Dear Senator/Congressman ____________,
As a fellow Catholic I was shocked and dismayed to learn that you recently voted against protecting the life of a child who had survived an abortion. I had already been deeply concerned that you, as a Catholic, supported abortion at all, but to take it to the level of infanticide is truly appalling.
I don’t understand how, if at all, you can reconcile such a stance with your claim to the Catholic faith. Do you participate regularly in the mass? If so, do you say the creed which is a part of almost every mass? Do you think about the phrases in the creed, such as believing in God and His role as creator of everything, visible and invisible? Or do you just mouth the words? Have you read Genesis, “Male and female He created them.” (Gen 1:27)
Jesus warned about people like you when He said, “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but underneath are ravenous wolves.” (Mt 7:15) Throughout the Bible Jesus speaks about the importance of actions, basically warning that, as the adage goes, “actions speak louder than words.”
Our God is a God of creation, not destruction. Abortion is an act of pure destruction. You favor taking the life of a person, a human being from the moment of conception, a scientific fact. Not only does it go against any acknowledgement of the inherent dignity of the human person, but it denies God and the love he has for humankind. As the Apostle John says, “God is love, and whoever abides in love, abides in God, and God abides in him.” (1Jn4:16)
Do you want to claim that the “seamless garment” concept allows you to equate other so-called social justice issues with the intrinsic evil of abortion? It does not. Even Cardinal Bernadin, an advocate of the seamless garment, noted that these other issues do not rise to the level of abortion as an evil. Pope St. John Paul II stated that the right to life is the first and most basic right. Without life, all other rights are meaningless. Our own Declaration of Independence states that “all men are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” Note well that the right to life is first in this list.
Do you not fear God? Do you think that at the last moment you are going to suddenly repent for this mortal sin of supporting the intrinsic evil of abortion? I suggest you read the parable of the ten virgins, and Jesus’ words, “Watch, therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour.” (Mt 25:13)
Do you think you are protecting women or empowering them? In fact, you are helping to destroy women. You are taking away their womanhood. God brings new life into the world through women, who collaborate with him in an act of creation and love. When you destroy that union with God, you destroy the woman, the child and the family.
And, speaking of the family, there will soon be legislation before you that claims to support “equality” but will actually destroy the inherent dignity of women as women and men as men. It will also destroy the family, the gains women have made in achieving their own success (by allowing biological men to compete as women), and basic freedoms of speech and religion enshrined in the first amendment to the constitution. Please do NOT vote for this.
By claiming to be Catholic you put yourself in the position of the Pharisees of Jesus’ time as depicted in the Gospel of John, “Jesus said, ‘For judgment I came into this world, that those who do not see may see, and those who see may become blind.’ Some of the Pharisees near him heard this and they said to him, ‘Are we also blind?’ Jesus said to them, ‘If you were blind, you would have no guilt; but now that you say, ‘we see,’ your guilt remains.’” John 9:39-41
It is my duty as a fellow Catholic to warn the sinner, and this is the purpose of my letter. We recently celebrated Ash Wednesday during which we are told to “Repent and believe in the Gospel.” And so, I am asking you to do just that. As I noted above, we do not know when, but the Judgment will come. But Jesus warned about that as well, “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven.” (Mt 7:21) Remember, Jesus also said, “whatever you did to the least of my brothers, you did it to me.” And, “These will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.” (Mt 25:40, 46)
I read recently that 30% of the members of congress called themselves Catholic. Think of the good you would do for the nation if they all followed the teachings of our wonderful faith and what a unifying force you could be for the country. The current misconception of the common good as allowing anyone to be able to do whatever they please is a fallacy. As Bishop Sheen said, “Moral principles do not depend on a majority vote. Wrong is wrong, even if everybody is wrong. Right is right, even if nobody is right.” I implore you, live the faith you openly claim and lead our troubled nation back to God.