To the editor:
Paul E. Haney (Catholic Courier, August 2004) complains of the politicization of the Eucharist. Politics got us a “right to abortion.” The Church teaches us God’s Word.
Mr. Haney, please read and reread Jesus’ repetitive teaching in John 6 on the Bread of Life. Ponder carefully Jesus’ response when, one by one, His disciples walked away from Him. Then go to 1 Cor. 11:17-33 and read what Paul wrote on the seriousness of eating the Body and drinking the Blood of Christ. Now go to Mt. 16:13-20. See the authority Jesus gave to Peter, the Rock on which He built His Church. Read all of Luke 10, especially verses 17-22, and see the authority He gave His disciples to preach in His name. Is this not Divine Authority?
Then tell us if bishops have Divine authority and responsibility to speak out publicly when “Catholic” politicians make public their opposition to Christ’s teaching.
Capital punishment should be rare, but is not a forbidden government function in protecting citizens.
Caring for the poor is the responsibility of all individuals — not governments!
The Church has a Just War teaching. Popes do NOT speak to governments with the same authority as when they speak to God’s Church. Some leaders ignore popes. Others sometimes listen, but then act as they feel they must — according to their own understanding of God’s Word.
Abortion violates the Natural Law. The others do NOT. Those who call themselves Catholic are bound by official Catholic teaching.
Stop depending on your politics to teach you God’s Word.
John G. Lentricchia