Assault on Conscience and Reality

November 4th was not just a historic date in history because of the election of the nation’s first black president; it also marked a new division that was established in our country between those who have consciences formed in the truth and those who don’t. I have constantly spoken of the need to battle for America’s very soul, but I am seeing that there is more at stake here: we are engaged in a battle to define reality, and the outcome of that battle undoubtedly determines the fate of souls.

As evidence of this fight for reality, a court in Montana last week arbitrarily decided that doctors in that state can help people kill themselves. This was defined as an extension of a fundamental human “right” of the man who brought the case. That esteemed court pontificated thus: “The Montana constitutional rights of individual privacy and human dignity, taken together, encompass the right of a competent terminally (ill) patient to die with dignity…Montanans generally mind their own business and do not wish to restrict other people in their freedoms unless the exercise of those freedoms interferes with other members of society.” Well, that’s exactly the point, isn’t it? Now that assisted suicide is the law of the States of Oregon, Washington and Montana, will the elderly, the sick and the handicapped begin to have a duty to die as well? Ask Terri Schiavo if she was “free” to choose life.

When the courts, or the policy-makers, divorce reality from sanity, then “other people’s freedoms” will indeed interfere with the life of others in society, particularly the most vulnerable. Gone are the days when we could just say that we have to tolerate another’s right to choose his own personalized belief system – pretty soon we will be forced to choose between his alien belief system and ours, and the results will not be pretty. Haven’t we noticed in recent weeks, since the election, that the forces of lawlessness are marching in a militant fashion? Washington State legalized physician-assisted suicide in the election and Montana follows suit weeks later. Three states said a resounding “No!” to gay marriage, and churches and pro-marriage organizations have been attacked sadistically by homosexual activists. We also just learned that President-elect Obama has fawningly invited a radical Gay and Lesbian group called the Decadence Festival to march in the Inaugural Parade. We elect two pro-abort branches of government and these proceed to choose the most extreme abortion advocates for key positions in the Administration while all the world’s attention is fixated on their money and their bailouts.

The distortion of meaning and sanity in the public forum will not be alleviated in the Obama Administration; in fact, it will be intensified. Americans have handed the institutions of political and social power over to people who have proven track-records of activism on radical issues that will destroy lives and souls. These have been emboldened by what they have interpreted as a national mandate for their agenda. Only the forces of conscience based on objective moral truth and common sense will counter the unholy agendas that will be visited upon our nation as a result of this election. We, for our part, must batten down the moral and spiritual hatches to make sure that we evaluate all things with the Mind of Christ, and when in doubt, let’s look to the enduring wisdom of the Christian Tradition and the official teachings or our Church for guidance. We will be fortified in our battle by these blessings from on high.

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  • http://catholichawk.tk PrairieHawk

    Our Republic is disintegrating before our very eyes, and we all have front row seats. What surprises me most is how quickly it’s all coming apart. Didn’t Rome take centuries to fall?

  • stutmann9

    The remedy to all of this is Devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, which God has revealed through Mary at Fatima in 1917. The Miracle at Fatima and the Apparitions at Fatima, which are Church-approved, are even more relevant to today. Renewal of the Five First Saturdays, the Rosary and reparation for sin is the remedy to counteract the forces of evil at work in the world. If you would like to know my testimony and about a very special happening in my life with regard to Our Lady of Fatima, e-mail me at stutmann9@catholic.org with your name and address and I will send you something very special and to invite you to join with me in renewal of devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
    God’s Peace,
    Jackie Stutmann

  • noelfitz

    I read:
    “it also marked a new division that was established in our country between those who have consciences formed in the truth and those who don’t.”

    Does this mean that those who voted for Obama do not have a conscience formed by truth?

    Can Catholics in America support the President-Elect and his administration? Should all those Catholics who supported Obama be excommunicated, or at least denied the sacraments?

