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From Stephen Volk re faith and politics.

Archbishop Terrence Prendergast told the Halifax Daily News that "people of faith" in politics should "take their faith into full consideration in the decisions they take for the good of the people" (LiFeSiteNews, May 23, 2007).

Recently, I spoke with Cal O'Brien, whose brother Cliff serves on the Alberta Supreme Court. Cal related that their father was a strong Christian leader in Alberta in the 1950s and 1960s. This strong foundation dwells in Justice Cliff O'Brien. "But," emphasized Cal, "he will only rule for those who openly and boldly approach him. So far, he is primarily confronted by clergy strongly supporting homosexuality and same-sex 'marriage.' The other side is not boldly confronting him."

"Doesn't he consider himself accountable to God?" I asked.

"This is his approach to the political arena."

So which comes first? The chicken or the egg? Are there ways to effectively re-educate Supreme Court Justices to realize they as individuals are truly accountable to God for their actions? Will they one day return to take their faith into full consideration in the decisions they take?

Or do we play their political perspective and make ourselves boldly equal to or greater than those outside the circumference of the Law of Nature who keep themselves highly visible?

Does He who is the same yesterday, today and forever, continue "to harden Pharaoh's heart" till others obediently heed the call to ongoingly confront Pharaoh? Perhaps this is God's preferred way for people in politics to "take their faith into full consideration." Perhaps this is the only effective re-education program.

Otherwise: no Moses, no freedom.

Edmonton, AB
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Author:Volk, Stephen
Publication:Catholic Insight
Article Type:Letter to the editor
Date:Oct 1, 2007
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