The Catholic Church has been diligent to ensure that its statements both inside and outside of church walls have been in compliance with the requirement that tax-exempt institutions are not permitted to endorse specific candidates or political parties. In view of the terrific hit which basic morals and religious freedom received on November 6, perhaps it would have been better for the Church to have relinquished its tax-exempt status and address the educational needs of an obviously uninformed “faithful.”
HAMPERED MISSION WORSE THAN LOSS OF TAX EXEMPTION?
To be sure, the financial loss which would accompany its change in taxation would be significant. However, the re-elected President and the composition of the new Congress are likely to hamper the Church’s mission in far greater ways. It is disgraceful how the “Catholic vote” has once again given our federal government the permission to continue: killing the unborn, undermining the family through legitimizing disordered behavior, and further relegating the inalienable right of religious freedom to the compost piles for politically incorrect ideas.
APPLAUDING BILLY GRAHAM’S EFFORT
Billy Graham deserves much applause for his willingness to take a very visible public stand. He published a full-page ad in the Wall Street Journal and many local papers across the nation a couple of weeks before the election. He implored all citizens to step up and support, via the voting booth, those time-tested values which have made this country great and which are necessary for any civilization to thrive. He noted that the election would be the day before his 94th birthday. Unfortunately, we didn’t give him the present he requested.
DIFFERENT CHURCH APPROACHES
Church leaders could have publicly endorsed the Romney/Ryan ticket with a clear statement declaring that, while the Republican Party does not entirely embody Catholic principles, a vote for President Obama totally contradicted our beliefs. A concerted effort was necessary to assist Catholics in discerning the false prophets of today’s political scene (see 2 Peter 2:1-3). A knowledgable faithful would have provided more than enough votes to thwart the relentless march of the intrinsic evils of Obama/Biden.
The Church should have taken a more “interactive” approach to counteract the grossly misleading ads of the Democratic party. Our society has become so mesmerized by all forms of visual and audio stimulation that traditional means were insufficient. This is not to absolve the Republican Party for also failing to use television and cyberspace more assertively. However, in an age when too many do not respect or even consider the Magisterium (teaching authority of the Church) as “relevant,” it was a critical time for the Church to reassert its teaching authority which was given by Jesus to His apostles and their successors (and to paraphrase Casey Stengel, “You can look it up in Luke 10:16”).
FUTURE OF DARKENED SKIES
Although China is the clear leader when it comes to religious oppression, the U.S. is now participating in the same league. The results of this past Tuesday have given Big Brother more encouragement and greater means to continue making religion subordinate to him. For the long term, more Supreme Court appointments by President Obama in the next four years will strengthen the anti-life tendencies for the next generation. There are likely to be two retirements coming up and a Senate sympathetic to Obama and his distaste for decency will ensure his agenda.
Recent legislative trends, unbridled executive orders, and a society enamored with the excesses of the Roman Empire’s latter days will produce the following:
1) We will witness an accelerated demise of Catholic adoption and counseling agencies. They will not be premitted to operate because they believe that disordered sexual practices are to be treated with loving care, but not legitimized. The sanctity of marriage is being redefined by secular governments who have no authority to do so because they didn’t create marriage.
2) Unless the courts overrule aspects of the HHS mandate that violate the First Amendment, Catholic schools, hospitals and other care-giving organizations will close because of the draconian penalties for following deeply held beliefs, including the right to life.
3) Even if the Church’s institutions survive, there seems to be little to protect small employers or individuals such as this blog author from financial penalties imposed as a result of following God instead of “Caesar” on matters of faith.
4) The Church will come under attack under false charges of “discrimination” for not being able to ordain women and homosexual men as priests. Public opinion will turn against the Church when so-called “Catholics,” who publicly contradict the Church’s core beliefs in their positions of influence, are denied the Eucharist. A current example of this is China, which thinks bishops must have governmental approval before being installed. This is from a paranoia that Church teachings, exposing the immoralities of government policies, will cause political unrest. Consequently, it has become more difficult for the Church in China to carry out its spiritual mission because it is not bowing to political pressure. The U.S. authorities could conceivably adopt similar sanctions for the previously mentioned reasons and with the same net effect on the Church’s ability to function openly.
5) Some Canadian Catholic schools are being challenged for teaching that the expression of homosexual and other disordered tendencies are sinful. Expect this to cross the border and infect us soon, especially since public schools in many U.S. cities are already usurping each parent’s inalienable right to teach young children about all matters of behavior and morality.
None of these concerns are far-fetched. The spectre of an increasingly domineering federal government, emboldened by public ignorance and disinterest, makes the Church’s losing its tax-exempt status a relatively small price to pay for combatting the enemies gathering around it.