Sacrificing Santorum on the Politically Correct Altar of 'Intolerance'!
Open Letter to all who are castigating Rick Santorum
by Michael Cain, Editor, The Daily Catholic
To all who think Pennsylvania Republican Senator Rick Santorum should resign:
Get a life! That's what all true Christians want for you, to get a life that will last forever.
No man can judge a person or his heart, only his or her actions. Only God knows the heart. The Son of God Jesus Christ tells all to love the sinner, hate the sin. And yes, sodomy, even when you want to dress it up and try to legitimize this perverse, abhorrent and unnatural vile act with the term 'gay', is a sin. The same holds true for abortion, which is murder for it is taking the life of an innocent human being and is just as grievous whether it is an embryo or a fully developed fetus within the womb. In these politically correct times when immoral and amoral lines have been so blurred and the rebellion of the prince of darkness reigns in so many souls, reining in common sense and decency, things that are wrong before God are posited as perfectly acceptable by a morally corrupt society, while all that was held as sacrosanct and virtuous is vilified by those who ascribe to the 'misery loves company' mentality.
I mean no ill will nor am I trying to stir up a response or engage in senseless dialogue if you do not agree that there is a common premise that we all have to answer to God for our actions in this fleeting life. Rick Santorum believes the latter. Each of us is responsible for what we say, how we say it and if it is pleasing to our Creator, not the created. You see, we do not seek to please or placate man for that is fruitless. The great Republican Abraham Lincoln, a man who would shudder at any identification of "Log Cabin" with the sodomite persuasion, said it best, "You can fool all of the people some of the time, some of the people all of the time, but never all of the people all of the time." Know without a doubt that you cannot fool God even some of the time. He knows your heart. Someday you will have to account for all you have done or not done in this life. No one likes rejection. But rejection by our fellow man is nothing - NOTHING - compared to rejection of eternal life where, because you denied Christ before men, He will deny you before the Father (cf. Matthew 10: 33).
We don't want that for you or any of your friends. Countless people have searched for the meaning of life throughout the ages and it is all contained so succinctly in one book - the Holy Bible - which serves as a guide, accompanied by the outward signs of grace God gives in the sacraments in order to help souls navigate this temporal, short route to Heaven. Santorum is only expressing what God demands and he did so in Thomistic logic. For this he has been scourged and slandered by the guilty. But then isn't it refreshing in this day and age to find a politician who cares about the welfare - both temporal and spiritual welfare - of his constituents and places values and morals above political expediency? You see he places more importance on what Jesus Christ, the Son of God, Second Person of the Holy Trinity, says than man, "Blessed are the clean of heart; for they shall see God. Blessed are they that suffer persecutions for justice sake; for theirs is the kingdom of Heaven. Blessed are ye when they shall revile you, and persecute you, and speak all that is evil against you untruly, for My sake. Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for your reward is very great in Heaven; for they persecuted the prophets, that were before you " (Matthew 5: 8-12).
Dear enemies and antagonizers of Rick Santorum, God loves you. He wants the best for you, but you have a free will. You can reject His will, His love, His graces. But think about it. "For what shall it profit a man, if he gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?" (Mark 8: 36-37). Consider that this life span on earth - maybe 60 to 90 years at the most - is but a mere drop of water compared to an unending ocean of eternal life. By your actions and attitude it would seem you are placing more importance on that insignificant drop of water rather than the endless ocean. Does that make sense? Is that logical? Surely it would pose a conundrum to any scholar if you do subscribe to giving greater emphasis to the infinitesimal property than the unimaginably infinity of the larger, greater possibility.
Why not spend more time in getting to know God? What can it hurt? You'll be surprised how your life during this short span on earth will be much happier, much more fulfilling. For rather than placing limits on yourself through bondage to sin and vices you'll discover the inebriating freedom of God's love. Once in love, you'll fall even deeper in love with Him Who loves you more than you can imagine. It may shock you, but God loves liberals, too. The interesting reaction, however, is that the more you fall in love with the One Who made it possible for you to live and breathe, you'll grow less liberal and more liberated. And the beauty of it all is that you don't have to be labeled because you'll already be labeled as His forever. You've got to admit, it sure beats the alternative of being His adversary's for all eternity. Think of your worst fear, your worst enemy, your greatest nightmare and multiply that by gazillion and you've got an inkling what's in store for the rest of your eternal life if you reject God's love and will for you.
Remember it was Saint Paul who, before becoming the great Apostle, was the persecutor Saul. So also, the wise Saint Augustine, one of the greatest sinners who turned from a life of vice to become one of the greatest saints in the history of the Church. Many believe it was because of the prayers of his mother Saint Monica (whose feast we celebrate on May 4th) who never gave up, never surrendered her son to satan. Allow us to be "Monicas" (not the Lewinsky reference) and pray for your conversions so that you can get to know, love and serve God and be happy with Him in this life and the next.
I am writing this on the feast of Our Lady of Good Counsel. I close this correspondence in prayerful hope you'll take this letter in good counsel with no malice intended, only love for a soul. Sancta Maria, Mater Boni Consilii, Ora pro nobis. Our help is in the name of the Lord, Who made Heaven and earth. Adjutorium nostrum in nomine Domini. Qui fecit Coelum et terram.
