Roe, Roe, Roe Your Boat

Roe, Roe, Roe Your Boat

“The only responsible response to that would be to pass legislation to make Roe the law of the land. That’s what I would do.” (Joe Biden)

This afternoon, the Biden Administration began the follow-through of its promised sweeping abortion policy with the “Memorandum on Protecting Women’s Health at Home and Abroad,” which may be read full here.

In short, the Mexico City Policy is dead. Many federal federal agencies & USAID will begin instructing our “global health partners” that the previous prohibitions on abortion advocacy or referrals no longer apply.

Once upon a time, Joseph Biden remarked:

I remember vividly the first time, in 1973, I had to go to the floor to vote on abortion. A fellow Senator asked how I would vote. “My position is that I am personally opposed to abortion, but I don’t think I have a right to impose my view on the rest of society. I’ve thought a lot about it, and my position probably doesn’t please anyone. I think the government should stay out completely. I will not vote to overturn the Court’s decision. I will not vote to curtail a woman’s right to choose abortion. But I will also not vote to use federal funds to fund abortion.“

I’ve stuck to my middle-of-the-road position on abortion for more than 30 years. I still vote against partial birth abortion and federal funding, and I’d like to make it easier for scared young mothers to choose not to have an abortion, but I will also vote against a constitutional amendment that strips a woman of her right to make her own choice.

Promises to Keep, by Joe Biden, p.104-105 , Jul 31, 2007

Asked on “Meet the Press” the same year whether he was opposed to public funding for abortion, Biden replied:

I still am opposed to public funding for abortion. It goes to the question of whether or not you’re going to impose a view to support something that is not a guaranteed right but an affirmative action to promote.

Source: Meet the Press: 2007 “Meet the Candidates” series , Apr 29, 2007

Today he has reversed course definitively, entrenching himself (and the American public) in a positive commitment to selling abortion both at home and abroad.

A couple bishops (Naumann, as well as Malloy of Rockford, Illinois) issued a USCCB statement decrying the order, saying that it is “antithetical to reason, violates human dignity, and is incompatible with Catholic teaching.” (No word yet on whether Cupich finds this “ill-advised” as the one previously made by Archbishop Gomez.)

A brief foray into the liberal Catholic internet finds many trying to cover their nakedness with the old seamless garment. However, without the fundamental consensus that the unborn should not be murdered, this proves rather too flimsy for decency.

Others appear to be studiously ignoring the issue, pretending it’s not there.

Still others see this as an opportunity for the ship of the Church to change course, as NPR notes:

For those who would like to see the church take a more permissive stance on issues including abortion, Biden’s election is an opportunity.

Jamie Manson, president of Catholics for Choice, said she hopes for what she describes as a “better dialogue” between church leaders and some rank-and-file Catholics who disagree with aspects of the church’s teachings.

“There are many issues in which Catholics are dissenting from the bishops and seeing that these are complex moral issues, whether it’s same-sex marriage, whether it’s contraception, or whether it’s abortion,” she said.

Indeed parroting Biden’s Catholic bona fides seems to be the response to every question on abortion policy, from Roe to Hyde, symbolically holding up Joe’s rosary beads in lieu of an answer or argument. When an EWTN reporter asked Press Secretary Jen Psaki for specifics on about Biden’s policy on the Hyde Amendment, she chose instead to offer assurances of his piety:

“I will just take the opportunity to remind all of you that he is a devout Catholic, and somebody who attends church regularly. He started his day attending church with his family this morning.”

Sister Simone Campbell similarly praised the president for his “very developed view of abortion” while bemoaning the “political obsession” some Catholics have on the issue.

So here is the point today:

We’re being instructed in our own diocese to take a special effort in evangelization.

Perhaps you are noticing the side eye, as we are, from non-Catholic Christian family and friends, or from individuals who heretofore have respected the Church for its pro-life stance.

Rightly, some are perplexed how one balances his position in the Church with an outright rebuff of one its major moral teachings on the very ethics surrounding human life, of which the Church has been a champion.

Also rightly they may ask how a person who frequently invokes his faith with respect to other issues (tackling poverty, racism. etc.) finds it suddenly to be an inappropriate imposition upon others when it comes to this issue.

And most of all, they may wonder to what extent this is okay with the rest of the Catholic Church. Is Joe a stray sheep, or are his actions against life compatible with the Faith and no big deal?

If the latter, it provides the ethical skeptic with one more reason to see the Church as a corrupt and man-made religion. Just as moral heroism born from charity offers the nonbeliever a powerful witness of the truth of the Faith, so do such sorry worldly compromises discredit it.

It’s more important than ever to tell the truth here.

The idea that none of this matters significantly to one’s faith, even in matters of reception of the Holy Eucharist, is the substance of the so-called McCarrick Doctrine. We must choose not to follow the lead of those for whom it seems nothing was sacred.

It is to be hoped, and much to be prayed for, that our priests and bishops and each one of us also, will not give scandal by failing to be clear here. That would be very wrong (Joe’s rosary beads notwithstanding):

Scandal takes on a particular gravity by reason of the authority of those who cause it or the weakness of those who are scandalized. . . . Scandal is grave when given by those who by nature or office are obliged to teach and educate others.

