Thursday, May 21, 2009

Obama: Catholic or Imitator of Appearance? Plato and Pope John Paul II Respond

The Creative Minority Report has pointed out a new article in Commonweal that asks the question of whether Obama is "Catholic." http://www.creativeminorityreport.com/2009/05/obama-second-catholic-president.html

During the election, Professor Kmiec asserted that the most "Catholic" candidate was Obama. http://www.slate.com/id/2184378/

I have noticed that in both articles the term "Catholic sensibility" appears. This is no accident. You see, sensibility does not mean that Obama is actually Catholic or even shares Catholic beliefs, it means exactly what it says, Obama creates the "sense" that he has Catholic beliefs.

Obama believes that it is the woman's fundamental right to killer her baby. http://www.whitehouse.gov/the_press_office/StatementofPresidentObamaonthe36thAnniversaryofRoevWade/

He also has stated that he does not know when a human baby gets human rights, the answer to that question is "above [his] pay grade."

Obama is a Sophist. He trades in lies as do those Catholics who state that Obama is "Catholic." They all wish to imitate the appearance of being Catholic, i.e. provide the sense of being Catholic without having to be Catholic.

Let us have Plato instruct us on who is an imitator of appearance and we shall find that Obama is among them. http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/1735

Plato in defining the Sophist explains that there are many in this world who do not know true justice or virtue, but who know the form of justice and virtue and have their own false opinion of what justice consists. To show that their opinion of justice and virtue is true justice and virtue these individuals imitate the form of justice to make it seem that their false opinion of justice is actually justice.

Among these imitators of appearance, as labeled by Plato, there are two types: "[O]ne of the two classes of imitators is a simple creature, who thinks that he knows that which he only fancies; the other sort has knocked about among arguments, until he suspects and fears that he is ignorant of that which to the many he pretends to know."

The Sophist falls in the latter category. This is Obama and his Catholic ilk. At the Notre Dame speech Obama used words to create the imagery and sense of Catholic values. However, sense when united with false opinion can create false images and idols. Obama is not for social justice because as Pope John Paul II stated in The Gospel of Life:

"Really, what we have here is only the tragic caricature of legality; the democratic ideal, which is only truly such when it acknowledges and safeguards the dignity of every human person, is betrayed in its very foundations: "How is it still possible to speak of the dignity of every human person when the killing of the weakest and most innocent is permitted? In the name of what justice is the most unjust of discriminations practised: some individuals are held to be deserving of defence and others are denied that dignity?" When this happens, the process leading to the breakdown of a genuinely human co-existence and the disintegration of the State itself has already begun." Paragraph 20 (emphasis added).

You see the "social justice" preached by Obama and accepted by his Catholic fans, is not justice at all because it accepts and practices the most unjust discrimination of all; determining that some individuals, unborn babies, are not deserving of defense but others are provided that dignity. The "social justice" offered by Obama is not justice, under either a classical understanding of the term nor under Catholic teaching. What Obama offers is the image or idol of justice but what is in reality the a false justice or injustice.

Obama's speeches and the writings of his Catholic friends are designed to do one thing, to get Catholics who are not properly catechised to get the "sense" that their false opinion regarding social justice is the Church's teaching on social justice when it is not. Obama and his version of justice are as truly Catholic as Lenin's, i.e. neither vision is a Catholic vision. That is why the most his apologists can offer is Obama's "Catholic sensibility." But this is another way of saying what Obama offers is the imitation of the appearance of being Catholic, which is to say Obama offers rejection of Catholic teaching in a pretty Catholic looking wrapper. Who else is it that offers spiritual and worldly rewards in the image of a shining angel but is a liar from the beginning? I let you connect the dots as to where this Obama approach to Catholicism is originating from.

As for me, I will follow Plato's advice and wait for the real thing.

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