Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Can one be anti-life AND a "practicing" Catholic?

What does it mean to be a "practicing Catholic", as some public persons describe themselves? Does it mean that one fills the pew and goes forward for Holy Communion on Sundays irrespective of one's dissent from Catholic Faith and morals? Does it mean that one uses the words "ardent and practicing" to describe one's faith when interviewed on television but then go on to obfuscate the truth in order justify the intentional taking of innocent human life? How about an unborn child's "right to choose"? By what means have we decided that the child does not want life?

The Catholic Faith is not defined only by one's external conformity to the Commandments. Must the Faith not also be an internal assent of intellect and will to God and His teachings? Must not love of God, who creates all life, indeed be in the heart and knowledge of God, who creates all life, be in the mind of one who self-describes as a "practicing" Catholic Christian?

The time has come to make clear that those who are anti-life cannot with honesty describe themselves as "practicing Catholics" as well as urging them to abstain from Holy Communion as Archbishop Chaput recommends.

"This people honors me with their lips, but their heart is far from me."
-- Matthew 15:8

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