Now You Know

No, by the grace of God, you will NOT plead ignorance. You will NOT testify that you never knew any better because no one ever taught you anything better. You will not plead that you were never told.

Sunday, April 03, 2005

Catholic Teaching on Terri Schiavo's Murder Is NOT "Nuanced."

There are some incredibly misguided and ill-catechized individuals on the internet who are claiming that the Catholic Church's teaching on "euthanasia" (i.e. murder) is "nuanced."

That is utter nonsense. Even worse, it's a lie. The truth is that Satan is nuanced and he himself can quote and twist scripture and God's own words into the most "nuanced" amount of pernicious false doctrine that you could ever fear to see or hear. Don't forget Satan's tempation of Christ during Christ's 40 days in the wilderness. Satan is supposedly THE most beautiful of God's angels, capable of deceiving the nations with the most attractive sounding lies. Christ's teachings however are clear. Christ our Savior did not make things nuanced. He spoke plainly to plain people so that they would not be confused or left in the dark. If you are feeling confused at Christ's teaching, the fault lies not in the teacher but in the student.

When the Vatican and even the pope clearly state that withholding food and water is ALWAYS contrary to church doctrine, then one can no longer have the slightest room for doubt or the faintest bit of room for nuance. Food and water are NEVER extraordinary means of saving a life. They are indeed basic requirements.

As for degrees of culpability based on whether one is ignorant or not, one can no longer plead ignorance when the Vatican and the Pope have already made a pronouncement. Then there is no longer the possibility of ignorance other than wilful, deliberate, malicious ignorance. If one stubbornly insists on remaining in ignorance in spite of clear teaching, that constitutes mortal sin.

Do not be deceived or misled by these liberal so-called Catholics or Christians. Christian teaching regarding murder, and especially the murder of Terri Schindler-Schiavo, leaves no room whatsoever for debate. The only ones who would claim that there is room for debate and nuance are the wolves in sheep's clothing about whom Christ repeatedly warned us. They are the lawyers, scribes and Pharisees against whom Christ and his followers had to constantly and vigilantly fight. They strain at a gnat and swallow a camel. They scour the earth for converts and when they have found them, they make them twice as fit for hell as those Pharisees themselves are.

Do not listen to them, do not dispute or debate with them. Do not cast pearls before those swine. Terri Schindler-Schaivo's blood is upon them. How can they escape the fires of hell? Through repentance, submission and the grace of God alone, through the blood shed by Christ our Lord. So far, these nominal "Catholics" have shown no indication of exhibiting any of the above.

For the last time, there is NO nuance to Christian teaching on this matter. Terri Schindler-Schiavo was murdered and those who seek to excuse, to mollify, or to obfuscate that truth are complicit in that murder. We cannot allow such a thing to happen again. We do not have the luxury of pleading ignorance. We know better.

You've been told and NOW YOU KNOW.