Recently, my wife and I made the decision to change parishes. This decision was based on the pastor, who doesn’t teach the faith correctly. He’s a liberal who openly voted for Barack Obama. No, he didn’t vote for him because he’s pro-abortion. But he did vote for Barack Obama. As a faithful Catholic who strongly believes everything the Church teaches and tries to live it, we know that abortion is inherently evil, that euthanasia is inherently evil, that embryonic stem-cell research, cloning and gay marriage are never right. So how could any real Catholic vote for Barack Obama?
The very fact that Mr. Obama opposes all the 5 non-negotiables the Catholic Church professes, to me, negates any reason to vote for him.So after three years of trying to support this pastor in all ministries-as a lector, a Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion, a daily Mass goer, sacristan, RCIA catechist, and financial supporter, we left.God led us to a more faithful parish. The parishioners, I’m told, are quite liberal, but the pastor preaches on faith and morals. He agrees with the Church.
•We sometimes hear the phrase, “cultural Catholic.” It reminds me of the “kosher style” restaurants in certain Jewish neighborhoods. The food looks and tastes kosher, but it is not kosher, and no observant Jew would eat in one. A person who insists on claiming Catholic identity while proclaiming any doctrine inconsistent with Catholic faith is a heretic.
•CCC 837 “Fully incorporated into the society of the Church are those who, possessing the Spirit of Christ, accept all the means of salvation given to the Church together with her entire organization, and those who — by the bonds constituted by the profession of faith, the sacraments, ecclesiastical government, and communion — are joined in the visible structure of the Church of Christ, who rules her through the Supreme Pontiff and the bishops. Even though incorporated into the Church, one who does not however persevere in charity is not saved. He remains indeed in the bosom of the Church, but “in body” not “in heart.”
•A Catholic is a person united with the Pope in every matter of faith (love God) or morals (love one another). There is no such thing as a “dissident Catholic.” If a vice-president of the NAACP were suddenly found under a Ku Klux Klan bedsheet he would not be called a dissident civil rights leader. He’d be called into the president’s office, fired on the spot, and kicked out the door.
We Catholics are called to treat with kindness those who oppose us, but in the end a Catholic is defined by his beliefs.