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Good and bad from bishops on moral issues February 5, 2014

Posted by Tantumblogo in abdication of duty, Abortion, awesomeness, Basics, disaster, episcopate, error, General Catholic, sadness, scandals, secularism, sexual depravity, Society.

The Archbishop of New Orleans, Gregory Aymond, is opposing quite strongly the proposed construction of a Planned Barrenhood abortuary in his city.  Planned Barrenhood Gulf Coast – already found guilty of Medicaid fraud in East Texas – is planning a 7-8000 sq ft facility that will be the first Planned Barrenhood in Louisiana to offer abortions.  As more and more independent abortion mills close, PB tries to step in and make up the slack.

In a move that is unusual in its strength, Archbishop Aymond has claimed the Archdiocese of New Orleans and all its subsidiary entities (parishes, hospitals, religious houses, etc) will cease doing businesswith any business or organization that takes part in the construction of this Planned Barrenhood mill:

We cannot be silent in view of the grave injustice presented by the abortions that will be performed at the proposed Planned Parenthood facility. The archdiocese is obliged to remind every person and organization involved in the acquisition, preparation and construction of this or any abortion facility that they are cooperating with the evil that will take place there. For this reason, the archdiocese, including its churches, schools, apartments for the elderly and nursing homes, will strive in its privately funded work not to enter into business relationships with any person or organization that participates in actions that are essential to making this abortion facility a reality.

This policy applies to all businesses, regardless of religious affiliation or non-affiliation. Our fidelity to Church teaching and our conscience necessitates this stance.

There is no justification, including economic hardship that will make a direct or indirect relationship with Planned Parenthood, or any abortion provider, acceptable. Additionally, affiliation or support of Planned Parenthood by Catholics is a matter of serious scandal.

That’s a great move. I am not aware of any other dioceses that have taken such a stance.  It might be a little difficult to implement, but on the surface it’s a very welcome move.  It would have been even better had Archbishop Aymond forcefully stated that those who aid in the construction of an abortion mill are automatically excommunicated.  Perhaps such a firm clarification will be forthcoming.

Most Catholic bishops are moderately to strongly against abortion.  That is a big improvement over, say, 20-30 years ago.

But all is not well.  While opposition to abortion is fairly strong and growing, there remains the enormous scandal of practical cooperation with the evil of contraception in dioceses across the nation.  It is a certitude that most dioceses fund insurance plans for their employees that cover contraception.  It is also a certitude that most self-proclaimed Catholic hospitals hand out contraception like candy, while also performing sterilization procedures.  For evidence of this, look no further than Detroit, as Michael Voris relays in the Vortex episode below:

I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again: we’ll never be rid of the evil satanic sacrifice of abortion until mass contraceptive use ends. It simply won’t happen.  We can nibble around the edges, we can gradually reduce the rate of abortion, but abortion will remain legal, and hundreds of thousands of perfectly innocent children will be murdered every year, so long as contraceptive use remains rampant.

At present, contraceptive usage rates among Catholics are indistinguishable from the larger population.  This is at least partly because, as Cardinal Dolan himself admitted at the beginning of the video, Catholic priests and bishops almost never address this topic.  It is the single most avoided topic in the Church.  Contraception is a cancer that continues to eat away at the Church Militant, and ignoring it only makes it grow and get worse and worse.   But bishops and priests are too cowed of a full scale revolt if they touch this subject.

Unfortunately, that’s just it.  The situation will never magically improve, or go away, until bishops and priests start fighting it, as they fight – to varying degrees – abortion.

We must pray for our bishops and priests to have the strength of faith and love of souls to address this matter.  They will surely face a great deal of criticism from the worldly contraception addicts. So we must have their backs.  And we can also strive to encourage them to do their full duty at all times, including painful, unpopular duties like regularly denouncing moral evils like contraception, and insuring the hospitals they direct no longer dispense them (or sterilizations).

It’s a good intention for a Novena.


1. DiscipleoftheDumbOx - February 5, 2014

“Peace. Yes, we will have peace when they and all their works have perished. When the ‘worldly contraception addicts’ hang from the gibbet at their windows for the sport of their own crows, we will have peace with them and with Planned Parenthood.” – King Theoden of Rohan, heavily paraphrased.

2. TG - February 5, 2014

The HHS mandate was a perfect opportunity to speak against contraception. To explain why the church is against it and the harm of the drugs to women. But they focused instead on religious liberty.

Baseballmom - February 5, 2014

So right…. Such a missed opportunity to teach the Truth in Love….

3. Steve - February 6, 2014

Our Churchmen, via ecumenical and “interfaith” events, often promote non-Catholics who favor abortion (and additional ills).

For example, there are Catholic bishops who have hosted installation ceremonies of Protestant “bishops” within Catholic Cathedrals.

In turn, said Protestants have often supported abortion and, in various ways, the Culture of Death.

Countless Catholic ecumenical and “interfaith” events have featured non-Catholics who favored abortion.

Will our Churchmen boycott, so to speak, such events?

tantamergo - February 6, 2014

Great point! Yes, let them!

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