Michael Cain, editor
Editor's Note: Gary L. Morella, one of the most astute of Roman Catholic watchdogs, emphasizes the truth of David Limbaugh's words in the latter's article that appeared in www.worldnetdaily.com. Below is the entire article by Limbaugh, posted on the WND on April 25, 2003 at 1:00 a.m. Eastern time, and copyrighted by Creators Syndicate, Inc. Limbaugh, an attorney practicing in Cape Girardeau, Mo., is the author of the pull-no-punches exposé of corruption in the Clinton-Reno Justice Department, "Absolute Power." Limbaugh's words are prefaced by Gary's poignant comments in red, especially in asking where are the Bishops? Missing in action as usual!
In particular, why doesn't the USCCB "demonstrate the courage of their faith" by defending a Catholic politician who didn't check his faith at the door before assuming public office like the "dirty dozen" who recently affirmed baby killing in the senate. Will we see any clergy publicly speaking out in defense of one of the few Catholic politicians in more than name only?
I agree completely with David Limbaugh in his enclosed article. Those calling themselves "Catholic", whose silence is deafening on this issue, are the ones who should be apologizing, not Sen. Santorum, who deserves our unreserved thanks for speaking the truth in a world that cowers to the lies and intimidation of a radical fringe hell-bent on society making them comfortable with their vices under force of law. Gary L. Morella
Santorum: Not guilty
By David Limbaugh
Where are Tim Robbins and his merry band of selective-free speech advocates when you need them? Why are they silent as the thought-speech Gestapo mercilessly pillories Sen. Rick Santorum and demands his resignation?
What did Santorum say that warrants his political excommunication by the high priests of our postmodern culture? Well, in an interview with the Associated Press, he expressed his concerns over the challenge to a Texas sodomy law in the United States Supreme Court case Lawrence vs. Texas.
"If the Supreme Court says that you have the right to consensual sex within your home, then you have the right to bigamy, you have the right to polygamy, you have the right to incest, you have the right to adultery," said Santorum. "You have the right to anything."
Immediately, "gay"-rights groups and certain Democrats demanded that Santorum apologize and resign from his chairmanship of the Senate Republican Conference, the third-highest position in the party's leadership. Why? Because his comments were construed as equating homosexuality with bigamy, polygamy, incest and adultery. The charge is absurd on its face and a gross distortion of his comments.
The transcript makes clear that Santorum is concerned that if this nebulous and judicially created "right to privacy" were used to justify homosexual behavior, it could insulate all types of activities, including those he mentioned, from moral or criminal scrutiny. He was merely echoing the concerns of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Byron White in the 1986 case Bowers vs. Hardwick, involving the constitutionality of a Georgia sodomy statute. White wrote, "If respondent's submission is limited to the voluntary sexual conduct between consenting adults, it would be difficult, except by fiat, to limit the claimed right to homosexual conduct while leaving exposed to prosecution adultery, incest and other sexual crimes even though they are committed in the home." Neither Santorum nor White was equating homosexuality to the other acts they listed.
Moreover, Santorum is also concerned that since the "right to privacy" is a federal "right," it usurps the authority of the states to set their own parameters in these matters. Santorum's reasoning here is hardly hypothetical, since this is exactly the privacy right invoked by the Supreme Court in the Roe vs. Wade abortion decision. The Court ruling limited each state's authority to regulate abortion – though nothing in the express or implied powers of the Constitution conferred such a preemptive right on the Court with respect to the issue.
None of this is to say, however, that Santorum has no problem with homosexual behavior, which he admitted he does, just as he does with other acts "outside of traditional heterosexual relationships." He said he has "absolutely nothing against anyone who's homosexual," just their homosexual acts. Santorum is simply affirming the belief of many Christians, disapproving of homosexual behavior, but striving to love the people committing those acts.
Multitudes of Americans also believe, like Santorum, that moral relativism and assaults on the traditional family threaten the fabric of our society. Catholic League President William Donohue said that Santorum's comments accurately reflect "the Christian understanding of marriage."
The real issue here is not Rick Santorum or anything he said. He is being used as a convenient whipping boy by "gay"-rights groups and Democrats for their overlapping agendas. Some Democrats see this as a way to discredit the powerful Republican. "Gay" groups see it as that plus an opportunity to further silence those who won't endorse their lifestyle.
They demand not only that they be left alone to do as they please, but that anyone who disapproves not be permitted to say so publicly, and if they dare, they be disqualified from eligibility for public office and subject to scorn. Christians who believe in biblical admonitions against homosexual behavior are unacceptably intolerant and unfit for public service.
This same type of anti-Christian litmus test is being applied to President Bush's federal judicial nominees. Senate Democrats are applying a flagrantly unconstitutional religious test to block the appointment of pro-life judges, such as Arkansas Judge J. Leon Holmes, a devout Catholic.
We are approaching the point in our society where homosexual behavior is deemed virtuous and Christian beliefs against it immoral. We might as well say it: It is no longer permissible in America to have the opinion, much less express it, that homosexual behavior is aberrant.
Those criticizing Sen. Santorum for being forthright about his deeply held religious convictions and those unwilling to demonstrate the courage of their faith by defending him are the ones who should be apologizing, not Sen. Santorum.