Obable

Father Ignatius brought to my attention a Catholic World Report editorial by Geore Neumayr in which he points out the danger into which the Catholic servants of Obama have placed the whole concept of the common good.  They poohpooh the relavance of abortion as a single issue that ought to determine the Catholic vote, saying that the common good demands that we subordinate single issues the larger interests of the Catholic Church. But as we know Doug Kmiec went so far as to claim that Obama (Mr. Planned Parenthood 2008) was the real pro-life candidate in the presidential election.

In his article Neumayr is commenting on  a headline in the Washington post “Catholics Go for Obama”, an article by Jesuit Father Thomas Reese:

Will the abortion debate rise up again in four years at the next presidential election? A lot depends on President Obama and the Democratic Congress. If they push through the Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA), then they will have betrayed their pro-life Catholic supporters. This will make it nearly impossible for these people to support them again. On the other hand, if they make a priority the enactment of an abortion reduction bill, then it will be more difficult for the bishops and the Republicans to portray the Democrats as the pro-abortion party.

If Obama pushes throught the Freedom of choice act?  Isn’t that what he promised to do as his first act as president?

Is it any surprise that Kmiec and his crowd are bracing for the inevitable?  They will feel betrayed.  Paleeese.

Can’t Wait

More on Father Newman.

In the next 20 years, this sort of Catholic will become extinct. As America descends further into decadence and decline, the lines will be drawn between the forces of darkness and the forces of light. People will have to choose whether to serve God and His Church or the dark side. Catholics will have to choose to be fully committed or not. If they choose to be Catholic, let them be informed and involved and integrated. If they choose to leave the Church, then they should be honest and stop referring to themselves as Catholic.

I hope so.  I often think this is true, though sometimes I doubt it.  Evil has the curious ability of adapting itself to any set of circumstances, and we are currently suffering from the boiled frog effect.  People will float aimlessly in the rising heat until they die or are pulled out of the water.

Seems to me that the only solution will be the restoration of discipline within the Church.  Our hope is in the new clerglymen, like Father Newman, who will stand for none of the nonsense.  When the bishops and priests are a united front against the onslaught, then things will really change.

Ckick of the heels to Charlie.

God Forbid We State the Obvious

“I knew that this might turn into a very ugly brawl designed to make me look like a raving lunatic seeking to coerce voters through spiritual blackmail rather than a shepherd warning his flock about the spiritual danger of supporting abortion, whether directly or indirectly,” he wrote. “And my suspicion proved well-founded.”

Knight Errant points out that probably half of the bishops voted for Obama, so no wonder this priest gets hammered.  Now they will wring their hands concerning what to do about the Catholic hospitals and then when its too late make some meaningless compromise.  Just wait.

A priest in the pulpit always risks being too nuanced or too general when it comes to correcting error.  If you say its a mortal sin to vote for Obama, then people will accuse you of holding everyone who voted for him in bad faith.  If you say that in my opinion it is so, or that my conscience would not allow me to vote for him, then listeners will conclude that there is no objective evil in voting for Obama.

It may be that this or that person is in good faith and concludes that under the circumstances his choice is justified and thus that person may not be guilty of formal sin, but this can be resolved between penitent and priest in the confessional.  It is still the responsibility of the priest to speak clearly about the objective nature of the act and not mince words.

The mealy-mouthed response from the diocese only reflects the support of Obama by those who should be protecting the lives of those whom their new messiah will destroy.  Implicit apostasy.

Update:

Here is an excerpt from the statement of Monsignor Martin T. Laughlin Administrator of the Diocese of Charleston, responding to Father Newman’s clear moral teaching on voting pro-abortion:

Christ gives us freedom to explore our own conscience and to make our own decisions while adhering to the law of God and the teachings of the faith. Therefore, if a person has formed his or her conscience well, he or she should not be denied Communion, nor be told to go to confession before receiving Communion.

The pulpit is reserved for the Word of God. Sometimes God’s truth, as is the Church’s teaching on abortion, is unpopular. All Catholics must be aware of and follow the teachings of the Church.

We should all come together to support the President-elect and all elected officials with a view to influencing policy in favor of the protection of the unborn child. Let us pray for them and ask God to guide them as they take the mantle of leadership on January 20, 2009.

According to this “if a person has formed his or her conscience well,” no matter what conclusion he or she has come to, then the Church bestows her blessing upon that person’s choice. “Yes, one must accept the Church’s teaching on abortion, but that does not mean you can’t support a pro-abortion candidate if you think its alright.”  This kind of thinking is precisely why we find ourselves in this mess.

Just as I said:  wait for the crowd of church leaders to use this logic to sell what’s left of our public institutions, especially our hospitals, to Satan himself.  It will be no surprise.

