Wednesday, January 13, 2010

San Fran Archbishop: "Bad Nancy"

The Archbishop of San Francisco finally whacked Pelosi on the knuckles.

...Speaker Pelosi replied, in part: “I practically mourn this difference of opinion because I feel what I was raised to believe is consistent with what I profess, and that we are all endowed with a free will and a responsibility to answer for our actions. And that women should have the opportunity to exercise their free will.”

Embodied in that statement are some fundamental misconceptions about Catholic teaching on human freedom. These misconceptions are widespread both within the Catholic community and beyond.

...human freedom does not legitimate bad moral choices, nor does it justify a stance that all moral choices are good if they are free: “The exercise of freedom does not imply a right to say or do everything.” (The Catechism of the Catholic Church, No. 1740) Christian belief in human freedom recognizes that we are called but not compelled by God to choose constantly the values of the Gospel—faith, hope, love, mercy, justice, forgiveness, integrity and compassion.

It is entirely incompatible with Catholic teaching to conclude that our freedom of will justifies choices that are radically contrary to the Gospel—racism, infidelity, abortion, theft. Freedom of will is the capacity to act with moral responsibility; it is not the ability to determine arbitrarily what constitutes moral right.

We don't expect that QueenNancy will read, or give a fig about the Archbishop's statement.

At least not until she arrives at St. Peter's station in her our G-5.


GOR said...

Yes, a trifle late but good for the Archbishop anyway. She probably won't read it or, if she does, she will not be convinced - appealing to the 'conscience' of the 'Spirit of Vatican II'.

After describing how conscience should be informed the Archbishop concludes:

"As participants in the life of the civil community, we Catholic citizens try to follow our consciences, guided, as described above, by reason and the grace of God. While we deeply respect the freedom of our fellow citizens, we nevertheless are profoundly convinced that free will cannot be cited as justification for society to allow moral choices that strike at the most fundamental rights of others. Such a choice is abortion, which constitutes the taking of innocent human life, and cannot be justified by any Catholic notion of freedom."

Well said, Archbishop!

Al said...

Too bad he didn't say this sooner & stronger.

VSO said...

Well it's about time!