The CNN religion blog has posed this question in reference to Dorothy Day, whose cause is being considered for sainthood. Apparently, in her younger years, Dorothy was not yet Catholic and led a life she later regretted. That included having an abortion.
The writer of the blog answered his question by stating that he believes that not only can someone become a saint who has had a sinful past, but that in Dorothy Day’s case, she will be accepted by the faithful because most Catholic’s either support abortion outright, or do not consider it to be a sin. Wow.
I think that his first question, can someone be a saint who was a big sinner before their conversion, has been answered many times by the Church in the past. One only needs to look to St. Paul (murder), St. Augustine (debauchery), and Bl. Bartolo Longo (Satanism) as just a few examples of big sinner to saint stories, and there are many more.
Troubling though, is the writers conclusion as to why Dorothy Day will be accepted by the faithful as a worthy saint. Do a majority of Catholic’s really believe that abortion okay? That abortion is not a sin? If that is true, or even if just 40% or 10% even think that is the case, that is deeply troubling.
The Philippine President, Benigno Aquino III, is backing a bill that would require the government to provide information on family planning methods, make contraceptives available free of charge and introduce reproductive health and sexuality classes in schools.
The President is also tempting the Church to excommunicate him:
President Benigno Aquino III, still widely popular a year after a landslide election victory, has backed artificial birth control and said last month he was ready to face the consequences and, if necessary, risk excommunication.
“I have been taught in school, which was a Catholic institution, that the final arbiter really is our conscience,” Mr Aquino told reporters yesterday.
Unfortunately for Mr. Aqunio, he did not listen very well in religion class. The Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1776-1802, summarizes the Catholic Church’s teaching about the Formation of Conscience. Whereas Mr. Aquino is correct in asserting that the “person” is the final arbiter for the “person”, God always will have the final say whether our action/decision, was in accordance to His will.
Further, as stated in CC1789, “One may never do evil so that good may result from it”. Contraception is an evil on par with abortion. The prevention of human life through barriers is not only destructive for human developement, but also to the relationship of husband and wife. (Please see Pope Paul VI Humane Vitae)
Let us hope that the people of the Philippine’s have had a better Catholic education then their President. Let’s further hope that politicians like Manny Pacquiao, will continue to fight against this bill and to further educate the people about the evils’ of contraception and the Culture of Death.
Here is a great article on a “proper” response from Catholic’s to the killing of Osama Bin Laden. I know when I was watching the news last night with my wife and oldest son, I was embarrassed at the reactions from the crowds in front of the White House. Violence and death is never to be cheered; it is always a loss for humanity.
Also the Vatican spokesman made a great statement as well. He stated:
“Osama bin Laden, as we all know, bore the most serious responsibility for spreading divisions and hatred among populations, causing the deaths of innumerable people, and manipulating religions to this end,” Father Lombardi said.
“In the face of a man’s death, a Christian never rejoices, but reflects on the serious responsibilities of each person before God and before men, and hopes and works so that every event may be the occasion for the further growth of peace and not of hatred,” the spokesman said.
Everyone please check go this site and watch this video. It is awesome finally to hear a voice that speaks truth in the hallowed halls of Congress. Also, check out the blog while you are there as well. There is a lot of good information and the author of the blog is a pro-life warrior.
Happy Feast of St. Monica! Here is a link to a great article about St. Monica and power and necessity of prayer. Enjoy.
Recently, there has been a lot of discussion in the press and certainly in the pews, about whether one politician or another should call themselves Catholic based upon their public support for abortion.
In article written by Patrice Fagnant-MacArthur, entitled Time to End the Catholic Wars, she posits that there is room in Catholic Church for all, and that there will always be differences of opinion. She lists issues such as the environment, social justice, whether Vatican II was a good idea, whether Natural Family Planning is wrong, and whether you send your children to Catholic schools, as some of the issues that divide Catholic’s into groups.
I do agree that some people in the Church may disagree about those topics and still remain faithful Catholics, however I do disagree with her premise that you may consider yourself Catholic, and still disagree with the Magisterium of the Church. That is where the line is drawn in order to be Catholic. If you cannot follow the teachings of the Magisterium of the Church, then you cease being a member of the Church, whether you consider yourself to be a member in good standing or not.
Catholics in public life who outwardly oppose the teachings of the Church and the Magisterium, should be disciplined by the local ordinary. That is a good way Catholics who are not in the public eye will see how their own views may conflict with Church teachings and have the opportunity to reflect on why the Church teaches as it does and possibly come into the fold of the Church. Leaving the public Catholics to continue with their public opposition to Church teachings without retribution is damaging the flock now and in the future.
So what is a real Catholic? One that follows and assents to all of the teachings and obligations of the Catholic Church. What is so hard about that?