Daily Archives: March 25, 2009

Truly non-partisan, truly Catholic organizations

Liberal groups like “Catholics United” try to call themselves “non-partisan,” and “authentically” Catholic.

But, other than Human Life International and American Life League, are there any major national organizations that are *truly* non-partisan, willing to criticize Catholics on both sides of the aisle? (As recently they criticized the traitorous Sen. Sam Brownback)

Are there any major national organizations besides these two which oppose artificial contraception?

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The Catholic Church does not oppose the death penalty

Assuming that the guilty party’s identity and responsibility have been fully determined, the traditional teaching of the Church does not exclude recourse to the death penalty, if this is the only possible way of effectively defending human lives against the unjust aggressor.
If, however, non-lethal means are sufficient to defend and protect people’s safety from the aggressor, authority will limit
itself to such means, as these are more in keeping with the concrete conditions of the common good and more in conformity to the dignity of the human person.
Today, in fact, as a consequence of the possibilities which the state has for effectively preventing crime, by rendering one who has committed an offense incapable of doing harm – without definitely taking away from him the possibility of redeeming himself – the cases in which the execution of the offender is an absolute necessity “are very rare, if not practically nonexistent.”68

Catechism of the Catholic Church, Second Edition 2267

Truly non-partisan, truly Catholic organizations

Liberal groups like “Catholics United” try to call themselves “non-partisan,” and “authentically” Catholic.

But, other than Human Life International and American Life League, are there any major national organizations that are *truly* non-partisan, willing to criticize Catholics on both sides of the aisle? (As recently they criticized the traitorous Sen. Sam Brownback)

Are there any major national organizations besides these two which oppose artificial contraception?

A few weeks ago, I laid down a gauntlet for Comrade Chris Korzen, president of the liberation theology, “seamless garment” liberal group “Catholics United,” about his group’s support for pro-contraception, pro-abortion former Catholic Kathleen Sebelius, inspite of her obvious personal use of contraception and public support thereof. I posted comments here and e-mailed them to Korzen directly.

Korzen has yet to respond.

However, someone named James has kindly posted a response to my comment below, and has insisted that Catholics United’s “non-partisanship” is indicated by their endorsement of both pro-choice “Catholic” Michael Steele as GOP chairman and of pro-choice “Catholic” Tim Kaine as DNC chairman. Despite an attempted “clarification,” Steele, by his political choices and statements, has made it clear that he shares the “pro-choice” position of Antonin Scalia and Ron Paul: that Natural Law does not hold superiority over civil law, and that the “question” of abortion should be left up to the States.

I *do* think that the obligation of making abortion illegal should be managed at the state, rather than federal, level, but it is not a “question” for the states to “decide”; it is a principle of Natural Law that the states are obligated to outlaw.

In any case, it shocks me to learn that Time Kaine has gotten so far in politics. It is amazing how far Demonocrats from both Virginia and South Carolina get in national politics. Republicans like George Allen and Mark Sanford get their names batted around a lot, but never get the appointments or win the national offices. But the Democrats seem to go far.

When Kaine first ran for governor in 2005, he ran against Jerry Kilgore, a true pro-family, subsidiarist politician who had been attorney general. When Kilgore originally became attorney general, he established very family friendly policies at his office, including allowing nursing moms to bring their babies to the office and allowing parents to bring their kids to the office in emergencies. He lost some support from pro-lifers due to ambiguous comments on abortion and extremist comments on the death penalty.

Meanwhile, one of Kaine’s first actions as governor, discussed previously on this blog but given little attention in the “Catholic” blogsphere, was pardoning Virginia’s only convicted witch, a woman who was convicted of witchcraft for ending women’s pregnancies and causing women to be sterile–two of the offenses which, biblically, were the real basis of “witchcraft” (potion-making). Many Catholic and radical feminist researchers have made this connection between “witches” being the predecessors of Planned Parenthood.

Among his other “Catholic” actions was mandating the HPV Vaccine, a vaccine which encourages fornication.

He refused to sign a defense of marriage act, saying he “personally believes” in traditional marriage.

Can anyone name something Kaine has done that actually exemplifies Catholic values?

Bishop John D’Arcy of Fort Wayne-South Bend will not attend Notre Dame graduation

For the first time in his 25 years as bishop.

The Pigeon’s Cry of David

Episode two of Kings, “Prosperity,” while not directly related to any specific biblical story I can discern, is in many ways more powerful than the pilot. It’s all about signs, and how we can discern God’s will. In addition to its Bible-based characters, the show makes up its cast with a number of archetypal supporting characters.

There is the Shakespearian archetype of the bumbling, comedy relief guards. In the episode, the palace has become infested by pigeons: an omen/plague on the doomed house of Silas. The guards in this episode go through a comic series of attempts to get rid of the pigeons, resulting in a key providential move in the climax.

There is also the soap opera archetype of the powerful siblings: in this case, Silas’s wife, and her brother in law (who is the arms dealer who finances Silas’ administration). While Saul had a wife, she certainly wasn’t the figure this woman is, and the brother/arms dealer is totally out of the writers’ imaginations.

But the writers have inserted another plot element that’s not from the Bible, as far as I can tell. I read a rabbinical biography of Michal, and while it includes much from the midrashes, it doesn’t mention this detail.

In the show, Silas, trying to find a way to keep David and Michelle apart, reminds Michelle of a vow she took, which he witnessed, suggesting that she probably hasn’t told David of it, and that–if she doesn’t, he will. Next time they see each other, she avoids David, and he thinks she’s no longer interested in him.

What vow is that?

According to Numbers 30:4-9, if a woman makes a vow before marriage, her father has to witness it and approve it. Her husband has to speak up right away in order for the vow to remain valid after marriage (although both father and husband have the right to annul the vow the first time around). Now, the passage regarding women only refers to a vow, implies that women’s pledges are “rash,” and has been traditionally used to deny women’s rights in Western tradition.

However, verse 30:3 refers specifically to a man taking a vow of abstinence, so there is reason to think that the subsequent verses apply to women’s vows of abstinence, as well. Some Catholic apologists use this as legal precedent for vows of virginity–and continent marriages–in the Jewish tradition prior to the Holy Family.

It would be interesting if that is the vow implied in the conversation between Silas and Michelle.

Anyway, to the title of the post. The episode contains a bit of an oblique (and surely completely unintentional) reference to St. Patrick. The Lorica is also known as the “deer’s cry,” because St. Patrick composed the prayer when he became aware of an assassination plot against him. He was saying the prayer just as the assassin was aiming his arrow. A deer jumped out of the woods and got in the way of the arrow.

Well, in the show, there’s a scene where a pigeon takes the role of the deer. Again, that is so obscure and coincidental that I’m sure the writers had no clue, but it works for me. 🙂