Tuesday, October 13, 2009

President Goes to War Against Marriage and the Catholic Church: How Will the Bishops Respond?

(Hat tip: The Opinionated Catholic)

Deal Hudson writes:
President Obama, the man trusted by the USCCB to do the "right thing" on health care, has declared war on marriage and, by implication, the Catholic Church.

Speaking to the nation's leading homosexual rights lobbying group, the Human Rights Campaign, Obama said:
You will see a time in which we as a nation finally recognize relationships between two men or two women as just as real and admirable as relationships between a man and a woman.
As Deacon Keith Fournier
reports and comments, "The leading voice for this Cultural Revolution is now President Barack Obama."

The question becomes whether or not the leadership of the Catholic Church, both bishops and laity, are going to respond vigorously and loudly to Obama's direct challenge to one of its non-negotiable teachings.

How can the USCCB remain silent when the President of the United States said he wants Congress to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act?


Perhaps the upcoming bishop's pastoral on marriage -- still a month away -- will provide an opportunity for more pointed comment on Obama's threat to the Defense of Marriage Act.
Meanwhile, Whispers in the Loggia reports that a draft copy of that pastoral has been leaked to National Catholic Reporter, and that particular rag is none too pleased about its contents:
... the centerpiece action-item of this year's USCCB November Meeting has been leaked.

Currently weighing in at 57 pages, the final committee draft of "Love and Life in the Divine Plan" -- the US bishops' long-awaited pastoral letter on marriage -- was published in full late in the day by the National Catholic Reporter, which ran the proposed text alongside an editorial calling for it to be scrapped... at least, in its current form...
GOOD! That's outstanding news! We can be comforted by the fact that if the National Anti-Catholic Distorter hates it, it MUST be full of solid Catholic teaching on the sanctity of marriage.

And don't miss out on all the comments from the dissident readership of that rag, including several instances of proving "Anderson's Law" (a.k.a. the reductio ad pedophilium).

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At 10/13/2009 1:59 PM, Blogger Rick said...

That could end up being too little too late. The bishops need to go balistic now - on talk shows, interviews, the papers and not wait of some meeting. They should do their own campaigning for the people of God about the healthcare proposal and encourage the community to rise up in protest. They were consecrated to defend the flock. If they can't do it anymore, then they should tell Rome so some young blood with zeal can defend the flock. Time is of the essence but they do not get that.

At 10/13/2009 3:56 PM, Blogger Denise said...

Of course the University of Notre Dame once again sides with President Obama and opposes the Church. The Notre Dame student activities office paid for five students to travel to Washington D.C. and participate in the gay rights rally at which the President spoke. Obviously, all the talk about Fr. Jenkins attending the March for Life was just window dressing to appease the critics. The heart of the University does not reside with the Church.

At 10/16/2009 12:00 PM, Blogger island breezes said...

Hi Jay,

I love your 'conspiracy member' badge. Mind if I use it? We have a little 'conspiracy' paranoia going on in Canada, with the CCCB 'investigating'. Fr. Rosica is very concerned...

Hard to get the energy going in the right direction (against evil) when you have to shield against attacks from 'the good guys'.

At 10/18/2009 7:28 PM, Blogger Jay Anderson said...

Island Breezes,

Please feel free to use the badge and encourage anyone else interested in doing so to use it.



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