Saturday, October 18, 2008

USCCB Errors On Faithful Citizenship

In my parish bulletin this week was a copy of the document "The Challenge of Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship". In large part it is well formed; But, contains fatal or near-fatal errors as to history, scripture, logic and development---Especially as to too many bishop's failure to demonstrate courage in maintaining sound principles and instruction as outlined below.

LACK OF COURAGE: If the bishops (And other clergy) were truly supporting the rights of the Church to speak out on moral issues as to elections and candidates, they should directly indicate that supporting any Party or voting for any candidate which supports abortion-upon-demand, partial birth abortions, the unnecessary killing of embryos for "research" (A process which has NOT yielded medical treatment of value) and euthanasia have self-excommunicated themselves. Any such offending Party and candidates should and must be identified by name-From the pulpit and in Church newspapers.

THE DEATH PENALTY: Opposition to the death penalty is NOT based on the scriptures or Natural Law. In fact, St. Paul approved of the State's use of the sword to enforce civil laws AND the Church itself, when it ruled the Vatican States, applied the death penalty (Sometimes by beating the offender to death) against murderers, rapists and other such creatures as a mode of defending the People of God against such offenders.
Such offenders voluntarily give up any "rights to life" with which they were born and subject themselves to the death penalty after due process legal proceedings and acts of self-defense (Please see below) by threatened victims.
The choice of what penalties to inflict on such offenders (Including, for example, rapists and traitors) is something which "belongs to Caesar", now being the People in democratic nations.)

JUST WARS: The bishops failed to define what is a "just war". Such wars are well known in our histories; Among which are the Crusades which opposed the banditry, genocide, rape, retail murder and theft of nations and peoples by the followers of that False Prophet Mohammed, drove those criminals out of Iberia, Sicily, the Balkans, Greece AND stopped their campaigns of terror and crime at such places as the Polish-Lithuania Commonwealth, Tours, Lepanto and, on a much better "9/11" the Gates-Of-Vienna.. I might add the Civil War in the USA which led to the abolition of slavery and, of course, the "Crusade In Europe" against the Nazis. The removal of the genocidal leader of Iraq was also a matter of justice.

SELF DEFENSE: The bishops have again failed to note, declare and maintain the Natural Right to self-defense against criminal acts which threaten innocent life or even the means to maintain bodily integrity (eg Against rapists) or the means to life (eg Against those who use force to rob the earnings of honest workers).
More exactly, those bishops have failed to support the rights of the innocent to the means to enforce such protections against criminal attacks by instant-and-effective actions of the State OR access to such weapons as will allow them to do so themselves.
It does the Church little credit to, for example, send food and medical supplies to the Darfur region of the Sudan when the State supported Jihadi murder, rape and abuse those there so they cannot benefit from such gifts.

CORRECTIONS NEEDED: The USCBB should and must correct its various errors in this matter and that at the soonest date.

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