LA Slimes Columnist Defends Sebelius Against Bob Novak Op/Ed; Calls Opus Dei "Sinister" Organization with Fascist Ties
(Hat tip: Custos Fidei)
We've already noted it before, but boy, are the donks REALLY angry over the increasing unlikelihood that Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius will be of use to them in winning over the Catholic vote as Obama's running mate. Witness this hit piece in today's Los Angeles Slimes:
... Now, because of Sen. Barack Obama's perceived problems with blue-collar Catholic voters in the late Democratic primaries, some on the right think they see an opportunity to hammer once more on the abortion wedge. Their most public target is Kansas' second-term governor, Kathleen Sebelius, who many believe is the front-runner for the vice presidential slot if Obama secures the nomination.(emphasis added)
Sebelius would help the Illinois senator in several obvious ways -- she's a woman, a Catholic and a Democratic officeholder who has successfully reached across the aisle to make strong Republican allies in a deeply red state.
Recently, however, she has run afoul of Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann of Kansas City in Kansas. As the Catholic News Service reported earlier this month, the bishop has told the governor that she "should stop receiving Communion until she publicly repudiates her support of abortion and makes a 'worthy sacramental confession.' "
Now there's about as nasty and as utterly avoidable a church-state confrontation as you're likely to see.
That's probably why it was gleefully seized on this week by redoubtable right-wing hit man Robert Novak, who denounced Sebelius in a column titled "A Pro-Choicer's Dream Veep." In the column published in the Washington Post, Novak asserted that Sebelius' "positions are necessary for Democratic politicians to pass their party's pro-choice litmus test, but Sebelius' connection with abortion is more intimate. ... There is substantial evidence she has been involved in what pro-life advocates term 'laundering' abortion industry money for distribution to Kansas Democrats."
The source of those allegations?
But hey, guilt by association is fun to play -- and almost nobody is as practiced at it as Novak -- so why not take it in a different direction? Novak is a relatively recent convert to Catholicism, and the priest who helped him into the church is Father C. John McCloskey, who also has been instrumental in obtaining the conversions of, among others, Alfred Regnery, the country's foremost publisher of extreme right-wing literature; Lewis Lehrman, the former New York gubernatorial candidate and conservative think-tank impresario; former GOP presidential hopeful Sen. Sam Brownback of Kansas; and economist and CNBC host Lawrence Kudlow.
McCloskey also happens to be a priest of the ultra-conservative and secretive -- some would say sinister -- Catholic organization Opus Dei. You don't have to buy into Dan Brown's preposterous caricature of Opus Dei in "The Da Vinci Code" to know that it really never has fallen all that far from its roots in Francisco Franco's Spain.
So, does that make Novak's rhetorical shivving of Sebelius part of a right-wing plot to bring the United States under the sway of neo-fascist clericism?
By the way, here are some photos posted by Operation Rescue of Sebelius with infamous late-term abortionist George Tiller:
Yeah, these photos, coupled with Archbishop Naumann's telling Sebelius to refrain from receiving Communion, ought to pretty much end the Obama camp's hopes of making Sebelius his running mate ... at least if they're serious about winning the Catholic vote.
And THAT is why the donks are mad enough to engage in the sort of Catholic-baiting nonsense like attacking certain Bishops as part of a right-wing cabal and labeling Opus Dei as a "sinister" organization with ties to fascism.
Previous Pro Ecclesia posts on this subject:
Robert Novak on the Possibility of Sebelius as Obama's Running Mate: "A Vice President for Abortion"
Q and A With Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann
Bill Donohue: "Catholic Left Hangs Itself"
Archbishop Chaput: Thoughts on “Roman Catholics for Obama ’08”
"Catholic Democrats" Attack "Registered Republican Archbishop of Kansas City" for "Using Communion" to "Take Down" Sebelius
Archbishop Naumann to Kansas Gov. Sebelius: Stop Taking Communion, Publicly Apologize [UPDATED]