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Monday, July 05, 2004

No Other Word For It: "Diabolical" 

Posted by Oswald at 4:40 PM

Over the weekend, John Kerry said that he believes that "life begins at conception" but in the same breath reiterated his support for Roe v. Wade (Washington Post, "Kerry Says He Believes Life Starts at Conception," July 5, 2004, by Jonathan Finer).

In the church canon law suit filed in June against Kerry, one of the offenses for which Kerry is denounced reads as follows:

Diabolical Scandal Leading to Heresy--Can. 1399 CIC: Defendant [Kerry] has willfully and with knowledge of the opposition to Church doctrine committed actions by facts, words, signs, and silence directly capable of leading others into supporting the Right-to-Choose doctrine, with the intent to pervert their hearts.

Source: "Denunciation of U.S. Senator John F. Kerry for Heresy" (filed 6/14/04), available at DeFide.com.

And so, with eerie timing, here is Kerry doing exactly what this count of the church suit alleges. He is teaching others that being pro-choice is fully compatible with the Catholic belief that life begins at conception. To make matters worse, he made the statement in an interview before attending Mass and receiving Communion in Iowa--an outing which he made into a campaign event by attending with his close supporter Iowa Governor Thomas Vilsak, also a pro-abortion Catholic. Kerry is thus manipulating his reception of the Eucharist and Mass attendance for maximum political gain. This practice was recently denounced in the bishops' statement entitled "Catholics in Political Life":

The polarizing tendencies of election-year politics can lead to circumstances in which Catholic teaching and sacramental practice can be misused for political ends. Respect for the Holy Eucharist, in particular, demands that it be received worthily and that it be seen as the source for our common mission in the world.

Source: U.S.C.C.B. Conference (second-to-last paragraph).

True to form, Kerry made the statement that life begins at conception in the face of Catholics increasingly troubled by his views on abortion. It is by now the shared opinion of many in this country that Kerry just tells people what they want to hear. So when faced with troubled Catholics, he gives them the statement that life begins at conception to make them feel that, deep down, he is a good Catholic who is really pro-life. But, of course, it is a great lie. When addressing pro-abortion rallies, Kerry plays the pro-abortion extremist.

When I first read the canonical Denunciation of Kerry, I wondered at the use of the word "diabolical," given my personal view that inflammatory phrases can be counterproductive. As an attorney, I assumed the shocking word was in the denunciation as a required term of art in canon law pleadings. But, now, after seeing Kerry's latest breathtaking effort at deception, I see that the word is completely apt. To teach others as a prominent public figure who will be in the center of the public eye for the next four months that Catholic belief is compatible with Roe v. Wade is a great lie. And lies are diabolical for we know from Scripture who is the father of lies. Tomorrow morning I plan to join the heresy suit against Kerry. If Kerry can show chutzpah, so can we. Many of us again and again urge our bishops to be bold. It is now time for us to be bold too. It is no exaggeration to say that for American Catholics 2004 is a historic year of decision even more so than for other Americans.


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Sen. John Kerry stands with Kate Michelman (right) President of NARAL Pro-Choice America.

Since 1995, Michelman's group has given Kerry a 100% rating for his voting record to defend abortion.

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Worthy to Receive the Lamb: Catholics in Political Life and the Reception of Holy Communion, from Archbishop Donoghue (Atlanta, GA), Bishop Baker (Charleston, SC) and Bishop Jugis (Charlotte, NC).
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Catholics in Political Life U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. June 7, 2004.

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A Time For Honesty, Pastoral Statement by The Most Reverend John J. Myers, Archbishop of Newark. May 5, 2004.

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How to tell a Duck from a Fox: Thinking with the Church as we look toward November, by Archbishop Chaput. Denver Catholic Register April 14, 2004.

On the Dignity of Human Life and Civic Responsibility, a Pastoral Letter by La Crosse Bishop Raymond L. Burke.

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The Failure of Catholic Political Leadership, by Robert P. George & William E. Saunders. Crisis 18, No. 4 (April 2000).

Denying Holy Communion: A Case History, by Bishop Emeritus Rene Henry Gracida. [PDF Format].

Ten questions regarding the denial of the Eucharist, by Barbara Kralis.

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John Kerry, Abortion and the Catholic Church

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John Courtney Murray and the 'Liberal Catholic' Justification of Abortion Investigative report by Christopher Blosser. August 30, 2004.

"Please answer the question, Senator Kerry", The Mighty Barrister. August 2, 2004.

You wouldn't even ask. Fr. Pavone (Priests for Life). July 2004.

Kerry isn't making abortion stand clear, by Raymond J. Keating. Newsday July 27, 2004.

Senator Kerry May Be Human . . . But is He a Person?, Catholic Kerry Watch. July 23, 2004.

Kerry's Catholic Problem, by Brent Bozell. July 7, 2004.

The Body Politic and the Body of Christ: Candidates, Communion and the Catholic Church. Debate btw/ Thomas J. Reese, S.J. and George Weigel. June 23, 2004.

The Kerry challenge, by George Weigel. May 5, 2004.

Rites and Wrongs: Why John Kerry should not take communion, by Philip F. Lawler. Wall Street Journal April 30, 2004.

John Kerry's Catholic Problem", by Cal Thomas. April 26, 2004.

Kerry Distorting Catholic Doctrine. Newsmax.com interviews George Weigel. April 16, 2004.

"Personally Opposed, But…" Five Pro-Abortion Dodges, by Todd M. Aglialoro. Crisis April 1, 2004.

On Embryonic Stem-Cell Research

Reagan vs. Reagan and The Stem-Cell Cover-Up, Catholic Kerry Watch, August 14, 2004.

Senator Kerry dismisses religious convictions as "ideology"  Catholic Kerry Watch. August 9, 2004.

Ron Reagan & Functionalism, Revisited, Catholic Kerry Watch. July 29, 2004.

Out of Touch, by Michael Fumento. Refuting Kerry's claims on the use of embryonic stem cells. Citizen Magazine August 2004.

Stem Cell Defection, by Ramesh Ponnuru. National Review August 16, 2004.

Stem Cell Research: Fact Sheets, Letters to Congress and Articles from the USCCB.

On Voting, "Proportionality" and Cardinal Ratzinger's Memorandum

What Ratzinger Said, by James Akin. Sept. 9, 2004.

Bishops Refute Flawed Theology (of Andrew Greeley) Barbara Kralis. August 22, 2004.

Thoughts on Proportionality, Catholic Kerry Watch. July 12, 2004.




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