On Thursday, December 13, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal – a Catholic convert, who considers himself “an unapologetic pro-life Republican”, wrote an Op-Ed in the Wall Street Journal entitled, “The End of Birth-Control Politics: Over-the-counter sales of oral contraceptives will cut off a disingenuous attack line” Here are some of the highlights of that train wreck of an opinion:

  1. I also believe that every adult (18 years old and over) who wants contraception should be able to purchase it.
  2. Contraception is a personal matter—the government shouldn’t be in the business of banning it or requiring a woman’s employer to keep tabs on her use of it.
  3. If a consumer wants to buy birth control on her own, she should be free to do so.
  4. Over-the-counter contraception would be easier to obtain if not for some unfortunate aspects of President Obama’s health-care law.
  5. Health Savings Accounts should cover over-the-counter purchases, and those should include contraception.

jindalJust when you think there might finally be a Catholic politician who actually dares to live out their faith in every aspect of their life and in harmony with the teachings of the Catholic Church, they always disappoint that thought. Governor Jindal also said some good things in his Op-Ed, but true to form of most politicians, who seem to keep one foot in the world and one toe in Hell, he compromised those truths and good things of God with the lie of Satan, and found himself outside of the Church.

Here’s what the Catholic Church actually teaches about contraception in the Catechism of the Catholic Church in Paragraph 2370:

      “Periodic continence, that is, the methods of birth regulation based on self-observation and the use of infertile periods, is in conformity with the objective criteria of morality.(Humanae Vitae 16) These methods respect the bodies of the spouses, encourage tenderness between them, and favor the education of an authentic freedom. In contrast, “every action which, whether in anticipation of the conjugal act, or in its accomplishment, or in the development of its natural consequences, proposes, whether as an end or as a means, to render procreation impossible” is intrinsically evil:(Humanae Vitae 14)

          “Thus the innate language that expresses the total reciprocal self-giving of husband and wife is overlaid, through contraception, by an objectively contradictory language, namely, that of not giving oneself totally to the other. This leads not only to a positive refusal to be open to life but also to a falsification of the inner truth of conjugal love, which is called upon to give itself in personal totality. . . . The difference, both anthropological and moral, between contraception and recourse to the rhythm of the cycle . . . involves in the final analysis two irreconcilable concepts of the human person and of human sexuality.”(Familiar’s consortio 32)

What does this mean for Catholics? Well, according to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishop’s Document Forming Consciences For Faithful Citizenship, it means that Catholics who have knowledge that Governor Jindal promotes an intrinsic evil can no longer vote for him.

      30. “The Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith made a similar point:
      It must be noted also that a well-formed Christian conscience does not permit one to vote for a political program or an individual law which contradicts the fundamental contents of faith and morals. The Christian faith is an integral unity, and thus it is incoherent to isolate some particular element to the detriment of the whole of Catholic doctrine. A political commitment to a single isolated aspect of the Church’s social doctrine does not exhaust one’s responsibility towards the common good. (Doctrinal Note on Some Questions Regarding the Participation of Catholics in Political Life, no. 4)” ~ Forming Consciences For Faithful Citizenship – USCCB.

      34. “Catholics often face difficult choices about how to vote. This is why it is so important to vote according to a well-formed conscience that perceives the proper relationship among moral goods. A Catholic cannot vote for a candidate who takes a position in favor of an intrinsic evil, such as abortion or racism, if the voter’s intent is to support that position. In such cases a Catholic would be guilty of formal cooperation in grave evil. At the same time, a voter should not use a candidate’s opposition to an intrinsic evil to justify indifference or inattentiveness to other important moral issues involving human life and dignity.”

Some Catholics may say that they can vote for Jindal, and politicians like him, without the intent to support his position on freer access to contraception. Yet, by having knowledge of his plan to promote freer access to contraception, one instantly lends support to that position when voting for him. It’s goes without saying. If I know someone is trying to kill me and is looking for a gun to do so, I wouldn’t give them a gun with the intent that they will use it to shoot something other than me.

Together this means that we should all pray for Governor Jindal – for his fidelity to the teachings of the Catholic Church. Let us offer up a Rosary asking Our Lady to fill him with courage to not reconcile himself with the world, but, rather, to Christ Jesus her Son.