Monday, July 12, 2004

Amen - And Kerry

From Middle English, from Old English, from Late Latin, from Greek amEn, from Hebrew AmEn -- used to express solemn ratification (as of an expression of faith) or hearty approval (as of an assertion). In other words, "It's true".

Like any Catholic, John Kerry accepts the Eucharist with the word, "Amen". He consumes the Eucharist with the same free will he expresses as his reason for voting "pro-abortion". He is not bound to do either - it is a choice. Like many Catholics, John Kerry has forgotten the significance of his personal "Amen".

To a Catholic, Amen is to underscore the belief of the catechism. To reaffirm God's relationship, through Christ, to man. Amen signifies being a part of the strength of a community, which has been persecuted throughout history, and reminds one of the need to continue that communal bond, through word and deed, despite adversity. Amen is an outward expression of deep faith - a constant reminder of Baptism.

Many Catholics will say, "Abortion is the law of the land. That is the reason I vote for John Kerry - he understands this."

As an Attorney General, John Kerry could easily take that stance - enforcing the law regardless of personal belief - as John Ashcroft did. But John Kerry has been, for two decades, a lawmaker. Lawmakers are not bound to inaction against laws they disagree with - quite the opposite is true. Lawmakers are duty-bound to change laws, which are contrary to the good of their constituency.

John Kerry uses something from the Vatican II Conference called "Freedom of Conscience" as his reason for not voting against abortion, saying he doesn't vote on his personal beliefs. Rather than abstaining to vote on abortion issues, John Kerry votes contrary to his stated belief 98% of the time, yet invokes a Catholic idea as his justification for not voting against abortion. Even in doing so, John Kerry is wrong again. Freedom of Conscience is not a justification for heresy - and supporting the extinguishing of an innocent life is heresy in the Catholic Church.

John Kerry confuses abortion, for which the catechism makes no provision with capital punishment, for which the catechism does make a provision.

What sense does it make to use Catholicism to escape not using Catholicism, while supporting a heresy against Catholicism? Confused yet? That's exactly the point. John Kerry's position makes no sense.

Voting for John Kerry, the Catholic?

Catholicism is not a democracy - it is an obligation. One is either Catholic or not Catholic - there is no, "I'm Catholic, but..." provisions in the catechism. Supporting John Kerry, the Catholic, is to support his heresy. It's as simple as that.

God Bless America.


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