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The Silence of Our Bishops

 

The undercover Planned Parenthood videos recorded by the Center for Medical Progress (CMP) provide a phenomenal opportunity for our bishops to accelerate the end of abortion in our country: yet, for the most part our bishops are ignoring all of it. There is tremendous coverage on the Internet as well as newspapers, social media and TV channels which do not promote abortion. With few exceptions, our bishops are not using these videos to defend preborn humans and to prevent the heartbreak and regret of the women and men who participate in this holocaust.

There are many Catholics on the frontlines fighting against abortion. This includes not only those unsung heroes of CMP, but Father Pavone of Priests for Life, Lila Rose of Live Action, Jack Ames of Defend Life,  the directors of Human Life International, Operation Rescue, Life Site news, and many, many others who have been speaking out against the abortion industry for years and on a regular basis. In addition, thousands of devoted sidewalk counselors and prayer warriors are in front of abortion clinics all over the country. Most are Catholic but included in their ranks are many devoted members of (mostly Evangelical) Protestant churches and even those with no church affiliation.

It is interesting to note that some members of mainline Protestant churches including Episcopalian, Lutheran and Methodist have left their churches over the abortion and sodomite issues and have become Evangelical Christians or Catholics. In a blog by a Protestant, Brian Fisher, President of Online for Life, he states,” When politicians are ahead of the Church on a moral issue, you know we have problems.” He bemoans the fact that churches make excuses for ignoring the very serious problem of abortion. Even having seen the explicit videos from CMP, they ignore them. As he says, “The Churches need to step up, use these videos as an opportunity to educate their congregations, and make enormous headway to cause abortion to become unthinkable and unavailable in our country, now is that time.”

Fisher goes on to say, “The typical excuses used by the Protestant clergy are “Abortion is a political issue. Churches shouldn’t talk about it; however abortion is a spiritual issue. It’s a decision to kill a precious, innocent human being who was created by God in His own image. The Church should be the primary, vocal, consistent, vehement protector and defender of preborn children.” Indeed the Church’s silence regarding the abortion holocaust has contributed to the death of 58 million preborn children in the United State since 1973. The total number of aborted babies in the world is over 1,300,000,000. Reference http://www.numberofabortions.com/.

The excuses of our Catholic Bishops are not much different. They use the excuse of the need to seek “Social Justice” and they think ignoring abortion and working at programs which are used to help the needy and the sick fulfills their obligation and, incidentally, does not endanger their tax-exempt status. Excellent programs, but they ignore the facts stated above. Human beings are being killed by the millions while the Bishops and our clergy are silent or nearly silent. They also ignore the fact that women who choose abortion may suffer from it physically, emotionally and spiritually. Many suffer the remainder of their lives. Eventually, they will realize they have killed a human being. Many men will also come to this inevitable conclusion, and either or both often struggle with substance abuse, divorce, spousal and child abuse, depression, suicide, and for women, even physical illness such as breast cancer and other after-effects. In other words, abortion also deals quite extensively with social justice. Why are the bishops ignoring this terrible tragedy? Why are they so afraid to speak out against it?

An excellent example of our bishop’s attitude is our diocesan paper. The most recent issue was published soon after the release of the seventh undercover video from CMP concerning Planned Parenthood. This video detailed how a Planned Parenthood abortionist removed the brain of a baby whose heart had begun to beat after the abortion. The brain was removed through the face of the baby – a live human being.    

Looking through the diocesan paper, consisting of 12 pages, the word abortion was not mentioned a single time, nor was there any mention of this video or any previous video. There was a half-page article concerning the bishop blessing a new parish kitchen and another half page article of the bishop blessing new apartments to provide affordable housing for families with members in nearby long-term care. Good projects, no doubt, but do they equate to the murder of 200 babies in the US during the time the bishop spent preparing for and blessing these facilities? How can our bishops continue to ignore the abortion holocaust? It is sad to see our politicians demonstrating more faith and courage than our bishops.

Read Proverbs 24:11-12.  Verse 11 basically tells us to rescue those being put to death. Verse 12 teaches us ignorance may not be used as an excuse for failure to save lives, and God will repay each one for our good deeds or lack thereof.

A number of saints and a least one pope have spoken out about how the bishops will be going to Hell due to their lack of good deeds and their moral cowardice.  St. John Chrysostom is reported to have said, “The road to Hell is paved with the bones of priests and monks, and the skulls of bishops are the lamp posts that light the path.”

Now is the time for our clergy to speak from the pulpit about the nature and perils of abortion, protecting the unborn, abortion as it relates to social justice, and the entirety of the gospel. The CMP videos of Planned Parenthood provide an easy method to begin this discussion. The public is now more aware of abortion than ever before. Also now is the time for us to reach out to our pastors, our bishops and our cardinals to spur them into action.  St. Thomas Aquinas has said, “It must be observed, however, that if the faith were endangered, a subject ought to rebuke his prelate even publicly.”  Please contact your clergy and speak out. Nearly 700 babies died world-wide in the time it took you to read this.

 

Jim Fritz



Don't Lock the Stable Door after the Horse is Stolen

 

As a very young boy my father told me about the parable of not locking the stable door. This was after I woke up one morning and found my red Flyer wagon stolen. I had left it outside near the sidewalk the night before. Many people interpret this old proverb in different ways, but I understood what my father meant, “You cannot change the past, but you can learn not to repeat it.”

