Can successful politicians still be good Catholics?
However much Marty Walsh (Mayor of Boston,USA) might insist he can keep the two things (his personal Catholic beliefs, and his decisions as mayor) separate, the fact is immoral decisions that clash with one’s Catholic Faith for fear of harsh criticism or even losing one’s position are never legitimate. Walsh claims:
“I’ve had that tension a couple times in my time as a legislator and now as mayor. But again, my relationship with my Church is my spiritual connection with my God. And I think that’s important to keep up front. Not saying the Church is right or wrong, or I’m right or wrong, or people are right or wrong, it’s just that I’m elected to represent people of all different faiths and people of no faith, so I have to keep that into consideration.”
So could this mean that agreeing to legalised abortion, same-sex ‘marriage’, the demands of those imposing a ‘gender ideology’ in schools, businesses, etc., and a long growing list of anti-Christian laws is permissible? Never. Under no circumstances. It is hypocrisy to think you can live your religious life separately from your public life. Catholics engaged in politics are responsible for being the first guarantors of the dignity of life from conception to natural death. Nor may they pretend that sodomitical unions can ever be called ‘marriage’. Such things are pure anathema. As Cardinal Peter Turkson is quoted as saying in the video, it is an “artificial” separation to try to succeed politically at the expense of denying your personal religious beliefs.
However, there are some politicians who will not accept compromises and thus bow to the world. The profound Catholic beliefs and integrity of Spanish Justice Minister, Alberto Ruiz-Gallardón, 55, would not allow him to continue in politics once the Cabinet failed to greenlight the abortion reform by the deadline he himself had set.
“His announcement [to resign] came just four hours after Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy confirmed that the legislation would be shelved, given that it had not found sufficient consensus to be moved ahead. The highly controversial bill created an internal rift in the conservative PP and also attracted significant criticism from the opposition…”
“For what doth it profit a man, if he gain the whole world, and suffer the loss of his own soul? Or what exchange shall a man give for his soul?” (Matt. 16:26).
Catholic politicians, and all public figures with power and influence over large numbers of people, are betraying God’s Divine Law when they flout it to “gain the whole world”. It is understandable that certain un-Christian laws already in place have to be confronted prudently, but if these were to be ignored or condoned, this would be unacceptable from those with the power to abrogate them. When the flagrant breaking of God’s commandments in public speeches and decision-making does not deter Catholic politicians to continue with their Catholic practices in private (like receiving Holy Communion), this may also cause grave scandal.
Bishops and priests, who while not being ‘politicians’, have nonetheless many of the same duties. They should preach the Truth to their flocks always, never denying nor minimising one iota of the Church’s magisterial teaching “for fear of the wolves“. The spineless banalities that we have heard from some of our shepherds in recent times when major decisions were being put to the vote, would surely make the angels weep. Is it any wonder than evil has triumphed in countries that were once strong beacons of Catholic Christian values, when those ‘in charge’ have cowardly refused to speak out loud and clear as knights for Christ and in defense of the teachings of His Church?
“No one is permitted to be idle and lazy while so many evils and dangers impend, and while those who are on the other side are working so hard to destroy the very basis of Catholic religion.”
If these words were apropos in the times of Ven. Pope Pius XII, how much more so are they today when we are witnessing betrayal within and violent attacks without the Holy Catholic Church on a scale seldom seen before. Yet these words from our Pastor Angelicus are directed at each one of us too. We each have a duty to be coherent in our own lives to that which we believe, ‘announcing’ it in such a way that our witness to Our Blessed Lord and His Bride, the Church, illuminates all those who cross our paths. Remember, it was often the most hidden of saints that have contributed the most to the growth of the Church, for the ways of the Lord are inscrutable.
Finally, some timely words of wisdom from Venerable Fulton J. Sheen:
“We are at the end of a tradition and a civilisation which believed we could preserve Christianity without Christ, religion without a creed, meditation without sacrifice, family life without moral responsibility, sex without purity, and economics without ethics. We have completed our experiment of living without God and have proven the fallacy of a system of education which calls itself progressive because it finds new excuses for sins.
Our so-called progressiveness, did we but realise it, is like unto the progressive putrefaction of a corpse. The soul is gone, and what we call change is only decay. How stop it except by reversing the process by which we drove God out of the world, namely by relighting the lamp of faith in the souls of men? […] [We must not] abandon creeds, and water down the milk of religion to a point where it would no longer nourish. The Catholic Church for one would never do that, because since its truths are God-made they cannot be man-unmade. We are trustees not creators of faith…To all, may there come the full-visioned understanding of how souls are won to truth by the Cross.”