Telling the bishops to shut up
One of the undercovered stories of the election is that over sixty Catholic bishops felt compelled to speak out against Democratic politicians who claimed to be Catholic yet denied having a problem with supporting laws that allow and even fund ending the life of the unborn.
The Catholic bishops have also openly corrected and tried to stop political groups using the name "catholic" from saying that abortion is no longer an important matter in this election. One bishop, Martino of Scranton, even raided one meeting held in a Catholic parish to correct the speakers who were distorting catholic teaching. This earned him a distorted story ridiculing his actions in the Huffpost.
What? You don't know about it?
Maybe because the press either is ignoring the story or is making a "fair and balanced" story that gives most of the quotes to the dissident theologians and professors, not church teaching. Funny, I thought bishops were in charge of the Catholic church, but never mind.
What started the bishops to speak out was when both Senator Biden and Pelosi have contradicted church teaching in public, leading to confusion.
But the real story is that of the Obama campaign is using their friends in the media to tell the bishops to shut up because when they speak out they are going against the first amendment. Nearly every story that discusses the Catholic vote has a dissident Catholic quote to contradict the bishops, and often quotes "experts" that condemn the bishops from going over the line by "endorsing candidates" or saying that God supports a single party.
The Washington Post "religion" forum has a dozen similar viewpoints, maybe because believers of any traditional religion are poorly represented on their site. I mean, why have an unknown "singer" represent Catholics when Bishop Chaput would gladly correct them in their theology? Singers are not official Catholic leaders, nor are dissident Jesuits or PC nuns from orders that are dying because they drove out all the women who had true vocations.
The phrase "separation of church and state" has been used to shut up those who insist that life is precious. We now consider "death" as a choice, and when California orders all doctors to inform their patients of "all" choices for end of life care, one can see that the life issues don't just mean ending an inconvenient pregancy.
The Democrats rightly point out that giving money to social programs will allow the poor to chose life, but ignore that their singleminded support of abortion has essentially cut off the ability of pro life Democrats to influence the party.
Instead of allowing pro life Democrats such as Robert Casey Jr. to ask for moderation of their pro abortion agenda, we are seeing Democratic party sponsored groups trying to influence Catholic dogma.
Yet at the same time, groups using the name "Catholic" are "educating" Catholic Democrats that the bishops say it is okay to support their candidate.
Essentially, Obama's backers are trying to change the beliefs of Catholics, using the liberal dissadent Catholics to do so.
Bill Donahue of the Catholic League of Civil Rights has pointed out that organizations funded by George Soros both back Obama's campaign and his Open Society program support groups like the "Catholics in Alliance", and "Catholics for a Free Choice".
His "project on Death" program is promoting assisted suicide as an acceptable alternative to hospice, or as a "choice" that can be given to patients using hospice services.
Donohue also points out that the Soros funded Organization Center for America Progress, is essentially a pro Obama organization and closely works with Catholic in Alliance and Catholics United.
If there is "separation of church and state", it is one sided. The phrase is used to stop pastors from injecting moral decisions into law, but it is not used to stop politicians and their party from interfering into church matters, including church dogma.
Yup...change we can believe in....-