To: old and tired
It's great that the bishop is taking this action against abortion advocates, but how long will it be before the libs demand that the same action be taken against Catholic governors who sign death warrants? Could Bishop Galleone (St. Augustine) be pressured to withold Communion from Jeb Bush?
posted on 01/09/2004 4:34:57 AM PST
Could Bishop Galleone (St. Augustine) be pressured to withold Communion from Jeb Bush?
Possibly. I think the most recent edition of the Catechism says that the death penalty should be avoided when it is practically possible to incarcerate prisoners for life without risking public safety. Think "supermax" prison. It would be hard for Bush to argue that that's impossible.
posted on 01/09/2004 4:43:35 AM PST
(Isaiah 22:22, Rev 3:7, Mat 16:19)
I've also heard it said that if the bishops deny Communion to pro-abort politicians then it is only fair to do the same to politicians who support the war in Iraq and even those who participate in the war since the Vatican said it was not a just war. I'm sure the folks who support this type of thinking will be coming out of the woodwork.
That could be debated because the death penalty IS biblical. Not to worry, the pro-choicers will come up with any number of things to hurl.
posted on 01/09/2004 6:47:29 AM PST
(Personally, I think they should bring back flogging and burning at the stake. /so)
The leftists can pressure anyone using any propaganda technique they can think of.
Abortion is clearly and unequivocally condemned, capital punishment is not. The Church considers abortion such an egregious violation of the commandment "Thou shalt commit no murder" as to impose automatic excommunication on any who participate in it. The Church considers the death penalty legitimate in extreme cases, but many Catholics (both clergy and laity) are 'uncomfortable' with its widespread use, on prudential grounds.
There's no real traction for the leftists on the death penalty thing, whereas abortion supporting politicians could possibly be considered already excommunicated. One could consider a legislative vote in favour abortion to be participating in the commission of abortion.
Have you read Eccliastes Chapter 3 lately?
posted on 01/09/2004 8:59:27 AM PST
(†With God all things are possible.†)
It's great that the bishop is taking this action against abortion advocates, but how long will it be before the libs demand that the same action be taken against Catholic governors who sign death warrants?
That's like hamburgers and corn flakes. No comparison. It is the constant teaching of the Church that the government has the right to administer the death penalty. It is the judgement of the Pope and many bishops that the government should refrain from exercising this right when life without parole is sufficient to protect society.
Oh, the libs will demand lots of stuff. They'll demand anyone who doesn't raise taxes should be denied communion. But they ain't gonna get it. This is for black and white issues.
posted on 01/09/2004 9:10:33 AM PST
(I pity the fool who thinks Bush's proposal is the same as amnesty!)
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