CARDINAL RATZINGER MEMORANDUM TO CARDINAL McCARRICK


#1

I really desire a response by an apologist please. My church bulletin included a statement on October 3rd over a controversy of a non-Catholic candidate for the US Senate who is pro-abortion and making a political appearance at Benedictine University in Lisle, IL (Joliet Diocese).

I read the article 10-15 times and still wasn’t sure what I was reading. So did my adult daughter. Two comments were stated.

1: A quote from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Doctrinal Note on Some Questions regard the Participation of Catholics in Political Life (11/24/02). This states something about "it is incoherent to isolate some particular element to the detriment of the whole of Catholic doctrine. A political commitment to a single isolated aspect of the Church’s social doctrine does not exhaust one’s responsibility toward the common good.

2: Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger. The bulletin did not state when, where, why. I had to look it up.

In looking it up on the Internet, it is Cardinal Ratzinger’s memorandum to Cardinal McCarrick. He states 6 points which are extremely strong. At the end, there is a section in brackets beginning with [N.B. A Catholic would be guilty of formal cooperation in evil. . . . "]

This states in the last that if we voted for a pro-abortion candidate and we CAN, we would be participating in "remote material cooperation, which can be permitted in the presence of proportionate reason.

I spoke with my pastor and the “presence of proporationate reason” as he explained was if the candidate is very concerned about programs for the poor. He said the church cannot tell anyone how to vote and that we should be more like Jesus and listen to others, that all the old heresies were stated in places of higher learning. That’s how we learn from this.

I am frustrated and angry. The church may not be able to say “vote for Bush”, but they certainly can tell us what our responsibilites are morally.

The USCCB clearly states "that the Catholic community and Catholic institutions should not honor those who act in defiance of our fundamental moral principles. They should not be given awards, honors or platforms which would suggest support for their actions.

I felt like a pesky fly on my pastor’s nose.

Are these documents saying what I think they are or have they been misinterpreted. My pastor’s take on Cardinal Ratzinger’s letter makes we want to scream. What are they thinking if they misquoted or misinterpreted the Cardinal’s letter.

Please help. Thank you.

Barbara


#2

[quote=Barbara Rice]Please help. Thank you.
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If you do a search here in the forum, NUMEROUS posts/threads have been made on this - serch for Ratzinger or Ratzinger letter and they will come up.


#3

[quote=HagiaSophia]If you do a search here in the forum, NUMEROUS posts/threads have been made on this - serch for Ratzinger or Ratzinger letter and they will come up.
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Amazing that some Church leaders are still playing games with this letter and trying to convey the very opposite of what Ratzinger said.

Antonio :frowning:


#4

Your Pastor is DEAD WRONG! One can only vote for a pro-abortion candidate when ALL candidates are pro-abortion, but one has a stronger “Catholic” position in other regards. If a candidate is pro-abortion and has concern for the poor, and the other is anti-abortion and has a less than shining track record on economic reform, you CAN NOT morally vote for the pro-abortion candidate. This is very clear in Ratzinger’s letter, and it’s being twisted left and right.


#5

Hi Barbara,

It sounds like your Pastor :smiley: is correct about the interpretation, but incorrect about the example he gave. In the case of abortion, there is NOTHING that would qualify as proportionate “enough” to offset the evil of abortion (like helping the poor). It’s a non-negotiable.

If the example were one social program vs. another, then I believe he would correctly convey the spirit of Cardinal Ratzinger’s memo. Remember that Pastors are in a very tight position with new hate crime legislation, we are now legislating against certain language spoken against others as defined by the courts! :eek:

As far as the non-negotiable issues, I liked the list in the Catholic Voter’s guide:
THE FIVE NON-NEGOTIABLE ISSUES

These five current issues concern actions that are intrinsically evil and must never be promoted by the law. Intrinsically evil actions are those which fundamentally conflict with the moral law and can never be deliberately performed under any circumstances. It is a serious sin to deliberately endorse or promote any of these actions, and no candidate who really wants to advance the common good will support any action contrary to the non-negotiable principles involved in these issues.

1. Abortion
2. Euthanasia
3. Embryonic Stem Cell Research
4. Human Cloning
5. Homosexual “Marriage”

catholic.com/library/voters_guide.asp


#6

Archbishop Burke answered this position as clearly and correctly as it can be answered here: stlouisreview.com/article.php?id=7051.

The priest is simply wrong as a matter of Catholic moral theology.


#7

[quote=JPrejean]Archbishop Burke answered this position as clearly and correctly as it can be answered here: stlouisreview.com/article.php?id=7051.

The priest is simply wrong as a matter of Catholic moral theology.
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Since Kerry pronounced himself “Catholic” before the entire nation last night, perhaps he should make an effort to read Archbishop’s Burke pastoral letter which provides clear and unambiguos Catholic moral teaching on this matter!

Antonio :smiley:


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