Thursday, July 15, 2004

The Bush Record, Kerry, and the New Henry VIII

Oswald Sobrino is on again with his latest post on the election. An excerpt:

The ultimate rejection of faithful Catholics by the Democratic Party has reached its high point in the Democratic nomination of one of these anti-popes. It is a nomination which is a direct attack on John Paul II and the Catholic Church. It is a nomination which challenges the teaching authority of the Catholic Church over Catholics and takes the offensive against the Church in influencing Catholics in America. In many ways, the candidacy of John Kerry represents that of a new Henry VIII who is competing with papal authority over the minds and hearts of Catholics.

This new Henry VIII, like the old one, challenges Catholic teaching on marriage. The new Henry VIII is intent on gradually advancing the agenda of the gay marriage activists. The new Henry VIII wants no limits whatsoever on embryonic stem cell research. The new Henry VIII, of course, makes abortion a central plank in his civil rights agenda. Ironically, the new Henry VIII is, in terms of doctrine, far worse than the original. Kerry has crossed frontiers in challenging the Pope that even the original Henry VIII would have never dreamed of doing.

So for Catholics, the Kerry candidacy presents an added and ominous threat that other Christians and heirs of the Judeo-Christian tradition do not face. For Catholics, Kerry represents a campaign intent on revising the true Catholic face. The liberal counter-magisterium has come out of the universities and is now in the political arena. To fail to see the gravity of this new threat to the truth is to remain in comfortable denial.

More and more I see this as the main reason Sen Kerry must be defeated. If he is not, then Catholism in the country will be weakened and unrecognizable as part of one Holy and Apostolic Church.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am currently undecided catholic. I do not believe in either the Democratic or Republican party. However, your statements against Kerry are troubling. Bush has just as many attacks on Catholics if not more. The Bush policy of preemptive strikes against terrorist is clearly against anything Christ taught on Earth.
However in regard to your comments on Kerry you are forgetting on thing, the very fundamental gift God gave us, the gift of free choice. The reason hell exist is the revolt of angels against God, because God gave us free choice. The reason Satan tempted Adam and Eve with the apple was to use the gift of free choice against God. You can believe that gay marriage is wrong but you cannot, as a Catholic, believe that free choice is wrong. By protecting the rights of those contrary to our religion we in effect protect the rights of our religion.
One final comment, Bush has received donations, moral support, and considers people like Pat Robinson his friend. These same people have referred to Catholics as evil, idol worshippers. If there is any attack on Catholic people in America is by the ones who consider us evil.

4:43 PM  
Blogger DJP said...

The more I read from Oswald, the more I agree. However, the blogger who suggested that Pat Robertson and evangelicals call Catholics "idol worshippers" etc is really off base. Matter of fact, evangelicals and Catholics are more in agreement over the lack of morality within the democratic party and this is why George Bush will win both the Catholic and the evangelical vote. Yes, we all have freedom to choose evil (vote for those who support abortion) or good (vote for those who support the sanctity of human life.) As for me, I will choose life. Let's hope that the previous blogger will too.

7:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

After some research i miss spoke in my last post, i was referring to Bob Jones views towards Catholics not Pat Robinson. Here is a quote directly from the Bob Jones University Website, a freind and supporter of Bush.

"We love the practicing Catholic and earnestly desire to see him accept the Christ of the Cross, leave the false system that has enslaved his soul, and enjoy the freedom of sins forgiven that is available for any of us in Christ alone."

There are a few more quotes there about why they love the poor Catholic who sins by being Catholic as well.

I would like to point out that Kerry clearly has some views that against Church teaching as well. I am just trying to point out Bush has views that are contrary to Church teaching too.

11:42 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Again, for those who understand evangelical Christianity, Bob Jones University DOES DOT represent its mainstream of thought. Quite contrary, evangelicals and Catholics share more and thanks to the fight against abortion, we are closer than we ever have been, despite the numerous attempts by the Democratic Party to divide us.

As the NCCB has stated, as the Vatican has stated and as numerous bishops have stated, the most importnat life issue is the right to life. Therefore a vote for John Kerry would in fact be a vote for the murder of millions of innocent children. On the other issues where Bush may take a different postion than the Vatican, the liberlas will be the frist ones to point out that Catholics may take different positions on how to fight war, poverty and unemployment and even capital punishment, but we CAN'T take different positions on the right to life.

1:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How can any Catholic vote for Kerry after he said that he beleives that life begins at conception, yet opposes a ban on partial birth abortions. Two positions together are nothing short of approving of murder. As far as evangelicals being the enemies of Catholics, I wish Catholics, Evangelicals, Mormons and even Orthodox Jews could get together and say no matter how wrong we think each other is theologically, our social program is the same.

2:04 PM  

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