Wednesday, June 18, 2008


Be sure to read The Cranky Conservative's excellent post on Kmiec's whiny martyrdom schtick titled "Memo to Doug Kmiec: SHUUUUUUUUT UUUUUUUUUUUUP" (amen to that sentiment, by the way):
In a comment yesterday, Ramesh Ponnuru criticized Kmiec’s latest lame effort to defend Obama, and he also merely pondered whether or not there had been any confirmation of Kmiec’s denial of Communion story, a question I had pondered aloud myself once. And in an update, Ponnuru noted that Deal Hudson confirmed the story.

That was enough to get Kmiec to
run whining to Kathryn Lopez.
Mr. Ponnuru’s accompanying personal libel, however, is much to be regretted. He is apparently unable to contemplate someone as open and fair-minded as Senator Obama – that is, a presumptive presidential nominee having the courage to engage the ideas of his opposition, and in so doing, to bring the clashing sides of the sensitive abortion topic together for civil and constructive conversation. Whether or not Mr. Ponnuru views my essay in the Chicago Tribune summarizing this meeting as “spin” or not subtracts nothing from the considerable praise due Senator Obama for making the effort to open this dialogue. With the help of the Holy Spirit, the moment has the potential for giving respect to unborn life in ways that transcend overturning Roe on paltry federalism grounds, and of course, the Senator’s effort is light years more important than acrimonious blog entries.
It is now evidently libel to question Kmiec’s judgment. And oh my gosh is this paragraph the silliest bit of crap you have ever read...

Sadly, Kmiec continues.
As for the tag line referencing my denial of the sacrament, it was added by the Chicago Tribune editors who apparently felt it good journalistic practice to give the reader this factual background. I have kept the priest’s name and religious order confidential out of charity, but I am certain Cardinal Mahony would confirm – without breaking this charitable confidence – what he called the “shameful,” partisan denial of communion based on improper pulpit criticism of my endorsement of Senator Obama.

I have no desire to have this “un-priestly” action contrary to Catholic teaching emblazed upon any “business card,” as Mr. Ponnuru sneers. It is more than enough that the humiliating and hurtful experience is etched in my memory in a manner that is – unfortunately — inescapable whenever I now approach our Lord in the Eucharist.
Oh man, can you actually hear the violins playing in the background as you read this? His being denied Communion is etched - etched I tell you - into his memory. Oh if had only said seared...

[Read the whole thing]
(emphasis added)

Previous Pro Ecclesia posts on this subject:
Unrequited Love

Doug Kmiec: "After Meeting with Barack" [UPDATED]

Cranky Conservative: "But At Least He Says It with a Smile"

Doug Kmiec Again Places Platitudes Above Policy [UPDATED]

Prof. Bainbridge on "Obama, Abortion, & Catholics"

Prof. Rick Garnett on Kmiec's Latest Nonsense

Deacon Keith Fournier: "Why I Disagree with Doug Kmiec, Once Again"

Give It a Rest Already, Prof. Kmiec!

Deacon Keith Fournier: "No More ‘Left’ or ‘Right’, Time for a New Catholic Action"

Doug Kmiec's Newfound Celebrity Status Among Those on the Left

Doug Kmiec Soon To Be Sorely Disappointed

E.J. Dionne on Kmiec Being Denied Communion [UPDATED]

Deal Hudson on Prof. Kmiec and Blurring the Lines Between "Pro-Choice" and Pro-Abortion

Did Doug Kmiec Just Now Catch On That Obama and NARAL Are Politically Conjoined? [UPDATED]

Deal Hudson on "How Obama's Catholics Will Dodge the Infanticide Question"

Kmiec's Dishonesty [UPDATED]

Catholic Teaching and Political Risk Taking: When Credit Isn't Given Where Credit is Due [UPDATED]

Kmiec's Wishful Thinking on Obama and Abortion

The Curt Jester: "Shameless Garment" [UPDATED]

So-Called "Catholic Reaganite" Doug Kmiec Endorses Obama [UPDATED]

"No'bama for Me, Thanks"

Can a Catholic Vote for Obama?

Obama's Pledge to Planned Parenthood: “I Will Not Yield"

Deal Hudson: "Barack Obama's Catholic Problem"

"Why American Catholics are Supporting Barack Obama"

Catholics at the Ballot Box"

How the Catholic Left Will Tackle McCain

Why Does Kmiec Criticize McCain for Positions on Which He Gave Romney a Pass?

Deal Hudson on "Douglas Kmiec and the Lure of Obama"

Douglas W. Kmiec on "The Moral Duty to Inquire"

Professor Bainbridge: "Will Catholic Reaganites Go for Obama?"

Deal Hudson: "Preacher Man: Barack Obama and the the Gospel of Liberalism"

"Sorry, Doug Kmiec, But This Catholic Isn't Buying Obama"

Ramesh Ponnuru on Douglas Kmiec and "Catholic Reaganites for Obama" [UPDATED]

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

Obama "Post-Partisan"? Ask John Roberts

Obama and the "Pragmatic Center"

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At 6/18/2008 12:27 AM, Blogger Literacy-chic said...

Wow! I would think that there should be one or more OTHER things on his mind when approaching our Lord in the Eucharist! "I deserve this Sacrament and they had better give it to me" doesn't sound like a correct attitude to me and THAT kind of thinking should induce him to refrain from Communion willingly--for being inadequately prepared. Oof.

At 6/18/2008 12:30 AM, Blogger Literacy-chic said...

"Poor me. The priest was so unjust to me for supporting my candidate" isn't an acceptable pre-Communion attitude, either...

At 6/19/2008 2:23 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So Kmiec is now utilizing Cardinal Mahoney as a defender? Interesting strategy. Is that supposed to make us more sympathetic of Kmiec?


At 6/19/2008 9:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kmiec has morphed into a cartoon.

Prayers and fasting for the poor misguided soul?

Carol McKinley


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