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During the Obama election campaign, this blog published a link to liberal Catholic magazine America that made the audacious claim that Obama was “the spirit of Vatican II.” The magazine got it right. Obama’s take on secularism is exactly the take on secularism put forward by the Council, and now we are moving to stage 2 with his HHS legislation.
Obama’s HHS bill mandating the Catholic charities offer services exactly as their protestant or atheist counterparts do is the other shoe implicit in Vatican II’s bargain with the devil. The shoe has landed squarely on the last little acre of Catholic teaching, ‘all things reproductive.’ Reproductive issues are almost all that’s left of the vast great array of economic and social protections the Church used to wield as necessary in defense of the vulnerable. Before she handed them over to the secular state to administer. Before Vatican II joined forces with the yahoo apostacy.
With recent Health and Human Services mandates , the last small bump in the way of the principle that all social services must reflect the values and legislation of the secular society because they are not part of the religious content of Faith is the contradiction between Catholic religious teaching on reproduction, but that bump is easily smoothed by Kathleen Sibelius’ rendition that religious freedom extends only to religious portions of a service, not to the service itself. The service itself should be as neutral as the secular state is, regardless of the provider. Her Gospel, as Charles Krauthammer deemed it in a recent piece in the Washington Post, is like this:
‘A “religious institution” must have “the inculcation of religious values as its purpose.” But that’s not the purpose of Catholic charities; it’s to give succor to the poor. That’s not the purpose of Catholic hospitals; it’s to give succor to the sick. Therefore, they don’t qualify as “religious” — and therefore can be required, among other things, to provide free morning-after abortifacients.’
She is not the first to teach that. Vatican II beat her, in Dignitatis humanae’s revision of traditional Catholic teaching regarding religious liberty and secularism. Number two says that
This Vatican Council declares that the human person has a right to religious freedom. This freedom means that all men are to be immune from coercion on the part of individuals or of social groups and of any human power, in such wise that no one is to be forced to act in a manner contrary to his own beliefs, whether privately or publicly, whether alone or in association with others, within due limits.
Catholic social efforts,responding to the untraditional and unCatholic passage above, have already put that teaching into practice even without being told by Kathleen Sibelius to do so. They have done so out of a misplaced sense of decency. Subsequent to the Council, Catholic charities like hospitals and schools stripped their social services of Catholic content. “Coercion” was broadly interpreted, as it must be, making it feel dishonorable to expect those seeking food at a soup kitchen to pray before the meal, or to offer the sacrament of baptism to non-Catholics in a Catholic hospital (as occured with my grandmother, dying of cancer in a Catholic hospital in East St. Louis, Illinois, who accepted the offer; her deathbed conversion had profound beneficial consequences for her family, may I add). There are ‘no strings’ on Catholic social services now.
Except for one exception, the small area of reproduction now under dispute. The Council did not go so far as to abandon the traditional teachings in sexual morality except an equivocation regarding masturbation and homosexuality by the first policy-setting promulgation after the council by a priest named Seper, whose works opened the door for the eventual murky clarification managed by then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, then prefect of the Congregation of the Faith. Or perhaps the prohibition against abortion survived as a Catholic issue only because the artifacts are so terribly persuasive. It really is almost imossible to ignore those miniature hands and tiny faces found in garbage cans behind Planned Parenthood, as we do divorce, contraception, and homosexuality–although the victims are equally dear to us.
Even in the special area of abortion, Catholic social services hides its Catholicity; it provides to their clients absolutely no Catholic content, only material aid and purely secular ‘counseling.’ The clients are typically living with a series of men or having promiscuous sex, unmarried, with no religion or not practicing one, often abused. Those Catholic pro-life centers (completely Catholic in the back of the house) make no effort to promote baptism and Catholic upbringing to the babies they save; the women are not encouraged to convert, to use the sacraments, to reform their lives. Catholic pro-life centers, in the spirit and letter of Dignitatis Humanae, have already secularized their services to a degree no saint in the Catholic lexicon would recognize as coming from the Faith; now Obama and his minion Sibelius is simply extending the thought and making it official. It is a great scandal given by sincere people.
Obama is gambling on Vatican II. He knows The froth over ‘taking on the Catholics’ prior to an election is possibly a non-starter, and possibly Obama’s handlers read the polls. American Catholics don’t care about it.
American Catholics learned their Vatican II catechisms. They listened to Benedict XVI greet abortion-supporting and Obama-contributing Miguel Diaz as US representative to the Vatican with effuse praise for Diaz and Obama and ‘vibrant American democracy.’ And now, although their bishops are going out on a limb to condemn this last stripping of the altars through Obama’s HHS attack, American Catholics do not support their bishops. According to a recent poll, fifty eight percent of Amereican Catholics report that they do not care if Catholic institutions offer abortion coverage, sterilization, and contraception, some of which causes the abortion of fertilized eggs. They have learned from Vatican II to tolerate it all.
There will be nothing left but a state church, the one Flannery O’Connor called the Church of Christ without Christ. Obama is ramping up as chief priest. Guess who his religious orders will be? Us Catholics. Unless we fight the bad, liberal doctrine promulgated at the Council. Please go only to traditional mass! Please pray the rosary! Please give SSPX your totals! Send them here. Please read SSPX.org, and Wiltgen, and all those theologians struggling with this issue. Please bug everybody, not only about Obama but about Obama’s scripture: Vatican II.
American magazine had it right the first time. Vatican II is the nuclear energy behind our crisis, not the likes of poor, tired, sad Barack.
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