The Bishop has the moral obligation to respond to the unfortunate position of the Mayor of Bergamo to sign in favor of the abrogative referendum on legal euthanasia

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THE BISHOP HAS THE MORAL OBLIGATION TO RESPOND TO THE WASTE POSITION OF THE MAYOR OF BERGAMO TO SIGN IN FAVOR OF THE ABROGATIVE REFERENDUM ON LEGAL EUTHANASIA

The Mayor of Bergamo on euthanasia: “Over the last few weeks, I have reflected for a long time on this signature which I have affixed with conviction and as a believer. I don't think that the signature and the religious belief are in contradiction "

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Ivano Liguori, Ofm. Capp.

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Marco Cappato (of the Luca Coscioni Association) with the Mayor of Bergamo Giorgio Gori at the signing banquet for the referendum on euthanasia [picture from The Corriere di Bergamo, edition of 2 September 2021]

When a politician he professes himself a believer and proudly defends the manifestation of sin in all its forms, not only can he not consider himself a believer, ma neanche mantenersi all’interno di quella comunione ecclesiale cattolica tanto spesso millantata su giornali e televisioni per imbonire gli sprovveduti elettori cristiani.

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The recent story of the Mayor of Bergamo Giorgio Gori appears sensational, not so much for its political position, very clear and evident to all, but for his alleged position as a believer, that cries out for vengeance in the sight of God and in Catholic common sense. The mayor told reporters with some pride and with clear words:

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“Over the last few weeks, I have reflected for a long time on this signature which I have affixed with conviction and as a believer. I don't think that the signature and the religious belief are in contradiction " [see: WHO, WHO].

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Some from the so-called silent ecclesiastical high spheres, because, as it seems, capable only of tearing up their clothes for the poor illegal immigrants who die in the waters of the Mediterranean Sea - for which we all regret with Christian pain -, should reply without further delay to this improvised "believer". Indeed, applying its own logic one could similarly affirm: as a believer I cannot prevent those with a different perception of life from having an abortion. I can't stop a woman from prostituting herself, nor to those who acquire its sexual services to favor prostitution in this way, including that of minors. E perché impedire di assumere sostanze stupefacenti? As a believer, I am in favor of free drugs. Or is it not free, chicchessia, to take drugs as and when he wants? To these statements which are intended to be entirely logical, then the justifications follow. However, these are justifications that do not stand on a logical level, to be exact these: legalized abortion prevents clandestine abortion. Legalizing prostitution will take away the business of the underworld. Similarly, legalizing drugs, a large turnover of business will be taken away from the mafias. I find it really strange that no one has yet launched the workhorse: legalizing euthanasia will prevent the various Dj Fabo from having to go to a Swiss clinic and pay a large sum of money for their "end of life".

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But, if a quiet citizen who is in his cottage sleeping with his wife and children, finding himself in the middle of the night with thieves in the house and having a regular firearms license, he opens the fire and leaves one dead on the ground in the living room, in that case the voices are raised in unison of the politically correct which praises the "poor thief!». It does not matter, what could have happened to that father of a family and his children, he didn't have to just shoot, because you don't kill a thief inside the house, or better: only in certain ideological cases is life sacred, namely that of the thief, not, however, that of the aborted child. To a thief who committed crime in an incorrigible and dangerous way for the life and safety of others, one can only tell, with a smile, the phrase used in the Ash Wednesday liturgy: "Get converted and believe in the Gospel". But if he decides not to convert, without hesitation he will stun the father of the family and his son with beating, to then rape his wife with his other accomplices. Things that have happened several times and are narrated by the news and by judicial documents [see WHO]. These are cases before which the unanimous chorus "Do not kill" always rises, the same choir which, however, does not rise in front of the counseling centers where chain abortions are practiced.

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The Blindness of Modern Moderate Totalitarianism we can read in all its destructive wickedness in these words of the mayor of Bergamo who shows off a confused and unhealthy faith to endorse the abrogative referendum on legal euthanasia which is in contrast with both divine Revelation and the Magisterium of the Church. Blindness of a person who considers himself to be a "believer" but whose creed is certainly not that of the Lord of Life. Blindness of a "believer" whose faith more resembles Auguste Comte's liberalism with the abusive Enlightenment claim of giving man divine prerogatives, or of the socialism of Henri de Saint-Simon who sees in the positivist faith a secular salvation that has got rid of God.

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Because of this, we Fathers de The Island of Patmos, in our capacity as priests and theologians we ask H.E.. Rev.ma Monsignor Francesco Beschi: can a believer who does not listen to Sacred Scripture and the voice of the Magisterium [which is expressed in the Apostolic Letter Samaritanus Bonus and in the Encyclical Gospel of Life] still be said to be such, so much so as to represent a scandal for the faith of many weak and confused Christian brothers? It's possible, in the face of so much proud and persistent manifestation of sin, do not intervene forcefully, perhaps even with a canonical disciplinary action that sees excommunication as the just medicinal penalty for the offender who favors and supports the killing of a human person, thus violating their dignity and respect due to the living God and Creator? [See. Catechism of the Catholic Church NN. 2276-2279].

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At this moment it would be right and right ask this public figure to account and reason for this, who impudently supports the culture of death and proclaims himself a believer. Just as it would be consoling to hear from the Pastor of the Church who is in Bergamo a word of strong condemnation and dissociation from the words of a faithful who, on the one hand it proclaims itself as such, on the other hand, it incurs the grave error and crime that exposes many to sin.

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Who knows how many Bergamo Catholics, because of these words spoken by their Mayor, "Believer" and "Catholic", they will be encouraged to sign in front of market stalls or in the offices of their respective municipalities by endorsing this law? Who knows how many, on this Sunday, they will come to make Holy Communion receiving that Christ who in the sick person forced to euthanasia will still stretch his arms on the cross and torn by man's sin will offer himself as a victim to the Father to save us from the satanic deception that wants to do without God? The first, among these sacrilegious communions, it could be that of the Mayor of Bergamo himself, "Believer" and "Catholic" in favor of euthanasia?

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The Bishop of Bergamo should think about it, especially considering that the Blessed martyr Saint Alexander, patron of his diocese, he did not remove the pains of witness in martyrdom for Christ. Therefore the Bishop does not withhold the pastor's testimony and save his Church from ravenous wolves, that it is not only the smugglers who transport illegal immigrants, several of which unfortunately destined to die in our waters. The ravenous wolves are also certain First Citizens who pride themselves on signing up for the culture of death and who after doing so proclaim themselves believers.. At least, the smugglers, they do not proclaim themselves believers and do not declare that their activity is not in contradiction with religious belief.

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Laconi, 4 September 2021

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