Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Bewildered Faith Leaders Pleading To Caesar For Protection From Euthanasia

The horse has bolted the barn (the latch has been off the door for years) and now "faith leaders" have given up on getting the animal back in the barn. They are instead asking for "conscience protection" so they don't have to feel they are a part of the evil coming down the tracks.

Guess what? Their faith communities acquiesced a long time ago to the evil and today's result was inevitable. Of course these leaders don't really understand what's happening round about them anyway. They are at an extreme disadvantage. (BTW, doesn't this scene look similar to many we saw just before same sex "marriage" was legalized in Canada?)

Their communities don't possess the fullness of truth but rather a shadow of, or an imperfect, truth. On the other hand, the Cardinal Archbishop of Toronto, a Successor of the Apostles of Jesus Christ, has all the resources of heaven behind him, along with all requisite authority. He has been anointed to not only save souls and defend his flock from evil but to identify demons and defeat them altogether in the name of Jesus Christ,
And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen. Matt.28:18-20
Amen I say to you, whatsoever you shall bind upon earth, shall be bound also in heaven; and whatsoever you shall loose upon earth, shall be loosed also in heaven. Matt. 18:18
Did any of these leaders strike a note of Christ and His supreme victory in their interventions?  Of course many criticize my outlook on the Catholic Church and her mission, accusing me of promoting a narrow minded triumphalism (BTW, guilty as charged).

But did any of these leaders mention today the salvation offered to the world by and through Jesus Christ? Did any warn the Prime Minister or Parliament or individual politicians of the grave consequences to their souls should they enshrine in man's law that which is forbidden by God's law? Or were they simply pleading with and begging the powers of this world to please be considerate of the "values" and concerns of religious people?

Cardinal Collins, won't you please step up to the podium?


Barona said...

Where were the "faith leaders" and the "pro-life community" and "pro-life news agencies" when Mary Wagner published her call for active resistance to euthanasia? In hiding. They even had First Things try to throw her under the bus. I think her challenge was bringing uncomfortable challenges to the physicians who enjoy their comforts and lifestyle. Medicine is no longer a vocation, but a "career". The results are plain to see. A total sellout on euthanasia.

Vox Cantoris said...

Too little, too late.

Murray said...

The Diocese of Victoria issued this statement:

One of the pillars on which the Diocese of Victoria is founded is health care. We have a long history of taking care of people, providing loving assistance for the sick, and compassion and comfort for those who are dying; we are committed to promoting high quality palliative care. But with Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide legislation, physicians across our country who have devoted their lives to healing patients will soon be asked to do the exact opposite. They will not be asked to ease their suffering by providing them with treatment and loving care, but by putting them to death. In fact, killing a patient will no longer be considered a crime, but will actually be seen as a kind of health care, complete with legislation to regulate it.

The legacy of health care entrusted to us by our forebears, those on whom this Diocese is built, must be protected. It is critical that we do our utmost to ensure that we safeguard the vulnerable, and defend the conscience rights of institutions and of doctors, nurses, care aids, and other health care workers. Individuals and institutions must be free to refuse to participate in euthanasia or assisted suicide, without prejudice.

Sentimental, anthropocentric mush, followed by a plea to Caesar to excuse Catholics from wielding the injection needle. My wife is a nurse in an aged-care facility, so this is a very real issue for my family, but all our shepherd can offer is simpering pablum about the great history of Catholic health care on Vancouver Island, as if that will have the slightest effect on the stony hearts of our legislators.

Echoing Hilary White's recent essay at The Remnant, does no-one have the slightest concern for Justin Trudeau's immortal soul?

ELA said...

Murray, many sad statements from our Bishops. Re your last question, I asked that same question long ago, even before Trudeau became PM http://signofcontradiction.blogspot.ca/2014/05/what-catholic-bishop-is-watching-over.html

Lou Iacobelli said...

Canada began losing the battle against the evil of legalized killing in 1969 with the passage of the ominibus bill (C-150) that permitted for the first time "therapeutic abortion." Just think for a moment: when is killing a baby in the womb medical therapy? Never. But that's how we insulated ourselves from sin and immorality. This deadly change to the criminal code is now being extended in 2016 to euthanasia and physician assisted-suicide. Where have we and the faith communities been for close to fifty years? We now need much more than statements against euthanasia to fight back this evil. We need a lot prayer, confession and action.

ELA said...

Lou, you asked: Where have we and the faith communities been for close to fifty years?``
But where are we today? It`s the same old same old.
Who`s got a plan to change the status quo?

Vox Cantoris said...

Congratulations! You've made Coren's new book!

"A conservative Roman Catholic blog, Contra|Diction, gave me perhaps
my best headline ever with “Michael Coren Complicit in Destruction of Souls Who
Practice Homosexuality, Pt 1.”

ELA said...

Such an honour! I wonder did he provide a link?

Karl Rahner Jr. said...

What is most noticeable in these performances by Catholic bishops is their total fear of taking any action in the public sphere without Other religions" also standing by. It is a kind of cowardice.