Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Archbishop Gomez Concerned Over Clinton Appearance at San Antonio's St. Mary University

From The San Antonio Express-News:
With preparations under way for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's rally at St. Mary's University, Archbishop José Gómez has taken aim at the school's decision to host her political event this afternoon.

Saying event organizers didn't advise him beforehand, Gómez said he is not telling Catholics who to vote for but does expect Catholic schools to uphold the faith's teachings in conducting these kinds of political events.

"Catholic institutions are obliged to teach and promote Catholic values in all instances," Gómez said. "This is especially important when people look to our Catholic universities and colleges to provide leadership and clarity to the often complicated and conflicting political discourse."

Gómez's statement doesn't specify the exact teaching he objects to but it is widely believed it stems from Clinton's support of abortion rights. Her position conflicts with the Catholic Church's established pro-life beliefs. Catholic pro-life advocates have planned a protest of the event.

Archbishop Gomez' official statement can be read here.

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At 2/13/2008 2:48 PM, Blogger Tito said...

Right now there has been a whirlwind of emails here in Houston in contacting the Bishops office and the university since Monday.

People here are up in arms about what's going on San Antonio. But it's nice to see the good Bishop Gomez put out that statement.

Viva Gomez!

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At 2/15/2008 1:02 PM, Anonymous Katherine said...

I think the Archdiocese has not done anything to advance the Catholic faith by its recent attempt to ban Mrs. Clinton from speaking on the campus of an independent Catholic university. The bishops and their representatives at the USCCB meet regularly with various senators including Mrs. Clinton. The suggestion that it is okay for the bishops to hear from her but not the lay faithful (and those persons not part of our faith community but associated with St. Mary's) indicates a very low opinion of the laity. I appreciate the opportunity to hear from any and all of the presidential candidates and others in public life. Since there are a lot more of us lay faithful than bishops, we need a large space to do so. I think I am capable of listening to her and others without being drawn into sin. If Archbishop Gomez thinks this is difficult, I suggest he first start with himself and his brother bishops and stop interacting with such senators and others in public life. If he thinks we lay folks are feeble minded types who don't have the same ability as the bishops, I think he insults the lay faithful.


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