Jan 27, 2020
Translation? Don’t vote for Trump. Honestly, I’m so tired of being lectured endlessly by our clergy about partisan politics. Do they actually know what that means? Do they actually think we are stupid?
Here’s the definition of partisan:
1: a firm adherent to a party, faction, cause, or person
especially : one exhibiting blind, prejudiced, and unreasoning allegiance
We all do what we do every time we enter into politics. We do the best we can to stop the worst evil. There are no perfect candidates. And, despite Cardinal Cupich’s best efforts, we look at the preeminent issue first and then, when we find two candidates with the same stance, we start weighing the rest of the important factors. Why do we do this? Because, as the Holy Father said just last week,
if you’re not alive you can’t do anything else.
Just a few blog posts ago, I asked how Cardinal Cupich was going to spin the Holy Father’s words. Guess we know now. He can’t, so he’s just going to act like they don’t exist.
NEW YORK – One day after President Donald Trump became the first sitting president to address the March for Life, Cardinal Blase Cupich cautioned that “the Church’s job is not to discern which political, partisan or military force we should support in order for good to triumph,” but to see Christ as the “starting point” for the Church’s social ministry.”
What in the what? So at this point, is he just telling us not to vote at all??? The last time I checked, he and his ilk told us ad nauseum that we are the Church. Suddenly no? I saw this tweet today. It’s completely true and I immediately thought of the contrast between Archbishop Chaput and the guy who actually does infantilize the laity at every turn.
It is certainly the job of the clergy to help Catholics rightly form their consciences so they can freely make the best choice possible regarding Catholic teaching. That being said, in case you didn’t know, the Church actually has a doctrinal note on “The Participation of Catholics in Political Life.” It doesn’t say anything different than Pope Francis on the issue. You probably won’t hear about it from Cardinal Cupich, though. He must have a harder time twisting that one to make it sorta appear as if, somehow, the documents are at odds. Regardless, Cardinal Cupich appears to want people to think there are “fresh” ideas out there. Sorry. Same old, same old. The only person who seems clueless on the issue of life is Cardinal Cupich. He’s been fighting against it since he was a lowly bishop and told his priests to stay away from the 40 Days for Life campaign https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/confusion-as-spokane-bishop-asks-priests-not-to-join-40-days-for-life-vigil . Seriously, let that sink in. He wanted people (especially his priests) to stay away from praying for the babies and their moms about to go in for abortions. He’s always had some weird conflict of interest.
“What is needed is an integrated and consistent approach, with the priority being our attention to what Christ is doing, saving us by bringing us together, bringing about the Kingdom of God by creating a people,” said the archbishop of Chicago.
Well there’s a bit of psychobabble for you. What does “creating a people” mean? It’s so simple: TEACH CATHOLICISM! Honestly, if you made sure to teach the faithful, would we really have to worry? If you simply gave your faithful the Truth, they could move mountains.
His remarks were delivered to the Catholic Social Ministry Gathering on Saturday, an annual event in the nation’s capital, organized by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Department of Justice, Peace, and Human Development.
The four-day event includes workshops on Catholic social teaching, followed by in-person lobbying on Capitol Hill on behalf of Catholic legislative priorities.
Honestly, who invited him? He can’t even clean up the mess in his own area. People are dying on the streets of his town and he hasn’t been able to do a darn thing about it, yet we’re supposed to take advice from him on Justice, Peace, and Human Development? Please.
In his keynote address, Cupich highlighted the teachings of the Second Vatican Council that provided “a new way of being church and of understanding our baptismal call.”
“It makes us more aware of the need for a consistent ethic as we promote human dignity and justice for all,” said Cupich. “It also helps us achieve a proper balance as the Church engages the world of politics and as we take up our ministry to the least in our midst.”
YOU CAN’T HAVE DIGNITY IF YOU DON’T HAVE LIFE!!! You don’t even get to have a “baptismal call!” Dignity and justice don’t trump life!!! Even Pope Francis agrees. As we pro-lifers always say, “Social Justice begins in the womb!”
In particular, he emphasized that the Council taught that holiness and salvation is not an individual exercise, but one that must be understood in relationship to the community.
You’d think he would pony up a quote or two from “the Council” to prove his point, but no. It is glaring in its absence. It’s always absent.
“This teaching stands in stark contrast to the not-so-subtle message of so much American public discourse today – namely that what matters most is the individual person, choice, personal freedom,” he said on Saturday. “What the Council Fathers wanted to underscore was that it is in our relationship with one another as a human community that we are saved.”
