Although an article on my own Christ or Chaos site corrects the record concerning Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger's statement about the denial of Holy Communion to pro-abortion Catholic politicians and the voters who support them, the statement itself is a cause for mourning, not celebration. More things have come to light in the past few days that require a bit of additional commentary.
It was important to put on the record the full text of Cardinal Ratzinger's statements to correct my earlier reporting in Catholic Family News from what turned out to be incomplete and erroneous news reports. However, the correction of the record does not mean that the Ratzinger statement is satisfactory in all regards, as I point out in "Correcting the Record and Asking Some Questions" [ed. notes: featured in our July 4th issue] Apart from the very important and much needed distinction His Eminence makes between the issues of abortion and the imposition of capital punishment, there is not much really new in the statement, which was rejected by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops when they voted last month to agree to disagree about the denial of Holy Communion to pro-abortion Catholic politicians.
That is, the time for "dialog" with Catholic renegades has long since passed. How many more babies must be put to death by surgical and chemical abortions with the complicity of Catholics in public life to avoid imposing the only penalty that is fitting: excommunication?
The failure to excommunicate all pro-abortion Catholics in public life (elected and appointed officials in all three branches of government) is one of the most glaring defects in the sad chapter in the history of the Church that is the pontificate of Pope John Paul II.
The Holy Father not only has failed to excommunicate Catholic pro-aborts, he is mute as Cardinal Ratzinger's statement is leaked to the press and as Theodore Cardinal McCarrick, the Archbishop of Washington, D.C., claims that the statement, which he says he has not seen, is not the full story of what Ratzinger told him and the other American bishops. This is just a total mockery of Catholicism. How can cardinals be permitted to publicly contradict each other on such a grave matter as protecting the integrity of the Eucharist?
As if all of this was not bad enough, Cardinal Ratzinger's Note Bene at the end of his statement posited the view that Catholics could vote for a fully pro-abortion politician (as opposed to one who supports some abortions while claiming to be theoretically opposed to abortion on demand) if they did so for proportionate reasons other than desiring to express support for the candidate's pro-death position. There are no proportionate reasons to vote for anyone who supports abortion under any circumstances. [ed. notes: see our "Fingerprints of Anathema" in the July 4th issue] The taking of an innocent human life under cover of law trumps everything else. A nation that endorses both chemical and surgical baby-killing is one that is calling down the wrath of God on it. That Note Bene of Cardinal Ratzinger's undermines whatever force his statement was meant to have, thus undermining the efforts of those bishops, such as Archbishop Raymond Leo Burke of St. Louis and Bishop Michael Sheridan of Colorado Springs, who desire to speak plainly and unequivocally to Catholic politicians and to Catholic voters.
The net effect of Cardinal Ratzinger's statement is simply to maintain the status quo. The bishops will do want they want to do. The Pope will do nothing to correct the confusion. Catholics will continue to vote for pro-abortion politicians (either those who support abortion-on-demand or who support the slicing and dicing of babies only in "some" cases) of both major political parties. This is all so typical of the confusion engendered in the wake of the regime of novelty of the conciliar and postconciliar eras.
We get what we deserve. The confusion in the highest quarters of the Church is, I believe, part of the chastisement that is being visited upon us for the refusal of any pope (going back, sadly, to the great Pope Pius XI) to actually consecrate Russia to Our Lady's Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart. As long as popes resist the Mother of God, the errors of Russia, which are the errors of Modernity and Modernism, will continue to wreak havoc in the Church and thus in the world.
Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us.
Blessed Jacinta, pray for us.
Blessed Francisco, pray for us.
Thomas A. Droleskey, Ph.D.
See Tom's web-site at www.christorchaos.com
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