Hosea 4:6, My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.
Because you have rejected knowledge,
I also will reject you from being My priest.
Since you have forgotten the law of your God,
I also will forget your children.
We must all understand that we all will be held accountable…….
Biden as an “Authoritative Type”
Hadley Arkes Tuesday, January 26, 2021
Aristotle recognized that the political man, raised to high office, becomes an “authoritative type.” His attributes, his manner, draw a closer attention, for, after all, his elevation carries this sense of things: that these are the features of a man so admirable that we have lifted him to high authority over us; his style and character are so commendable that he offers us a model to be emulated. President Kennedy favored a rocking chair for his back and went to concerts of Haydn, and suddenly more people were buying rocking chairs and seeking out the music of Haydn.
I offer all of this as a note of sobering warning to some of our friends who have been altogether too beamish in hoping for the true Catholic to come flowering in Joe Biden now that he may have less reason to conceal it. Biden has offered over the years the visible public example of a man in high office who can regard himself as serious Catholic and yet support, as a good thing, a right to kill 860,000 to a million innocent human lives each year in abortions.
Biden has been nothing if not a weathervane for winds blowing in his party, and that party has become ever more aggressive on the matter of abortion, brooking virtually no limits on that killing, even at the point of birth for babies who survive the abortions. And yet, nothing could be more central in the moral teaching of the Church – no, not climate change or the ravages of air-conditioning – than the concern for the meaning of the “human person,” that being who is both the subject of the law and the prime object of its protection.
What Biden’s example offers day in and day out – that is, in a way that cannot be missed – is that one can be a good Catholic and yet, in the most insouciant manner, just wave Catholic teaching aside as a matter not to be taken seriously.
One would have to be blind to the ways of the world to believe that this kind of a lesson, taught by the most visible public figure in the land, will not have the most profound, corrosive effect.
Robert Royal got it so right last week when he anticipated that Biden’s ascension was more likely to be destructive for Catholic institutions, and more surely teach a disrespect for Catholic teaching. How long until a gesture of disrespect, widely absorbed, will give way to contempt?
What I’ve wished for years for the bishops to say to the Bidens and Cuomos is something in this vein: “We cannot presume to instruct you on your job, but the problem now is that you are creating ‘scandal.’ You are seriously mis-instructing many Catholics on the teaching of their own Church, and in that way sapping the convictions that sustain that teaching. We would not make heavy demands on you, but we would plead simply that you ‘do no harm.’”
Just when I thought that there was nothing more to learn about Joe Biden, Fr. Donovan appeared on the stage. Fr Leo Donovan, SJ, former president of Georgetown University, doing the Invocation at the Inauguration.
We were told now that Donovan had been a close friend and counselor of Biden for many years. And yet had it never been possible for him to plead to Biden that he was giving a false account of the reasoning of his Church on abortion – and what was so unreasoned then in his own position?Continue reading