Letter to Shawn Hannity


Dear Shawn,

I am a follower of your Fox News show.  I generally like your stances on issues and generally agree with you.  But the other night on your show, you brought up the issue of Fr. Thomas Euteneuer, and a conflict you had with him in an earlier show.  I didn’t see the show in March 2007, but I understand that Fr. Thomas called you a heretic and hypocrite, because of your views, which are against the Church’s teaching, on artificial contraception.  While I totally understand why you might get mad, and while I totally divorce myself from Fr. Thomas’ way of pastoring you (it should be private and gentle), his message was correct.

Contraception is never right, no matter how many people think it is.  (This truth is true whether the person you’re attacking has sin in himself or not.) Pope Benedict XVI was recently misquoted from his book to say that condom use would sometimes be acceptible, but that’s not what he was saying.  He said that, in a specific case where a person with HIV used a condom because he cared about his homosexual partner (in this case it was a male prostitute and client), you could say that the person was progressing in holiness because he exhibited care for the other person.

It seems you have a history with Fr. Euteneuer.  It seems he has tried to privately counsel you on the topic of birth control, because of your high profile and your very public stance on the issue. It seems that sometimes you invite people on television to publicly attack them.  Frankly, I admired your tete a tete with the Muslim cleric, but after seeing how you were with the priest, I have come to realize that wrong is wrong, no matter whether you agree or disagree with one of the parties.  So I have chastised myself regarding that exchange, too.  I’m not passing judgement on who’s right or wrong on the issue, I’m saying that the way the conversation was conducted was wrong.  On both sides.  But in the case of Fr. Thomas Euteneuer, it seems he had approached you to discuss the matter privately.

Sean, every man, woman, and child on the face of the earth is a sinner.  You, me, Fr. Thomas, every priest up to and including the Pope is a sinful man.  That does not negate the fact that artificial birth control, abortion, and euthanasia are all sinful, in that they thwart the will of God.  So whether or not the priest had mortal sin in him, which it turns out he did, the truth remains true.

As it pertains to the Church of which you profess to be a member, your stance on artificial birth control places you among the ranks of Nancy Pelosi, Joe Biden, and Ted Kennedy.  You dissent from a basic church teaching.  This makes you a cafeteria Catholic.  You believe what you choose to believe, you toss out what you disagree with.  Fr. Thomas, while he is a sinner just like you and me, at least has a knowlege of what the church teaches, a moral compass which always points to Rome.

At least you, as you say, bear no grudge against him.  Maybe if you examine your soul and your conscience, you can come to see that, while his method of delivery may have been wrong, his message was right on.  This applies to you, as well.

God bless.

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3 thoughts on “Letter to Shawn Hannity

  1. 1.Isaiah 7:9
    …. If you do not stand firm in your faith, you will not stand at all.’”
    2.Matthew 9:22
    Jesus turned and saw her. “Take heart, daughter,” he said, “your faith has healed you.” And the woman was healed at that moment,
    3.Matthew 9:29
    Then he touched their eyes and said, “According to your faith let it be done to you”;
    4.Mark 5:34
    He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.”
    5.Mark 10:52
    “Go,” said Jesus, “your faith has healed you.” Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus along the road.
    6.Luke 7:50
    Jesus said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.”
    8.Luke 8:48
    Then he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace.”
    9.Luke 17:19
    Then he said to him, “Rise and go; your faith has made you well.”
    10.Luke 18:42
    Jesus said to him, “Receive your sight; your faith has healed you.”

    All of these verses prove that Jesus’ spoke of YOUR FAITH, almost as if it was something of your own. We know it isn’t–it’s a gift from God. But this one thing is TRUE–My faith has no JURISDICTION over you nor anybody else!!! If you can’t get that–neither agreement nor disagreement has anything to do with the teaching of Jesus that it is YOUR FAITH and not someone else’s that saves you.

