FATHER MEEKS'S MOST IMPORTANT CONSIDERATIONS THIS ELECTION CYCLE.
Julio Gonzalez, M.D., J.D.
The image of a priest standing behind the altar in full celebratory garb preparing to give a speech that could only be classified as political frightens me. The picture resembles a recent one of a New York priest who had his parishioners submit to a creed summarizing the false, systemic injustice narrative promoted by the anti-religious Black Lives Matter organization.
But there were a number of things I didn't know. First, I did not who the priest in this latest image was. As it turns out, it was Father Ed Meeks of Christ the King Catholic Church in Towson, Maryland. Father Meeks is very unconventional. He is one of those rare priests who entered the holy order after living his early life as a protestant. In his secular life, he was a human resource officer in Baltimore. He first became a priest for the Charismatic Episcopal Church and then served as a priest in the Anglican Church. He has four grown children and seventeen grandchildren and was not ordained a Roman Catholic priest until June 23, 2012.
Father Meeks is a unique brand of priest, one with which I have come to have greater contact over the past two years. These priests are part of a growing segment of Catholics. They are people who have studied scripture and reflections, particularly those of the church fathers, and have come to recognize the purity and legitimacy of Catholic dogma. They recognize that the principles and sacraments housed in the Catholic Church are the authentic form through which Christianity came about. They are purists. And they are less fearful of loudly proclaiming their faith, even, and perhaps especially, when that faith molds society, guides the interpretation of history, and informs politics.
And so, the demonstration set for me was not coming from some confused modernist lacking the intellectual capacity to recognize he cannot defend the heresies he espouses, but rather from a priest who was willing to speak boldly, bravely, and truthfully from the altar in a manner I had not previously witnessed. I invite you to witness this message directly from Father Meeks by clicking here.
There are, however, a few observations I would like to make regarding Father Meeks's comments. First, notice that his dissertation is based solely on reflections on church dogma. More specifically, he does not stray into discussions about the necessity of social programs, a strong national defense, immigration, state rights, labor rights, or any other such worldly considerations. He bases his analysis only on three wholly Christian concerns, and only three: the sanctity of life, the sanctity of marriage, and the preservation of religious liberty. These three considerations, Father Meeks correctly states, supersede all others.
Second, he reminds us that we must observe this hierarchy of importance over other issues of the day because, as he correctly points out, we are first children of God. We are then Americans. And then, "somewhere down the line, we are Republicans or Democrats, or anything else."
Third, he does not tell you for whom to vote but most impressively calls out where the Catholic Joe Biden "stands in clear and obstinate opposition" to those three overriding, non-negotiable positions. And he does this by sharing with you the five things all Catholics must know about Joe Biden. And in case you don't have the opportunity to watch Father Meeks's homily, I will lay them out for you.
1. "Joe Biden is unabashedly pro-abortion." From its position tolerating abortions to the time of birth and maybe beyond, to its approval of the Hyde Amendment’s repeal, and its willingness to fund Planned Parenthood, "[t]he Democratic Party has become the party of death, and Catholic Joe Biden is its standard-bearer."
2. Joe Biden opposes the Church's teaching on the sanctity of marriage. "Catholic Joe Biden actually presided over the wedding of two men and tweeted, along with a picture of such a ceremony, 'Proud to marry Brian and Joe at my house. Couldn't be happier.'"
3. "A Biden presidency will be a danger to our already threatened religious liberties." Joe Biden has openly called for the repeal of the Religious Freedom Reformation Act, which would allow for the oppression of Catholics and others with sincerely held religious beliefs that go against policies enacted by politicians and policymakers. Palpably, RFRA's repeal would mean, among other things, that faith-based adoption agencies would be forced to place children in families made up of same-sex couples despite their organization's objections to the practice. It means that bakers and artists would be forced to provide custom services for events against which they hold religious objections. Businesses would be forced to take down sincerely held religious messages when viewed as offensive by a customer or client. And it means that physicians could be forced to perform acts of euthanasia and abortions despite their sincerely held religious objections to the practice.
4. A Biden presidency "would open the door for America to very quickly become a socialist country." "[A]nd socialism has consistently viewed religious faith as its enemy worthy only of being destroyed."
5. The election of Joe Biden would elevate a man whose views are wholly inconsistent with church dogma to serve in a very high-profile position that would "undermine the faith of and subvert the faith of nominal and poorly catechized Catholics." In short, although Father Meeks does not come out and expressly state it, Joe Biden is no Catholic. At least, as Cardinal Raymond Burke, Special Delegate to the Sovereign Military Order of Malta put it, he is not a Catholic in good standing. Father Meeks then goes on to correctly point out the damage that such a misguided, high profile personality such as Joe Biden would have on others' Faiths as they observe his actions and positions.
Father Meeks is correct. From the perspective of Catholics, Evangelicals, Jews, and any pious individual, a Biden presidency would be catastrophic. It is simply refreshing to see a Catholic priest with the guts to say it.
Dr. Julio Gonzalez is an orthopaedic surgeon and lawyer living in Venice, Florida. He served in the Florida House of Representatives. He is the author of numerous books including The Federalist Pages, The Case for Free Market Healthcare, and Coronalessons. He is available for appearances and book signings, and can be reached through www.thefederalistpages.com.
Dr. Julio Gonzalez is an orthopedic surgeon living in Florida. He is a lawyer, author, and former member of the Florida House of Representatives. He is available for speaking engagements at firstname.lastname@example.org