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Biden – Ignorance will get you to Hell, or at least Purgatory.

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?

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The Virus – and Other Moral Hazards

George Dunlap, March 24, 2020. Back to my earlier post on March 19, 2020, Finding Balance. Do we as Catholics really ever choose to engage or are we just arm chair prayer soldiers, we are standing by as our nation kills the unborn. We are also moving to killing Grand Ma & Grand Pa by mindless acceptance of euthanasia, no one whats to care for the Old Folks….and someday they may not want to care for you or me.

Time for Tea and Crumpets is over. We must engage evil; with Gods son Jesus Christ as our one true Shepherd.

The below essay by Hadley Arkes compares our desire to save lives, only the ones present, not the unseen gifts, from God, the children. I pray ,one day, soon we all understand that by our in-action we are no different than those doing the killing.

Hadley Arkes Tuesday, March 24, 2020

I count myself as one of those votaries, working in the vineyard of natural law, who does not find his work among “theories.”  I am drawn, with others of my club, to those precepts of “common sense” that ordinary people routinely do grasp in order to get on with the business of life – the things they need to know before they are capable of trafficking in theories.  Before anyone engages in banter with David Hume about the meaning of “causation,” he knows – even without realizing that he knows – his own active powers to cause his own acts to happen.

British philosopher John Finnis would point up in this vein the many ways in which people weave into their acts every day an anchoring premise about the goodness of preserving human life.  In Finnis’s examples, we look both ways from the curb before we cross the street; we hold drives to rescue people from famine in distant countries. We have not yet exactly constituted a hospital or emergency service built on the premise that the main mission in dealing with an injured person is to dispatch him to his death more quickly in order to relieve his family of hard decisions. With an assumption they never think to question, these services take their mission as the saving of lives.

*Image: Danse Macabre by Michael Wolgemut, 1493 [Duchess Anna Amalia Library, Weimar, Germany]
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