Busted Halo
January 26th, 2009

“Yes We Did”? No–our work has just begun

The fourth installment of Marc Adams' inaugural vlog


In the fourth installment of his video blog from Washington D.C., contributing editor Marc Adams checks in a week after the inauguration, with an important reminder that the work is not over; it has just begun.

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  • artie

    I agree, CJ, but I think Catholics should never stop preaching the truth. Everywhere…no exceptions. We have been too silent too long. The Pope is the ultimate authority and more Catholics should realize that.

  • CJ

    Hey artie,

    Thanks for your input. I wish it were that simple, but regarding capital punishment, while it is unfavorable, and ought to be avoided, the Church does not define it as an intrinsic evil like abortion or euthanasia.

    Pope Benedict, when he was still a cardinal, said this: “Not all moral issues have the same moral weight as abortion and euthanasia. For example, if a Catholic were to be at odds with the Holy Father on the application of capital punishment or on the decision to wage war, he would not for that reason be considered unworthy to present himself to receive Holy Communion. While the Church exhorts civil authorities to seek peace, not war, and to exercise discretion and mercy in imposing punishment on criminals, it may still be permissible to take up arms to repel an aggressor or to have recourse to capital punishment. There may be a legitimate diversity of opinion even among Catholics about waging war and applying the death penalty, but not however with regard to abortion and euthanasia….

    Regarding the grave sin of abortion or euthanasia, when a person‚Äôs formal cooperation becomes manifest (understood, in the case of a Catholic politician, as his consistently campaigning and voting for permissive abortion and euthanasia laws), his Pastor should meet with him, instructing him about the Church‚Äôs teaching, informing him that he is not to present himself for Holy Communion until he brings to an end the objective situation of sin, and warning him that he will otherwise be denied the Eucharist.”

    Now I agree with you that torture is always wrong, but like stealing, certain circumstances can diminish or even remove that definition, ie. stealing food from a bakery to save a starving child is not actually stealing. The Church recognizes these things, the subjective and objective aspects or any moral action. What you’re saying is, while partly accurate, too simplistic.

    And pff, if anything I said did hit home, then chalk it up to the Holy Spirit and not me, I can be pretty rough around the edges, if anything spoke to you then it was definitely Christ working thru a frail human vessel. =) God Bless, Christ be with you!

  • pff

    You’ve changed my mind, CJ and I thank you. It really got me to thinking. Sometimes we get carried away by the easy answers.
    Bless you

  • artie

    abortion is wrong. end of discussion.
    torture is wrong. end of discussion.
    death penalty is wrong. end of discussion.
    euthanasia is wrong. end of discussion.
    any dimunation of human life is wrong.
    what more should Catholics say ?
    God Bless You All.

  • CJ

    Bizzare? We’ll that’s just a subjective opinion, and undoubtedly you have no issue with subjectivism.

    As for love, love is not license. It does not mean we permit someone to wallow in error, out of some foolish conception of love or charity. Love sometimes means a swift kick in the pants.

    You can try to use vain sentimentality to your advantage, but that’s simply a misrepresentation of Christ’s message:

    Luke 12:49-53 “I have come to set the earth on fire, and how I wish it were already blazing! There is a baptism with which I must be baptized, and how great is my anguish until it is accomplished. Do you think that I have come to establish peace on the earth? No, I tell you, but rather division. (So I suppose I am in good company with Jesus then hmm?)

    From now on a household of five will be divided, three against two and two against three; a father will be divided against his son and a son against his father, a mother against her daughter and a daughter against her mother, a mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law.”

    Luke 14:26 “If any one comes to me without hating his father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple.

    Matthew 10:34-38 “Do not think that I have come to bring peace upon the earth. I have come to bring not peace but the sword. For I have come to set a man ‘against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law; and one’s enemies will be those of his household. Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me; and whoever does not take up his cross and follow after me is not worthy of me.”

    Not to mention Jesus actions in the Temple with the money changers, a whip of cords is a bit harsher than my words, is it not?

    Evangelization sometimes means making people uncomfortable; admonishing the sinner is the first of the Spiritual Works of Mercy.

    Funny. It seems odd that you and pff both seem to have the same browsing habits on busted halo, you both seem to be online around the same time!

    Anyway, I yield to you the last word, I’ve made my point. Relativism and pluralism are both apostasies, Christ is the Way the Truth and the Life. Those of other faiths may find salvation thru His mercy, but that does not mean we fail to evangelize them, nor does it mean we allow others to live in sin or error due to some flawed impression of what Love really is or requires of us.

    As Chesterton once said: “Fallacies do not cease to be fallacies because they become fashions.”

    And also:
    “These are the days when the Christian is expected to praise every creed except his own.”

    Words to ponder…

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