Friday, September 25, 2015
SHEPARD SMITH OF FOX, IS HE CATHOLIC? HE OUGHT TO BE!
I think that we are in a weird place in the world when the following things are considered political. Five things, I'm going to tick them off. These are the five things that were on [the pope] and our president's agenda. Caring for the marginalized and the poor. That's now political. Advancing economic opportunity for all. Political? Serving as good stewards of the environment. Protecting religious minorities and promoting religious freedom globally. Welcoming [and] integrating immigrants and refugees globally. And that's political?"
- Shepard Smith
Most Catholics who are commenting here think what Shepherd Smith thinks, that people think those five things above that he ticks off and that the Pope is commenting on, are political and not religious, human issues.
Again, I have to point out to all here that those five things and the Pope of Rome speaking about them to the political powers of the USA are not political issues but issues near and dear to the Catholic Church.
But Catholics are woefully unaware of this in our country because of poor catechesis that has been woefully lacking.
Instead we have focused on redecorating the Mass and convincing the laity that the redecorated Mass was nicer than the old way the Mass was decorated. We've focused on lectors, communion ministers and how well the congregation participates. We've focused on music that most Catholics hate and insist on telling them that it is what Vatican II wanted.
Conservative priests and laity have focused on the evils of messing with natural law as it concerns unnatural sex, artificial contraception and the like. Most in the world know very well what the Church's teaching on abortion is although a great number in the world, to include Catholics, reject parts of that teaching and insist that artificial contraception would lead to fewer abortions, when in fact it has led to many, many more.
Pope Francis early on in his papacy said, the world knows what the Church teaches about abortion but there are other things to talk about too. Pope Francis has clearly stated at other times and for the world to hear his opposition to abortion and he has used that term many times and reiterated it within the context of our throw away society. His Holiness has also reiterated the need to respect Natural Law and has done so brilliantly in Chapter II of Laudato Si--read it! He makes connections between our original and actual sins against natural law that bring devastation to our relationship with God, with each other and with the earth. But His Holiness doesn't stop there, he gives the antidote to original sin--God's grace, mercy and forgiveness that heal the wounds we created in our relationship with God, with each other and with the earth!
But do Catholics who focus on pro-life issues see the other teachings of the Church flowing from that foundational moral principal which are the five things that Shepard Smith points out and which I state again:
1. Caring for the marginalized and poor (which implies the unborn!)
2. Advancing economic opportunity for all (which implies caring for life after the right to birth!)
3. Serving as good stewards of the environment (which sustains both the unborn and born!)
4. Protecting religious minorities and promoting religious freedom globally (Seems pro-life to me tied into the human right to bring one's faith to the public square as Pope Francis did in Congress! )
5. Welcoming [and] integrating immigrants and refugees globally. (Being pro-life and supporting this agenda are not mutually exclusive and are a part of the Church's moral teaching on the sanctity of life!)
I would condemn as an unjust judgement anyone who says that those who are called to defend the life of the unborn and from the moment of conception, no matter how that conception takes place, don't care about other life issues after birth, such as the care of the baby, toddler, child, preteen, teenager, young adult, maturing adult, elderly adult! If they don't know that these are interrelated, then they are ignorant of Church teaching and it may not be their fault! It may be the fault of the institutional Church that hasn't taught this to them. But now they have a pope who is!
And for those who say that Catholics, to include the Pope of Rome, don't care about the unborn and from the moment of conception, no matter how that child is conceived, when they promote the five teachings of the Church I highlighted from Shepard Smith's brilliant commentary, that they are being equally unjust in their judgments and if they think that abortion and these five things aren't Catholic teachings. If they don't know that being pro-life from the moment of conception, no matter how that conception takes place, is linked to these five things then they have been extremely poorly catechized.