August 27, 2008

A Teaching Moment: Don't Let It Pass Us By!

Gentle Reader: I'm sure many reading this blog are already following the news about U.S. House Speaker, and Roman Catholic, Rep. Nancy Pelosi's, horribly inaccurate explanations of the teaching of the Roman Catholic Church regarding the sanctity of human life on Meet the Press .

Friends, I feel enormous empathy for her. I do. Really. Not all that long ago I would have probably given a similarly distorted response. I'm praying for her.

Is anyone really shocked to hear what she had to say? Anyone? We all know how appallingly bad catachesis has been for the last several decades and here it was: irrefutable proof of how bad it really has been played out on the public stage for all to hear by a highly educated and powerful public figure.

When many of us of a certain age were taught, not from what the Church documents really said or what the Church really meant, but from the mouths and beliefs of dissenters, the distortions of the press, and the relatavistic temptations of society, what did we expect? What can we expect, but what we just heard?

Is it an accident that this public embarrassment happened only a few weeks after we celebrated the 40th anniversary of Humanae Vitae? Is it an accident that this happened right before the political convention of a party that has historically sided with those who would belittle and destroy human life? You better believe it isn't! Could this be the moment that we look back on as the axis point in which acceptance of Pope Pius VI's encyclical finally happened?

I truly believe that this moment could be a massive turning point for us as Catholics who are tired of our shared teachings and beliefs being thoroughly misconstrued; who are tired of human life being treated like it's expendable. This is the chance to stand up for life! This is the chance to speak out and educate about what the Church actually teaches regarding the sanctity of human life! It goes FAR beyond educating only Ms. Pelosi and politicians! This is the moment to reach out to the people you see every day! If you hear them mumbling about the story, speak up! If you see them reading the story, speak up! If you see them viewing a recap on TV or YouTube, speak up! If you hear it on a radio program, call in! If you see it in the paper, write a letter to the editor! If you have family or friends that you will see during this upcoming long weekend (in the U.S. it is!) take a moment to bring it up in discussion! Remember: charity, always charity.

Already, a few Archbishops and some members of Congress have publicly spoken out. How many of US will do the same? Don't sit around and wait for what Father may or may not say this Sunday or at your next daily Mass! What are YOU going to do about it NOW?


Blogger Tom in Vegas said...


I think what you have here are two issues:

1) Is the erroneous understanding of Church teaching on behalf of Nancy Pelosi the result of a poorly catechized individual?

2) Poor catechists

Beginning with the first question, does anyone really believe that Nancy Pelosi’s views on abortion are the result of a poorly inculcated individual? If you call yourself a Catholic and don’t know the Church’s teaching on abortion, it’s a miracle how you can muster enough brain power to recall your own name. Pelosi knows VERY WELL what the Church teaching is on the destruction of unborn human life. But Nancy is a politician who wants to retain her elected seat, and in order to keep her heinie in the House, she has to prostitute her conscience to appease her constituency. Because calling yourself Catholic has its own political usefulness, she tries to reconcile “being Catholic” with “being pro-abortion” in the most ignorant of manners.

She’s serving two masters.

As to issue number 2, you are most definitely correct. There were, and in some cases still remain, some very poor catechists teaching new Catholics laws that go back thousands of years.

August 27, 2008 11:43 PM  
Blogger ignorant redneck said...

I don't know what I will do about this.

Other than not vote for the party of Death.

I have a horrible feeling that they'll come for us, one day soon

August 28, 2008 12:27 AM  
Anonymous Lisa said...

Yay, it's good to see you're back!:)
I've watched Pelosi in interviews lately and frankly, I think she's nuts.

August 28, 2008 6:35 AM  
Blogger Cathy_of_Alex said...

Tom: Good point. I'm sure she does know the church teaches that abortion is wrong but she can't articulate why. She can't even articulate her dissent in an accurate manner. I know when I was a dissenter I picked a little bit of this, little bit of that from sources I'd never even read or only had a very topline knowledge of. I see her doing the same thing here.

Hi Lisa and Redneck!

August 28, 2008 6:44 AM  
Blogger Ray from MN said...

I would imagine that the Speaker of the House of Representatives has at a minimum 40 staff members responsible to her.

If you don't know something, there are plenty of people that could do that research.

August 28, 2008 7:30 AM  
Blogger Sanctus Belle said...

We don't know how well Pelosi was catechised, and in effect its irrelevent. Every Catholic has the duty to correctly inform their conscience - the Catechism is very easily accessed and she certainly has access to it. The part that is missing here for her most likely, as well as for many other Catholics is our duty of SUBMISSION to the Magisterial teachings of the Catholic Church. We are are free to reject the teachings - but not without consequence (mortal sin, spiritual blindess, damnation).

You can be properly catechized until the cows come home, but that will do you no good if you have a spirit of rebellion and do not accept, submit and live according to the moral authority the church as over her members.

August 28, 2008 10:37 AM  

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