    God bless,

    NoelFitz.
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    In necessariis, unitas; in dubiis, libertas; in omnibus, caritas.
    _________________________________________________

  • irish_2171

    There will be darkness, fear and worry present. These are all ploys of the devil. The only way that darkness, fear, and worry will prevail is if we allow it to reign in our hearts. But light is always present. Light can only be temporarily shielded by darkness. With true faith in Christ as our leader and our guide we will prevail in all circumstances. In the words of St. Perpetua, “Stand firm in the faith, love one another and do not be tempted to do anything wrong because of our sufferings.”

    Peace,
    David in Indiana

  • irish_2171

    noelfitz…………

    A vote for Obama was a nod to the world that in some way, shape, or form, the culture of death and lack of moral standards is somehow alright. There is no other way to interpret that. I can not stomach an agenda where taking a life can be twisted around to seem like it is something good, i.e., FOCA. Obama’s consenting voters somehow convinced themselves that the lack of moral fiber and, more importantly, the sanctity of life was somehow less important than their self-serving material interest and me-first persona. None-the-less, I will pray for them just the same as I do Obama and his administration. We will all have to stand and answer for our actions someday.

  • goral

    To answer an above posted question: Yes, it absolutely does mean that those who voted for Obama do not have a properly formed conscience.
    Does that mean that they’re awful people? No! It just means that somewhere along the formation path they took a bad turn and are now in a fog.
    It is not the job of the Church to excommunicate them but to instruct them and bring them back.
    To pose that specious question is in itself a sign of faulty logic and bad formation.

  • http://catholichawk.tk PrairieHawk

    And since it is families–the domestic Church–and the Church herself who are responsible for forming consciences, I’d say that most people with ill-formed consciences aren’t even culpable. The Church has let them down, because in large part she hasn’t been doing her job.

    Where are the devout lay Catholics who are supposed to walk alongside people who suffer from same-sex attraction, alongside people who were confused by Obama’s rhetoric, alongside women about to choose abortion? And where is the hierarchy that is supposed to be seeing to the formation of devout Catholics?

    At the root of many, if not most, of the problems facing this country is a Church that has been asleep at the wheel for several decades, bickering internally about things like the form of the liturgy and who can be ordained. It’s time for the Church to wake up and face the world!

  • Mary Kochan

    PrairieHawk, that is such a good point. I have wondered often about what is the strategy of those people who keep harping on things — like women’s ordination, same-sex marriage”, etc. — over which there is not a snowball’s chance in hell that the Church is going to change. But you have hit on it — the faithful who have to keep responding to all their ministry of confusion get their time and energies wasted. We are often so exhausted palying defense that progress — in terms of evangelization becomes very difficult.

  • http://cradlerocker624.blogspot.com/ madhattertea

    Pray for the pro-life Marchers this January.
    Pray for their safety.

    They really are marching into the Lions den this year.
    Madeline

  • http://matthewsmom.blogspot.com/ Catholic Out Loud

    PraireHawk and Mary Kochan – the faithful need to engage the culture. We cannot sit back and bemoan the fact that our government is pro-death as well as many of the people – a record 131 million voters turned out for the last presidential election.

    How do you engage the culture? Pray, read spiritual materials, attend the sacraments frequently and THEN, go onto your local newspaper websites and read. When you see an opening to engage the culture with truth – do so. Write letters to the editor of your papers. Talk to those in your neighborhood – those who blatantly disregard life – let them know, when the opportunity presents itself, to gently speak truth. Speak the truth when standing in line at the grocery store – find an opportunity to encourage young parents in the store, when they are tired and ready to smack a kid. Help those in need – with a smile, an encouraging word, an offer to babysit, whatever God puts on your hearts.

    BE CHRIST to those who do not know Him.

    We will always have people bickering within the Church – that is a great ploy of the little worm. We must be steadfast and not think that the “Church” is going to make things better – we ARE the Church – and we are called to educate and act – to end abortion, to end euthanasia, to end this culture of death.

