By Sarah Rozman | January 19, 2009
. . . reads the headline of Bishop Vasa’s latest column in the Catholic Sentinel (Baker, Oregon’s diocesan newspaper). The column does not disappoint. Bishop Vasa springboards off a reading from 1 John to talk about the danger of the Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA) if it comes before Congress, the duty of Catholics to speak out, and the duty of Catholic legislators to vote against any such legislation. A snippet:
At the same time, I do not see how any Catholic senator or representative could vote for the passage of FOCA without recognizing that such a vote would constitute a direct and intentional declaration of their disdain for Catholic teaching. Such a vote would be tantamount to a public declaration of their intention to abandon the Catholic faith. It would be imperative that the faith consequences of such a declaration be allowed to fall fully on the heads of those who would make it.
The writing from St. John applies: “Beloved, we love God because He first loved us. If anyone says, ‘I love God,’ but hates his brother, he is a liar; for whoever does not love a brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen. This is the commandment we have from Him: Whoever loves God must also love his brother.” . . .
For all of us, and especially for Catholic legislators in every strata of government, it is necessary to declare, in conformity with the Natural Law and the teaching of the Catholic Church that, the pre-born child is our brother, our sister, our neighbor!
It’s not too long, and worth reading in full.
(A quick plug: Bishop Vasa gave an amazing talk, “Courageously Engaging the Culture Wars,” at the CUF conference this past October. It’s available on DVD or CD. You can order it by emailing conference [at] cuf [dot] org or calling 740-283-2484.)