CCC 2285

We must be firm, clear, thoughtful, and unrelenting.

May Our Lady, Mother of the Incarnate Word, help us all.

23 Replies to “Roe, Roe, Roe Your Boat”

  1. Did you all know that per the Governor’s order that we do not have to wear masks at religious services because we already social distance and aren’t moving around? And those with breathing and health issues don’t have to wear them either? Masks have just as much as chance at making you sick as not wearing them. Think of how many of your own germs as well as the germs being attracted to your mask there are. Breath God’s good air, let your immune system do it’s job. Quit being sheep. The same evil people are doing all of this to us, abortion, population control measures, acceptance of the homosexual agenda, masks and experimental gene therapy renamed vaccine. It’s one big dangerous plot to destroy our freedoms and sadly our bishops have played into it, all because they fear lawyers rather than Almighty God. Bishops seem to fall into three categories: Those who are compliant with the evil doers, those who are simply afraid, and those who courageously speak out and get vilified. Gosh, which group sounds like Jesus, the Crucified One?

    1. You’re right. No man does have the right. But God does. And His 5th Commandment is crystal clear. If you choose to make excuses for abortion, that’s on your soul.

    2. Turn the tables. Does a woman have the right to tell the father of her child she is going to kill his child no matter what he says?

  2. No doubt we may expect a firm, clear, thoughtful, and unrelenting letter about this issue from our bishop in a forthcoming issue of the Moment.

    1. The Bishop despised Trump and likes Biden so don’t expect to see any corrective comments toward Biden from our Bishop. This is silence by US Bishops and the Pope is why I will never again respond to any email from the Church begging me to sign a petition, stand in a life chain, or write a letter to my legislature. I’ll pray and act directly with groups but will not respond to what these unfaithful men ask.

      1. There is such a spectacular gaslighting going on. If you can’t stop caring about the single greatest form of legal homicide going on and the actual lives/souls being lost, you are treated like an extremist weirdo. It’s one thing to get this from the secular world. It’s another thing to get it from Church leaders and successors of Apostles. I can’t square myself with the type of Christianity that thinks manners is more important than murders. And I’m not going to try. A priest online was just describing from St. Faustina’s diary how Jesus allowed St. Faustina to suffer a terrible physical pain during the hours that abortions would have been performed in Warsaw. She felt what the children felt and was allowed by God to try to make reparation. This was a good reminder for me that this not a small political football to Jesus. Spilling the blood of the innocent has always been one of the sins that cries out to God. So yes! Please support the organizations or individuals in your area that are actually responding to this crime and trying to prevent it with their prayers, sacrifices, material and emotional support of mothers etc. Church leaders have been given awesome responsibility by God but if they are squandering it that is no reason for the rest of us to. In fact is more reason for the rest of us not too.

        1. I was struck by a podcast by Fr. Mike Schmitz in which he said that the death of the first born Egyptians on the night of the first Passover was a matter of God’s justice. Pharaoh had ordered the death of the males born to the Israelites to keep them from becoming a stronger nation. God is not mocked, this was His justice. What about all of the babies murdered by abortion? Their blood calls for God’s justice. Our country is sinking into depravity more and more. The Church is being split apart by the bishops who openly separate into camps. What used to be in the dark is finally coming into the light and it’s not for the edification of anyone. It’s an embarrassment. Bishops have become an embarrassment. I pray that our bishop comes out of his “I can’t be political” fog and realize that he HAS been political. Maybe he and the others in this diocese who support the Democratic Party of death could spend Lent meditating on the LORD’s actions with the Israelites when they teamed up with the idolatrous nations around them. If our diocese fails, it might just be because of the friends he and others keep. Never ever make a deal with the devil, wherever he might hide.

  3. It is deeply disturbing to know fellow “so called “ Catholics who not only voted for Biden but who accept with eagerness his depravity, particularly in reference to abortion.

    1. I can only say that I choose to follow Christ in moral matters and leave Man to his own folly as it pertains to Heaven and Hell. As to the rest, may God have mercy on their confused souls.

      1. And why are souls confused?  Isn’t it the duty of every bishop to teach the faith?  How well are they teaching when we see ‘Catholics’ like Biden and sooo many other public Catholic figures evangelizing a different faith than the one true Catholic faith?

        Biden has been in politics for 50 years voting for abortion with little public outcry from our bishops .  Could it be they’ve forgotten about saving souls while working hard to increase their kingdom of brick and mortar?  They have bowed to unrepentant sinners for government money and to such an extent they might as well be a welfare arm of the government.  So are they still working for Christ or for the government and other goals?
        We now see Biden overturning the Mexico City policy that provides abortion on our tax dime around the world and allowing our tax dollars to pay for transgender surgery in the military yet where are all the bishops renouncing these actions? Public figures need public rebuke even to the extent of denying the Eucharist.

