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Sunday, July 25, 2010

FATHER CORAPI, RELATIVISM AND ABORTION - THE END OF TRUTH AND AMERICA

If only all of our priests and preachers would speak as plainly!

"...As Abraham Lincoln asserted, "If destruction be our lot, we must ourselves be its author and finisher. As a nation of freemen, we must live through all time, or die by suicide."

We are dying by suicide, moral and spiritual suicide, and the moral demise of a nation almost always precedes the ultimate demise of a nation.

Many of our leaders, political and legal, are reminiscent of the horrid witches in Act 1 Scene 1 of Shakespeare's "Macbeth," chanting shrilly to a morally sick public all too eager to be confirmed in their sins, "Fair is foul, and foul is fair: Hover through the fog and filthy air."

Good is evil, and evil is good. The truth is a lie and lies are the truth, hover through the fog of moral relativism and the filthy air of a world gone mad with the madness of sin. The words of the prophet thunder through the ages, "Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness" (Isaiah 5:20).

We have inverted the poles of the moral power grid. We have begun to call the negative pole the positive, and the positive the negative. This inversion of reality begets disaster: The power fails, the lights go out, darkness falls-and indeed, if your light is darkness, how deep, how very deep will the darkness be! (cf. Mt 6:23).

This death wish has marched toward its logical and inexorable conclusion with little opposition from leaders - political, legal, or religious. The world knows the Catholic Church and any self-respecting and faithful Christian roundly reject abortion and all of the other nails in the coffin of contemporary society, but the defense of life has been weak. Weak leadership, whether in society in general, or in the Church in particular, is punishment for sin.

The Old Covenant has examples enough of the Chosen People being turned over to exile and their enemies because of infidelity. They lamented, "We have no priest, prophet, or king." These were taken away because of infidelity. In recent times large numbers of Catholics and other Christians rejected Pope Paul VI's landmark and prophetic encyclical Humanae Vitae, on Human Life. A majority of the bishops of Canada did so publicly, formally, and in writing with their infamous Winnipeg Statement.

The great Archbishop Fulton Sheen lamented bitterly in the 1970s that the prophetic spirit of Christ had all but been extinguished in the contemporary Church. Today there are many CEOs, all too few Apostles. Are we afraid of a fight? Do we fear rejection, misunderstanding, or derision? Are we cowed and intimidated by fallacious notions of the separation of Church and state? Could we be afraid of persecution? Could we be afraid of losing our tax-exempt status? Have we declared d├ętente with evil?

The clock is ticking. Midnight is approaching. Time is running out for our nation, a nation that once was great, and could be great again if enough of us wake up and renounce this curse of a death wish. Will God turn his friends over to His enemies as He has done multiple times in the past?

Will radical Islam overrun us? Will the planet cook? Will one too many natural disasters grind us into dust? Will we collapse economically? All of the above? Perhaps these are all merely effects of the underlying cause - a death wish that chokes the life out of us.

In the end it is likely that President Abraham Lincoln had it right: "Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self-sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to the God that made us." Thus forgetting that we are one nation under God, we become a nation gone under (President Ronald Reagan). And, indeed, "If destruction be our lot we ourselves will be its author and finisher. As a nation of freemen we must live through all time, or die by suicide."

May God grant us the grace to awake from this deadly moral slumber, renounce the death wish, and live like truly free men and women - in the glorious freedom of the children of God."
Catholic.org

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1 comment:

  1. My comment:

    http://commentarius-ioannis.blogspot.com/2010/07/guest-opinion-fr-corapi-on-america.html

    Keep it up, Catawissa - never stop!

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