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(Louisiana) LA Archbishop aims call at some Catholic politicians
AP Wire (direct feed) | January 15, 2004

Posted on 01/16/2004 6:16:49 AM PST by NYer

NEW ORLEANS (AP) _ Catholic politicians who support abortion, assisted suicide or any other issues out of step with church teachings should refrain from taking communion, the head of the Archdiocese of New Orleans says.

Archbishop Alfred C. Hughes' statement, contained in his column in this week's Clarion Herald, the archdiocesan newspaper, is in stride with nationwide pressure by Catholic bishops to enforce orthodoxy among Catholics in public life. ``When Catholic officials openly support the taking of human life in abortion, euthanasia or the destruction of human embryos, they are no longer faithful members in the Church and should not partake of Holy Communion,'' Hughes wrote.

The pronouncement from the archbishop comes on the heels of several recent steps the Church has taken to try to bring elected Catholics into line with Vatican doctrine on abortion, euthanasia, physician-assisted suicide, cloning and the death penalty.

The issue came to the fore in November at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in Washington where church leaders decried adherents picking and choosing which doctrines to uphold.

Speaking for the New Orleans archdiocese, the Rev. William Maestri drew a distinction Thursday between what Hughes' column means to a politician and what it means to a Catholic. Maestri said the church is not defining the parameters of a person's politics but of their faith. He said, however, that the lines are particularly clear on abortion, which Pope John Paul II has declared the defining issue of our time. ``To publicly support abortion is to be clearly outside the Catholic Church on a fundamental moral issue,'' Maestri said. ``It is simply unacceptable to cloister these things, if you will, to have these public-private walls of separation on fundamental commands such as those respecting life.''

Maestri said Hughes is calling for the voluntary withdrawal of opposing politicians from communion rail and not for priests to refuse to serve them.


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From the Clarion Herald - New Year's Editorial

Another year of judicial usurpation of politics - an Editorial

Every year has its so-called highlights, events or people in the news that stand out as extraordinary or bizarre, as worthy of praise or as despicable and demeaning. For one thing, judicial activism, more properly, judicial imperialism, continued on its high road to usurpation of politics and law. Our Supreme Court is poised to rule on whether school children have the right to recognize the Deity in their recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance. The Ninth Circuit Court in San Francisco says that using the words "under God" in the pledge is tantamount to establishing a religion and therefore a violation of the First Amendment. This is utter nonsense, of course, but what does sense have to do with many of our courts' decisions? None whatsoever.

The highest court in Massachusetts (land of Harvard and far-out liberal legislators and jurists) determined that marriage should be open to same-sex couples and demanded that the Legislature rewrite the state's marriage laws accordingly. God created human beings male and female and told us humans to increase and multiply and to have dominion over the earth. He fashioned the male and female bodies to become one in marriage for that purpose. The concept of marriage as an institution in society and in law are and should be restricted to man and woman. Jefferson spoke of truths being "self-evident" but in modern society and law "self-evident" no longer holds privilege of place.

Liberal Episcopalians took the gay agenda another step forward by ordaining an openly gay bishop whose homosexual partner was at his side as he was elevated to the episcopal hierarchy.

In Florida, a judge sided with a husband who appealed to the court to permit him to starve his comatose wife to death, to deprive her of the nourishment and water she was being provided to keep her alive. It took an act of the governor and the Legislature to prevent this euthanasia. The phony argument that we put animals our of their misery and we should do the same for human beings sounds logical and compassionate. It is neither. We are of a higher order than animals, and life is our most precious gift - a gift bestowed on each individual by our Creator, not by any Constitution or Legislature or judge.

Two more incidents attest to the lack of common sense in our society and proper respect for the real rights of children and basic freedom. A 15-year-old student in Bossier Parish was expelled from school for bringing Advil to school and taking one to relieve a headache. The parish school board backed up the principal who followed the letter of the regulations and expelled the girl from school. Over in Zachary at Northwestern Elementary School, a teacher, in her zeal to maintain separation of church and state in her second grade class, told one of her students who was reading a Bible stories book during a silent reading period that the dangerous religious book was not permissible reading. Even the zealous ACLU's state leader Joe Cook acknowledged that the teacher was wrong to ban the Bible booklet from silent reading.

A suggestion for the year 2004: Begin each day by considering one of the wonderful attributes of God you will praise him for especially this day:

His love; His compassion; His power; His mercy; His generosity; His omnipotence; His providence and care of me personally; His kindness; His truthfulness (He keeps all His promises); His holiness; His beauty; His goodness; His omnipresence (He is everywhere, including at my side); His unchanging character; His unconditional love for me personally, with my handicaps and weaknesses, my past mistakes and sins, my talents and abilities, my joys and sorrows, my good intentions and my desire to love Him more each day; His magnificence displayed in nature, from a grain of sand, to a minute this day, to the farthest star in the cosmos.

