Head Knight of Columbus’ open letter challenges Sen. Biden on abortion remarks

Head Knight of Columbus’ open letter challenges Sen. Biden on abortion remarks

 

Supreme Knight Carl Anderson

.- Carl A. Anderson, Supreme Knight of the Knights of Columbus, has published an open letter to Democratic vice-presidential candidate Sen. Joseph Biden in several major newspapers, chastising his support for abortion and correcting his erroneous claims about historical Catholic teaching on abortion.

Warning that Biden’s public remarks could confuse Catholic women in crisis pregnancies about the morality of abortion, Anderson’s letter also invites Biden to meet with him to discuss the issue in person.

The open letter to Biden, a U.S. Senator from Delaware, was published in USA Today, the Washington Times, the Philadelphia Inquirer, and the Delaware News Journal on September 19. Anderson says he writes the letter “on behalf of 1.28 million members of the Knights of Columbus and their families in the United States.”

Anderson begins his letter to Biden by saying he writes as “a fellow Catholic layman.” Commenting that the bishops who have publicly corrected Biden’s remarks on historical Catholic teaching on abortion are “far from alone,” Anderson tells Biden his statements “carry considerable weight” because of Sen. Barack Obama’s emphasis of Biden’s Catholic identity.

“You now have a unique responsibility when you make public statements about Catholic teaching,” Anderson writes.

Echoing many Catholic bishops’ responses to Biden’s remarks, Anderson says modern medical science “leaves no doubt” about when life begins.

“It is not a matter of personal religious belief, but of science,” he writes.

Anderson’s letter addresses Biden’s appeal to St. Thomas Aquinas, which the senator used to justify his pro-abortion rights views. Anderson says that the learned saint had “only a medieval understanding of biology” and questions whether any other appeal to medieval biology would be made to justify modern law and policy.

Regardless of St. Thomas’ understanding of biology, Anderson continues, the saint’s view is “in any case entirely consistent with the long history of Catholic Church teaching in this area, holding that abortion is a grave sin to be avoided at any time during pregnancy.”

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Is the Roman Catholic Church the one true holy church of Jesus Christ?

Q: Is the Roman Catholic Church the one true holy church of Jesus Christ?

A: Jesus founded only one Church for the purpose of our salvation … the Church that has been known as Catholic since at least 107 AD.

Jesus authorized, empowered, and eternally guaranteed the Catholic Church until the end of time, and he did it personally, while he still walked the earth.

Not surprisingly, the Catholic Church remains constituted precisely as Jesus originally set it up … one, holy, catholic, and apostolic … in spite of the 50 or so generations of more or less corrupt men who governed it.

The Catholic Church survived the destruction of Jerusalem, the fall of Rome, and every other type of challenge and persecution the world could throw at it, while it literally converted the whole world for Christ.
The Catholic Church compiled, wrote, translated, and certified the Bible, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, and it continues to preserve and defend the entire sacred deposit of faith today.

It is also the longest reigning world government of any kind on earth, responsible for saving the world after the fall of Rome, and for contributing all that’s good to modern western civilization.

The Catholic Church has led countless souls to Heaven by witnessing for Christ, baptizing, and faithfully preaching the Gospel to people of every nation and every generation.

None of this was done in secret. Not even one small part of Catholic doctrine is less than fully documented, not properly explained, or less than completely correlated with the holy scriptures.

Indeed, the Catholic Church maintains a tradition of the world’s finest and most complete theological scholarship and practical philosophy, available freely to all, the likes of which is unrivaled by any other group or faith tradition, anywhere.

Finally, and since the very beginning, the Catholic Church has enjoyed the real and substantial presence of Jesus Christ in the Holy Eucharist … body, blood, soul and divinity … the one time, once for all, eternal sacrifice for the sins of the world … available to all … right here and right now … not to mention all the other sacraments, which are in themselves close, personal, and intimate encounters with the risen Christ.

I could go on.

Let anyone who chooses to try to refute any or all of the above lodge his objections with Jesus Christ, who remains the head of the Catholic Church .. the only Church for which he suffered and died, and the only Church which is betrothed to him, as his bride.

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Catholics, why is it considered bigotry to question post-scriptural doctrine?

Q: Catholics, why is it considered bigotry to question post-scriptural doctrine?

A: The Catholic Church already had things quite right on the day of Pentecost. And by Pentecost the Catholic church had already been given all of the divine mandates it presently enjoys, directly from Jesus Christ, while he still walked the earth.

All the New Testament scriptures are simply authentic Catholic tradition reduced to writing, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit … and tradition is the way the Holy Spirit has always guided … and always will guide … the authentic church, from age to age.

As for questions … the Catholic Church maintains a unique collection of 50 generations of the best, most consistent, most scholarly, extremely well documented, systematic theology and practical religious philosophy that the world has ever known … produced by the most brilliant, God inspired theologians and scholars from every country, and from every generation.

There is no equivalent or parallel, in any other faith tradition or denomination, anywhere on the planet.

Go ahead and question whatever you like … but ignoring all this out of hand isn’t necessarily bigotry … it’s just stupid.

Investigation “directly contradicts the negative perception of the pope’s war time activities”.

 

Pope says Pius XII “spared no effort” to help Jews

By Philip Pullella

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Benedict on Thursday forcefully defended his wartime predecessor Pius XII against accusations he did not do enough to help the Jews, saying Pius “spared no effort” on their behalf during World War II.

