“We Have No King But Caesar”

Now that the election is over, we can separate the real Catholics from those who just act the part. Those still reeling from the results of the election can rest assured that they are in good company with the saints. Those who have drawn a line in blood and made a decision to stand with the culture of death need a serious examination of conscience.
 
Now look at what we’ve done to ourselves. America has made her “choice” for maximum leader and it is not pretty. In fact, it is one of the most devastating blows to American civilization that we have ever undergone, and I do not speak in hyperbole. Even such a saintly figure as Mother Theresa said that “a nation that kills its children has no future;” likewise, an authority like Fr. Benedict Groeschel recently commented that we have entered into “the beginning of the twilight” of our country — dire words that touch on the reality of electing the most extreme, pro-abortion candidate America has ever had the misfortune of occupying the highest office of our land.
 
This has happened before though. When the prophet Samuel complained to God that the people of Israel were asking for a king, the Lord God replied that they were not rejecting Samuel but were in actual fact rejecting God Himself, His sovereignty and His authority over them (cf. 1 Sam, ch. 8). He also told Samuel that the people would have to accept the consequences of their wicked desire, and as we know, the craven need to be like the surrounding pagan nations was a bitter pill for them to swallow. The people of Israel echoed that rejection of their God more than a thousand years later when the King of Kings and Lord of Lords stood before them in Herod’s derisive purple robe and the people shouted, this time with vehemence: “We have no king but Caesar!” In essence, we have chosen a Barabbas over Christ — again.
 
And choices have consequences they say. The consequences of this election will be imprinted upon our national conscience for years to come, one of which is that, by electing abortion extremists to rule over us, both in the Presidency and in the Congress, we have now lost the blessing promised in Psalm 41:1-4 — “Happy those concerned for the lowly and the poor; when misfortune strikes, the Lord delivers them. The Lord keeps and preserves them, makes them happy in the land, and does not betray them to their enemies. The Lord sustains them on their sickbed.” It is hard for Americans to imagine that a land so consecrated could be shriven of that blessing. Yet, we have made our sickbed and we must lie in it.
 
This did not happen, though, without dire and prolonged warnings about the institutionalization of evil. We can’t say we were not warned. When moral persuasion about the killing of innocents did not work, rational science was our witness. When science was ignored and then co-opted for the works of death, AIDS and sexually transmitted diseases came to awaken people’s consciences, but these did little better.
 
God then had to allow such an onslaught of terrorism, hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, wildfires, earthquakes and tsunamis in the past decade that He surely thought we would wake us up to the deadly reality of the culture of death and repent. When that didn’t happen, He hit us in the most sensitive spot on the human body: our wallets. The gas price hikes and the recent financial meltdown surely would do the trick, He thought, but apparently that did not work either because our people adamantly refused to be deterred at any price from our lust for abortion and put into office all those who would serve the interests of this unholy agenda for decades to come.
 
Alas, we all need to get on our knees and repent from the very depths of our hearts for the plague that we have just invited onto our beloved nation.
 
At the same time, my friends, despite the dismal picture, this is a time to thank Almighty God for the gifts of life, love and family that we have been given. It is also the time to seriously engage in efforts to take the culture back so that eventually our politics will follow the growth of a new pro-life culture from the seeds we are planting today.

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  • CherylDickow

    Father,

    This is said so succinctly and is the reason that after morning prayers, I read through the Catholic Exchange site. After that, I get my daily dose of Catholic radio and then feel I can begin my day because I’ve gotten a good store of sustaining faith. Next is emails…

    It was particularly interesting this morning because my email contained a link regarding the liberal congress’ push for “The Fairness Doctrine.” Essentially it is a bill that would drastically change the ability of radio stations, such as my precious Catholic radio, to do what they do best: Speak the Truth.

    The reason I find the connection between that email and your article so interesting is that democrat Feinstein from California calls the “Fairness Doctrine” necessary because talk radio is “overwhelmingly one way” and filled with “hyperbole.” Exactly what you are rightfully reminding us that the Truth is not! It is not hyperbole but fact that no one wants to hear. The Truth is the light that those in darkness are trying to put out.

    In the face of what we just experienced from the liberal media in this election you just have to laugh at Feinstein’s remarks that the little we have in the face of Truth is being called “one way.” But once we stop laughing we ought to realize that the goal of the Fairness Doctrine is real and all our voices need to be heard in congress.

    If anyone is interested in signing the petition, here is the link:

    http://www.mrcaction.org/517/petition.asp?Ref_ID=1954&RID=18420537

    Cheryl Dickow
    http://www.BezalelBooks.com

  • DonHudzinski

    But much of this falls on us for trying to make the government a church! When one allows the government to perform church functions as to not have to perform them thierself, they get what they deserve.