Again, got a quote from the Church Fathers for us?
“Such an approach also subverts any attempt to fragment our Catholic social teaching, pretending to offer so-called non-negotiables, which ends up reducing our moral tradition to a single set of issues,” he said.
The only person fragmenting our Catholic social teaching is you, Cardinal Cupich. You keep suggesting that people who believe in the “preeminent” moniker somehow live in a complete vacuum and that’s all they can see and that’s all they do. Ridiculous. You’re using a tactic that the pro-aborts use. “You only care about abortion and do nothing to help women!” Baloney. We are all into creating a culture of life. Let me ask you a question I’d normally ask a pro-abort, Cardinal Cupich. If a person engages in a mission like, say, breast cancer prevention and put their efforts into raising money for it, does that mean that they don’t care about other cancers??? Does that mean that don’t support other cancer fighting organizations? Does that mean they wouldn’t’ give someone they find hungry on the street some help? Does that mean they don’t take care of their elderly parents? Yeah, that’s the idea that you’re trying to put forth. If you really buy this, how come you’re not telling Sr. Helen Prejean she’s wrong? Hmm… Do you really think that because her main thing is the death penalty that she doesn’t also work as much as she can in other areas? Of course not. That line of thought apparently applies only to those whose main work is stopping babies from being ripped apart. Maybe you should spend a little more time encouraging people to find an apostolate that encourages building a culture of life rather than tearing people down for not addressing every social issue on the planet at the same time. Nobody can do that. But to assume that faithful Catholics are somehow a one and done crowd is ridiculous. I have NEVER limited myself to only fighting abortion, but that is my preeminent issue because the Church consistently says it should be. Why don’t you jump on the real bandwagon rather than this fantasy one you’ve created?
This year’s Social Ministry Gathering was intentionally scheduled to take place immediately following the annual March for Life in an effort to focus on bridge-building across a spectrum of social justice issues, ranging from migration, human trafficking, abortion, and poverty.
OK, but I’d better hear that each and every topic got exactly equal time, otherwise the faithful are fragmented!!! But seriously, I’m going to keep bringing up a question I had for the annoying high school teacher who got his MA from Cracker Jacks. It applies to you, too, Cardinal Cupich. If you saw a child (or make it a lady) about to be killed by a man, and a homeless person a little ways away in the same proximity, who would you tend to first?!?! It’s just that easy. That’s what we are called to do. We are called, if it is in our ability, to fight for the life of the person in the closest proximity to death first.
Turning to Pope Francis, whom Cupich pointed out is the first pope to be a “son of the Second Vatican Council,” he said that Francis helps reorient the focus to see where Christ is already active in the world and how Christians might best engage that work.
So we’re supposed to ignore the areas where Christ isn’t active? What does this even mean? We’re supposed to go and make disciples of all nations. That would certainly be the way to overcome much of the evil in the world. But you? You want to focus on grand statements and obnoxious lectures instead of teaching the Faith, which ultimately is going to be THE solution (although, thanks to satan, some will always reject that.)
“Instead of starting with what we are doing or should do, his attention is on what Christ is doing,” he said. “He understands that the pursuit of a holy life is about encountering this Christ who is already active and present, and joining in his saving work.”
“This is what it means to read the signs of the times,” he continued.
More complete babbling.
Drawing heavily from Francis’s 2018 apostolic exhortation Gaudete et Exultate, Cupich quoted at length a passage that in November he attempted to have the U.S. bishops include in their new introductory letter to their voting guide, known as Faithful Citizenship.
“Pope Francis warns against such an ‘ideological error found in those who find suspect the social engagement of others, seeing it as superficial, worldly, secular, materialist, communist or populist. Or they relativize it, as if there are other more important matters, or the only thing that counts is one particular ethical issue or cause that they themselves defend,’” said Cupich, citing Francis.
“He goes on to say, ‘our defense of the innocent unborn, for example, needs to be clear, firm and passionate, for at stake is the dignity of a human life, which is always sacred and demands love for each person, regardless of his or her stage of development. Equally sacred, however, are the lives of the poor, those already born, the destitute, the abandoned and the underprivileged, the vulnerable infirm and elderly exposed to covert euthanasia, the victims of human trafficking, new forms of slavery, and every form of rejection.’”
And??? You’re suggesting that anyone disagrees with the fact that all lives are sacred. This is a strawman. We simply believe that you must deal with the preeminent issues, i.e., the most life-threatening ones, first. It’s not the people that are weighed differently. It’s their proximity to having their lives being snuffed out. How anyone is fooled by Cardinal Cupich’s faulty logic is beyond me.
