Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Hey, let's form a committee!

Members of the "Gang of 18" don't like being held accountable to the Faith they supposedly hold. Some Catholic members of Congress were highly critical of the Pope's remarks regarding Catholic politicians putting themselves at risk for excommunication based on their activities in office (most notably enabling and promoting abortion).

For two responses to this little temper tantrum:

First we have Father Euteneuer, of Human Life International, basically telling them to get with the program or hit the road : http://www.hli.org/press_releases_gang_of_18_leave_church.html .

Then you have the Gang of Bureaucrats at the USCCB, who couldn't get out of the way of a speeding train without forming a committee, offering a "statement" :

While we should throw a parade for them not taking 2 years to put the statement out, it stills shows that "committee-speak" is never a good substitute for being clear and unambiguous. Guess they didn't want to offend all their "friends".


Mickey Jackson said...

Every Catholic politician who calls himself or herself "pro-choice" should be excommunicated. After all, everyone wishes that Pope Pius XII had done so with the perpetrators of the Nazi Holocaust; why shouldn't we do the same for those who facilitate the American Holocaust?

Just FYI: I am actually a huge admirer of Pius XII, since he actually did do much to save Jews during WWII. In fact, after the war, the Chief Rabbi of Rome was so inspired by the Pope's example that he converted to Catholicism, taking the name Eugenio (the Pope's birth name). But, the conventional wisdom among liberals who ignore the American Holocaust is that Pius XII was a Nazi.

Paul Nichols said...

"Conventional Wisdom" among Liberals counts as basic idiocy.

Watch them have fits when Rome recongnizes the sainthood of Pius XII.

Padre Giovanni said...

Catholic Clergy Respond to 18 Democrats

Contact: Rev. Fr. John Trigilio, Jr., President, Confraternity of Catholic Clergy, 717-957-2662

MARYSVILLE, Penn., MAY 24 /Standard Newswire/ -- The Confraternity of Catholic Clergy (www.catholic-clergy.org) denounces the recent attempt by 18 Democrat members of Congress to rebuke Pope Benedict XVI in a public letter issued on May 14. That letter was self-incriminating of those who signed it as it betrayed a complete lack of priorities on the part of the politicians if not a distorted view at least. The CCC is not only an association of priests and deacons dedicated to ongoing formation (spiritual, theological and pastoral, in a fraternal setting), it is also composed of tax-paying, voting citizens of this nation. As fellow Americans and as Catholic Christians, we resent these 18 members of Congress interfering with the pastoral duty and obligation of the Pope. As the supreme pastor of the universal church, it is his prerogative to continue the three-fold ministry of Christ (priest, prophet & king) by sanctifying, teaching and shepherding. The Pope, therefore, has every right to "teach" the faithful on the immorality and evil as he sees it and has every right to discipline those who refuse to abide by the laws of God.

Abortion and euthanasia are contrary to the Divine Law and to Natural Law, regardless of which nation, state or municipality 'legalizes' these. Even though the Supreme Court issued their infamous Dred Scott and (1857) and Plessy v. Furguson (1896) decisions, slavery and racial segregation remained unjust, evil and immoral, despite their apparent 'legality' by the highest court of the land. Likewise, Roe v. Wade (1973) may have 'legalized' abortion across the land, but its inherent injustice to the unborn human child remains a moral and civil evil upon our country.

Anyone who supports abortion is a formal cooperator in evil while those who 'personally oppose abortion but uphold a woman's right to choose abortion' are material cooperators in evil. When he was still Cardinal Ratzinger, Pope Benedict sent a letter to the US Bishops in 2004 which said "a Catholic would be guilty of formal cooperation in evil, and so unworthy to present himself for holy Communion, if he were to deliberately vote for a candidate precisely because of the candidate's permissive stand on abortion and/or euthanasia." He also said that Catholic politicians who consistently campaign and vote for permissive abortion and euthanasia laws are formal cooperators in evil and they are "not to present themselves for Holy Communion." Our words and actions make us worthy or unworthy. Church law merely ratifies our decision by telling us to refrain from Communion when we should not be taking it.

Paul Nichols said...

Rev. Fr. John Trigilio - DEFINITELY one of the good guys!

Chuck Abraham said...

Yeah. That sets a new standard of mediocrity that I never thought the USCCB would ever accomplish. Props to Fr. E, though...