Thursday, February 7, 2013
Clown of the Week----Cardinal Joachim Meisner
This week the Clown of the Week Award goes to the German Cardinal Joachim Meisner of Cologne. What, you say, did the good Cardinal do to deserve such an award? He issued a statement in response to the "controversy" surrounding two Catholic hospitals in Cologne who refused to dispense "emergency contraceptives" to a rape victim. What exactly was that statement? Read it and weep, good and faithful Catholics. "If, after a rape, a supplement is used with the intend of preventing fertilization, that is in my view justifiable." Congratulations Herr Meisner! You have just declared utter nonsense, and confounded and confused another generation of Catholics!
Since many of today's Catholics are being led around and spoon fed by these clowns, I think it's time for another primer on the absolute absurdity of such a statement. Good and faithful Catholics should be outraged every time one of these statements comes to light in the media. Why? Because many Catholics are blinded by obedience and will believe every single word they say without hesitation, thus finding themselves fast on the path to Perdition! Enough! Let's see if we can clarify, then.
1) If, after a rape.....Yes, rape is a horrible crime against a woman. Woman who are raped feel shame, quilt, anger, sadness, confusion, despair, remorse, disgust, and hatred. What makes the situation worse is that most women are raped by someone they know or are at least familiar with. After women are raped they feel so many emotions for months, perhaps even years, that it is sometimes difficult for them to even think straight. And that is precisely the problem. These women who have been raped and have come to a medical facility are not thinking straight at all. They are over-run with pure emotion. In such a state of raw emotion a woman couldn't possibly consider the idea that she might have fallen pregnant with a man whom she feels nothing but disgust. Difficult dilemma, yes?
2) ...a supplement is used with the intend of preventing fertilization.....This is called contraception. Period. Even the FDA, which is not noted for honesty or transparency regarding pharmaceuticals, identifies "the Pill" and the "emergency pill" as contraceptives, or methods where hormones are used to prevent ovulation or the fertilization of the egg. There are many natural supplements that have been around for millennia that women have to prevent fertilization---pomegranates, neem oil, Queen Anne's Lace seeds, rutin, smartweed, and apricot kernels. You see, contrary, to popular belief, ours is not the first society who desired not to have offspring. There were many people before who discovered certain herbs and flowers could bring on a menstrual cycle, prevent fertilization, or cause a miscarriage. Why not use one of these supplements instead of hormones which are known cancer agents?
3) ...in my view....It seems the good Cardinal's view is the same view as the "experts" and "scientists." But what about God's view? And the Church's view? You see, the Cardinal's view doesn't really matter does it? The only view that actually counts is God's and He left the Catholic Church solely responsible for teaching everyone what that view is. Sorry Herr Meisner.
4) ...justifiable. This one word, alone, is what qualifies Herr Meisner for the Clown of the Week Award. What exactly does this word mean? When a decision or action is justifiable, it must be proven that the action is just, right, or reasonable. Is preventing fertilization with a supplement in any case just, right, or reasonable? Not according to God! Not even in the case of rape. What is just about denying a child created by God his natural right to live? What is right about intentionally and willfully suppressing a woman's fertility so that she will not fall pregnant? What is reasonable about telling a woman that it is okay to take a "supplement" to prevent a child from being conceived or born?
What's the big deal, you say, about Cardinal Meisner anyway. Well, he is in a position of authority. Faithful Catholics see him as a representative of the visible Church. Those Catholics who are still attending Mass and who still listen to their priests and bishops will take what the Cardinal says and actually believe it is true. This is what makes his statement absolutely absurd and dangerous. And this is precisely why the Catholic Church is in the rotten state that it is in! The hierarchy is rotten and they are liars. And while they may or may not hold legitimate places of authority, one just cannot believe a word they say. Period. In these times, it's best not to listen to them at all or measure everything they declare with what the Church actually teaches.
Contraception and abortion, contrary to popular belief, are not new ideas. Any study of the use of contraception clearly indicates that both practices, contraception and abortion, were commonplace throughout antiquity. In fact, an exhaustive analysis of women's health, including contraception, was published in the 2nd Century by Soranus of Ephesus, a Greek gynecologist. His works were so important that they were read and referenced for over 1500 years. I mention this because it is important to note that these practices were part of the life and culture that Our Lord and His Apostles were teaching against. And since these practices were part of the general culture, Christians were in direct opposition to it. As such, this is not a new idea that just suddenly popped up in the 1960s with the invention of a birth control pill. On the contrary, ours is not the first culture in which men and women wanted to enjoy the pleasures of the flesh without any consequences.
From the beginning, Our Lord, His Apostles, and His Church have condemned the practice of contraception and abortion. One does not need a degree in theology to know what the Church teaches in regards to these matters. Neither are acceptable--both are intrinsically morally evil. Period. This concept is so simple that even the Protestants understand it. God, and God alone, is the author of life. He decides, in His ultimate Wisdom, when or if a child is to be created. This is very difficult for us to understand, especially when the circumstances involved are so difficult. But who are we to question Our Lord's Ways? After all, they are not ours.
Is rape a horrible situation? Yes. Most definitely. But sometimes Our Lord chooses this precise situation to bring a new human being into this world. Why? I do not know. It would be highly presumptuous of me to contemplate why the Lord would allow a child to be conceived in this way. A report that come out in Ireland last year highlighted the fact that most women in this situation keep their children. If a child conceived out of rape is so horrible, why do all these women keep their children? Perhaps this is a question Cardinal Meisner ought to investigate. The Cardinal might begin his research by reading the blog by Rebecca Kiessling, a woman who was conceived in rape and targeted for abortion. I am certain she would have to disagree with Cardinal Meisner that "emergency" contraception is ever justified. There are women there who have lovingly and courageously shared their stories in hopes that they can have an impact.
It is a really sad day for humanity the leaders of the Holy Catholic Church lose their faith and their marbles at the same time. For this reason, German Cardinal Joachim Meisner wins the Clown of the Week Award.
Our Lady of Good Success, Ora Pro Nobis!
St. Joseph, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Ora Pro Nobis!