    What is the hypocrite that Jesus condemns? He is a hypocrite who has one standard for himself but another standard he holds others to. This is a true saying. This is personal SIN’s definition. Personal hypocrisy (any double standard) is the cause of every problem we have in society.

    Until you have 20 or 30 children of your own bc you personally won’t use even intelligent rhythm methods, you have no right to condemn him who uses some kind of contraception. Your faith has no jurisdiction over anyone else. Never has, never will. It’s always when someone forces his personal faith on someone else that the worst evils happen. The first murder in Bible history was because Able forced “his own faith” upon Cain. It was not right that Cain killed Able, but neither is it right for anyone to think he’s so holy that he can tell another free person what to do.

    To prevent conception is not the same as abortion, which I hate–though my hate (my faith) still has no jurisdiction over anybody but me.

    Finally, Mt 24:15-21: Doesn’t God care about pregnant women when Jerusalem was attacked? And what about fleeing in winter time? Doesn’t He who controls the time tables of human life CARE?

    You won’t print this will you? I have written carefully reasoned proofs before. You just don’t print them. You are a CENSOR, aren’t you?

    Why not print mine and present your own tight arguments, or proofs, instead of Censor me?

  2. I’ve never not printed anything you’ve written. But what is your point? You think it is ok to thwart the will of God? After all, isn’t that what procreation is? There is never a case where abortion or contraception is morally permissable. There is a way to not have children. God, in his wisdom, gave us that. It’s called abstinence. In Natural Family Planning, the husband and wife know their cycle well enough to know when they should abstain from relations. Done correctly, it works as well as contraception and does not thwart the will of God.

    What “faith” do you think Jesus is talking about? Faith in what??? Let me answer: Your faith in me has saved you.

    Next, to your definition of ‘hypocrite’. A hypocrite is one who denounces something, and then does it himself. By that definition, Christians are all hypocrites because we denounce sin, yet we sin. So are you telling me that I don’t have the right to tell someone that they are sinning, if I’m a sinner myself? Yet Jesus tells us in Matthew that if someone sins against us, we should go to that person and discuss it, if that doesn’t solve the problem, we should take it to our brothers, and if that doesn’t work, to take it to the church. So we, though sinners, are still to abhor and denounce sin. Exactly what the priest was doing with Sean Hannity. When he was called out, Hannity attacked the priest. Hannity claims to be Catholic, and yet does not even try to adhere to the teachings of his faith, like Nancy Pelosi, Joe Biden, and many others. Why would he want to belong to any group that doesn’t have the same convictions he does?? Hannity is probably a cultural Catholic-went to school, Catechism classes, confirmation, probably still goes to church. He’s a ‘But Catholic’. He’s Catholic, but he doesn’t agree with the Church’s teaching on…To be fair, we are all a bit like this. But we are called to be obedient to our Lord and Savior.

  3. FAITH is the Theological Virtue by which we believe in God; believe ALL that God has taught and revealed to us, believe ALL that the holy Church proposes for our belief because HE who revealed it is TRUTH itself; HE can neither deceived nor be deceived.
    If we believe only what we want to believe, then we are not exercising FAITH. If we believe only what fits our lifestyle, then we do not really have FAITH. Contraception is against the 6th Commandment. Hence it is a grave sin . We wouldn’t have disagreements on this matter if all Catholics have knowledge of their Faith. It is written in black and white; it is cast on stone. Try to Examine your Conscience. Get a copy of How to Make a Good Confession. If we learn how to examine our conscience, we will know 1/2 of our Faith. The key is not to sin so we can be saved.

    The Magisterium of the Catholic Church teaches contraception and abortion are evil. As Catholics we should not engage in these sins, nor are we to VOTE for one who promotes and condones it. Because if we vote for one who is pro-abortion, then we become accomplice in that heinous crime called abortion of babies. Pope John Paul II (soon to be called Blessed John Paul II) said abortion is MURDER, and contraception is evil. Mother Teresa said abortion is murder. The Magisterium, the Teaching Office of the Church says abortion and contraception are evil. The CCC 2319 -2322 states: LIFE BEGINS AT CONCEPTION.

