These shall fight with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them, because he is the Lord of lords, and King of kings, and they that are with him are called, and elect, and faithful. Rev 17:14
Just who are these “elect”?
According to the Catholic Encyclopedia, the “elect” are theologically equivalent to “chosen as the object of mercy or Divine favor, as set apart for eternal life.” In the Old Testament, these are the Hebrews, the “chosen people”; in the New Testament, the elect are members of the Catholic Church, the Body of Christ.
Lest we forget–and prosperity Gospel preachers notwithstanding–Rev Tevye reminds us that to be Chosen ain’t always a bed of roses:
Among Alaskans, Catholics are underrepresented; even the Catholic Anchor’s most generous 2015 estimate puts Catholics at 14 percent of the state’s population.
And yet, we have two Catholics for U.S. Senators: Dan Sullivan and Lisa “I Stand With Planned Parenthood and Archbishops” Murkowski.
WHO WILL BE AMONG THE ELECTED?
Today’s statewide election features another two Catholics running for Governor: Mike Dunleavy and Mark Begich.
Dunleavy states that the most important constitutional right “is the right to life, because if this right is not sacred, all other enumerated rights are meaningless. Being pro-life is at the very center of my understanding of constitutional rights.” Alaska Right to Life endorsed Dunleavy.
Begich, on the other hand, states that Alaska was “ahead of the curve” when it legalized abortion in 1970, and that, “as the only pro-choice candidate running for Governor, I will continue my record of fighting for women to have . . . the right to make their own health care decisions.” Planned Parenthood endorsed Begich.
Guess which candidate spoke at a Catholic Church this past Sunday?
It is unclear to me whether Begich was merely speaking WITHIN the Sanctuary of St. Andrew Kim’s, or WITHIN AND DURING the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass itself. It appears, however, that there are altar girls standing behind him. These girls appear similar to the altar girls who assisted during Archbishop Etienne’s celebration of the Holy Sacrifice depicted on the Archdiocesan website:
Begich’s political appearance at St. Andrew Kim’s is scandalous on a number of levels. First, Begich has very publicly, and very steadfastly, adhered to a pro-abortion position. This contradicts the inalienable right to life, as enumerated in CCC 2273. “The moment a positive law deprives a category of human beings of the protection which civil legislation ought to accord them, the state is denying the equality of all before the law.” Such public support for abortion is, arguably, “obstinately persevering in manifest grave sin.”
Second, per Canon 915, those persons who have obstinately persevered in manifest grave sin are not to be admitted to Holy Communion. Whether Mr. Begich is one of these unfortunates is left to the judgment of the local ordinary. Please pray for Begich, and for our local ordinary to intervene for the salvation of Mr. Begich’s soul. [NB: Of course, in our enlightened, antinomial ecclesial epoch–now unburdened from disordered attachments such as doctrine, tradition, and other unsavory accretions–canon law no longer guarantees what will happen, what ought to happen, or even what formerly happened; rather, it exists to execute the arbitrary will of its wielders.]
Third, if–I say IF–Mr. Begich was speaking WITHIN AND DURING the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass (and I dearly hope that he was not, for the sake of all involved), there are likely additional consequences, which I plan to address in another post.
IN SUM, PLEASE PRAY FOR ALASKA; PRAY FOR OUR ARCHBISHOP; and PRAY FOR OUR ELECTED CATHOLICS AND THOSE CATHOLICS SEEKING ELECTION, THAT, IN SEEKING A WORDLY ELECTION, THEY DO NOT FORFEIT THAT ELECTION WHICH IS ETERNAL.
Please also consider respectfully asking Archbishop Etienne to look into Mr. Begich’s untoward appearance in the sanctuary of a Catholic Church.
AND GO VOTE!