Happy New Year!

1 posted on 01/16/2004 6:16:50 AM PST by NYer
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To: american colleen; sinkspur; Lady In Blue; Salvation; CAtholic Family Association; narses; ...
Archbishop Alfred C. Hughes has joined the ranks of those bishops who intend to hold the 'catholic' politicians feet to the fire! Brand 'em, Archbishop!

Catholic Ping - let me know if you want on/off this list


2 posted on 01/16/2004 6:19:05 AM PST by NYer ("One person and God make an army." - St. Teresa of Avila)
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To: NYer; Dan from Michigan
Wonder how this sort of thing will be received by the goofball allegedly Catholic governor of Michigan.
3 posted on 01/16/2004 6:19:35 AM PST by Redbob
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To: NYer
BAD abbreviation in that headline...I momentarily thought you were talking about Mahoney, and that the end times were at hand! :-)
4 posted on 01/16/2004 6:20:17 AM PST by B Knotts (Go 'Nucks!)
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To: NYer
When I saw LA I thought Los Angeles, and needless to say it shocked me.

5 posted on 01/16/2004 6:20:18 AM PST by NeoCaveman (Facts are stubborn things)
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To: B Knotts
BAD abbreviation in that headline...I momentarily thought you were talking about Mahoney, and that the end times were at hand! :-)

Me too.

6 posted on 01/16/2004 6:21:30 AM PST by NeoCaveman (Facts are stubborn things)
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To: NYer
They "should refrain from taking communion"

This call keeps going out from the church hierarchy. There is nothing said about refusing them communion at the altar rail,however, when these oh-so-important pols demand they be served.
7 posted on 01/16/2004 6:22:19 AM PST by freeangel (freeangel)
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To: NYer
I saw that headline and thought, "Mahoney said WHAT?! Has he gone Catholic on us?"
8 posted on 01/16/2004 6:31:26 AM PST by Desdemona (Kempis' Imitation of Christ online! http://www.leaderu.com/cyber/books/imitation/imitation.html)
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To: freeangel
Bishop Burke did indeed instruct priests to refuse communion to the pro-abortion "Catholic" politicians in his diocese.
9 posted on 01/16/2004 6:45:26 AM PST by B Knotts (Go 'Nucks!)
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To: freeangel
They "should refrain from taking communion"

This call keeps going out from the church hierarchy.

It's a good and necessary first step.

There is nothing said about refusing them communion at the altar rail

Let's pray that this comes next.

10 posted on 01/16/2004 6:47:13 AM PST by Land of the Free 04
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To: Land of the Free 04
Under the circumstances for a Catholic politician to take communion would "compound the felony".
11 posted on 01/16/2004 6:53:35 AM PST by basque69
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To: Land of the Free 04
This seems to be a growing movement. It is certainly a step toward the church taking back it's position of moral leadership. Until it does, the Church will continue in a state of decline.
12 posted on 01/16/2004 6:54:26 AM PST by jmaroneps37 ( Support how-odd? in the primaries, get us 4 more senate seats! hilarity clinocchio will never run.)
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To: NYer
Archbishop Alfred C. Hughes has joined the ranks of those bishops who intend to hold the 'catholic' politicians feet to the fire! Brand 'em, Archbishop!

Great news! It looks like this movement is picking up steam.

13 posted on 01/16/2004 6:59:22 AM PST by Aquinasfan (Isaiah 22:22, Rev 3:7, Mat 16:19)
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To: Aquinasfan; Desdemona
It looks like this movement is picking up steam.

Anyone keeping track of this? So far, we have Hughes, Burke, Olmstead(?) ... who else has jumped on board?

As this picks up steam, it should be intersting for all of us to see who holds back. Not that we expect too many surprises there ;-D

Reminder

Bishop Raymond Burke (Archbishop-designate of St. Louis) Conduct of diocesan pro-abortion Catholic politicians (Live via satellite)

The World Over Live - 8pm EST - Friday, January 16, 2004

14 posted on 01/16/2004 7:29:18 AM PST by NYer ("One person and God make an army." - St. Teresa of Avila)
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To: NYer
Anyone keeping track of this? So far, we have Hughes, Burke, Olmstead(?) ... who else has jumped on board?

