DAILY CATHOLIC     FRI-SAT-SUN     June 19-21, 1998     vol. 9, no. 119

CATHOLIC PewPOINT

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Politically correct, satan-spewing Spam!

          Have you been following the political shenanigans lately? One side calls the other "killers" while the other continues to promote the culture of death. We're talking about the Democrats who have done all they can to stall pro-life sponsored initiatives that would in someway ease the odds that the poor fetus would be annihilated at will. Yet they are railing at Republicans who have supposedly killed the Tobacco Bill, blaming the big Tobacco deep pockets for their lobbying efforts. The chief proponent of the culture of death - Bill Clinton - condemned Republican congressmen for defeating his pet project, and called for their ouster in November. But how many realize this man speaks with fork tongue? While he's lamenting the "possible" deaths of thousands of teens and crying "save the children" in his whiny, faux pais accent, in actuality he's party to killing millions by promoting abortion and stubbornly vetoing anything that would give the babies a chance. So, Mr. President, your rhetoric is hollow and meaningless and you have lost any semblance of respect for the office you hold, having demeaned this great office of our land with your ammoral and immoral actions and attitude. While smoking "can" kill people so can cars, guns, weapons, heart attacks, cancer, and every disease known to man. None of us will ever get out of this world without meeting our demise in human terms. But we must realize none of us will ever get into the next world without meeting our Creator and answering for our actions. Excuses won't cut it, we'll be standing there exposed to the Almighty Judge and honesty is the only way to arrive at a fair verdict. It's a lesson for all of us to ponder on, especially this weekend when we celebrate the glorious feasts of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary, followed by Father's Day. No matter what sins any of us might have or try to conceal, if we can wash them in the Sacred and Immaculate Hearts through the beautiful and merciful gift of the Sacrament of Reconciliation we can be healed and our sins totally cleansed. As for Bill Clinton and those in his administration who are not Catholic, well repentance comes in many forms, but the main one is to admit the wrongs and realize God's Will. No matter one's faith, it is still the same God and to know and follow His Will is the only way to salvation.

         With Father's Day on Sunday, we think of our Father in Heaven Who created us and Who watches over our every breath. So many have a difficult time relating to the Father in comparison to the "flesh and blood" Son, and the charismatic characteristics of the Holy Spirit, but all we need do is think of Him as a loving Parent who will take us and tuck us safely within His powerful sleeve where we will feel the serenity of protection. As for role models today, none are finer than the "ideal father" - Saint Joseph, foster father of Jesus and protector of the Mother of God. His quiet, gentle and firm way is an excellent benchmark by which we should all pattern our parental authority after. However, in this frazzled society we live today, keeping our blood pressure in check is not an easy proposition. The distractions and temptations of youth make a parent's job that much tougher, competing with the false prophets of today - the media - not only for affection and love, but for the establishment of character and conscience in the face of peer pressure that pulls souls from their appointed destination toward Heaven. We all know who is responsible for this insurrection; he wears a red tail, sprouts horns and carries a pitchfork in his repertoire. But unfortunately today he isn't quite so recognizable, camouflaging himself like a hungry iguana ready to strike when we least expect. No one is immune from this rebellious reptile and we need to stock up on the anti-venom of grace to dull the bite of this beast's fangs.

         Strange how when one speaks of something that slithers, one always seems to return to Mr. Clinton. We bring this up because of his charade over the appointment of a knowingly, unapologetic and blatant homosexual who he is trying to railroad through as the ambassador to Luxumbourg. The problem with ambassadorships is not the competency of the ambassadors but more as a "payoff" for favors granted, usually financially to the administration making the appointments. The man in question is James Hormel, heir to the Hormel Meats fortune which has for decades produced manufactured meats such as chili con carne, sausages and the GI's scorned-staple: Spam. Hormel is openly gay and an active proponent of the homosexual cause. Yet Clinton, with no sensitivity to the people of Luxembourg, which is 98% Roman Catholic, is insisting on awarding this man with the responsibility of ambassadorship to this Christian country with no respect to their feelings or reactions. This is akin to naming Senator Trent Lott as ambassador to the Gay and Lesbian League! We say this because this past week Lott came under fire for his comments which basically reaffirmed what God says - that homosexuality is a sin! Yet Lott has been barbecued over his remarks by the media and self-appointed experts who deride his remarks as out-of-touch with reality. No, they are not! In addition, they have raked the Southern Baptists over the coals for also adhering to what the Word of God says regarding not only homosexuality, but marriage that wives "submit" to their husbands. They have taken it totally out of context - both the detractors and the Baptists - for God did not intend woman to be subservient to man and that is not what the Bible says, rather the true words of Saint Paul to the Ephesians are "Be subject to one another in the fear of Christ. Let wives subject to their husbands as to the Lord; because a husband is head of the wife, just as Christ is head of the Church, being Himself savior of the body. But just as the Church is subject to Christ, so also let wives be to their husbands in all things. Husbands, love your wives just as Christ also loved the Church, and delivered Himself up for her, cleansing her in the bath of water by means of the word; in order that He might be holy and without blemish. Even thus ought husbands also to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his own wife, loves himself. For no one ever hated his own flesh; on the contrary he nourishes and cherishes it, as Christ also does the Church. (because we are members of His body made from His flesh and from His bones). For this cause a man shall leave his father and mother and cleave to his wife; and the two shall become one flesh. This is a great mystery - I mean in reference to Christ and to the Church. However, let each one of you also love his wife just as he loves himself; and let the wife respect her husband." (Ephesians 5: 21-33) So you see, nowhere is the word "submit" to be found. Furthermore, love is what is emphasized and encouraged in the subjection of wives to husbands in the same manner as the Church to Jesus. Perhaps even more important is the next paragraph where Paul admonishes, "Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for that is right." (Ephesians 6: 1). That would be all of us to our Father in Heaven and we need to heed Paul's words and obey our Father in Heaven. It will make for a happier and more peace-filled Father's Day. For those who don't, well those people who espouse sin are out of touch with reality and will learn this soon enough if they do not amend their ways drastically and dispose immediately of the dangerous politically correct, satan-spewing Spam!

Michael Cain, editor