Remember that debate about Democrat Party presidential nominee "Catholic" Sen. John Kerry presenting himself for Holy Communion even if he openly supports abortion?
Now here is a news item about the renewal of marriage vows of the eccentric Miriam Santiago, who is the principal author of the Senate counterpart of the RH Bill which will force government to fund the purchase of abortifacients.
MANILA, Philippines--Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago isn’t worried her advocacy of the reproductive health (RH) bill will torpedo the renewal of her marital vows in a Catholic church.
The feisty former judge and former Interior Undersecretary Narciso Santiago Jr. are celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary on June 19 with a Mass at Manila Cathedral to be officiated by Manila Archbishop Gaudencio Cardinal Rosales. [Here we go!]
President Benigno Aquino III is the best man, while actress Heart Evangelista is the maid of honor.
“Cardinal Rosales on my appeal has already said he will not excommunicate me. [uhm...] Otherwise, I will risk embarrassment during my wedding anniversary when I attempt to receive communion. He’s not going to deny me. [Did the cardinal really say that?] I guess he’ll turn a blind eye. Besides I’ll be so covered with make-up, [yuvk.] I’ll be unrecognizable,” Santiago told reporters, chuckling.
As the word war between the Church and RH advocates escalates, Santiago issued this appeal to the Catholic bishops: Listen to reason. [Do ya?]
“We just have to appeal to reason because of the principle of the separation of the Church and State,” said Santiago, who, according to her website, was a candidate for a master of arts degree in religious studies at the Maryhill School of Theology in Quezon City. [Now you know where she gets all her trash!]
She said the debate over the RH bill all boiled down to the issue of “freedom of conscience.” [Indeed which in the long run would force Catholic laymen to go against their Faith and which Catholic employers like Catholic schools will be forced to provide abortifacients and contraceptives to their employees or risk getting sued! Where is freedom in that? This whole freedom junk is all from Planned Parenthood!]
“We are created in the image of God because we have freedom of conscience. So for me, seriously speaking, this is an issue of freedom of conscience. Are you free to act according to the dictates of your conscience?” she asked. [Have we properly informed the people of the consequences of their actions? Remember of how we were taught that we are free to do whatever we will. Even God Himself cannot force us to do something against our will. BUT...we have to be ready for the consequences. Holy Mother Church teaches us that the use of contraceptives and abortifacients is a grave moral evil. EVIL. Period. Do we still have to discuss about freedom to choose when you are told that that thing you are about to us is EVIL?]
While respecting the people’s right of free speech “across religious boundaries,” Santiago said she had to stand for the “principle in the democratic governance that the Church cannot dictate to the State.” [Have you told that to the Iglesia ni Manalo? Nah. I don't think so.]
“So the State, meaning to say the Congress in this instance, must always argue in favor of free speech and free conscience,” she said. [Are members of the INC free to do whatever they want? Nah! I don't think so.]
Santiago said she expected floor debates on the RH bill to begin after Mr. Aquino delivers his State of the Nation Address in late July.
“As the author of the bill in the Senate, I am prepared. I’m preparing my battle gear,” she said. [How about your medications? Ha!]
“We’re going to debate this on all fronts not only political front, but also economic, democratic, theological, and medical, meaning to say scientific … I can debate all of them on any of these topics. They can sit in one row and I can sit all alone by myself. And then defend the bill because the merits of the bill will ensure victory.”
Honestly, I know a kid, a high school graduate who can trump this loud mouth for all that she brags about in her Bill. That would be my dream debate.
And what about Cardinal Rosales?
Isn't he remiss in his duty as shepherd of souls in the Archdiocese of Manila? He is no ordinary bishop. He is a Cardinal and the Primate of the Philippines.
Has he forgotten this:
2. The Church teaches that abortion or euthanasia is a grave sin. The Encyclical Letter Evangelium vitae, with reference to judicial decisions or civil laws that authorize or promote abortion or euthanasia, states that there is a "grave and clear obligation to oppose them by conscientious objection. [...] In the case of an intrinsically unjust law, such as a law permitting abortion or euthanasia, it is therefore never licit to obey it, or to 'take part in a propaganda campaign in favour of such a law or vote for it’" (no. 73). Christians have a "grave obligation of conscience not to cooperate formally in practices which, even if permitted by civil legislation, are contrary to God’s law. Indeed, from the moral standpoint, it is never licit to cooperate formally in evil. [...] This cooperation can never be justified either by invoking respect for the freedom of others or by appealing to the fact that civil law permits it or requires it" (no. 74).
5. Regarding the grave sin of abortion or euthanasia, when a person’s formal cooperation becomes manifest (understood, in the case of a Catholic politician, as his consistently campaigning and voting for permissive abortion and euthanasia laws), his Pastor should meet with him, instructing him about the Church’s teaching, informing him that he is not to present himself for Holy Communion until he brings to an end the objective situation of sin, and warning him that he will otherwise be denied the Eucharist.
Folks, contraceptive pills and devices are abortifacients! They kill the one-second old human being inside what is supposed to be the safest place on earth, the womb of his very own mother!
And the guy who wrote about those statements above became pope. Click here to read more.
And the great Jesuit theologian, Avery Dulles also commented on this issue.
So what happens to this pro-abortion politician? She'll receive communion?
What do we do with a cardinal who publicly voiced opposition against the Bill but as a cleric of the Church would not prevent a public sinner from receiving Holy Communion? I think we have a term for that. SACRILEGIOUS!
Will you do what most US bishops did back in 2004 to Kerry and to Sen. Edward Kennedy before he died, Your Eminence?
Not a good example Your Eminence!