I suffered from yet another bout of insomnia last night. This is just one of the side effects of my lung disease and the medication I take for it. The result of this episode of insomnia was that at about 3 am this morning, South African Standard Time, I was still wide-awake and bushy tailed.
I decided to turn on the television. There is only so much one can do when one has already been awake the whole night. Eventually one of the options to help pass the time, even just for a short while, must be watching television. I was already tuned into CNN and so, as the television turned on, I saw the vice presidential debate between Paul Ryan and Joe Biden in the USA kicking off.
I was impressed with Paul Ryan’s calm and polite manner. I was less impressed with Joe Biden’s rude and condescending manner. Biden constantly interrupted Ryan and had me thinking that Biden thought winning the debate was about who shouted loudest. Anyway, this is not what I wanted to write about.
As the debate drew to a close the inevitable question about abortion was asked. The moderator announced that both these men profess to be practicing Catholics, which they each in turn confirmed in their response to the question. I immediately sat up and began to pay closer attention. I was, sadly, very disappointed with the responses from both of these practicing Catholic men.
Although each man presented a different approach to abortion and explained their reasons for that approach, the bottom line is that these men both actually agreed. It does not matter the degrees of agreement or the reasoning behind it. What matters is that ultimately what these two practicing Catholic men actually said, is that they would allow the murdering of innocent human life to continue after the election. It does not matter who wins, both will permit this murder of unborn babies to continue in some or other circumstances.
What I found sad is the reality that these two men were clearly in the unenviable position of being forced to literally sell their souls in order to get elected. They have chosen politics as a career so that they can work for the common good of all US citizens. Yet in order to have a career, they need to compromise their faith and agree to the murder of the most innocent of all humans - unborn babies.
What is unconscionable is that it is Catholics who have put these men in this situation. You see, these men should be able to stand firm regarding their faith and be true to the teaching of the Church. They should be able to focus on the other important issues in the election campaign, knowing that they can count on the Catholic vote exactly because they oppose abortion. Yet the opposite is in fact true. These men both feel that they need to compromise their belief because they know that by opposing abortion, they will in fact lose some Catholic votes.
It should be a no brainer. If a Catholic, during an election, must choose between politicians who will either end abortion or who will permit it to continue, the choice should be easy. The politician who must obviously get the Catholic vote, first and foremost, must be the politician who will end abortion. Thereafter other issues come into play to differentiate between who will or will not get their vote. The same applies to other Church teaching.
We have to ask ourselves what Catholics have become when, in order to secure a majority Catholic vote, not just in the USA but many countries in the world, a politician is forced to make choices that go against his or her Catholic Faith. Choices that include, in this instance, an agreement that will perpetuate the killing of millions of unborn babies. I am glad that I don't have to make these tough choices in order to keep my chosen career.
St. Michael the Archangel,
defend us in battle.
Be our defence against the wickedness and snares of the Devil.
May God rebuke him, we humbly pray,
and do thou,
O Prince of the heavenly hosts,
by the power of God,
thrust into hell Satan,
and all the evil spirits,
who prowl about the world
seeking the ruin of souls. Amen