    If we really have FAITH we should believe ALL that Christ has taught and revealed to us. One of Christ’s teachings is the 10 Commandments. Thou shalt not commit adultery is one the 10. If you do not give the ascent of FAITH, then you are a heretic.

    Heresy is the obstinate post-baptismal denial of some Truth, or doubt concerning same. (CCC 2089). Do we think we are smarter than Jesus Christ? Are we smarter than the Pope, the Magisterium ? If we think so, then we are not giving the ascent of Faith. We are dissedent Catholics. We are heretics. And heretics are excommunicated from the Church. Because if we do not believe ALL the teachings of the Church, then we are what they call heretics. If we are heretics , then we DO NOT BELONG TO THE CATHOLIC CHURCH.
    AND TO RECEIVE THE HOLY EUCHARIST (the Body of Christ) when we are heretics is a sacrilege!

    Just a note… that when the Pope speaks of Faith and Morals, it is Christ speaking through him. The Pope is given infallibility when he talks about Faith and Morals. So when he says contraception and abortion are evil, then all Catholics should obey that.

    I’m not talking about people of other faith. Protestants, Buddhist, etc…..You believe what you want to believe. But Catholics should believe and obey the Catholic teachings IF they want to remain Catholics. If they don’t want to obey and believe ALL the teachings of Christ, then they should join other religion.

    Our first parents’ sin is disobedience. God gave them a set of rules. The devil came and tempted them and said: You can do whatever you want to do. You don’t need to follow what God says. You will be like God Himself if you eat the forbidden fruit. What happened? Adam and Eve DISOBEYED GOD. Then death entered the universe. It seems that we never learn. We still disobey God. He gave us the 10 Commandments as a lighthouse to live a good life . But we question and fight over who is right and who is wrong on Christ’s teachings. How proud are we. We should just have the humility to obey our Lord, Jesus Christ. The Lord who redeemed us from slavery of sin, that original sin. Jesus died for us. He won the victory of redemption for us. Now it is our turn to accept the victory, or reject it. If we accept it, we win; if we reject it , we lose, eternal life, that is.

    Freedom is not being able to do whatever you want to do. That is license. Freedom is being able to do what we OUGHT to do. Obey God, we will have everlasting life. Disobey God, death, …we will lost freedom. Do we still want to be in bondage of sin when Jesus already redeemed us from it. Have the humility to acknowledge that God is our redeemer, and only through him can we have salvation. Jesus said : I am the way, the Truth, and the LIFE. Have the humility that we are only little creatures , specks in the cosmos, and that He is the creator. So when He gives us Commandments to obey, we should obey. Why? Because we know that God can neither deceived nor be deceived. And He’s God and we should love HIM for His own sake. We should even try to box with God. He is all-powerful. We don’t stand a chance.

    Why did God create us? To KNOW HIM, to LOVE HIM, and to SERVE HIM so that we may be happy with HIM in Heaven for all eternity. That is the purpose of our life. How can we even serve HIM if we don’t even want t obey HIM?

    Remember, Jesus redeemed us from slavery of sin, but He did not promise salvation. It is up to us to save ourselves from that place called Hell which is mentioned in the Bible 72 times. This is when our freewill should be strengthened so we can obey God. But we also need to have our intellect illumined to the Truth. How do w do that? By receiving the sacraments, especially the Eucharist. The Holy Eucharist will give us sanctifying grace which we need to enlighten our mind and strengthen our will to obey God. Man, left to his own devices cannot do anything without God. We need God to give us the grace to do good. If we receive Holy Communion in the state of grace we receive the grace well; if we receive Holy Communion sacrilegiously, then grace is blocked and cannot enter our soul. God does not want to be in communion with someone who is pro-death and one who disobeys His commandments. So no sanctifying grace, no power. We will go deeper and deeper in sin to the point that it will require a miracle to repent.

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