Back on the election results and Catholics not voting like Catholics, I watched Fr. Corapi Saturday evening speaking on the message of Fatima. This showing was several years old, as are most of Fr. Corapi’s showings on EWTN.
But boy, was it poigniant? Having everything to do with how we voted a month and a half ago!
I knew that you could sin in your thoughts (such as looking lustfully at a provocatively dressed woman or surfing pornography on the net), but did you know there were 9 ways of committing a sin by being idle? Here they are:
1. Counsel: Giving advice or direction to the evil-doer;
2. Command: Ordering or inducing another to commit sin;
3. Consent: approving of the sin, before or after its act;
4. Provocation: Inciting or urging one to commit sin;
5. Praise or flattery: Inciting or urging one to commit sin by praise;
6. Concealment: helping one to commit sin by offering to conceal the crime;
7. Partnership: Sharing the fruits of another’s sin;
8. Silence: Not speaking out when we should, or not acting to prevent sin when obliged;
9. Defending evil: Attempting to justify the evil actions of others.
So how many times have you heard “I’m personally opposed to abortion, but I think it’s a woman’s right to choose…” So you’re safe by never having abortion, but if you never speak against it, don’t vote against someone who historically did nothing to stop it, tell someone that you won’t judge if they choose to have an abortion, pay for someone to have an abortion, assist someone by driving them to the abortion clinic, or tell people why someone who’s pro-abortion should be placed into office…guess what?
It seems to me that the lines to go to confession should be getting longer and longer. I’ll be there before you, because I didn’t do enough to educate my fellow Catholics on this issue.