The pope spoke to members of the U.S.-based Pave the Way Foundation, a mixed Jewish-Catholic group which held a symposium in Rome on the papacy of Pius, who reigned from 1939 to 1958.

The symposium prepared a 200-page compilation of documents, diplomatic cables and newspaper clippings from the period — some of them previously unpublished — showing Pius did much to help Jews during the war and was thanked by Jewish leaders.

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I Don’t Believe in Gravity!

 

I Don’t Believe in Gravity!

by Rabbi Daniel Lapin

Don’t you agree that gravity is a nuisance? Think of the dropped items that wouldn’t break, and of the tumbles we would never take, if only Sir Isaac Newton, the 17th century British scientist who stated the Law of Gravity, had never been born. Life would be so much better without gravity, right?

 

Wrong.

Does anyone really think that until Newton stated the Law of Gravity, Englishman were free to float around above the countryside like untethered children’s balloons?

Of course not. Newton described gravity; he didn’t invent it. Gravity was never optional. Through Newton we understood it. There are spiritual laws of reality, as well, that are not optional. Those of us who believe that the good Lord created us regard Him as the expert in human nature. Therefore the instruction book He gave us, the Bible, is filled with guidance that matches our inborn natures.

For instance, when the Good Book labels promiscuity as a sin, believers understand that God is not merely indicating His displeasure at this behavior. Just as importantly, He is assuring us that it runs counter to our human needs. Promiscuity violates the spiritual laws of reality and causes just as much damage as diving out of a 20th floor window.

Consider taxation, whose first Biblical mention appears in Genesis 41.

Bewildered by his disturbing dreams, Pharaoh unsuccessfully seeks explanations from his courtiers. Finally his butler remembers the dream interpreting Joseph, who has been unjustly imprisoned for alleged sexual harassment. Joseph interprets the king’s dreams to be God’s forewarning of seven years of plenty to be followed by seven years of famine.

In verse 34 Joseph recommends applying a tax upon the Egyptian economy during the good years. “Let Pharaoh appoint officers over the land and collect up a fifth part during the seven years of plenty.” He very specifically suggests a figure of one fifth -or 20%-as the total tax on the country’s gross domestic product. Although he was an outsider to Pharaoh’s court, an alien jailbird, his counsel was acceptable not only to Pharaoh, but even more surprisingly:

“…the thing was good in the eyes of all his (Pharaoh’s) servants” (verse 37).

That a Jewish outsider’s recommendation to tax an entire country should please the monarch stretches credibility. That his subjects also found the recommendation pleasing can mean only one thing: Joseph was not imposing a new tax; he was reducing an existing one.

The tax rate they were all paying according to ancient Jewish wisdom was considerably higher than Joseph’s twenty percent. Being allowed to retain eighty percent of the fruits of their labors threw them into work with renewed energy. This tax reduction invigorated the Egyptians and, as one would expect, their economy thrived. Verse 47 confirms that”the earth brought forth by heaps.”

Most everyone accepts the need for some taxation. But when rates exceed certain limits, even law-abiding folks rebel by whatever means they can. This is no stain on their characters. They are responding to human nature. On tax rates, as on so many other issues, the Torah does not proscribe as much as it describes. It tells us about the immutable laws of human affairs.

Similarly when the Book of Numbers, 36:8 insists:
“the children of Israel shall enjoy, each man, the inheritance of his fathers,”

it is also telling us something of enduring importance: how to link consecutive generations.

Societies build healthy economies over time when citizens continue building upon the foundations constructed by their parents. People will labor and create tirelessly if they know that in so doing, they are bettering the lives of their children and their grandchildren. Men and women legitimately seek immortality through their children, which is why the Bible devotes so much space to the complexities of inheritance law.
When deciding whether to walk down a few flights of stairs or whether to take the quick route out the window, it helps to accept gravity as a fact.

When deciding rates of taxation, whether to live promiscuously, or whether a deceased parent’s wealth should belong to society or to his children, it is just as helpful to accept the Bible’s laws of human nature as fact.

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A President with no compassion for the least of us cannot be good, even for the best of us.

Barack Obama voted three times to permit babies born alive to be left out to die.

Barack Obama is a strident supporter of Planned Parenthood, NARAL, and other pro-death groups, everywhere.

Barack Obama’s position on abortion and infanticide is more radical and more liberal than any of the above.

Compare this to the personal actions of both the Republican presidential and vice-presidential candidates, who have acted decisively to respect and preserve life (except for McCain’s misguided support for embryonic stem cell research).

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What’s your stance on abortion?

Q: What’s your stance on abortion?

A: Abortion is a crime against humanity that has been decriminalized and promoted by governments all around the world, simply because it is politically expedient and cost effective.

As a matter of man’s inhumanity to man, the scourge of abortion rivals the debauchery of the infamous biblical cities of Sodom and Gomorrah, whose sins cried out to Heaven for vengeance.

Abortion is without equal in demonstrating massive and blatant disrespect for the sanctity of life, and concurrently, a profound lack of respect for God, who is the sole author of life.

Many years ago, the late Mother Teresa declared the advent of global terrorism to be a divine chastisement for the world wide practice of abortion.

Since then, things have only gotten worse.

God may be running out of patience.