“What is needed is an integrated and consistent approach, with the priority being our attention to what Christ is doing, saving us by bringing us together, bringing about the Kingdom of God by creating a people,” he continued.
So, is he saying you don’t save the child or woman in imminent danger of being killed before you address the housing situation of the homeless guy??? Seriously? No, you can’t always address both situations in an “integrated” fashion. Some situations require attention before others. I think his lack of desire to focus on the life and death issues is kind of telling.
“Absent this focus, we risk our call to holiness. ‘We cannot uphold an ideal of holiness,’ Francis observes, ‘that would ignore injustice in a world where some revel, spend with abandon and live only for the latest consumer goods, even as others look on from afar, living their entire lives in abject poverty.’”
Who is doing this?!?! Maybe Cardinal Cupich could give us an idea of who he’s hinting at? I mean, I’m assuming the talk was for the Catholic laity. So which of us is he accusing? How about his palatial estate? I mean, the Holy Father did talk about people living for consumer goods while people are in abject poverty. Maybe he should start with the Archbishop’s mansion?
This talk was a waste of time. By all means, please, please, answer the Call to Holiness. Don’t abandon it because you cannot fix every moral and social issue that exists.
In the end, the bishops voted to include only the first section of passage 101 from Gaudete et Exultate, citing concerns about its length.
…and the fact that it was already taught and a big “DUH!”
In pointing the way forward, Cupich said that bringing salvation to the world will first come from a “deep and loving respect for the poor,” where Christ is already alive and at work.
Really? First? It would seem like bringing salvation to the world might require a knowledge and belief of the One True Faith. Might be why the current missionaries have had trouble bringing people to the Church.
“Those we serve are not objects of our charity,” he said. “They don’t exist to make ourselves feel better by offering our help. Rather, as Pope Francis often reminds us, we must see the poor for who they are: protagonists, subjects of their own history, but also worthy contributors to society, precisely because their unique experience has taught them what it means to belong to a people.”
The problem is, dear Cardinal Cupich, there will never be respect for the lives of anyone when we, as a world, are killing our most vulnerable. We can’t keep committing offenses against life itself and expect to be blessed in any regard. Abortion has led people to devalue life at all stages. And, sadly, a good portion of the people in the pews are aborting their children and seeing them as objects rather than their own flesh and blood. Maybe, just maybe, if our pastors actually taught people about the evil of abortion, birth control, and the destruction of the family, we might have a shot at showing them the dignity of the human person, because that dignity starts in the home.
“If we do not help those in need, we have failed Christ, precisely because of the way persons are related – not only to one another, but also to God. If we do not understand this fundamental Gospel truth, then we do not understand the call to Christian holiness,” he said.
If you don’t preach the TRUTH, YOU have failed Christ. Don’t lay this at our feet.
In his closing remarks, he turned once more to warn against compromising with worldly powers for political success, and in the process, losing the fullness of the gospel.
Name names, Cardinal?
“When we fail to make what Christ is doing the starting point as we take up the social ministry of the Church, we end up with a distorted view of the Church and our very call to holiness,” he concluded. “So too, losing sight of Christ’s saving action as our point of reference, risks fragmenting our approach to social justice by giving priority to one issue or a set of issues according to our standards or worse yet, our compromises with worldly powers.”
Let’s not pretend (like +Cupich) that he’s not talking about Trump. What if it was Christ himself who is bringing about the conversion of a man once so vile that STDs were his biggest worry? Why is it that everyone doubts that he could possibly reform? I mean, seriously, shouldn’t we all be hoping and praying for that? It seems like he’s got one issue nailed down. Did I even expect to hear the speech I heard from him on Friday? Nope, but I didn’t rule it out and prayed for it daily. Talk about “losing sight of Christ’s saving action.” Apparently with Cardinal Cupich and gang, salvation is possible for a variety of sinners, but not at all possible for Trump. Sorry, I have a little more faith in God than that. And this upcoming election – you know, the one you have no partisan feelings about – is about further stopping murder. How about you stop being so completely jealous that a non-Catholic has more sway with Catholics than you? It’s really quite sad. Why don’t you start chastising all of those Democrats, who are supposedly the only ones who care about the poor and downtrodden, to stop advocating for the murder of children through all nine months of pregnancy and now even after birth? You’d think that might get priority, but not in your very troubled mind.