I wonder if our bishops and other clergy will learn this same thing after waking up and finding the US Supreme Court decision to legalize so-called, “same-sex” marriages for homosexuals. Our Catholic right to a normal and natural marriage has been stolen. The bishops still do not seem to get the message my father gave me many years ago.

Most of our bishops and nearly all of our clergy have been ignoring the propagation of sodomy for many years. In fact, they refuse even to use the term “sodomy” in case it may offend someone.

Our clergy have for the most part ignored the papal encyclical, Humanae Vitae, published in 1968 by Pope Paul VI. Many bishops even went so far as to rally against it. Most Catholics don’t have a clue as to what is in this encyclical. This has resulted in the widespread use of contraception and other evils. The Church should have taught all along that using contraception means rejecting God and his life-giving blessings. The Church should have been teaching contraception is wrong and the use of it will lead to bad consequences.

When spouses violate the teachings of Humanae Vitae they do not act in accord with their innate dignity and thus endanger their own happiness. They treat their bodies as mechanical instruments to be manipulated for their own purposes and learn to treat each other as objects of pleasure. This concept of using the human body solely for pleasure also led to acceptance of homosexuality.

Nearly 50 years of neglecting Humanae Vitae have produced numerous unpleasant consequences. Realizing this has helped us recognize how foolish and dangerous it is to squander that patrimony. Unfortunately, the Church leaders are blaming the Supreme Court instead of their own ignorance and the neglect of their own duties. When have you heard a homily on Natural Family Planning?

Our “Church of Nice” will not say anything negative to or about those suffering from sodomy. Our clergy pretends the issue needed only compassion, not condemnation. We must be nice to everyone. We cannot even use the word ‘’sodomy” as it may offend someone. The sodomites must be called “gay” even though we know they are far from gay and have the highest of suicide rates. In reality we must love them, but with love we must attempt to convince them to change their lifestyle and get back on the road to Heaven, not to Hell. As Father Groeschel once said, “The word ’nice’ is not in the Bible.”

The majority of our clergy are good, saintly priests; however, there have been many who have not protected the sheep. Where are our leaders who should have kept rampant homosexuality out of the seminaries? Instead coddled and protected actively gay men in their own ranks. We see our cardinals leading “gay” parades. We see our clergy covering up pedophilia. We see altars draped in the rainbow flag. We see our Masses being conducted by pedophile priests. And the list goes on and on.

Our USCCB continues to publish a voter’s guide encouraging all Catholics to vote for politicians who will not support our faith and will appoint the liberal, anti-Christian members of the Supreme Court.

Our bishops continue to sell out our Catholic beliefs by sponsoring “Catholic” organizations such as the CCHD and CRS which ignore Catholic teaching in order to accept government money.

The silence in our homilies concerning the sins of contraception and sodomy is deafening.

The reputations of our Catholic Colleges are even worse. Teachers and professors have scandalized students by their teaching and example. The presidents of these colleges, usually Catholic priests or bishops, are noted for inviting speakers notoriously against Catholic principles. Most of these invited speakers support a pro-abortion agenda. In one such incident, the president of the college covered the crucifix during a speech by the most pro-abortion president of the United States.

The most egregious incident occurred at the Notre Dame “Catholic” University a few years ago when a group of pro-life Catholics and Non-Catholics protested an honorary award given to the newly elected most anti-Catholic president ever elected to the United States. The president of the university, a Catholic priest, illegally arrested 88 protestors who were merely walking on the campus. Some were carrying signs. These 88 innocent pro-lifers included two very holy Catholic priests, six Protestant clergy, plus 80 innocent men and women. All of them were handcuffed and put into jail. Some of them, including two women, spent the night in jail.

Poll after poll shows that of all the religions in America, Catholics are the one most accepting of gay marriage. Is it any wonder? Catholics have been led by sodomite-accepting clergy for decades. Also, most of the “orthodox” clergy have said nothing. We have even been told by our clergy we should never criticize our errant bishops.

 Have our bishops learned a lesson from this? What stable door do they next need to lock? In other words, what will the anti-Christians go after next? You can bet it will be an attempt to redefine the First Amendment. What are our bishops going to do to stop this new theft? If St. John Chrysostom was correct when he said the road to Hell is paved with the skulls of bishops, the bishops will do nothing.

The First Amendment says, "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof if..." It applies to every American, in every occupation, of every faith. However, some Congressmen argue that religious liberty is limited to the four walls of a church. You can believe this is the next horse to be stolen. It is doubtful our bishops will do anything.

We must speed up our action to protect religious freedom. News outlets are already urging Washington to strip the tax exemptions from faith-based organizations, schools, and charities. It is doubtful our bishops will do anything. We need faithful people to fight for our religious freedom. We need faithful people to rise up and fight for our faith. We need some saints!

Please do whatever you can to insist our bishops and clergy do what is right in the eyes of God, not man. Tell them to speak out on our true and entire faith. Above all, pray for them. Pray they will learn from their mistakes and will prepare for the future attacks on our Christian faith.

Jim Fritz

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