Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Randall Terry quotes Pope JPII; "it is never licit to cooperate formally in evil"

Randall Terry sent out a letter via e-mail today calling for action against the proposed healthcare bill which provides for government funding of abortion:

July 22, 2009

Greetings Pro-life Champion!

What would John Paul II say about the godless effort of our government to force us to pay for the murder of babies in the health care bill?

What would he say about civil disobedience in our struggle to end the slaughter of the innocent, and to resist this legislation?

(At the bottom is a link to a youtube of the press conference we did yesterday, quoting him.)

What follows are quotes from our glorious late Pope. You can see for yourself!

Here are his words. First, note that he boldly declares that abortion is murder!

The moral gravity of procured abortion is apparent in all its truth if we recognize that we are dealing with murder..." Evangelium Vitae, 58

God help those who are "wiser" than the late Holy Father; those who refuse to call abortion murder!

Next, note that JPII taught that a majority in a democracy cannot legitimize or justify murder:

When a parliamentary or social majority decrees that it is legal, at least under certain conditions, to kill unborn human life, is it not really making a "tyrannical" decision with regard to the weakest and most defenceless of human beings? Everyone's conscience rightly rejects those crimes against humanity of which our century has had such sad experience. But would these crimes cease to be crimes if, instead of being committed by unscrupulous tyrants, they were legitimated by popular consensus? Democracy cannot be idolized to the point of making it a substitute for morality or a panacea for immorality." 70

The next quotes are a sample (there are many more from Evangelium Vitae) of the Church's teaching on civil disobedience. As you will see for yourself, we have the right - and at points THE DUTY - to refuse to obey a godless order from government.

Laws which authorize and promote abortion and euthanasia are therefore radically opposed not only to the good of the individual but also to the common good; as such they are completely lacking in authentic juridical validity. Disregard for the right to life, precisely because it leads to the killing of the person whom society exists to serve, is what most directly conflicts with the possibility of achieving the common good. Consequently, a civil law authorizing abortion or euthanasia ceases by that very fact to be a true, morally binding civil law." 72

Abortion and euthanasia are thus crimes which no human law can claim to legitimize. There is no obligation in conscience to obey such laws; instead there is a grave and clear obligation to oppose them by conscientious objection. From the very beginnings of the Church, the apostolic preaching reminded Christians of their duty to obey legitimately constituted public authorities (cf. Rom 13:1-7; 1 Pet 2:13-14), but at the same time it firmly warned that "we must obey God rather than men"(Acts 5:29)... 73

For those who foolishly say, "Render unto Caesar..." in an effort to justify giving our tax money to be used to kill babies, these passages makes it clear that God - not Caesar - demands our absolute obedience.

...It is precisely from obedience to God-to whom alone is due that fear which is acknowledgment of his absolute sovereignty-that the strength and the courage to resist unjust human laws are born. It is the strength and the courage of those prepared even to be imprisoned or put to the sword, in the certainty that this is what makes for "the endurance and faith of the saints" (Rev 13:10). 73

In the case of an intrinsically unjust law, such as a law permitting abortion or euthanasia, it is therefore never licit to obey it, or to "take part in a propaganda campaign in favour of such a law, or vote for it". 73

Finally, this passage teaches the danger we are in if we cooperate with the murder of the innocent.

Christians, like all people of good will, are called upon under grave obligation of conscience not to cooperate formally in practices which, even if permitted by civil legislation, are contrary to God's law. Indeed, from the moral standpoint, it is never licit to cooperate formally in evil. Such cooperation occurs when an action, either by its very nature or by the form it takes in a concrete situation, can be defined as a direct participation in an act against innocent human life or a sharing in the immoral intention of the person committing it. This cooperation can never be justified either by invoking respect for the freedom of others or by appealing to the fact that civil law permits it or requires it. Evangelium Vitae, 74

I urge you to do three things:

1) Read these passages again, and pray, and consider what you should do.

2) Cut and paste JPII's words, and send them to your friends, your priest, your bishop, and anyone else you can think of. Evangelium Vitae gives the best advice we could have in this critical hour.

3) Quote JPII in any emails, blogs, or "letters to the editor" you might send out.

As Catholic Christians, or Evangelical Christians, "We must obey God rather than men." In this critical hour, we will be put to the test. Let us not flinch.

Finally, I BEG YOU to send a FAX to your Senators and the Catholic bishops of your state. We have created a system whereby you can send a FAX (which will get read by MANY more people than an email) to EVERY OFFICE of each of your Senators.

If your Senators have 10 offices, EVERY OFFICE will get your letter!

In addition, every Catholic bishop in your state can hear from you - beg them to follow the directives of our late Holy Father.

And as an added touch, YOU can add a paragraph of your own in each letter!

Friend, NO ONE has created a system like this, where you can reach so many CRITICAL people, with such speed of time, and for so little cost.

Please, rattle the cage of those who want us to become accomplices to murder. And plead with the Catholic bishops of your state to stand like Saints and Martyrs against this damnable proposal.

We must fight while it is still day; the night comes, when no man can fight.

Pray for us.

Randall Terry

P.S. As you will see, the cost of the FAX is only $25 - for 10 or 20 faxes or more. This brings in a trickle of revenue, which is a help, but we need much more. Perhaps you are reading this, and you are thrilled with what we are doing. Maybe you can give $1,000 or $2,500 or more. If so, I beg for your help. We are standing for the babies without flinching, but our battles take revenue. And please note: Your gifts are not tax deductible. We will not let the government tell us what we can and cannot say! I hope to hear from you. God bless you.


In this press conference, he puts the government on notice: active non-cooperation in many forms will occur if citizens are forced to fund abortion:

Part 1 - Randall Terry press conference on healthcare plan to fund abortion
July 21, 2009

Part 2 - Randall Terry press conference on healthcare plan to fund abortion


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