    It is not easy and there are many times when I am slammed for my letters to the editor, for my comments on blogs – but we must fight the good fight.

    God Bless you all -

  • http://catholichawk.tk PrairieHawk

    Catholic Out Loud,

    Bless you for your forthrightness, and I couldn’t agree more on the necessity of individual Catholics taking responsibility for their own spiritual lives and for speaking out in public forums. However, it’s a reality that not everyone is going to do that, not on his or her own, not without proper leadership. We need the WHOLE church, lay people and hierarchy alike, united around a common mission. Each one of us, priest, bishop, and lay person, has a role to play.

    “The community of believers was of one heart and mind, and no one claimed that any of his possessions was his own, but they had everything in common. With great power the apostles bore witness to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great favor was accorded them all.” (Acts 4:32-33)

    That’s what the Church needs to become — we’ve done it before, and we can do it again. Notice that Luke links “great power” to being “of one heart and mind.” We need that power, and it’s ours for the asking: We are the People of God!

  • DonHudzinski

    Our US Bishops try to off load thier resposibilities, as a church, to do the works of mercy, placing them in the hands of the state, so as not to do these acts themself.

    This was a violation of seperation of church and state, which cause the state to become a church.

    Now the people must choose between church and state.

    You loose control of your resposibilities, when you turn those resposibilities over to another.

  • Andrew James

    Noelfitz said:

    “Does this mean that those who voted for Obama do not have a conscience formed by truth?”

    The answer is yes. Wasn’t that the point of the article?

    And by the way Noelfitz, what is up with your protestant motto, “unity in necessary things; liberty in doubtful things; charity in all things”? Do you think that by presenting it in Latin it would give you more “Catholic” credibility, or were you hoping no one would notice it. Maybe you just think you are smarter than us?

    “Us” being faithful Catholics, of course.

  • Andrew James

    “To pose that specious question is in itself a sign of faulty logic and bad formation.”

    Well said, Goral.

  • noelfitz

    Andrew,

    many thanks for your post.

    I am grateful to you for your clear reply.

    I really do believe it is important to have charity/love in all things.

    I do not think I am smarter that you.

    God bless,

    NoelFitz.
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    In necessariis, unitas; in dubiis, libertas; in omnibus, caritas.
    _________________________________________________

  • Warren Jewell

    Nice exchange, as a Catholic exchange ought to be – of no real ‘argument’ but as to orthodox procedures.

    The heart is unity, isn’t it? If from top to bottom the Church spoke and acted as one, under our very One God, we’d be a force already too formidable to either silence or ignore; just like our first-century predecessors. That God would then kick in blessings of graces that give power to souls, hearts, voices and actions would make us compelling in our unity.

    I consider that Popes John Paul II, the Great, and Benedict XVI have so tried to lead, with mixed results. And, the Pope must be busy with the universal Church, not just its American arm. I must say that if I were to take to the role of ‘martyr’ (witness) all alone, it would be pretty confusing just what I’d be accomplishing. Who would listen to a lone voice that just could not be as dynamic as Saint John the Baptist, or ‘standing [as one] amidst the Eleven’ as did Saint Peter? Since the secular formation of both consciences and self-centered narcissism answers such a one almost like a mob, just what can I be alone?

    For another important thing, how many of them would still believe, in the floods of skepticism and/or cynicism, in the love behind any lone apologetical witness?

  • Cooky642

    Dearest Warren, what you would be is “a voice crying in the wilderness”! How do you know your voice “just could not be as dynamic as Saint John the Baptist, or….Saint Peter?” Hmmmmmmmm?

    And, to Catholic Out Loud, thank you, thank you, thank you for reminding us that WE are the Church! We get so caught up in what the bishops/priests are doing–or, not doing–that we lose sight of the fact that WE are an eye or a foot or an ear or a hand. Not all of us are ‘mouths’, but each of us has something we are called to do. Instead of sitting here complaining about everybody else, why aren’t we out doing?!

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