Thursday, June 19, 2008

"Progressive" Catholics Going to the Mat for Obama

Todd Aglialoro reports at InsideCatholic:
The "Catholics for Obama" blog yesterday reproduced a Commonweal article by Gerald Beyer, a young theology professor from St. Joseph's University in Philadephia. "Yes You Can: Why Catholics Don't Have to Vote Republican," as the somewhat confused title suggest, purports to refute the idea (held by, oh, about six people tops) that Catholics are morally bound to pull the lever for Republicans, but is really an apologia for supporting Barack Obama. As such it contains all the conscience-salving half-truths, equivocations, and appeals to fuzzy rhetoric that characterize the Douglas Kmiec crowd.

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Last note: this piece appears to be part of a growing and disturbing trend. I don't recall Kerry or Gore having Catholics go to the mat like this for them.


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Previous Pro Ecclesia posts on this subject:
Has Obama's Catholic Advisory Council Dissolved?

Kathryn Jean Lopez: "Catholics for Obama?"

Bill Donohue: "Catholic Left Hangs Itself"

Obama Catholics Blast Bill Donohue, Blame Conservatives for Failing to End Abortion

Obama’s Catholic Advisory Council [UPDATED]

The Curt Jester: "Shameless Garment" [UPDATED]

Can a Catholic Vote for Obama?

"Sitting Around a Fire, Ted Kennedy's Wife Visits [Toledo Area] to Fire Up Catholics About Obama"

"Why American Catholics are Supporting Barack Obama

Catholics at the Ballot Box

How the Catholic Left Will Tackle McCain

National Catholic Reporter's Joe Feuerherd to U.S. Catholic Bishops: "Go to Hell"

Romney Advisor Says Obama "a Natural for the Catholic Vote"

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6 Comments:

At 6/20/2008 1:27 AM, Blogger Jean M. Heimann said...

Jay,

Three questions come to mind when I read about these so-called "Catholics" for Obama:

(1) Are these individuals currently practicing their faith? By that I mean, are they receiving the sacraments (Reconciliation, Holy Communion) on a regular basis? In other words, are they real Catholics or Catholics in Name Only -- like John Kerry, Dick Durbin, Kathleeen Sebelius, etc?

(2)Are they a bogus organization put together by Obama's campaign staff?

(3)How much are they getting paid to do this? In other words, how much money did it take for them to sell their souls to Satan?

 
At 6/23/2008 5:11 PM, Blogger Katherine said...

Three questions come to mind when I read about these so-called "Catholics" for Obama:

(1) Are these individuals currently practicing their faith? By that I mean, are they receiving the sacraments (Reconciliation, Holy Communion) on a regular basis?


I am a daily communicant and regularly seek the sacrament of Reconciliation. I contribute to the support of my parish, have obeyed the laws of the Church regarding marriage and fast and abstain on the days required. I have raised my chidren Catholic, two of whom have been ordained to the priesthood. I try to say the Daily Office as often as possible.

(2)Are they a bogus organization put together by Obama's campaign staff?

No. Catholics for Obama is independent and unconnected to the Obama campaign.

(3)How much are they getting paid to do this?

Not a dime. However, contributions are welcome, if you are so inclined. Your prayers are welcome as well.

 
At 6/24/2008 10:35 AM, Blogger Paul, just this guy, you know? said...

Katherine, you claim to regularly seek the sacrament of reconciliation; but you have not repented of your support for abortion? For your refusal to recognize the humanity of the unborn? For your support of a candidate who will certainly give us gay "marriage"?

I'm unpersuaded.

 
At 6/24/2008 12:41 PM, Blogger Katherine said...

Dear Paul.

I do not support for abortion and I do recognize the humanity of the unborn. My candidate does not support gay marriage.

And, as you are not my confessor, I have no obligation to persuade you.

God bless.

 
At 7/28/2008 4:01 PM, Blogger Brett said...

Katherine,

Good for you. I get so tired of self-proclaimed "good" Catholics putting people through a modern day inquisition because they see things differently. Life and faith is complex and, regardless of how easy we would like things to be, not everything is black and white.

I'm always saddened when people have given themselves the appointed position of the judge of the condition of everyone's heart. I always thought that was God's job. The unjust thing about these forums is that it turns these types of people into peasants with pitchforks. "Let's storm the castle and burn it down!" I realize that sounds mean but I couldn't think of a better analogy.

No face, no accountabily for what you write, therefore, write anything no matter how mean spirited it may be (Catholic or not). Why can't we have a civil conversation among Catholics without one person accussing another of selling their soul to SATAN?

God bless us all.

 
At 7/28/2008 4:44 PM, Blogger Katherine said...

Thank you Brett. I appreciate the kind words.

In Christ and His Mother,

Kate

 

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