Monday, November 17, 2008

Who Said It? (Hypocritical Diocesan Hack Edition)

"Thank you for your statement. I wish the bishops would have been as forthright. Why did they not speak before the election?"

~ Msgr. Martin Laughlin, Administrator of the Diocese of Charleston, SC, to Fr. Jay Scott Newman on 12 November 2008, in response to Fr. Newman's instructing his parishioners that they should make a good Confession before receiving Communion if they had voted for a pro-abortion candidate.



"This past week, the Catholic Church’s clear, moral teaching on the evil of abortion has been pulled into the partisan political arena. The recent comments of Father Jay Scott Newman, pastor of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Greenville, S.C., have diverted the focus from the Church’s clear position against abortion. As Administrator of the Diocese of Charleston, let me state with clarity that Father Newman's statements do not adequately reflect the Catholic Church's teachings. Any comments or statements to the contrary are repudiated."

~ Msgr. Martin Laughlin, two days later on 14 November 2008.



(Hat tip: Diogenes)


Previous Pro Ecclesia posts on this subject:
Fr. Jay Scott Newman Advises Penance for Obama Vote [UPDATED]

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2 Comments:

At 11/18/2008 7:48 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The only trouble is that the Administrator did NOT send any such message. The legend that he did was started by Fr Newman to give credence to the ideas of a flipflop. What actually happened is that the PR guy for the diocese spoke his personal views and attributed them to the administrator. Read all of what the administrator wrote on Friday and give it the same sympathy as what Fr Newman wrote.

 
At 11/18/2008 9:31 AM, Blogger Jay Anderson said...

"... give it the same sympathy as what Fr Newman wrote."

Would that be the "sympathy" where I stated "for the record" that I disagreed with Fr. Newman's view that a vote for Obama necessarily required one to go to Confession and do penance?

"... the Administrator did NOT send any such message. The legend that he did was started by Fr Newman ..."

If you're going to accuse Fr. Newman of lying, (1) back it up with proof, and (2) have the decency to put your name behind your accusation!

 

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