  • http://catholichawk.com prairiehawk

    “The beginning of the twilight”: people who are old enough to remember our beloved President Reagan will recall his words, that we have come into “morning in America.” We have gone from “morning” to “twilight” in one generation. The new president should call out the National Guard to close the abortion clinics, but it isn’t going to happen. What we have begun, we now must see through to its conclusion. Pray for the future of our nation, and indeed of our civilization, and pray that we will have the courage to face the justice of God bravely. Our Lady of the Americas, pray for us!

  • elkabrikir

    Don, to whom are you addressing your comments? Please don’t include “me” in “us”.

    Catholic teaching is one of subsidiarism.

    I think the “us” to which you refer, are the same “them” that Father Euteneuer describes as “abortion extremists to rule over us”.

    And, quite without surprise, those Catholics who support Obama et al are also “they” who have institutionalized government as church.

    Along with Marxists and fascists, self proclaimed Catholics who supported Obama and his murderous crew, truly have no king but Caesar.

    Thank you Father Euteneuer. For some reason you are one of the few priests who hasn’t been silenced by the bishops who don’t believe their own words regarding the intrinsic evil of abortion. My own daughter won’t hang out with kids who steal gum from drug stores, yet the cowards carrying miters nuance their words about voting for politicians who have gotten rich and powerful supporting the slaughter of the innocent.

    This is what I want to hear proclaimed loudly and clearly, “Hear ye! Hear ye! Anybody who votes for any proabortion candidate, regardless of their other positions or their personal disgust for abortion, is committing mortal sin and may not receive communion before a sacramental confession. The right to life is a first principle and is non-negotiable. If you have read this paragraph of exhortation, then you may not vote for a pro-abortion politician in good faith.

    Few, if any bishops will ever say that. Yet I’m sure they’d say, “you can’t vote for Hitler, Stalin, Mao, or a slave trader and still be a Catholic in good standing”. Truly, abortion isn’t a grave evil to them. The blood of 48 million people (in America alone) cries out to deaf ears.

    You are in my prayers, Father. Thank you for your witness to the Gospel and for encouraging the “we” who are faithful, to persevere to the end.

  • elkabrikir

    PS we mustn’t forget that “Caesar” will also export the evil of abortion around the world. Already about 40 million people are killed by abortion annually worldwide. Many, many poor countries including Kenya abhor abortion and decry “poverty” solutions that have as their prescription the “final solution”.

    Under Obama US taxpayer money will be used to coerce poor countries to accept abortion and sterilization or face starvation……literally.

  • redwallabbey13

    I read this post with goosebumps as my husband had made the same analogy just prior to the election when we knew Obama had won. A ‘king’ was demanded and was given. Let us hope that we can endure better than the Israelites.

  • joanspage

    I’m tired of this! Sick of it!

    Obama has not taken one action as President anhd yet he has been painted as an agre. I believe he got the Catholic vote due to eight years of bad government and no indication of how McCain would change anything.

    I am sick of doom-ad-gloom, too. Obama is a sinner Duh! What do we do with sinners? We love them and try to convert them?

    Did God smack New Orleans, particularly its poor, because of sin and spare L.A. and San Francisco? Do we want a preaching like rhis?

    Obama won! Get over it. Work with him. Pray for him. Oppose him if he’s wrong but quit making him evil incarnate. That won’t work.

  • http://www.fatimashrine.com Peter M. Calabrese

    Dear Joan,
    I agree with you in part we have to wait for him to take office but unfortunately Fr. Tom is right – all of his appointments so far have been solid pro-Choice advocates. Every action he has taken as President elect has confirmed his Pro-Death views. He has yet to extend and olive branch to the Pro-Life people as he has extended an olive branch to his former rivals the CLintons. In fact he is busy reinstalling a CLinton team which might be better for us than a Chicago team but so far it is not good.

    The exhortations of Fr. TOm remind us that we need to pray and work because the situation is dire. Pro-Lifers have already been working tirelessly to do the “social justice” things that Casey, Kmiec and Cafardi thinka re going to be new! The fact is according tot he pro-Death Allan Guttmacher institute only 23% of abortions are for economic reasons. Even doubling that Casey, Kmiec, Cafardi, Reese and company are saying that 600,000 abortions a year is acceptable.

    President Elect Obama needs to know that respect for any good he accomplishes will not be considered if he condones and exports the murder of the unborn. Remember Hitler, Mussolini, Stalin, Mao, Amin, Castro and many others all lowered unemployment and sought to enhance the social programs of their countries.

  • http://catholichawk.com prairiehawk

    Joan,

    I’m with Peter and the other posters. I think we know this tiger by his stripes. I have written in this space and elsewhere (catholichawk.com) that we should have hope and pray for Mr. Obama, but we also need to be realists. He got elected on a radical pro-abortion platform and needs a great change of heart if that platform is not to be aggressively promoted once he’s in office. Is that possible? Yes. Would it be a miracle? Yes. We don’t count on miracles–the maxim is, “Hope for the best, prepare for the worst.” So that’s what we’re doing, buckling down and preparing for the worst for the unborn and indeed, for the Church herself. I think we are on the verge of a new persecution by relativism.

