Just recently, fourteen avowed Catholic Senators turned their backs on their religion and essentially voted against a bill banning the slaughter of unborn children after 20 weeks. Unsurprisingly, doing so subsequently outraged countless Catholics.
One of the people most upset by the actions of the supposed Catholics is Father Dwight Longenecker, a well-known priest, author, blogger, and broadcaster. In an article written shortly after the decision, he argued that in voting against the legislation, known as the “Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act,” the lawmakers publicly denied their faith and should consequently be excommunicated from the Catholic Church.
“I’m absolutely shocked this morning to learn that the bill to outlaw abortions past twenty weeks has been defeated in the U.S. Senate,” began Longenecker in his article about the Senators’ vote.
“Even more shocking is the fact that fourteen senators who identify as Catholics voted against the bill–in effect giving the nod to late-term abortions. Even worse is the realization that if these men and women had voted for the bill it would have passed. Therefore, these fourteen have ensured that this barbaric procedure is still legal in America,” he continued, before calling on everyone to publish their names.
“Today is the day for the fourteen men and women to be named. They need to be named, and those who are active in Catholic media must publish their names. This needs to be a nationwide, total Catholic publicity effort. It doesn’t matter if you are a ‘liberal’ or a ‘conservative,’ urged Longenecker, noting, “if you have any voice, publish their names and publish the horror that they have enabled by their vote.”
According to reports, the names of the 14 Senators who voted against the legislation are Maria Cantwell (D-WA), Susan Collins (R-MA), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND), Tim Kaine (D-VI), Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Ed Markey (D-MA), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV), Claire McCaskill (D-MO), Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Patty Murray (D-WA), and Jack Reed (D-RI).
After calling on others to publish their names, he then pushed for their excommunication. “Today is [also] the day for their bishops to issue a formal statement acknowledging that these men and women have publicly denied their Catholic faith, and if not formally, then have informally excommunicated themselves,” he argued.
“Since their offense is public it should be acknowledged publicly and their pastors should publicly rebuke them and ask them not to receive the sacraments,” clarified Longenecker.
“If the bishops and priests do not do this, the faithful in their parishes and dioceses should rise up and blizzard them with letters, emails and the one thing that will really make them sit up and take notice: withholding their contributions,” he added, noting, “this hideous crime against humanity, this hidden holocaust will not stop until those in authority stand against it publicly and vehemently.”
Later in the article, the pastor compared the Senators to Rudolph Hoess, who claimed to be Catholic while working as the commandant of Auschwitz. “At the time, if you knew what was happening and you had a voice would you speak out against Hoess?” asked Longenecker.
“If you knew at the time and you were his bishop or his pastor what would you have done?” he pressed, adding, “I know it is a cliche to scream ‘Nazi!’ at anybody you disagree with, but in this case, are not the crimes of abortion our own hidden holocaust, and are not the politically and financially motivated eugenicists in our day just as evil, and are not the politicians who back them under the flimsy excuse of ‘women’s right to choose’ not guilty of aiding and abetting these crimes?”
While lawmakers in the Senate continue to vote against ending the executions of unborn children after 20 weeks, however, other legislators across the country are thankfully doing everything they can to protect them.
Back in December 2017, for instance, the Pennsylvania House Health Committee approved Senate Bill 3 (SB 3). It’s a piece of pro-life legislation that prohibits doctors from performing dilation and evacuation (D&E) abortions.
According to reports, a D&E abortion, otherwise known as a “dismemberment abortion,” is a barbaric second-trimester abortion technique that essentially involves using medical forceps to rip fetuses, sometimes limb from limb, out of their mothers. In addition to banning dismemberment abortions, SB 3 would also ban abortions after twenty weeks.
SB 3 wasn’t the only pro-life bill to be recently signed by lawmakers. A piece of pro-life legislation was also recently signed in Indiana.
Specifically, the Indiana House of Representatives voted 75-23 back in December 2017 to pass Indiana Senate Bill 404 (SB 404). If it’s ultimately signed into law, SB 404 would require that minors’ parents be notified of their intent to have an abortion if they try to do so without their consent.
In addition to ensuring that “parents are involved in the life-changing decision when their minor daughter seeks an abortion,” proponents of SB 404 argue that requiring parental notification will help better protect young girls from abusive situations. They also claim it’ll help keep young girls from making hasty decisions that they may later regret.
But, opponents of the legislation worry that notifying parents could actually “result in more child abuse” if the parent is abusive and becomes angry that their child tried to undermine their authority.
Their concern, however, isn’t actually something to be worried about. This is because, in the legislation, there’s a provision that allows for exceptions to be made in extreme cases if “the judge decides it is in the girl’s best interest not to notify her parents.”
Slaughtering unborn children must not be tolerated. Hopefully, after being exposed, all fourteen of the so-called Catholic Senators get excommunicated and voted out of office.