraid of? Losing charitable tax status? Being hauled before our human rights star chambers?
The cross, perhaps?
This is scandalous and wrong. The bishops need to step up and start to lead, instead of going stone silent when justice calls out for swift and severe action – action that is consumerate with the scandal that our holy faith is continually subject to on a daily basis. If this was not actually happening in our Church today, one would otherwise think that this was an act from Monty Python it is so patently absurd.
Four years ago, I lambasted McGuinty for his two-faced show of religiousity. You can hear it here.
That was my contribution to waking up Dalton and the rest of the Catholic political dolts out there.
While we Catholic laymen must do our part in this culture war, the Bishops need to do their part and take their roles as fathers seriously. In light of the spiritual crisis and lack of spiritual leadership in the episocpacy across the western world today, “a fatherless society” is an appropriate description.