Crossed The Tiber

An Evangelical Converts to Catholicism

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I was born into the Catholic faith. At 14, I was "born again" and found Jesus personally but lost His Church. After thirty years as an evangelical protestant, I have come full circle to find that He has been there all the time, in the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church. I wish others to find the beauty and truth of the Catholic faith as I have found.

Thursday, June 07, 2007

Rudy, Rhode Island and Lightning Rods

The Bishop of Rhode Island was invited to a fundraiser by Rudy Giuliani. He sent a letter back explaining why he would not be coming as well as inviting the politician to his office for a "come to Jesus" talk about abortion and Catholicism. Bishop Tobin said this:

“Rudy’s preposterous position is compounded by the fact that he professes to be a Catholic. As Catholics, we are called, indeed required, to be pro-life, to cherish and protect human life as a precious gift of God from the moment of conception until the time of natural death. As a leader, as a public official, Rudy Giuliani has a special obligation in that regard,” said Tobin.

Then this week while in RI, he was asked to reiterate his stand on abortion in light of Bishop Tobin's comments. While attempting to answer the question, his response was interrupted twice by lightning strikes which caused a temporary audio glitch. The two politicians standing next to him slowly backed away as the audience laughed. Let's pray that it won't take lightning to strike again to get Mr. Giuliani to understand and live his faith in the public square.


Blogger Amber said...

That's no coincidence...

Sadly, this is not simply a "Christian" issue... It's a HUMAN issue. And Mr. Giuliani is dead wrong in his view.

The government has the DUTY to protect the lives of ALL people and to ensure they have the right to LIFE, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Period. There is no other way around it. Giving birth to a child in no way infringes on these basic rights for the mother. Adoption IS an OPTION. Why is her life valued above the one she carries?

The government most certainly DOES have the right to deny a woman an abortion. Abortion is murder... and sometimes, it is the murder of the woman herself as well. If the woman doesn't want a child, then she should be abstaining from sexual relations.

What a horribly selfish society we live in... "It's all about ME."

*stepping off the soapbox now*

June 07, 2007 11:17 AM  
Blogger St. Jimbob of the Apokalypse said...

'Tis a shame the lightning didn't strike closer to the stage. I don't know if Rudy would see a sign and heed it, even if he were struck directly.

June 07, 2007 2:05 PM  
Blogger TheGodFearinFiddler said...


June 07, 2007 2:18 PM  
Blogger japhy said...

I think Pope Leo XIII said it best in Mirae caritatis, 17:

Most abundant, assuredly, are the salutary benefits which are stored up in this most venerable mystery, regarded as a Sacrifice; a Sacrifice which the Church is accordingly wont to offer daily "for the salvation of the whole world." And it is fitting, indeed in this age it is specially important, that by means of the united efforts of the devout, the outward honour and the inward reverence paid to this Sacrifice should be alike increased. Accordingly it is our wish that its manifold excellence may be both more widely known and more attentively considered. There are certain general principles the truth of which can be plainly perceived by the light of reason; for instance, that the dominion of God our Creator and Preserver over all men, whether in their private or in their public life, is supreme and absolute; that our whole being and all that we possess, whether individually or as members of society, comes from the divine bounty; that we on our part are bound to show to God, as our Lord, the highest reverence, and, as He is our greatest benefactor, the deepest gratitude.

But how many are there who at the present day acknowledge and discharge these duties with full and exact observance? In no age has the spirit of contumacy and an attitude of defiance towards God been more prevalent than in our own; an age in which that unholy cry of the enemies of Christ: "We will not have this man to rule over us" (Luke 19:14), makes itself more and more loudly heard, together with the utterance of that wicked purpose: "let us make away with Him" (Luke 20:14); nor is there any motive by which many are hurried on with more passionate fury, than the desire utterly to banish God not only from the civil government, but from every form of human society. And although men do not everywhere proceed to this extremity of criminal madness, it is a lamentable thing that so many are sunk in oblivion of the divine Majesty and of His favors, and in particular of the salvation wrought for us by Christ. Now a remedy must be found for this wickedness on the one hand, and this sloth on the other, in a general increase among the faithful of fervent devotion towards the Eucharistic Sacrifice, than which nothing can give greater honor, nothing be more pleasing, to God. For it is a divine Victim which is here immolated; and accordingly through this Victim we offer to the most blessed Trinity all that honor which the infinite dignity of the Godhead demands; infinite in value and infinitely acceptable is the gift which we present to the Father in His only-begotten son; so that for His benefits to us we not only signify our gratitude, but actually make an adequate return."

June 07, 2007 5:00 PM  
Blogger Tiber Jumper said...

Pope Leo's the cat's pajamas!
Thanks for posting that.

June 07, 2007 6:28 PM  
Blogger MMajor Fan said...

And Rudy can now consider bad cases of "static cling" to be little reminders!

June 08, 2007 1:43 AM  

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