On July 24th 2016, Hillary Clinton’s newly chosen running mate Tim Kaine attended Mass at his home parish St Elizabeth’s in Richmond, Va. Kaine was asked to sing in the choir, and honored to perform a solo during the communion hymn.
Kaine’s pastor Fr Jim Arsenault had this to say about his famous parishioner as potential Vice President under Hilary Clinton:
I think Tim would be…almost too honest for politics because he’s so straightforward…And he really extends a hand to help people and is very compassionate… I think he’d be concerned about that all lives matter…And he is a bridge-builder among races and communities.
Tim Kaine’s position on abortion? From National Review:
As a senator, he has received perfect, 100 percent scores from both Planned Parenthood and the NARAL… Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards said she was “very enthusiastic” about Kaine’s selection. Some political observers are already hypothesizing that he might move even further to the left and embrace taxpayer funding of abortion to align more closely with Clinton on the issue.
Passive Complicity in Nazi Germany
On the night of November 9, 1938, all across Hitler’s Germany violence and terror were unleashed upon the Jewish people. Over a 48 hour period, more than 250 synagogues were burned, over 7,000 Jewish businesses were destroyed, and many Jews murdered…while community police and rescue workers did nothing to stop the carnage by Hitler’s thugs. ¹
“The pogroms became known as Kristallnacht, the Night of Broken Glass, for the shattered glass from the store windows that littered the streets.” Shortly after Kristallnacht 30,000 German Jews were rounded up and sent to concentration camps. ² The systematic terror and genocide against the Jewish people was underway.
The Nazi’s were masterful at the art of propaganda. Considerable groundwork was laid in the years leading up to Kristallnacht to create the conditions for the passive complicity evident in the police and firefighters who did nothing as Jews and their businesses were attacked. Nazi propagandists prepared the German people for the Holocaust in a relentless campaign to dehumanize the Jewish person. Jews were labeled a disease or parasites; Hitler talked of the Jewish bacilli. Extracting and destroying this threat to the German nation was a necessary, noble and patriotic act.
The silence of the German Christian churches is a tragic and shameful chapter in the history of this period. Victoria J. Barnett is a writer and scholar whose work examines the role of Christian Churches during the Holocaust. Barnet writes:
Churches throughout Europe were mostly silent while Jews were persecuted, deported and murdered…Church leaders…wanted to avoid any conflict with the Nazi regime… There was little desire on the part of the Churches for self-sacrifice or heroism, and much emphasis on “pragmatic” and “strategic” measures that would supposedly protect these institutions’ autonomy in the Third Reich. Public institutional circumspection carried to the point of near numbness…the Churches failed to develop adequate moral and political responses to Nazi genocide…they knew what was happening.
From Broken Glass to Broken Babies
The Pro abortion propaganda specialists, like their Nazi predecessors, understood the need to manipulate language to dehumanize those designated for death.
Terms pro abortion strategists developed to describe the unborn child:
– Products of conception
– Blob of tissue
– The fetus as part of the woman’s body and (echoing Nazi racial propaganda against the Jews) describing the relationship of mother and baby as that of parasite and host
In Nazi Germany, once the Jews were sufficiently dehumanized, they were subject to all manner of abuse, mistreatment and murder as well as inhumane and tortuous medical experiments.
Fast forward to the United States 2016.
From the same publicly funded organization that enthusiastically endorses Tim Kaine, Planned Parenthood abortion doctor Deborah Nucatola casually shares over lunch the market for aborted unborn baby organs:
“I’d say a lot of people want liver. And for that reason, most providers will do this case under ultrasound guidance, so they’ll know where they’re putting their forceps. The kind of rate-limiting step of the procedure is calvarium. Calvarium—the head—is basically the biggest part.” Nucatola explains, “We’ve been very good at getting heart, lung, liver, because we know that, so I’m not gonna crush that part, I’m gonna basically crush below, I’m gonna crush above, and I’m gonna see if I can get it all intact.” (LifeNews)
Fr Jim Arsenault of St Elizabeth’s:
The church has a teaching with regard to we’re pro-life, and we believe in that seamless garment of life. We respect sometimes lawmakers make difficult decisions.
The current high visibility of Tim Kaine and his pastor in the media shine an especially bright light upon the complicity of Catholics and all Christians to the death of innocent unborn children. Fr Arsenault hides behind the seamless garment of life to avoid holding parishioner Kaine accountable for his public support of Roe V Wade and promotion of legislation and laws that lead to the death of unborn children. The legitimacy of the seamless garment that promotes the dignity of human life from womb to natural death – rests on the cornerstone foundation of all human rights – the right to be born.
But to be fair, many of us share in various ways the same blindness, passivity and complicity in the genocide against unborn children as well as other sins against justice and charity (Matthew 25: 31-46.) When history and God judges our nation in light of the death of nearly 60 million unborn boys and girls in the womb since 1973, that judgment will not fall on one Senator, one presidential candidate and one election. The collective guilt and the blood of these innocent children is upon us all.
With that said, in this Year of Mercy it is not too late to repent and turn away from this darkness. There is still time for the Church, and all believers and people of good will to send a clear message to both political parties this November:
– It is time to end our passivity and complicity in this our national tragedy of abortion.
– We will no longer tolerate the destruction of innocent unborn children.
– The seamless garment of life from womb to natural death rests on the cornerstone foundation of all human rights…the right to be born.
– We will hold our public officials accountable for how they legislate and vote on this foundational human rights issue.
– We will vote accordingly in November.
From the Catechism of the Catholic Church:
- Human life must be respected and protected absolutely from the moment of conception. From the first moment of his existence, a human being must be recognized as having the rights of a person – among which is the inviolable right of every innocent being to life.
- Formal cooperation in an abortion constitutes a grave offense.
- The inalienable right to life of every innocent human individual is a constitutive element of a civil society and its legislation: (Sections 2270, 2272, 2273.)
- The Night of Broken Glass. www.ushmm.org