Thursday, October 21, 2004

Another response for Prof Kaveny.

A response to Cathleen Kaveny by Robert Sisk of the University of St. Thomas Law School, over at the Mirror of Justice blog:

By highlighting the truly remarkable extremism of Kerry on the foundational question of life and his considered choice over his entire career to affiliate himself with the very people who brutally tear unborn children from their mothers’ wombs, I don’t know whether I too will now count as a nascent violent revolutionary or as an ecclesiastical bully by Professor Kaveny’s lights. If that’s what it takes to be placed alongside Gerard Bradley and Robert George (as well as Archbishop Burke, Bishop Sheridan, Archbishop Meyers, etc.), then I must regard these as terms of endearment and ask where I too can enroll in the Catholic Rambo brigades. But it’s all mere distraction in any event, that is, a distraction from taking a clear and unvarnished look at the prospect of a pro-abortion extremist, professing a Catholic communion, being elected to the nation’s highest office.

Those who say they will hold their nose and vote for Kerry too often seem ready to close their eyes as well. John Kerry is not some misguided reluctant “pro-choice” politician who sincerely (if ineffectually) mourns the ever-growing toll of abortion on humanity. Through his career, Senator Kerry has been a calculating, premeditated pro-abortion warrior who has eagerly and warmly endorsed the abortionists themselves in his legislative votes, in his campaigns, and in his circle of political friends and colleagues.


I am waiting for someone to start a 'Rambo Catholics' blog.

Finally, contrary to Professor Kaveny’s indictment, the prospect of a Kerry Presidency does not evoke in me any thoughts of violence or plans for revolution. Instead, if this tragedy should come to pass, my heart will be broken. Still, I would not accede to any demand that I withdraw into silence or enter into “a life of monastic prayer” (however much I value those fellow-believers with a vocation to the latter). No, I would not be quiet in my expressions of grief. And when an appropriate term of bereavement had passed, a return to hopeful action would follow. At that time, I would hope to rejoin, both in communion and in concerted action for life, those who had played a role in bringing this debacle to pass by foolishly casting a vote for a manifestly unworthy candidate. We all make mistakes.

But the time for mourning has not yet come. We still may be spared the occasion of such grief. To that end, we must continue to speak, forcefully and faithfully, the truth of life, including calling upon our fellow Catholics to consult a conscience properly formed in the teaching of the Church when casting a vote upon which the lives of the next generation of the unborn well may rest. That some seek to distract us from revealing the frailty or cowardice of politicians who deliberately accommodate evil, while cynically professing communion, is all the more reason to bear witness.


"...casting a vote upon which the lives of the next generation of the unborn well may rest." That quote, my friends, sums up what this election is all about.




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