DAILY CATHOLIC     FRI-SAT-SUN     September 18-20, 1998     vol. 9, no. 183

GETTING TO THE HEART OF THE MATTER

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    INTRODUCTION      "Getting to the Heart of the Matter" is what Sister Mary Lucy Astuto pinpoints in every issue when she takes a common sense approach to living our faith with her practical columns. In this issue, she continues to bring to light the need to pray for Bill Clinton's conversion and the fact that he has proven he is not fit to rule the people as she points out through Scriptural references in her column QUALIFICATION OF A SERVANT.

         Her column, along with columns by Father John Hampsch, C.M.F. and Father Stephen Valenta, OFM Conv., provide effective, vital insights into our faith and ways of fulfilling God's Will every day in every way. You can visit Sr. Lucy at her web site for Heart of Mary Ministry at http://www.heartofmaryministry.com or you can reach her at Srmarylucy@aol.com by e-mail.


QUALIFICATION OF A SERVANT

          I read part of Ken Starr’s report. I read that our President had told Monica Lewinsky that he had had 100s of sexual encounters with women. I grieved because this told me that the sixth Commandment means little to nothing to our President, that offending God has little concern to him, that he had been unfaithful to his own wife many, MANY times and that Clinton’s conscience must be very darkened.

          I thought of King David, who because he desired to sleep with Bathsheba, arranged to have her husband put at the head of the fighting army to ensure his death. Then David would be “free” to sleep with Bathsheba. Now this was KING DAVID, one of God’s very specially chosen ones.

          And so it occurred as David had planned. But after his two grave sins, David repented bitterly, knowing he had offended God seriously. David had a good conscience in that he recognized his wrongdoing and repented deeply. As a matter of fact, he wrote: “My sin is always before me.” David never forgot nor ever failed to regret his terrible acts of offense.

          There’s a big difference between King David and President Clinton. One acknowledged promptly his wrongdoing and was sincerely sorry. The other offended again and again, and again, and again, and again. Then lied UNDER OATH about it among other things.

          The Catholic Catechism defines an oath as calling on God to bear witness to the truth of what we say. Now, if Clinton lied under oath, which evidence portrays he has, then Clinton actually called on God to bear witness to a lie. This is another grave act.

          I hear some people say it doesn’t matter what the President does in his “private” life. It DOES matter. Not that we have to know EVERY failing of Clinton, but it does matter in his ability to govern in a manner that is just and good.

          St. Paul wrote regarding the qualifications of those who serve (and leaders are always the servants of their people): “... for if a man does not know how to manage his own household, how can he take care of the church of God.” (1Tim 3:5) Even though Clinton is not serving as a “church” official, the same holds true. How can anyone mismanage his own married life (and 100s of adulterous affairs is certainly a mismanagement), and be counted on to be able to govern as head of his country in a just and good way? It is not possible, dear reader. We have God’s word for it!

          And I am not making reference only to the adulterous acts. Remember, there are lies under oath, obstructing justice, etc.

          Wake up, America! We should all be trembling to have a leader in the White House who has had a PATTERN of grave wrongdoings. I don’t want a FELON as the “leader” of our country! Neither do I believe all the poll reports! In my article last week, I wrote that we must pray hard for Clinton’s conversion. I reiterate that.

          Let’s pray that moral leadership will come back to the White House. God bless you!


September 18-20, 1998       volume 9, no. 183
GETTING TO THE HEART OF THE MATTER by Sister Mary Lucy Astuto

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