Dear Archbishop Listecki,
I read an article in Life Site News where they quoted one of your articles. I especially liked the end of your article where you say, "Many call themselves Catholic but do they really understand the teachings of the Church? But the real problem lies with our Catholic community that justifies the voting for candidates who would support anti-life actions. Therefore, it begins with us making our voices heard as politicians vie for our votes and refusing to accept the rationalization that we can make these heinous actions rare and limited. Human life demands our respect, protection, and nothing less."
Some would like to point the fingers at priests and Bishops as though they could wave a magic wand and have everything be okay! Archbishop Listecki, you have turned this around and called us to responsibility in our voting. Many of these Catholic politicians are overtly in the anti-life camp and we as Catholics are voting them into office. We should not be letting our political partys form our morality. We should allow our Church to form our morality and then take this morality with us when we vote. I appreciate it that you are calling us to accountability.
Thirty years ago, I was talking to a Catholic priest about some things that were troubling me and I thought that priests should do something about these issues. I was concerned about two things. At the time, I was involved in the Catholic Charismatic renewal and concerned about how prophesy was being used. I came to the understanding that when people were so-called prophesying, God was not all the time speaking to us, but people meant well. Was God really truly speaking to us all that often? The other problem I had was that the Catholic Charismatic renewal was ultimately filling the Pentecostal Churches with Catholics who were leaving the Church on false pretenses based on anti-Catholic literature. The priests, in my mind, should be doing something about this. The priest, who I was speaking too then pointed to me and said "why don't you do something about it!" Needless to say, I was not happy with this priest's response; however, it was exactly what I needed to hear. It was a call to accountability.
Later, I was handed some anti-Catholic literature in a Pentecostal Church. It was about thirty-five pages of allegations against the Church with about three allegations per page. I said to myself, I can answer this! I sent an eight-page letter to the pastor of that Church; it only took me a year to write it because I didn't really know how involved this could be. Okay, job done, case closed and life goes on. However, I realized there were a few other things that I needed to respond to and so I decided to write just once more. Now, it is thirty years later and I still find myself writing just once more about all those other things.
I run into Catholics from time to time who dwell in the negative. We should be applying ourselves to doing that which is good, while not ignoring negatives, "I desire you to insist on these things, so that those who have believed in God may be careful to apply themselves to good deeds" (Titus 3:8). I challenge them to be in some way a source for change themselves and explain that they should be praying about these things, not just putting these things on the shoulders of others. I also ask them what they like about the Church since I already know what they don't like. I don't do this to antagonize them, but to challenge them, just as the priest challenged me.
I still believe in prophesy and when that priest pointed at me and said "why don't you do something about it," this was, in my opinion, prophetic.
Archbishop Listecki, you are speaking in a prophetic way when you are calling us to live our Catholic faith and vote for the life of the unborn. Just keep doing what you are doing. It is very much not appreciated by some and it is so very much appreciated by myself and many others.
We as individual Catholics will not come to peace in the midst of the storm by dwelling in the negative and pointing the finger at others. We will come to peace as Christians when we turn to Jesus and do what we are called to do. I have come to believe that Jesus is really truly speaking to us all that often every day and in every way.
Our experiences today, good or bad, contain the parables of life which God gives us to live and grow. Yes, Jesus speaks to us in parables both then and now, "indeed he said nothing to them without a parable" (Mt. 13:34). But what do we do in the parables of our own lives if we don't understand what He is saying? When the disciples did not understand the parable of the weeds, they asked Jesus to explain it, “Explain to us the parable of the weeds” (Mt 13:36). And so, when we don't understand the parables of our own lives, we should in prayer, ask Jesus about it.
A while back, I was talking to an individual who was caught up in negativity about the Church. When he found out that I was Catholic, he said "I haven't been to Mass for eighteen years since I was married; nah, I don't need all that hypocrisy!" I explained to him that if bad example is a reason not to be a part of the Church then Jesus should never have died for the Church. Judas sold Jesus for thirty pieces of silver. Peter denied Jesus three times and lied and said "I don't even know the Man." None of the Apostles except for John the Apostle were even present at Jesus' crucifixion. And so, I further said to him, if you're right and hypocrisy is a reason not to be a part of the Church, then Jesus got it wrong. He should never have died for the Church and yet He did.
I will never forget the look on his face and his response. He hesitated; a small grin came across his face and he said, "I never looked at it that way before; I must have copped out!" Within the next couple of weeks, he went to Confession, started going to Mass and brought his family back with him. The bad example and hypocrisy of Judas, Peter, and the Apostles didn't keep Jesus from dying for the Church in His day
and it shouldn't keep us today from being a part of this same Church that Jesus died for.
Archbishop Listecki, I hear you very often on Relevant Radio, taking the lead in the Milwaukee diocese and beyond. Your calling us to responsibility is most appreciated.
God bless you and thanks again,
For Archbishop Listecki's full article please go to: https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/archbishop-says-catholic-voters-share-blame-with-politicians-for-radical-ab?fbclid=IwAR2Fo547s-yIZMLn7Ixx0FyTNeigs-E2Z8UxaoNVHXXi1Ut3Uxl2ZBDNvEI