The Hopeless Muddle in Biden's Brain
what we are to do (e.g., worship God through the Mass, frequent the Sacraments, and so forth).
Abortion, however, has nothing to do with revealed truth. Abortion has to do with the natural moral law. The Church's teaching regarding abortion (like the rest of the Church's Catholic social doctrine which, as understood by Biden, can justly be imposed on everyone) is not, by any stretch of the imagination, de fide.
We might say that the Church's teaching regarding abortion is de moribus; it has to do with morals and not faith.
The Church is not in the business of imposing by the force of law its de fide beliefs. (This is also true of the State.) The Church knows that the act of faith is a deeply personal one, and she will not compel the Jew or the Muslim or the Buddhist under force of law to believe that God is Trinity. She believes religious freedom and freedom of conscience is a fundamental human right. (Compendium, Nos. 421-23)
But matters that relate to morals, matters de moribus, involve the natural moral law which pertains to all men. The source of the natural moral law is our own nature, and is discovered by reason and not by faith. (Compendium, Nos. 140-41)
Hence, matters than involve morals, matters de moribus, can be imposed and often should and must be imposed on others because they involve the dignity of all human beings, fundamental human rights, and therefore are essential to the common good.
By the sleight of hand of calling a matter that relates to morals as a matter that relates to faith, Biden falls into moral relativism. By this intellectual error that no Catholic should fall into, morals, like faith, become something wholly private. By this intellectual error, all of a sudden morals--which are based on human nature and therefore apply to all men regardless of belief--become like belief in the Trinity, and therefore cannot be imposed on "Muslims and Jews, . . . on others."
This is a categorical mistake.
Biden's scruples regarding imposing another person's morality, of course, are also a lie because Biden has no problem imposing the morals of the liberal abortion advocate or the liberal homosexual "marriage" advocate on all good Christians, Jews, and Muslims. He is, for example, quite vociferous in assuring that we allow abortions--even if the force of law must be involved, and even pay for contraception and abortions of others--even under the compulsion of law if need be.
Similarly, when it comes to homosexual "marriage," Biden has no problem imposing the morals of the liberal on us. He would force homosexual "marriage" on all good Christians, Jews, and Muslims willy nilly. If he would have his way, he would force us to accept homosexual "marriage" if the full force of the law must be recruited.
In listening to Biden, then, I am not quite sure where the "Biden's Area" in his brain lies and how and where he suffered his lesions and trauma there. But there is no doubt that Joe Biden's "Biden's Area" has suffered serious lesions and serious trauma. This diagnosis is clear based on Biden's inability to articulate Catholic truths.
Whatever muddle he spoke of in yesterday's debate was not Catholicism, but an impaired Catholicism, a sort of Catholic aphasia. Whatever came out of Biden's mouth certainly had no basis in the Catholic social doctrine he soul righteously touts as central to his religious and political life.
Biden's prognosis is--alas--worrisome. He has been party to the holocaust of tens of millions of the unborn. He apparently aims to continue the holocaust to Moloch. There is no hope for him, as he has blood on his hands, the kind of blood that cries out to heaven for vengeance, unless . . . he repents and believes in the Gospel, he gets busy doing all he can in his position of power and influence to save the lives of the millions killed by abortion a year in this country and to undo the harm and injustice he has caused and the confusion he has sown.
"Oh my God, I am heartily sorry for having offended you . . . I firmly resolve, with the help of your grace, to confess my sins, to do penance, and to amend my life."
Biden's views on abortion offend the God of creation who is the author of the natural moral law. This is something certain de moribus.
Biden's views on abortion also offend God the Trinity who happens to be the same God as the God of creation, since such belief is something de fide.
It is to this one and only God that Biden must confess and to whom he must make amends. And this is not to mention the amends he owes to his tiny human brothers and sisters he has allowed to be slaughtered with impunity and under color of Constitutional protection.
Andrew M. Greenwell is an attorney licensed to practice law in Texas, practicing in Corpus Christi, Texas. He is married with three children. He maintains a blog entirely devoted to the natural law called Lex Christianorum. You can contact Andrew at email@example.com.
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Pope Benedict XVI's Prayer Intentions for January 2013
General Intention: The Faith of Christians. That in this Year of Faith Christians may deepen their knowledge of the mystery of Christ and witness joyfully to the gift of faith in him.
Missionary Intention: Middle Eastern Christians. That the Christian communities of the Middle East, often discriminated against, may receive from the Holy Spirit the strength of fidelity and perseverance.
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