By Kevin Burke, LSW
“For all that is secret will eventually be brought into the open, and everything that is concealed will be brought to light and made known to all.” – Jesus Christ (Luke 8:17)
Apparently too many of our Catholic Clergy have decided to “conceal what has been brought to light.”
Looking at the Democratic Party presidential candidate surveys and platform for 2020, the NY Times declares:
On Abortion Rights, 2020 Democrats Move Past ‘Safe, Legal and Rare’
The Times looks at what a Democrat controlled White House and Congress will mean for children in the womb:
- No restrictions on abortions late in pregnancy when the child may be viable and can surely feel pain.
- The president and congress will move to codify Roe v. Wade in federal law
What does this mean?
Codifying Roe V. Wade in federal law would mean passing legislation in Congress that guarantees unrestricted access and promotion of abortion in all 50 states – through all nine months of pregnancy and for infants born alive in botched abortions – even if Roe V Wade is overturned.
In addition, the Democratic Party and Joe Biden will repeal the Hyde Amendment, providing tax payer funded abortion services to the poor, and remove any funding restrictions for organizations that provide abortion referrals.
They will only nominate judges who support abortion rights – a new and radical shift in stated policy. Dangerous Abortion pills will be available over the counter.
And the response from Church leaders too often is …crickets.
We may hear some milquetoast message in the October about our civic duty to vote. In the prayer petitions after the sermon, we might hear a generalized sentiment to pray for our elected leaders “that they support life from conception to natural death.”
But let’s be honest.
Well meaning, but in effect, spiritual white noise.
Good Silence / Bad Silence
Prayerful silence and contemplation can cultivate ongoing conversion, humility and a heart open to hear the will of God for our lives. It is essential for God to work effectively through us in our vocations.
But the silence is not an end in itself.
The Holy Spirit strengthens and empowers us in our times of contemplation and prayer so we can live out and proclaim the Good News of God’s kingdom; with charity and humility, but with force and clarity.
The Silence of our leaders, is of a different kind.
It is a silence that may reveal an accommodation with the spirit of this age; making peace with the secularization of society and the inevitability of same sex marriage, ongoing sexual revolution, and abortion remaining “safe and legal.”
This silence can also be rooted in fear.
“I’m afraid to anger my parishioners; my clergy and laity. Controversy makes me uncomfortable; I want to be liked and affirmed; I’m a career bureaucrat and not interested in making waves and rocking the boat.”
This can be a struggle for all of us in our vocations – I am not above such weakness.
But Priests, Deacons and especially Bishops have a grave responsibility, by nature of their vocations, to forcefully confront a clear and present evil that not only destroys millions of innocent children, but threatens the eternal salvation of all who participate in their death.
But maybe they don’t really believe that.
The years of silence from the pulpit, mixed messaging, and failure to publically discipline the scandal of Catholic pro-abortion politicians like Joe Biden, has over time emboldened the abortion position of the Democratic Party.
Imagine if the Catholic Church sent a clear message to her people and to the Democratic Party years ago that to vote for a pro-abortion candidate was a grave cooperation with evil and a mortal sin. Democrats would have been forced to make room for a strong prolife position within the party, or lose Catholic votes.
Tragically, the message the church communicates is this:
While officially anti-abortion, when push comes to shove, it’s not a hill most Bishops want to die on. You can continue to support abortion and be a Catholic in good standing.
It doesn’t have to be said…it’s understood.
The Toxic Fruit of years of silent accommodation
The NY Times declares that Catholic Joseph R. Biden is now recasting himself as a full-throated champion of abortion rights.
Given the agenda of the Democratic Party outlined above, this is a public scandal, “now brought to light,” that requires forceful and clear calls for repentance and conversion.
How can this not move our leaders to inform Catholics that voting for radically pro-abortion candidates for president and congress is a grave evil, and serious cooperation in sin?
The failure of Bishops to publicly denounce and call to repentance and conversion those politicians who persist in advocating for the radical abortion agenda of the Democratic party – given the human carnage and souls threatened with eternal separation from God – may be greatest scandal in the history of the Church.
Tucker Carlson talks here about the likely future with a Democratic controlled White House and congress. Expanding voting rights to illegal immigrants and statehood for Washington D.C. could mean years of a one party totalitarian state run by those who want the whole nation to look like the people’s republic of Seattle:
Let’s pray for our religious leaders and encourage them to act…before it’s too late.
“Laws which legitimize the direct killing of innocent human beings through abortion or euthanasia are in complete opposition to the inviolable right to life proper to every individual; they thus deny the equality of everyone before the law.” Saint John Paul II, Evangelium Vitae