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.

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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.

How the War Was Lost

This is not only indicates a failure of the media to inform, it indicates that our culture in general has failed to be the least bit enlightening.

We have lost the propaganda war.  One reason for this is that we have allowed education to become nothing more than propaganda.

I am really starting to detest the whole idea of American Idol.  I think that our pop-culture is the real paradigm for the American electoral process and for the education of our average countryman.

512 Obama Voters 11/13/08-11/15/08 MOE +/- 4.4 points

97.1% High School Graduate or higher, 55% College Graduates

Results to 12 simple Multiple Choice Questions

57.4% could NOT correctly say which party controls congress (50/50 shot just by guessing)

81.8% could NOT correctly say Joe Biden quit a previous campaign because of plagiarism (25% chance by guessing)

82.6% could NOT correctly say that Barack Obama won his first election by getting opponents kicked off the ballot (25% chance by guessing)

88.4% could NOT correctly say that Obama said his policies would likely bankrupt the coal industry and make energy rates skyrocket (25% chance by guessing)

56.1% could NOT correctly say Obama started his political career at the home of two former members of the Weather Underground (25% chance by guessing).

And yet…..

Only 13.7% failed to identify Sarah Palin as the person on which their party spent $150,000 in clothes

Only 6.2% failed to identify Palin as the one with a pregnant teenage daughter

And 86.9 % thought that Palin said that she could see Russia from her “house,” even though that was Tina Fey who said that!!

Only 2.4% got at least 11 correct.

Only .5% got all of them correct. (And we “gave” one answer that was technically not Palin, but actually Tina Fey)

Update:

Zogby stands by the polling data.

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.

Politcians and Paternalism

good-shepherd-fresco1It’s a bit ironic that the liberal party of self-governance and civil liberty has served us up a celebrity for a president whose cult of personality has permitted him to exercise an unprecedented kind of political paternalism. He has looked upon his candidacy as a “teachable moment,” and upon his victory in the Democratic primary as an event which restored “his faith in America,” as though the electorate owed him some kind of proof of its loyalty. Now he is putting forward this preposterous mandatory civilian security service, banking on the power of his creepy personality cult.

It’s not that Obama is altogether a phenomenon unto himself. This has been coming on for a long time. Why have we ever cared what celebrities think? Our thought processes have been formed by American Idol, and now we bow down before the empty suites that we have neatly arranged for our own destruction.

I am not one to complain about patriarchy, but the icon of a father is not a red, white and blue Obama, looking down from his perch of wisdom upon his needy children. No the real icon of a father is the Good Shepherd who lays down his life for his sheep.

One of the earliest images of Our Lord used in the history of the Church is that of the Good Shepherd. In the catacombs of Rome, Our Lord was portrayed as a beardless young man who carried a lamb on his shoulders, calling to mind the parable of the lost sheep. It is a beautiful image, but it is only half the story. In the Gospels the Good Shepherd according to Our Lord is the one who lays down his life for his sheep. The Roman fresco of the Good Shepherd illustrates the paternal solicitude of Christ for the weak and the needy, His personal attention to the individual who is hurting, but Our Lord Himself applies the title of Good Shepherd to the one who stands up to the wolves to protect His sheep from death and himself is torn to shreds in the process.

I once saw a child’s crayon drawing of the Good Shepherd of Jesus wielding a spiked club, standing between the wolves and his sheep, and bleeding from the hands where He has been bitten by the wolves.  That’s Our Lord on the Cross.

Why don’t we have leaders like this? Because we don’t want them. Heaven forbid that we admit that we are weak and needy. Far be it from us to allow ourselves to be led by someone who has our best interests at heart, based on a commitment to the truth of Christ. Instead we throw our babies to the wolves and thank the lupine divinity for being delivered from the responsibility to care for them.

Boo Hoo to Burning Bridges

Some bishops are on the right track.  We should blow up all the Catholic hospitals before we let Lord Obama and his minions control them.  Of course, the Catholic “elite” thinks differently:

But Dr. Patrick Whelan, a pediatrician and president of Catholic Democrats, said angry statements from church leaders were counterproductive and would only alienate Catholics.

“We’re calling on the bishops to move away from the more vicious language,” Whelan said. He said the church needs to act “in a more creative, constructive way,” to end abortion.

Catholics United was among the groups that argued in direct mail and TV ads during the campaign that taking the “pro-life” position means more than opposing abortion rights.

Chris Korzen, the group’s executive director, said, “we honestly want to move past the deadlock” on abortion. He said church leaders were making that task harder.

“What are the bishops going to do now?” Korzen said. “`They have burned a lot of bridges with the Democrats and the new administration.”

Teach the faith and burn those bridges.  We don’t need them.  We are headed away from hell and hopefully won’t be going back.

A bow of the head to Patty.