Please be honest. You know as well as I there are plenty of proabortion priests in the Catholic church. The Catholic church is permeated with high profile pro-life politicians and they turn a blind eye. There are even pro-choice groups within the Catholic Church. Catholics voted 55% for Obama so dont pretend the Catholic Church is a pure church--it is not.
I will explain, not to cause strife, but to express my understanding and to clarify misunderstanding, in Christ's name, with, God willing, the guidance of the Holy Spirit. We are all brothers and sisters in Christ, first and foremost. Let us not lose sight of that.
It is important to understand the difference between priests and members of the Church and the Magisterium of the Church (The Cardinals, the Pope, and the Deposit of Faith in Scripture and Tradition).
There are fallen, heretical members of the Church, including priests and even bishops. The Church has as many sinners as there are members. But the Magisterium -- the Truth that is preserved and protected by the Church (according to Christ's promise to Peter) -- has always been pro-life and always will be pro-life. That is as certain a truth as "2 + 2 = 4."
See for example 1 Timothy 3:15, where the Church is called "the pillar and ground of truth." It is this Church which received Christ's promise that the gates of Hell would not prevail against it (Matt. 16:18), that He would always be with it (Matt. 28:20), and that He would give it the Holy Spirit to teach it all truth (John 16:13).
To the visible head of the Church, St. Peter, Our Lord said: "And I will give to thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven. And whatsoever thou shalt bind upon earth, it shall be bound also in heaven: and, whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth, it shall be loosed also in heaven." (Matt. 16:19).
I mention these passages, again, because they show how Our Lord emphasized the authority of His Church and the role it would have in safeguarding and defining the Deposit of Faith. The pro-life ethic is preserved and safeguarded in that Deposit of Faith.
I respect that we are Brothers in Christ and have more in common than our differences, and do not mean any disrespect. Obviously, I believe strongly in my Church or I would not belong to it.
I would die for these beliefs and my Church. Would you die for yours?
(note: this should not be construed as a threat, just as a peaceful testimony to the strength and depth of my Faith!).
posted on 06/02/2009 8:05:09 AM PDT
(The bread which we break, is it not a participation in the body of Christ? (1 Cor. 10:16))
I see I mispoke in my message to you. I said pro-life politicians when I should have said pro-abortion politicians but that is not important now.
I do appreciate your tone and I admire your devotion. Of course, I reject that Peter was made head of the church and that that of the Papacy but other than that, we have much in common.
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