prayer, fasting, and politics

By Diogenes (articles - email) | Feb 10, 2006

"We are calling and inviting our community to initiate a month of fasting and prayer," said Bishop Zavala, in the hopes of persuading U.S. Senators to... "

Can you finish the sentence? The bishop wants the Senate to:

  1. balance the federal budget
  2. ban experimentation on human embryos
  3. withdraw troops from Iraq
  4. define marriage as a union between one man and one woman
  5. confirm judges who will vote to overturn Roe v. Wade
  6. reject legislation that would make illegal immigration a crime

The correct answer is the last one. The Los Angeles archdiocese, with the full backing of the US bishops' conference, has thrown its full weight behind the drive for immigration reform.

We can argue about immigration policy, if you like. Come to think of it, good Catholics do argue with each other about immigration policy. We can safely assume that some-- many-- of the faithful in Los Angeles support the legislation against which the bishops are now invoking spiritual warfare.

Come to think of it, there are many political issues on which Catholics disagree. Without much effort you can find Catholics in the US Senate who support partial-birth abortion and same-sex marriage. Since their stand on those issues is clearly and undeniably in conflict with their faith, those lawmakers need our prayers.

Thirty years after Roe v. Wade, there are no LA bishops calling for fasting and prayer to turn the hearts of pro-abortion lawmakers. Meanwhile a large-- and steadily growing-- number of Catholic politicians endorse legal abortion on demand. Maybe that's not a coincidence.

Richard Cross holds a doctorate in psychology, who has taught at the university level, including at Franciscan University. He is currently an educational researcher and consultant in the field of psychology and related disciplines.
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