Monday, October 31, 2016

Mene, Mene, Tekel Upharsin....Yoo Hoo, Cdl Dolan!!

Some of you are not acquainted with the writings of Fr. George W. Rutler.

You should be.  Go find, "He Spoke to Us"--a book filled with short essays--as a starter.

That's just prelude.  Now we have today's essay, in which Fr. Rutler is clear about voting for Hildebeeste AND what he thinks of the Al Smith Money-Grubbing Dinner.

...It is incorrect to say that the coming election poses a choice between two evils. For ethical and aesthetic reasons, there may be some bad in certain candidates, but badness consists in doing bad things. Evil is different: It is the deliberate destruction of truth, virtue, and holiness.

While one may pragmatically vote for a flawed candidate, one may not vote for anyone who advocates and enables evil acts — and that includes abortion. “In the case of an intrinsically unjust law, such as a law permitting abortion or euthanasia, it is therefore never licit to obey it, or to ‘take part in a propaganda campaign in favor of such a law, or vote for it'” (Evangelium Vitae, 73)....

...It is also the duty of the clergy to make this clear and not to shrink, under the pretense of charity, from explaining the church’s censures. Wolves in sheep’s clothing are dangerous, but worse are wolves in shepherd’s clothing....The illusion of indifference cannot long be perpetuated by lame jokes and synthetic laughter at banquets — for there is handwriting on the wall.

It should not surprise you that when Cdl. Dolan arrived in NYC, Fr. Rutler was transferred to a parish in Hell's Kitchen. 

This column will probably get him transferred to New Jersey.

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