"If there is no ultimate truth to guide and direct political activity, then ideas and convictions can easily be manipulated for reasons of power. As history demonstrates, a democracy without values easily turns into open or thinly disguised totalitarianism."- Pope John Paul II. Centesimus annus (May 5, 1991)
Richard Doerflinger, associate director of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishop' Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities, said Monday that his group will "work with senators of both parties" to address their concerns. But his group blasted the Senate health bill on Friday, and Doerflinger said Monday that the conference will oppose it if their concerns are not met.
"And whosoever shall keep the whole law, but offend in one point, is become guilty of all.
For he that said, Thou shalt not commit adultery, said also, Thou shalt not kill. Now if you do not commit adultery, but shall kill, you art become a transgressor of the law.
. . .What shall it profit, my brethren, if a man say he has faith, but has not works? Shall faith be able to save him?
And if a brother or sister be naked, and want daily food: And one of you say to them: Go in peace, be ye warmed and filled; yet give them not those things that are necessary for the body, what shall it profit?
So faith also, if it have not works, is dead in itself.
But some man will say: You have faith, and I have works: show me your faith without works; and I will show you, by works, my faith.
You believe that there is one God. You do well: the devils also believe and tremble.
But wilt you know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?
Was not Abraham our father justified by works, offering up Isaac his son upon the altar? See you, that faith did co-operate with his works; and by works faith was made perfect? And the scripture was fulfilled, saying: Abraham believed God, and it was reputed to him to justice, and he was called the friend of God.
Do you see that by works a man is justified; and not by faith alone?
. . . For even as the body without the spirit is dead; so also faith without works is dead."