Doug Kmiec and his crowd have used this logic to argue that Obama is really pro-life.  It is like a cancer on the body politic. This is exactly why this good priest chose not to dilly-dally with the spiritual welfare of his flock.  God bless him.

How About Some Real Aggiornamento?

More of this, please.

And then there was more:

Burke, who was named prefect of the Vatican’s Supreme Court of the Apostolic Signature in June, told the Italian Catholic newspaper Avvenire that the U.S. Democratic Party risked “transforming itself definitively into a party of death for its decisions on bioethical issues.” He then attacked two of the party’s most high profile Catholics — vice presidential candidate Joe Biden and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi — for misrepresenting Church teaching on abortion.

I tell you: it is comming. Finally. Can’t wait.

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Clear Hot Air on Catholics and Abortion

Some clear thinking from Ed Morrissey at Hot Air.

I am following up on earlier posts.

Many Catholics maneuver around this by simply ignoring it, and they’re free to do so.  Membership in the Church is voluntary, after all, and people can leave the Catholic Church if they disagree with its catechism (and strictly speaking, they should do so under those circumstances).   However, it’s either a gross misrepresentation or self-delusion to argue that abortion is simply one issue among many for observant Catholics and that economic policy or foreign affairs can outweigh it.

His earlier post is on the mark as well.

It remains to be seen how far Catholics like Doug Kmiec will push the envelope, and how long it will be before canon 915 is actually enforced.

From mealy-mouthed “Catholic” politicians and political advisors, deliver us, O Lord.

Iconoclasts

Why is it that I can’t stand bureaucracies? Oh, that’s right, now I remember. Red tape destroys a World War II monument in Normandy because a farmer did not have the money to prune his trees. Government is so efficient.

I guess nothing really matters except the present generation: no past, no future. Now, us: that’ all that matters. Right?

Hats off also to the majority in the Supreme court who once again have decided to rewrite the Constitution by finding a new right somewhere in invisible ink. Boumediene v. Bush is precious. This sounds like a good plot for another National Treasure sequel.

I am sure the founding fathers hid every right imaginable on that parchment. We have until the end of the world to find them all.

Perhaps the purgatory of the said Supreme Court justices could be to write “I will not rewrite the Constitution” a thousand times in invisible ink without the fires of Purgatory heating up the ink to reveal the words (See National Treasure for details). St. Peter will only let them out when their work is cool enough to be invisible.

But if one is going to invent Constitutional rights out of thin air, it’s worth asking: What moral universe do Justices Kennedy, Breyer, Ginsburg, Stephens, and Souter inhabit when they are willing to manufacture constitutional rights for unlawful enemy combatants who want to slit the throats and watch innocent Americans bleed and die while at the same time uphold manufactured constitutional rights that allow people to abort innocent unborn children?

Oh, the dishonor of it all. Where did all the heroes go?

More Pushing

Yes, more pushing the envelope.

Obama is taking his general campaign to the “least likely’s,” Evangelicals and Catholics. Of course, the Messiah can do anything, no matter how preposterous, and get away with.

Doug Kmiec is not just an Obama supporter, he is now an adviser. Shame. Shame. Shame.

Kmiec disengenuously quoted Deacon Keith Fournier’s Catholics, Voting and the Common Good. While the deacon still wants to defend Kmiec as a good Catholic, he does strongly disagree with him:

While I agree that the civil discourse should be elevated, executing the canons on withholding communion is not vicious and uncharitable. Quiet the contrary. Kmiec is not a merely a defender of the right to vote one’s conscience. He is a flagrant campaigner for Mr. Planned Parenthood himself.

Pushing the Envelope of Dissent

Now that the general election season is underway, the purveyors of ethical compromise are already hard at work. Doug Kmiec Professor of Constitutional Law at Pepperdine University has begun a major offensive to malform the consciences of Catholics in America into thinking that it is morally acceptable to vote for Barack Obama. What is more disconcerting is that Catholic Online is giving him free reign to do so.

Mr. Kmiec was recently denied communion for his roof-top endorsement of Obama. Unfortunatley, it seems that the priest who did so may not have followed canonical procedure. Follow the comments from the last link for an interesting discussion on whether the likes of Kmiec should be denied. Archbishop Burke’s paper is the must-read on this matter.

Aside from Kmiec’s intellectual rationalization by which he convinces himself that the man with the worst pro-life record imaginable is the best pro-life candidate, the typical gooey, leg-thrilling and nauseating enthusiasm for Obama just makes this latest puree of secularist pablum in Catholic sauce too much for my taste buds–and my stomach. Continue reading