Pope Benedict's Exhortation

March 14, 2007 09:00 AM

We are grateful that near the end of the Holy Father's document on the Eucharist, Sacramentum Caritatis, we find the following paragraph:

 

83. Here it is important to consider what the Synod Fathers described as eucharistic consistency, a quality which our lives are objectively called to embody. Worship pleasing to God can never be a purely private matter, without consequences for our relationships with others: it demands a public witness to our faith. Evidently, this is true for all the baptized, yet it is especially incumbent upon those who, by virtue of their social or political position, must make decisions regarding fundamental values, such as respect for human life, its defence from conception to natural death, the family built upon marriage between a man and a woman, the freedom to educate one's children and the promotion of the common good in all its forms (230). These values are not negotiable. Consequently, Catholic politicians and legislators, conscious of their grave responsibility before society, must feel particularly bound, on the basis of a properly formed conscience, to introduce and support laws inspired by values grounded in human nature (231). There is an objective connection here with the Eucharist (cf. 1 Cor 11:27-29). Bishops are bound to reaffirm constantly these values as part of their responsibility to the flock entrusted to them (232).

 

We pray that bishops take this to heart when dealing with public figures who demonize the Church by misrepresenting or contradicting her teachings while claiming to be Catholics in good standing. Not negotiable says Pope Benedict XVI!

Let us pray that the bishops of our nation are paying attention.

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