Greetings on this the Monday of the Second Week in Lent
Readings: Dn 9:4b-10; PS 79:8, 9, 11 and 13; Lk 6:36-38
Notes: The misappropriation of the gospel message is a foundation of evil intent.
The news anchor turned up the heat, attempting to corner Barr into a straight answer multiple times. ‘But I’m talking about you, you’ve had firsthand account. You saw it up close,’ he said. Barr answered that elections were a ‘binary choice.’ ‘And unfortunately sometimes it’s choosing the lesser of two evils. I believe that the progressive wing of the Democratic Party is dangerous for the United States,’ he claimed.
I call his claim: “Virtue By Proxy“. Or to use medical terms: Munchausen syndrome by proxy which is when someone falsely claims that another person has physical or psychological signs or symptoms of illness, or causes injury or disease in another person with the intention of deceiving others.
Pittiful warping of Catholic obligations!
This is classic moralistic and the moralism disease in society today. Instead:
- Gospel = the good news of Jesus Christ, in person, in faith and in the moral/ethical domains.
- Natural Law dictates the basic and personal characteristics are foundational to any supernatural or spiritual Law. They cannot be suspended in favor of an ethereal understanding of moral good.
What one does is far more important than what one says. “Virtue by Proxy” (my term) is an attempt to color others as non-virtuous while maintaining a “virtue status” by way of a standard you do not hold to yourself. As I mentioned in yesterday’s homily, justice is NOT an absolute standard. It is a relation. Justice is the reduction/elimination of hurt/harm done TO another and the application of blessing UPON the other.
- Catholics are rightly rejecting this Barr expressed moralistic perspective in favor of candidates, by their own life, offer a moral example. Justice is how you treat people.
A far better guide to the concept to Lesser of Two Evils (also read the reply which offers a differnet viewpoint):
Lesser of Two Evils Doctrine Principles:
The principles are
(1) double effect, in which a single action has two foreseen effects—one “good” and intended, the other “evil” and tolerated, such as the removal of the fetus in an ectopic pregnancy to save the life of the mother;
(2) tolerance, in which we judge, following the Gospel principle of the wheat and the tares, that certain evils must be endured for the time being lest a greater evil ensue from our efforts to weed out the malefactors, such as tolerating legal abortion even if we disagree that this should be the case;
(3) compromise, in which we in some way actively participate in actions or sinful social structures that have a clear morally evil component, such as purchasing goods made under exploitative labor conditions in foreign sweatshops; and
(4) the lesser of two evils, such as counseling the use of clean needles among drug addicts.
Lord, great and awesome God,
you who keep your merciful covenant toward those who love you
and observe your commandments!
Lord, do not deal with us according to our sins.
Verse Before Gospel
Your words, Lord, are Spirit and life;
you have the words of everlasting life.
Gospel portion today is a call to be merciful.
Jesus said to his disciples:
“Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.
“Stop judging and you will not be judged.
Stop condemning and you will not be condemned.
Forgive and you will be forgiven.
Give and gifts will be given to you;
a good measure, packed together, shaken down, and overflowing,
will be poured into your lap.
For the measure with which you measure
will in return be measured out to you.”
Bill Barr has a public voice of enormous proportions.
He violates Catholic teaching at every turn.
- I do not judge him, I judge his teaching.
- I do not condemn him, I condemn his teaching.
Whatever house you enter, stay there and leave from there. And as for those who do not welcome you, when you leave that town, shake the dust from your feet in testimony against them.” Then they set out and went from village to village proclaiming the good news and curing diseases everywhere (LK 9:4-6).
Peace be with you,