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Cardinal George and the bishops of Illinois recently issued a letter concerning Governor Pat Quinn's views conflicting with those of the Church. This is what they said.
“We share the Governor’s concern for the poor,” they wrote. “From our point of view, however, this was a meeting between pastors and a member of the Church to discuss the principles of faith, not the works of faith. On several occasions, the Governor has referred to his Catholic conscience and faith as the justification for certain political decisions.”
The letter continued: “As Catholic pastors, we wanted to remind the Governor that conscience, while always free, is properly formed in harmony with the tradition of the Church, as defined by Scripture and authentic teaching authority. A personal conscience that is not consistent with authentic Catholic teaching is not a Catholic conscience. The Catholic faith cannot be used to justify positions contrary to the faith itself. It is a matter of personal integrity for people who call themselves Catholic to act in a manner that is consistent with the teachings of the Catholic Church.”
When I first read the title of the thread, I thought you must have been refering to Cardinal George Pell, an Australian Caedinal. Pell has made a name for himself as a strident critic of political correctness and of those who reach high office under the banner of Catholicism, then go on to adopt the expedient when faced with the secularism of real politics.
Read what Pell has to say about it here -
In a Jan. 4 interview with the Sunday Herald Sun, Cardinal Pell gave a sharp rebuke to Australian members of parliament who "fly under the Christian or Captain Catholic flag" but "blithely disregard Christian perspectives" in their actions.
Cardinal Pell called out politicians who endorse secular stances on issues while insisting that they're Catholics, saying, “if you're espousing something that's not a Christian position, don't claim Christian backing for that."
This problem is not confined to the United States, but is apparent in Australia, the U.K., Canada and Europe. Western civilisation is shooting itself in the foot because those who represent the people are not willing to publicly state that the very foundations of western society are Christian.
Catholics in public office don't adhere to Catholic teaching. Neither, for that matter, do Christians from other denominations adhere to Christian principles. They are adopting the secular stance on moral issues and are in fact attempting to disassociate Christian ethics from public decision making. To that extent, what Charlegmagne II has labelled as "political correctness" is true.
In terms of Catholicism, which, in case anyone has forgotten, is the original Christian Church, Pell, almost echoing the Illinois Cardinal George, has this to say to Catholics in public office -
The Catholic Church “doesn't teach the primacy of conscience,” he said, explaining that a person's conscience doesn't trump Church teaching. “You know if somebody said apartheid was all right, nobody would say, 'Yes you can say that because of the primacy of conscience.'"
It's about those in public office having the moral courage to stand up for what they purport to believe in. After all, it's those beliefs which made them who they are and which in turn got them elected in the first place.
Cardinal Pell certainly has that moral courage. I personally think he'd make a great Pope.