  • goral

    “Obama won! get over it. Work with him. Pray for him”.
    Good advice or unrealistic fuzzy-headed thinking?
    My conclusion is that’s it’s not only fuzzy headed, unrealistic and fantastical thinking, it’s grossly irresponsible and irrational and totally ignores Obama’s record, his statements and actions and the donkey that he rode in on.
    Fr. Tom has a track record. I’ll hang my hat on his words. We’ll revisit this topic again and again as we pray for this “sinner” and ask God to consider how many righteous are still left before the calamities come.

  • Stanley90

    I am British, living in the UK, and therefore I did not have to vote. If I may express an opinion, however, I would agree with Joanspage who suggests that we are judging a man who is condemned before he has acted. He is branded a sinner- but so are we all!! As good Catholics we should be praying for him and hoping that we can use our Catholic influence to turn him into a life-supporter. By the appointment of a black man as President largely the sin of racialism in your Country has been defeated for which good Catholics will raise a great Alleujah, so why can it not happen in the fight against the sin of abortion?

  • marcey

    Joanspage,

    Obama’s positions are clear. What are we supposed to get over? The real fact that he considers the unborn “mistakes” that shouldn’t have to be kept if they happen? You want us to get over that? I think not!

    God help anyone who believes that this isn’t a dire situation. Look at the appointments he is making, look at his past connections, look at his voting record. Again, get over what? That we see him for who he is and are rightfully concerned?

    I’m assuming you are a Catholic who voted for obama’s pro-death agenda and now you wish us all to keep quiet because we continue to fight for the unborn.

    I agree with Father in this article. EVERYONE was warned about the intrinsic evil of abortion and when that didn’t work they were given scientific facts and then their logic was played to, and yet nothing sunk in and obama is headed for the White House. God seemed to say with this election, “Choose innocent babies or your wallets” and the wallets won.

    Why would we think it is okay to take innocent lives through abortion but not think that God can and will allow any of us to suffer consequences. We haven’t saved the truly innocent and all else matters not a single bit.

    The only thing we ought to get over is the way in which we have forgotten that God is a just God.

  • CherylDickow

    Stanley90,

    As good Catholics I am sure we are all praying for the the President-Elect but can’t imagine how anyone could raise a great Alleujah knowing how this man stands on the abortion issue. The most liberal ever, telling Planned Parenthood he will turn back the clock on any pro-life gains through a quick signature on a piece of paper. First thing on his agenda, he says. And Pelosi and Reid right hehind him. So much for checks and balances.

    Maybe we should consider the great ways in which women have suffered, and sadly still do suffer. Whether it was years ago when we could not vote or today the ways in which women are objectified. How about the untold prejudices against women in the workplace or unfair wages. Even today the secular world does a fine job of pitting women against one another. Women have suffered greatly throughout the ages but continue to diligently tend to their lives.

    So, how wonderful would it have been with a first-ever woman vice president who was ALSO PRO-LIFE.

    Now there’s something to raise a great Alleujah to!

  • http://privilegedwhitemales.blogspot.com/ jackster

    The US under Obama will probably be a lot like Canada under Paul Martin. During Martin’s tenure as Prime Minister, he ramrodded gay marriage through parliament and ordered all Liberals to vote in favor of it. Likewise in the Canadian Senate. He claimed to be a Catholic all the while, and his Bishop remained silent.

    The wombs of Canadian women are the most dangerous places for fetuses to reside in the entire world. There are no restrictions whatsoever on abortion here, and the Government pays for the killings. We have gay marriage, and gay adoption nationwide. We have Human Rights Commissions that have a 100% conviction rate against any complaint of Christian teaching in the public square. Our medical system is under control of the ruling class, and respect for freedom of conscience comes under frequent attack.

    The big difference though, is that Canada is a bit player on the world stage, and the US is the lead dog. Copycat nations missed the victories the culture of death stole in Canada, but the US/Obama example will become the “standard” for them.

    But don’t lose hope. Although our inalienable human rights and freedoms are no longer recognized by decree from the ruling class, and killing, and perversion are enshrined as rights, those of us who choose to live in Christ’s truth are still able to do so in relative peace.

    The truth is that the people of this nation, and those of the USA are predominately men and women of good will. Regardless of what vocal minorities holler, or some beaurocrats decree, we still manage to get along.

    Do not forget that the seed of salvation was sown in a much more hostile environment than what we have here today.

