If at this stage our anger is directed at President Obama, our anger is misdirected. Obama is not the enemy. He needs and deserves our prayers, not our condemnation.
As Catholics, we are not guiltless. It seems to me that when President Kennedy compromised Catholic teachings and accommodated political pressures in order to be elected to the highest office in the land, he set the tone for many Catholic leaders to follow and to compromise their Catholic principles to get ahead.
In our Supreme Court and in our Congress, we have a plethora of so-called Catholics who are failing to live their Catholic identity. Over 50 percent of our electorate voted for a president who is one of the most pro-culture-of-death candidates from a major party to run for the highest office of the land.
Yes, we can thank one-half of our Catholics for bailing out on their faith!
But most damaging, he said, was the document “Faithful Citizenship” that “led to confusion” among the voting Catholic population.
“While it stated that the issue of life was the first and most important issue, it went on in some specific areas to say ‘but there are other issues’ that are of comparable importance without making necessary distinctions.”
Archbishop Burke, citing an article by a priest and ethics expert of St. Louis archdiocese, Msgr. Kevin McMahon, who analysed how the bishops’ document actually contributed to the election of Obama, called its proposal “a kind of false thinking, that says, ‘there’s the evil of taking an innocent and defenceless human life but there are other evils and they’re worthy of equal consideration.’
“But they’re not. The economic situation, or opposition to the war in Iraq, or whatever it may be, those things don’t rise to the same level as something that is always and everywhere evil, namely the killing of innocent and defenceless human life.”
Archbishop Burke also cited the work of the official news service of the US Catholic Bishops’ Conference, that many pro-life observers complained soft-pedalled the newly elected president’s opposition to traditional morality.
“The bishops need to look also at our Catholic News Service, CNS, they need to review their coverage of the whole thing and give some new direction, in my judgement,” he said.
Perhaps now you can understand a bit better why pro-life Catholics (Catholics who actually vote pro-life) are so upset. Actually, you aren’t being persecuted. These good pastors have the eternal welfare of all their sheep at heart.
Slightly OT but related: Among Obama’s lucky charms (which do, as is often mentioned, include a monkey god) he carries a Miraculous Medal!
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Glad to see a taboo subject being addressed by such an eminent member of the Roman Curia! 🙂
Raymond Arroyo said that half if not more of the Bishops voted for Obama.
Raymond Arroyo: “…The bishops I spoke to say that maybe half of their brother bishops if not more voted for Obama. Because they thought the symbol of Obama would overcome racism and be a great healer and unity.”
Our collection dollars at work!
Nice to see you back Pascendi. Thought you abandoned us.
Although it is often hard to pray for people like our President, I find it useful to consider what that person would be like if they had a complete “road to Damascus” conversion. Imagine Obama, with his perceived (by most, if not by me) gift of oratory and charisma, if he actually became a really committed Catholic. Not like Ted Kennedy or John Kerry, but truly committed. Now put that in front of your mind’s eye when you pray for him. It does wonders!
No dear Fr. Can not abandon you guys that easily.
We’ve all been down with various winter maladies.
We’re on the mend here though.
Fr. has the entire history of Catholic complicity with the Culture of Death in a few neat paragraphs.
Knight Errant, glad you mentioned that. At Cause of Our Joy, we are praying a novena to St. Josephine Bakita for the conversion of our president.
“Perhaps now you can understand a bit better why pro-life Catholics (Catholics who actually vote pro-life) are so upset.”
Thank you, Father. I am very upset. I feel angry even while at Mass even because many in the Parish and those who work there (I work there too- part time ) proudly sport their Obanma bumper stickers and the intercessions make it sound like they are all rejoicing over the “changes in effect”.
I’ve been praying to ask St. Maximilian to teach me how he was so loving and gentle with those doing the killing while in the concentration camp. Thinking that I read that even when they came to inject him with the fatal poison the loving presence of God in his eyes was unbearable to the executioners. Lord, have mercy on ME a sinner.
After praying about this the past week I also realize that the feeling of anger is really about fear. That lead me to pray for greater confidence, trust, and hope. Praying for the grace to be faithful to God in love and perseverance, asking Mary to keep us in Her Heart.