Oddly enough, Maida of Detroit said something to the Michigan Governor. That's a big one. But, this has all come so close together and there doesn't seem to be any backlash, at least not reported, from the laity. In fact, I've seen more support.

We'll see. This could be a great trend in the making.
15 posted on 01/16/2004 7:44:24 AM PST by Desdemona (Kempis' Imitation of Christ online! http://www.leaderu.com/cyber/books/imitation/imitation.html)
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To: NYer
O for crying out loud! Louisiana is "Louis." or "La." YOu guys had me thinking for a brief moment, "What? Cardinal Mahoney converted to Catholicism?"
16 posted on 01/16/2004 8:05:18 AM PST by dangus
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To: dangus
Ooops... Apparently I wasn't alone... sorry for piling on.
17 posted on 01/16/2004 8:05:56 AM PST by dangus
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To: NYer
Actually, this is meaningful. Sen. Mary Landrieu (Demonrat baby-laughterer-Louis.) sells herself hard as li'l miss Catholic church girl.
18 posted on 01/16/2004 8:07:49 AM PST by dangus
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To: NYer
And so the dominos fall.

Funny thing: I saw "LA" in the headline and though "Los Angeles"! Like what, has Mahoney had some sort of epiphany or visitation, and come to his senses? No such luck.

In any case, Hurrah! for Bishop Hughes.

19 posted on 01/16/2004 8:11:40 AM PST by ArrogantBustard
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To: NYer
Bishop Bruskewitz started it by excommunicating CTA et al. I think of these bisops as the "Sons of Bruskewitz"
20 posted on 01/16/2004 8:14:14 AM PST by ArrogantBustard
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To: dubyaismypresident
>>>When I saw LA I thought Los Angeles, and needless to say it shocked me.

Ditto
21 posted on 01/16/2004 9:28:11 AM PST by patent (A baby is God's opinion that life should go on. Carl Sandburg)
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Wisc. Bishop Tells Pro-Abort. Catholic Pols: Change Your Stripes or Stay Away from Holy Communion
 
 
Hughes exhorts Catholic pols to toe line
Times Picayune, LA - 7 hours ago
... support abortion, assisted suicide or any other "life issues" out of step with church
teachings should refrain from Holy Communion, Archbishop Alfred C. Hughes ...

Archbishop aims call at some Catholic politicians
Sarasota Herald-Tribune, FL - 1 hour ago
Archbishop Alfred C. Hughes' statement, contained in his column in this week's
Clarion Herald, the archdiocesan newspaper, is in stride with nationwide ...

Bishop Raymond Burke's Strange Nemesis
DisInfo.com - Dec 29, 2003
By Matt C. Abbott. ... On Saturday, October 26, 2002 I stood before Archbishop ... Alfred
Kunz. ... When I asked, via e-mail, Detective Kevin Hughes of the Dane County ...

CONGREGATION FOR THE DOCTRINE OF THE FAITH

DOCTRINAL NOTE
on some questions regarding
The Participation of Catholics in Political Life

Living the Gospel of Life:
A Challenge to American Catholics

A Statement by the Catholic Bishops of the United States

Faithful Citizenship:
Civic Responsibility for a New Millennium

An Old Testament, Litany of Life
Canon Law and Abortion
Sign Petition:
The Gospel of Life--Evangelium Vitae
Herod's Heroes

22 posted on 01/16/2004 10:17:01 AM PST by Coleus (STOPP Planned Parenthood)
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To: 2ndMostConservativeBrdMember; afraidfortherepublic; Alas; al_c; american colleen; annalex; ...
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23 posted on 01/16/2004 10:18:05 AM PST by Coleus (STOPP Planned Parenthood)
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To: NYer; Coleus
Keeping track of the politicians (and some bishops):