  • Warren Jewell

    As an Illinoisan – known Obama for Illinois-legislative years before most of you had heard of him; of the One B.O., two bona fide actions:

    1. THE voice behind not giving medical help to surviving babes of abortion

    2. Voting ‘present’ so as to avoid encumbering his future runs for office with actually having taken positions where he should have – hence, effective ‘acts of ommission’ for his self-service.

    Obama – to one brighter, better qualified black leader, ‘the Ego and the Mouth’ – is likely to be a big problem for truth-seeking, right-thinking people. However, and worse, there are many similar ilk in the U.S. legislative and judicial branches already to help him along.

    So, yeah, I pray for the whole ilk – and their loyal opposition. More, I pray for us – we’ll need the prayers as much or more than they do.

  • elkabrikir

    To stanley in England:

    From what I know about England, and the way morality and the church are headed there and in the rest of Europe, Americans should do exactly the opposite of those of you residing across the pond. Actually, in a few more years it won’t be a problem deciding whether or not to listen to you: historic Englishmen, Germans, Italians, or French won’t exist. You will have contracepted, sterilized, an aborted yourselves into extinction. Relativism as Religion (a good book, by the way) is winning and your comments are proof of it.

    Obama has a clear track record from which he is not deviating even as he rehires Clinton hacks.

    And, by the way, England has a sordid history of slave trading itself. Would you have voted for John Hawkyns (or “Hawkins,” as his name is often transcribed), the first master of the English slave trade?

    “During the 17th century, England established itself as the greatest slave-trading nation in the world. He was also a product of a universal culture that considered slaughter and slavery just a sidenote to progress and civilization. When Hazlewood (author of The Queen’s slave trader) writes of the Spanish colonization of the Carribean, one must flinch at the visuals he offers; firsthand accounts of indiscriminate savagery as soldiers killed “small children, old men, pregnant women, and even women who had just given birth.” According to one report, “they even laid wagers on whether they could manage to slice a man in two at a stroke, or cut an individual’s head from his body, or disembowel him with a single blow of their axes,” even as they took infants and “dashed them headlong against the rocks.” It is against this backdrop, perhaps, that one begins to see the glimmer of such men as Hawkyns, who regarded the buying and selling of other human beings as nothing more than a route to riches.”http://blogcritics.org/archives/2005/01/06/121743.php

    Father Eutenaur speaks the truth with prophetic clarity. Thank you CE for bringing his thoughts and Catholic truth to the world of cyberspace.

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  • reachrai

    Comments like Joan’s in support of presiden-elect barack Obama puzzle me.
    She seems to be acted upon by a ‘spirit’(a sensus fidei or lack thereof) that is hardly what one would expect from people in tune with this website’s perspective.
    Rather arguing with her, please accept the possibility that rather than trying to rebut a clearly secularist mentality (which patently prevents Joan from even suspecting what Fr. Thomas Euteneuer is really talking about) it would be expedient to advise Joan to chose a more consonant environment where to express her thoughts.Not a matter of censorship! Anybody would find odd that a defense of a catholic belief be proposed within an atheist forum WHILE THAT PERSON STILL PRETENDING TO BE A LEGITIMATE ATHEIST

  • Mary Kochan

    I would much prefer she stay and bring many of her friends. I can’t imagine anything more salutary for them online than frequent association with you good people.

  • bkeebler

    Thank you for your article. I agree, we have made our choice (or the choice was made for us) but we who know the Truth belong to Christ.

    Joshua 24: 14-28

    “Alas, we all need to get on our knees and repent from the very depths of our hearts for the plague that we have just invited onto our beloved nation.”

  • joanspage

    I retract my “get over it;” it was not the best choice of words.

    I know abortion is a grave issue but people vote on eoomomics. That’s why he won.

    People are hurting everywhere. I think we must admit this and then ask how we can make life issues more relevant to more people during this time.

    Attacking Obnama is not the answer. It just doesn’t work.

    I read articles here frequently and I get frustrated hearing lines that didn’t work before the election being recylced. We are preaching to the choir.

    Now, let me be clear. We can keep our core beliefs but the way we present them must change if we want to change oue culture.

  • Mary Kochan

    What do you suggest?

  • elkabrikir

    Mary, a holy priest from my diocese, Fr Roux, wrote in this week’s Charlotte Diocese newspaper that the main thing we can do is

    be holy as our heavenly father is holy.

    Yes the actions we are doing are important, Joan’s comments not-withstanding. But he said we need to sanctify the small patch of the world God has given us to tend.

    That is the conclusion I myself have made. And I’m sure many CE readers concur.

    Therefore, I’ve found that In Conversation With God, a daily meditation guide tied to the lectionary, has helped me progress spiritually over the 7 years I’ve prayed it. Of course frequenting the sacraments is a given.

    Abortion is an individual sin with many coconspirators. Therefore, people must be educated and hearts must be softened.

    time for night prayers.

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