BEING A GOOD CHRISTIAN AND CITIZEN AT THE SAME TIME: NO COMPROMISE

Christian Wisdom

I watched realcatholictv.com yesterday where Michael Voris discussed about Sapientiae Christianae. I endorse this document to my fellow Filipino citizens now that some of our government leaders are acting blindly to the truth about the traps and dangers of the reproductive health bill and the LGBT movement.

Michael Voris said the following:
A little over a hundred years ago .. Pope Leo XIII .. the same pope by the way who composed the Prayer to St. Michael .. released an encyclical that is truly profound.

It’s entitled .. Sapientiae Christianae .. which translates to Christian Wisdom. It’s focus is the responsibility and duty of Catholic action in relationship to the state and in the face opposition from the culture.
Given the way Obama is conducting himself with regard to Catholic truth .. this encyclical is really a blueprint for us today. Written at the close of the 19th century .. it is a perfect template for the political life of Catholics at the dawn of the 21st century.

Barely one page into it .. Pope Leo lays it quite clearly.
“…an incredible multitude of men is in danger of not achieving salvation; and even nations and empires themselves cannot long remain unharmed, since, when Christian institutions and morality decline, the main foundation of human society goes together with them.” – Sapientiae Christianae #3

Yep. As you’ve heard us report here before quoting great thinkers .. when civilizations disappear .. they follow a certain path .. first morality evaporates .. then economies implode and lastly governments collapse.
He speaks quite directly to .. and about Catholics ..
“We deem it expedient in this letter to define more in detail the duties of the Catholics, inasmuch as these would, if strictly observed, wonderfully contribute to the good of the commonwealth.” #3
“It cannot be doubted that duties more numerous and of greater moment devolve on Catholics .. “#4

So His Holiness addresses the matters of our day in an urgent and direct manner .. “[It is] an act of consummate wickedness to break the laws of Jesus Christ, in order to yield obedience to earthly rulers, or, under pretext of keeping the civil law, to ignore the rights of the Church;” #7
“.. one should be ready to suffer all things, even death itself, rather than abandon the cause of God or of the Church.” #7

And then Leo becomes even more clear .. if that’s possible ..
“.. if the laws of the State are manifestly at variance with the divine law, containing enactments hurtful to the Church, .. then, truly, to resist becomes a positive duty, to obey,a crime;” #10

And further .. “..if laws of men contain injunctions contrary to the eternal law of God, it is right not to obey them.” #10

What is the motive Pope Leo gives for this Catholic response to political attacks against the faith from government leaders?
“ .. it is, as We have said, the office of the Church to undertake the defense of truth and uproot errors from the mind, and this charge has to be at all times sacredly observed by her, seeing that the honor of God and the salvation of men are confided to her keeping.”
#14
And realizing that this is tough and demanding and may cost a person everything they possess in this earth .. up to and including their lives .. he states emphatically .. “To recoil before an enemy, or to keep silence when from all sides such clamors are raised against truth, is the part of a man either devoid of character or who entertains doubt as to the truth of what he professes to believe. In both cases such mode of behaving is base and is insulting to God, and both are incompatible with the salvation of mankind.”
#14
And in a call to arms he reminds the stalwart Catholic to be manful ..“very frequently by such display of courage our enemies lose heart and their designs are thwarted. Christians are, moreover, born for combat, whereof the greater the vehemence, the more assured, God aiding, the triumph..”. Attacks are being launched against the Church in the United States and the rest of the formerly civilized world in the forms of laws and government programs that promote vice as virtue and evil as good.

The Church stands against these laws .. like Obama’s sprint to enshrine homosexual sex as a protected status and his denial to Catholics of opting out of morally evil aspects of his health care law.

With this encyclical in mind, let us pray for government leaders and our President Noynoy Aquino to realize that following Obama in exchange of foreign aid is like selling our bodies and soul, our whole country for 30 pieces of silver.

Pope Leo XIII Encyclical:
http://www.vatican.va/holy_father/leo_xiii/encyclicals/documents/hf_lxiii_enc_10011890_sapientiae-christianae_en.html

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