After hearing so many of our politicians try to deftly finesse and coyly nuance themselves into so many murky, equivocal shades of grey, wasn’t it great to hear a man of principle and conviction speak last week with clarity on a moral issue of great importance to so many people?
While aboard the papal plane in route to Brazil, Benedict was asked about the Mexican bishops who were threatening to excommunicate the Catholic politicians who voted in favor of legalizing abortion in Mexico City.
Benedict said, "Yes, this excommunication was not an arbitrary one but is allowed by Canon law which says that the killing of an innocent child is incompatible with receiving communion, which is receiving the body of Christ…They (Mexican Church leaders) did nothing new, surprising or arbitrary. They simply announced publicly what is contained in the law of the Church...which expresses our appreciation for life and that human individuality, human personality is present from the first moment (of life).” He said those who vote in favor of abortion have “doubts about the value of life and the beauty of life and even a doubt about the future…Selfishness and fear are at the root of (pro-abortion) legislation…We in the Church have a great struggle to defend life...life is a gift not a threat.”
Pope Benedict, God bless him, drew a line in the sand on abortion. How refreshing to hear a Christian leader do so.
According to the Pope, Catholic politicians who vote in favor of abortion should not receive communion and they risk excommunication from the Church. According to Church law, anyone who knowingly commits or allows a grave sin, such as abortion, inflicts “automatic excommunication” upon themselves.
I’d love to hear some Protestant Benedicts speak with such clarity.
But, where are the pulpits of men with conviction and principle eager to take politically incorrect stands?
Where are those men with chests who fear God more than men?
Where are those pastors who care more about their faithfulness to the Biblical text than they do about filling their pews and the next building program?
Where are the Bible colleges and seminaries who teach such things?
What are the denominations that still care about such things?
Who are the radio and television ministries who regularly address such things?
They are so rare.
Which is why I am so proud of Pope Benedict and the Catholic Church, even though I’m not Catholic.