Thursday, February 12, 2009
Catholic Conservative vs Catholic Liberal
What does it say about how wrong the Catholic "left" is when even an Orthodox Rabbi comments on how the liberalism and progressivism of the last 40 years have hurt not only the Catholic Church in the U.S, but around the world and has bled into other religions as well.
LifeSiteNews.com Story Here
What I find interesting is that in my experience and observation of family and friends that are not Catholic; either former Catholic, non-denominational (indecisive) Christian, or Protestants from Baptists to Pentecostal, and even some self-proclaimed atheists and agnostics, and the same left-wing liberal Catholics that defy the Magisterium is that even though many of them are devout politically conservative, they seem to be spiritually very liberal.
CONSERVATIVE IN OBEDIENCE, LIBERAL IN APPLICATION. We are commanded, not requested, not suggested, but COMMANDED to Love the Lord God with all our hearts, all our souls, all our minds and all our might. And we are also COMMANDED to Love our neighbors (enemies included) as ourselves. We are commanded to love liberally but in order to do so, we must be obedient to God. It is only through that strict obedience to God can Love come to fruition.
I find it amusing and somewhat sad that these same people are so quick to understand the need for and requirement to heed and obey the laws of man, yet they show complete selfishness and disregard for the laws of God, the Catholic Church or any church for that matter. They show in themselves such a disbelief in the authority of the Magisterium, Apostolic succession and look upon the Catechism as teachings of mere men with no input from the Holy Spirit.
Well by that same flawed logic you could then say that the entire Bible was merely written by men with no input from the Holy Spirit and we know that to be completely and utterly false! You cannot rightfully claim that the Sacred Scriptures of the Holy Bible is the very Word of God without also acknowledging that the Sacred Traditions and teachings of the Catholic Church through her Catechism are also from God inspired by that same Holy Spirit! What then, I ask, is the difference between a liberal pro-abortion Catholic and a Protestant in their defiance of the Magisterium? (No offense to pro-life Protestants!)
For the past 40 years, the leaders of the Catholic Church in the US have figuratively broken their vows of chastity by climbing into bed with politicians, the Democratic Party and other organizations whose values are contrary to Catholic and Christian values and the teachings of the Church. Now that those same politicians, parties and organizations have aligned themselves with liberal and progressive ideologies they are attempting to play both sides of the fence in an attempt to bring the Church down to their level to justify their wrongful actions and beliefs regarding such non-negotiable issues such as abortion, homosexual marriage, embryonic stem-cell research and human cloning.
While I understand that the Catholic Church's ministry is to the least of our brethren, how did that ever come to only mean "Democrat"? And to what end especially now in the light that the Democratic party has changed so much from it's original course that it would take those same liberal Democrat Catholics with it damaging not only our Catholic Church, but other faiths around the world?
For the life of me, I cannot understand how today a Catholic can claim to be a liberal or even a Democrat as of late, without spitting in the face of the Magisterium and, subsequently as a Catholic, in the face of God. I can understand that to a small degree coming from Protestants as they already reject that authority.
The fact is the further from moral center the Democratic party, liberals and progressives throw themselves, the greater will be their difference and opposition to the Catholic Church. As long as we remain steadfast to Sacred Scripture, Sacred Tradition and the Magisterium (the teaching authority of the Catholic Church; the Pope and the bishops), the volume and frequency of their petitions against us are testament to both our loyalty and to how far they've flung themselves from God. To be a Catholic means to accept the full teachings of the Bible AND Sacred Tradition AND the Magisterium. Best two out of three doesn't count and you can't pick through the Catechism and only obey the teachings you like any more than you can do the same with the Bible. As much as some might want to disagree, it's all or nothing. ALL your heart, ALL your soul, ALL your mind and ALL your might. Not just a selective little bit every now and again when it's personally convenient or fits your lifestyle. ALL OR NOTHING.
As St. Augustine reminds us;
I ask you this, what lies at the end of a road that in the name of liberalism or progressiveness takes you further away from God? Our beloved Catholic Church will stand against the very gates of hell and it's the liberals and progressives that are trying to push her there!
We must stay the course and remain steadfast against such things with no regard to the whims of societal fashion and selfish arrogance of man, for it is not at man's pleasure we exist, but God's!
Where has this all taken us as a nation and a society?
More importantly, how do we get back?