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Worth Revisiting - Just Saying You Are Catholic Does Not Make You Catholic!

Thank you, Allison Gingras at Reconciled To You  and Elizabeth Riordan at Theology Is A Verb  for hosting Worth Revisiting each week. It is a privilege to share our work with you and your followers.

Here is my contribution:

Just Saying You Are Catholic Does Not Make You Catholic!

(Originally posted on August 5, 2013)

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[Not much has changed since I wrote this post nearly six years ago save for adding the names of other prominent politicians claiming to be Catholic but who reject Church teaching like Andrew Cuomo, Kirsten Gillibrand, Tim Kaine, Patrick Leahy, Richard Durbin, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Bob Casey, Susan Collins, Bob Menendez, Lisa Murkowski, and Patty Murray to name just a few.

The list of Catholic Bishops who have publicly barred legislators within their Diocese from receiving Communion after they passed radical pro-abortion legislation currently contains just one name: Bishop Thomas J. Paprocki of the Springfield Diocese in Illinois. He is the same Bishop who previously barred U.S. Senator Dick Durbin from receiving Communion because of his long-standing support of legislation that conflicts with Catholic teaching.Why have his fellow Bishops remained silent and refrained from taking similar action?]

It is so easy to say you are a Catholic. Just read the newspapers and watch television and you will see countless examples of those in public life claiming to be Catholic at the same time they support policies contrary to the teachings of the Catholic Church.

This has been going on for years. The silence of so many of our Bishops and priests allow this scandal to continue. How many souls have been misled from such silence? How many souls have been lost?

Far too many of our Bishops and priests utter not a single public word of instruction, correction or admonition. Yet these same men rarely miss an opportunity to immediately comment on  any "social justice" issue that is near and dear to their hearts.

Other examples abound - Nancy Pelosi, Joseph Biden, John Kerry et al. The head of the Catholic Health Association (CHA) thinks she can speak for the Catholic Church. Nothing publicly is said to correct her bogus and erroneous claim of authority.

Catholic governors and legislators zealously promote gay marriage, abortion, contraception and other intrinsic evils. Rarely are they publicly corrected.

A priest organizes a public protest against his Bishop outside the cathedral as the Bishop celebrates the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. No public chastisement.

 A "Catholic" college publicly announces that it has no problem providing its employees and students with contraception coverage. Silence.

There is much more that should be written on this topic.   Emily Stimpson has met that challenge. Her article, entitled What Catholics Need Now: A Letter to our Bishops and Priests, first appeared on CatholicVote. org. You can read it here. Please do so.

She has written out of necessity and has done so clearly, courageously and lovingly.

May our shepherds have ears to hear.

And so we must pray!

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