from Msgr. Schaedel for bulletin of December 3, 2000
Advent is here!† We are preparing for the great Feast of the Incarnation, Christmas, the Word Made Flesh.† The vestments are violet, the Gloria is omitted at Mass, and the Liturgy is a bit more somber.†
Advent is a season that places emphasis on the waiting of the Chosen People.† We recall the longing and waiting of the Chosen People before our Savior was born.† Patience is an Advent theme.
I suppose that in the past few weeks, the patience of the American people has been tried by all of the confusion surrounding the national elections.† All of the rhetoric, the lawsuits, the courts, the counting and recounting of votes is getting old.† I hope that by the time you read this we know who our president actually is!† (Our bulletin goes to press on Thursdays, so Iím writing this before the Supreme Court hearing set for Friday, December 1st.)
I want to make it clear that none of the national candidates or any of the national parties has my 100% endorsement.† Thatís not my place.† None of them are perfect.† In all thatís been said in the last week or so, one thing caught my earóbig time.† Let me comment on it here:
Last Sunday evening, when the Florida Secretary of State certified the results of the election in Florida, Senator Joseph I. Lieberman of Connecticut made a statement.† As you know, Senator Lieberman is the Democratic candidate for vice president.
Senator Lieberman is worried about how this confusing situation and allegedly inaccurate count of the votes cast in Florida comes across to our nationís children.† He said, in part, ďHow can we teach our children that every vote counts if we are not willing to make a good-faith effort to count every vote?Ē† Later on, he again expressed concern for children.† ďWe must show the world and teach our children that even in this unparalleled time, America can and will fulfill its democratic values by demonstrating the patience to cast every voteóto count every vote that was cast.Ē† (These quotes are from The New York Times.)
Senator Liebermanís concern for our nationís youngsters is admirable.† However, Iíd like to ask him how he suggests we explain to our children his own support of partial birth abortion and abortion in general.
The partial-birth abortion procedure, used from the fifth month on, involves pulling a living baby feet-first out of the womb, except for the head, puncturing the skull and suctioning out the brain.† The great majority of partial-birth abortions are performed on healthy babies, for entirely non-medical reasons.† Mr. Lieberman fives times against a ban on partial-birth abortion.† He voted pro-abortion 67 out of 68 times during his twelve years in the Senate.† He voted in favor of tax funding of abortion on demand.† Gee whiz, Senator, you think this is okay.† How do you propose that we explain this to our children?
How should we explain to our children that the New York Torah CourtóBeth Dinórecently excommunicated Joe Lieberman because of his misrepresentation of Jewish teaching about and support for partial-birth abortion, homosexuality, and gender integration in military headquarters (among other things).
I really donít think explaining all of the confusion about the recent election will be all that difficult.† Most parents should be quite adept by now at explaining confusing behavior by political leaders to their children.† Thanks to the current president and the media, many parents have already had to explain to their children the meaning of some of the most perverse and disgusting sexual conduct imaginable.† Such conduct by the current resident of the White House has been plastered all over the news in recent years.† Parents had little choice but to answer their delicate questions and explain it to them as best they could.
Itís not appropriate for me to use the Sunday bulletin for a political discussion.† But it sure is appropriate for me to use the Sunday bulletin for a discussion of morality.† This statement by this candidate suggesting that we should be so concerned for what this election confusion says to our children is one of the stupidest things Iíve ever heard.† Yes, we should be concerned.† But we need to be more concerned about a number of other things first!† The sacred gift of human life itself!† Senator Lieberman, give me a brake!
Once again, let me bring to your attention THE PARISH STEWARDSHIP CARDS!† Until we get 100% of the cards turned in, weíve got to keep bringing it up!
PLEASE!† If you have not turned in your commitment card, please do so this week.† We want a prayerful response from everyone.† The phone committee of the parish council will call those we do not hear from.† So, if everyone turns their card in, it will save lots of work.† Although the card is perforated, do not separate the card.† We will do this in the parish office.
We would like to get things together on our Stewardship Campaign and United Catholic Appeal.† If we donítí hear from you this week, one way or the other, Iíll just take it as an indication that you want us to put you down for $1,000.00 and leave it at that!
Sincerely yours in God's Providence,
Rev. Msgr. Joseph F. Schaedel