Bp. Jenky wrote:
Today, Catholic politicians, bureaucrats, and their electoral supporters who callously enable the destruction of innocent human life in the womb also thereby reject Jesus as their Lord,” Jenky added. “They are objectively guilty of grave sin.
Can any serious Christian (one who holds to the moral tradition) argue with his words? I don’t think so. I’m sure we will hear a chorus of complaints, some from within the Catholic Church about his statement (it is radical after all) but most of objectors won’t have a clue about moral theology, especially how the safeguards against human barbarity, particularly those that begin with the logic the some people are more valuable than others, must reference something higher than man himself. Relative value of human beings certainly is the ideological pedigree of the abortion movement and the industry that is spawned given its origins in the eugenics movement in the early part of the last century. It has no room for God. If it did, the moral and intellectual bankruptcy of the thinking could not be hid.
If, say, an Orthodox bishop said the same thing, would we probably object. We Orthodox fancy see ourselves as less rigid in some ways (and we are), but sometimes that fluidity just hides a breakdown of serious thought (see: A patriarch who ‘generally speaking, respects human life’ for example) or moral cowardice, both of which end up affirming the ideologies that war against human value and exceptionalism. The objection then, if we have one, probably has more to do with out discomfort that Bp. Jenky is direct and uncompromising rather than anything substantive.
So as I consider Bp. Jenky’s words, I conclude he is right. What do you think?
Source: McClatchy | Manya A. Brachear | Chicago Tribune
CHICAGO — Joining the chorus of Roman Catholic clergy in Illinois criticizing President Barack Obama before next week’s election, Peoria Bishop Daniel Jenky ordered priests to read a letter to parishioners on Sunday before the presidential election, explaining that politicians who support abortion rights also reject Jesus.
“By virtue of your vow of obedience to me as your Bishop, I require that this letter be personally read by each celebrating priest at each Weekend Mass,” Jenky wrote in a letter circulated to clergy in the Catholic Diocese of Peoria.
In the letter, Jenky cautions parishioners that Obama and a majority of U.S. senators will not reconsider the mandate that would require employers, including religious groups, to provide free birth control coverage in their health care plans. “This assault upon our religious freedom is simply without precedent in the American political and legal system,” Jenky wrote.
“Today, Catholic politicians, bureaucrats, and their electoral supporters who callously enable the destruction of innocent human life in the womb also thereby reject Jesus as their Lord,” Jenky added. “They are objectively guilty of grave sin.”
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