        A priest last year refused Biden the Eucharist and the priest was reprimanded.  Why?  Maybe our bishops could use a reminder of their grave responsibility.  After all, the Eucharist is a covenant only for the ‘disciples’ of the Lord…all are not welcome as soo many preach today.  We must realize giving the Eucharist to those who do not believe all of the gospel is not just bad for that person but for the church and culture.  We now see  not just Biden but sooo many other ‘Catholics’ preaching in public anti Christian messages while our bishops say nothing!  We know 1 Cor.11:27-31 teaches that one should examine oneself before receiving the body and blood of the Lord.  We see in Hebrews 10:26-31 how serious the blood of the covenant is to be taken and yet too many in our hierarchy ignore.  Here is Saint John Chrysostom’s words on the subject:

        “So let no Judas be present, no covetous man.  If any one is not a disciple, let him withdraw, for the table is not for such.  For “I keep the Passover, He said, “with My disciples.”
        I speak not only to the communicant, but also I say to the priest who ministers the sacrament: distribute this Gift with much care.  There is not small punishment for you, if being conscious of any wickedness in any man, you allow him to partake of the banquet of the table.  “Shall I not now require his blood at your hand?” (2Sam 4:11).  If some public figure, or some wealthy person who is unworthy presents himself to receive Holy Communion, forbid him.  The authority that you have is greater than his.  Consider if your task were to guard a clean spring of water for a flock, and you saw a sheep approach with mire on its mouth—you would not allow it to stoop down and pollute the stream.  You are now entrusted with a spring, not of water, but of blood and of spirit.  If you see someone having sin in his heart (which is far more grievous than earth and mire), coming to receive the Eucharist, are you not concerned?  Do you not try to prevent him?  What excuse can you have, if you do not?
        God has honored you with the dignity of priesthood, that you might discern these things.  This is not to say that you should go about clothed in a white and shining vestment; but this is your office; this, your safety; this, your whole crown.
        You ask how you should know which individual is unworthy to receive?  I’m speaking here not of some unknow sinner, but of a notorious one.
        If someone who is not a disciple, through ignorance, comes to Communion, do not be afraid to forbid him.  Fear God, not man.  If you fear man, you will be scorned and laughed at even by him; but if you fear God, you will be an object of respect even to men.
        But if you cannot do it, bring that sinner to me, for I will not allow anyone to dare do these things.  I would give up my life rather than give the Lord’s blood to the unworthy.”
        Of course, maybe the bishops having been roe, roe, roeing in hypocrisy for so long they have problems speaking out.  Their own CCHD and CRS programs support birth control and abortion but they collect a lot of money both in our national tithe and in our tax dollars.  During Obama’s HHS birth control mandate we found out that New York city diocese has been paying for abortion and birth control for their union employees so Cardinal Dolan had to retract his lawsuit against HHS. God forbid they close their businesses instead of supporting abortion.  No wonder the first line Saint John Chrysostom says is that no covetous man should be allowed to share in the Eucharist because he knows they will forsake Christ and His bride. For too long now they have focused on their businesses and building their earthly kingdom. 
        Today we even have a pope who is actually changing the faith and working with global powers like China and the UN.  The Vatican has signed on to the UN’s AGENDA 2030 and the pope has promoted it repeatedly.  This is a population control agenda since in their sustainable development guidelines they call for abortion and birth control.  The UN’s socialist leader has called for a global reset and so has our pope.  It seems our Church leaders have been roe, roe, roeing us to a one world government more than towards our Lord, Jesus Christ.  So the stench of unbelief and hypocrisy is not as much with Joe Biden but with our leaders.  They need to repent and believe. The laity and good priests need to call them to account by speaking the truth and letting God be God.   
        Confusion is from the devil.  St. Catherine of Sienna said, “We’ve had enough exhortations to be silent. Cry out with a thousand tongues – I see the world is rotten because of silence.”   It is our bishop’s duty to teach, govern and sanctify.  They need to take a stand and refute the evil both within the church and outside of the church.  A good start would be defining what it means to be Catholic.  Cardinal Burke wrote the Declaration of truths to refute confusion.  May we pray we have more church leaders rowing us to the truth of Christ and not over the cliff to moral relativism and chaos.

        1. Lori, it’s much more important that we close the churches, wear the masks, sanitize the pews like surgery is going to be performed on them afterward, not receive His Precious Blood, not sing, stay distanced from each other like we are all going to abort the person next to us by accidentally touching or breathing on them, vote, pay your taxes, and Unite in Hearts.

          1. Eric, my friend, you have the makings of an AMAZING “Pastoral Director of Pastorate Lay-Pastors and Pastorate Pastoral Pastorations”. I recommend you apply straight away……..before the money runs out.

          2. True, they get PPP money when closed and still get our taxes for their poverty industry which Biden’s policies will be increasing.  Maybe that is why the Indiana bishop’s lobbyist hasn’t alerted the faithful to take action on SB263. This legislation says that the state cannot regulate a church more strictly in an emergency order than other essential businesses.  It was voted on in committee and now goes to the Senate floor for a vote.  It is no longer about salvation of souls anymore, so we must keep churches open, but about being the welfare arm of the government.

          3. Sanitize hands and pews lest we touch viruses, but don’t worry about unconsecrated hands touching the Second Person of the Most Holy Trinity, the Logos, Creator of the Universe.


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