Doug Kmiec Writes President Obama: 'Friendship Will Not Permit Me to Disregard Duty to Faith and Country'
of marriage, free unions, trial marriages as well as the pseudo-matrimonies between people of the same sex are instead expressions of anarchic freedom which falsely tries to pass itself off as the true liberation of man."
In his warning about "anarchic freedom" Pope Benedict echoed what Blessed John Paul II referred to as a "counterfeit" notion of freedom as a right to do whatever once chooses. This can lead to something John Paul warned of in his encyclical letter "The Gospel of Life", the "death of true freedom"
In "Introduction to Christianity", Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger wrote: "One could very well describe Christianity as a philosophy of freedom." The men and women of this age are asking the fundamental questions men and women of every age have asked. They hunger for truth and they yearn to be truly free. They will never be really free without God who is the source, author and way to true freedom.
When freedom is authentic in its exercise it leads men, women and Nations to true liberation because it connects them with the good and thereby makes them more fully human. However, our age has become intoxicated on the wine of a false notion of freedom as a raw power over others who are weaker and a "right" to do whatever one wills. Pope Benedict once opined concerning legal abortion and creeping euthanasia: "The freedom to kill is not true freedom, but a tyranny that reduces the human being to slavery."
By calling what is always wrong a "right", contemporary men and women are becoming imprisoned by the lies and empty promise of "anarchic freedom." To this age the Catholic Church proclaims the unchangeable truth that some "choices" are always and everywhere wrong. Choosing them does not make one free, rather it erodes freedom. The Catechism of the Catholic Church reminds us that: "Mortal sin is a radical possibility of human freedom, as is love itself." (CCC, 1861.)
Doug Kmiec succeeded in convincing many Catholics to elect President Barack Obama. After the election he received an appointment to an ambassadorship to Malta. He also became a lightning rod in the Catholic community - and way beyond.
I tried to stay in touch with Doug. He is a friend, even if he was wrong. I pray for him. I agreed with his detractors, Doug made a truly incorrect moral analysis. It was compounded by writing a book which misstated the process of how one makes a moral analysis as a faithful Catholic. My articles on Catholic Online addressed my disagreements with Doug on many of the issues he raised.
I also followed his rather odd foray into other moral quandaries raised by the Obama Administration, such as the President's failure to defend true Marriage and the family and society founded upon it. I watched as Doug even tried to make sense of the President's horrid record concerning religious freedom.
I followed the news concerning Doug's resignation from his ambassadorship and the speculation it promoted. I followed the tragic news of his involvement in an auto accident, his return to Pepperdine and his continued efforts to defend the current Administration. I also prayed for him and his family. However, I have not heard from him.
That is until last weekend. I received this short note from Doug and the letter which accompanied it, which he recently sent to President Barack Obama. I obtained his permission to publish the note and the letter:
I hope you are well. Perhaps this may be of interest.
The Feast of St. Cornelius
Mr. President Obama,
Thank you for your prayer breakfast remarks this morning. You have always impressed me as a person of sincerity in recognizing the interrelationship between the success of our country and our reliance upon God, informed by the greatest possible freedom for each person to practice their faith and come to understand God in different ways.
In deciding against a reasonable accommodation of Catholic concerns in the implementation of the health care program, you lost sight of your own beliefs. For this reason, your words this morning touched neither soul nor heart in the room.
We still want you to succeed Mr. President and we are admiring of many things you have accomplished. I, for one, would like to extend your opportunity to address significant inequalities and divisions that unnecessarily exist in our country and the larger world.
Yet, this matter goes to the heart of who we are as a people. The polite, but tepid applause this morning was a sign of concern that you have lost your way on this most essential topic. You have already lost the votes of many individuals who stood as people of independent mind against those who sought to defeat your efforts to promote the common good.
Where is the common good, Sir, in not making room for the great Catholic traditions of education, health care, and meeting the needs of the least among us? Mr. President, I asked you some months ago to explain why you remained silent when our international inter-faith efforts were wrongly assailed. You did not respond.
Today, Sir, I ask you no longer as an Ambassador, but simply as a friend, why put the cold calculus of politics above faith and freedom? Please respond, for friendship will not permit me to disregard duty to faith and country. The Barack Obama I knew would never have asked me to make that choice.
In prayer and audacious hope that we may hear further from you on this,
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Pope Benedict XVI's Prayer Intentions for January 2013
General Intention: The Faith of Christians. That in this Year of Faith Christians may deepen their knowledge of the mystery of Christ and witness joyfully to the gift of faith in him.
Missionary Intention: Middle Eastern Christians. That the Christian communities of the Middle East, often discriminated against, may receive from the Holy Spirit the strength of fidelity and perseverance.
Keywords: Doug Kmiec, President Obama, Pro-Life, Prayer breakfast, Right to Life, Religious Freedom, Campaign 2012, Deacon Keith Fournier
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