The Deadly Dozen

Canadian Prime Minister Taunts Church: "I Am A Catholic And For Abortion"
Catholic Church asks Tom Daschle to stop calling himself a Catholic
On Catholic Politicians and Faith
Vatican Urges Catholic Politicians to Vote Along Church Lines
Senator Santorum on Being Catholic and a Politician
William E. Simon, Sr. and Jr. Devout Catholics, Philanthropists and Politicians
Deadly Dozen senator taken to task over claims of Catholicism
THE BISHOP AND THE SENATOR [author links to FR thread regarding Daschle in her online column]
Blood On Their Hands: Exposing Pro-abortion Catholic Politicians
MI Gov Granholm Proclaims June "Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month"
Colorado Governor To Media:'WE LOVE OUR CHURCH' [Gov. Bill Owens
U.S. Senator Brownback and Commentator Dick Morris Join Catholic Church
PRIEST REFUSES COMMUNION TO KNEELING PRO-LIFE POLITICIAN [Richard Black, Virginia]
Kerry [Catholic} says he'll filibuster Supreme Court nominees who do not support abortion rights
Pope to MPs: Stop gay marriage
Vatican - Considerations regarding ... homosexual persons
CONFUSIONS ABOUT POLITICAL JUDGMENT AND THE MORAL LAW
Prelate says politicians who back abortion shouldn't go to Communion
Bishop draws fire for targeting Chrétien
Kennedy likens Vatican stance on gay unions to 'bigotry' (oh, go get a job, you little creep)
Ignorance or Malicious Intent? "No religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to..."
George Weigel on Authentic Catholic Citizenship, and the Duty of Catholic Politicians to Behave as Catholics
Conservative Catholics urge Church to challenge "dissenters"
[Robert F., Jr.] Kennedy to speak at Festival of Faiths (Environmentalism as religion)
Faithful Catholic Politicians
Catholic Bishops Eye Possible Crackdown of Pro-Abortion Pols
PETITION TO EX-COMMUNICATE PRO-ABORTION CATHOLIC ELECTED OFFICIALS
It is Time to Excommunicate the Politicians
Church vows to fight gay marriage: Catholics pressure pols
Should politicians toe their church line?
Church May Penalize Politicans
Catholic politicians facing dogmatic threat
Bishop appeals to Catholic lawmakers [Wisconsin]
New St. Louis Catholic Archbishop Warns Pro-Abortion Catholic Politicians of Excommunication.
Bishop Objected to AIDS Walk
Wisconsin Catholic Lawmakers Seek Victim Status In Feud With Bishop
Bishop Burke discusses the letters he sent to Catholic politicians
Congressman Places Internal Pro-Abortion Docs in Congressional Record
Flynn: Dems ignore Catholics
Granholm gay rights order "a slap in the face"
Calif. Bishop To Gov. Davis: Pick Abortion Or Communion [formal excommunication?]
California Bishop to Gov: Oppose Abortion or No Communion (New Title)
Sacramento Bishop Challenges Governor on Abortion; Tells Davis to Stop Receiving Communion
Granholm's Bible-thumping Sure to Rile GOP
Bishop: No Communion for Abortion Backers
Legislators can't have Eucharist, bishop says: Don't serve supporters of abortion rights, euthanasia
Wisc. Bishop Tells Pro-Abort. Catholic Pols: Change Your Stripes or Stay Away from Holy Communion
Diocese targets Granholm on abortion
NJ Governor McGreevey a devout Catholic, yet diplomatic {Barf Alert}
Communion ban on lawmakers who back abortion starts furor
Bishop's ban ignites church-state debate
(MI) Governor's effort is first step to give gays special benefits, weapon against religion [Granholm]
(Louisiana) LA Archbishop aims call at some Catholic politicians [Bishop Hughes]

24 posted on 01/16/2004 11:01:17 AM PST by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: Salvation
OUTSTANDING LINKS!!

Thanks, Salvation, for keeping track of this.

25 posted on 01/16/2004 12:37:35 PM PST by NYer ("One person and God make an army." - St. Teresa of Avila)
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To: NYer
A while back I remember reading that Daschle received a letter from his archbishop or his priest asking him to stop identifying himself publicly as a Catholic.
26 posted on 01/16/2004 3:34:17 PM PST by alnick (The American people would rather reach for the stars than reach for excuses why we shouldn't.)
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To: alnick
7,500 Days of Prayer and Fasting for Sen. Daschle and his bishop are answered


THE BISHOP AND THE SENATOR [author links to FR thread regarding Daschle in her online column]
Sen. Daschle's Letter, an Update: Daschle issues a non-denial denial about letter by his bishop

 
Tom Daschle's Duty to Be Morally Coherent (Bishop orders Tommy to stop saying he's Catholic!!)

27 posted on 01/16/2004 5:30:23 PM PST by Coleus (STOPP Planned Parenthood)
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South Dakota Bishop Challenges Daschle-NARAL Letter

28 posted on 01/16/2004 5:32:12 PM PST by Coleus (STOPP Planned Parenthood)
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To: seamole
Ping to the Louisiana bishop!
29 posted on 01/17/2004 2:20:35 PM PST by NYer ("One person and God make an army." - St. Teresa of Avila)
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To: Coleus
Coleus,Catholic politicians, bump.
30 posted on 01/17/2004 4:12:27 PM PST by fatima (Karen ,Ken 4 ID,Jim-Go Eagles Go,)
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