Skip to comments.Some Dallas-Fort Worth Catholics irked by bishops' letter on abortion
Posted on 10/13/2008 3:18:26 PM PDT by nickcarraway
Some North Texas Catholics are upset with a letter written and distributed by their local bishops, saying it amounts to an endorsement of GOP presidential candidate Sen. John McCain.
The letter by Bishop Kevin Farrell of the Diocese of Dallas and Bishop Kevin Vann of the Diocese of Fort Worth says in part: To vote for a candidate who supports the intrinsic evil of abortion or `abortion rights when there is morally acceptable alternative would be to cooperate in the evil and, therefore, morally impermissible.
Sen. Barack Obama, the Democratic Party presidential candidate, supports abortion rights. Sen. McCain favors overturning Roe vs. Wade, the U.S. Supreme Court decision that protects the right to an abortion.
The bishops letter was distributed or read at parishes across the Diocese of Dallas this weekend. The Fort Worth diocese is distributing the letter through its newspaper, which is being mailed to all registered Catholic families in the diocese.
Nicole LeBlanc said several people walked out of Dallas' Holy Trinity Catholic Church during the 11 a.m. Sunday Mass, when the letter was read at the time usually reserved for a homily.
Ms. LeBlanc, an Obama supporter, said she, too, was upset.
As a Catholic, were taught about being independent moral agents with free will, she said. That letter from the bishops is basically telling us that if we vote for a candidate who supports abortion rights, we are basically immoral and our souls are imperiled.
Ms. LeBlanc also said she felt the letter has gone too far towards bringing political endorsements in the church, which is obviously not legal.
Ms. LeBlanc said a protest of the letter is likely to occur outside the pastoral center of the Dallas Diocese this Wednesday afternoon.
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She can always join the Episcopalians.
Ms. LeBlanc, that teaching ends on the subject of murder. It’s ok to walk out of the Catholic Church when they tell you that abortion (i.e. murder) is intrinsically wrong. Just remember, it’s not ok to walk back in.
Yes we have free will but it is the Bishop’s job to guide us not to sin.
This idiot woman need a new church.
Bishops inform the flock about the stance of the church on life and the followers get mad - why? How quaint.
Ah.... the unquantifiable “some”. I have that right up there next to “sources close to” on my (lack of) credibility meter. By the way, isn’t it s stretch to characterize someone as Catholic, a belief based system, who doesn’t believe the governing principles?
Ahhhh, yeah. Pretty well sums it up
Three cheers for the Bishops with the spine. They know that if they don’t warn these lost souls, they will themselves be damned.
“As a Catholic, were taught about being independent moral agents with free will, she said. That letter from the bishops is basically telling us that if we vote for a candidate who supports abortion rights, we are basically immoral and our souls are imperiled.”
Duh... Wonder what part of killing babies she doesn’t understand?
It’s not a social club. If you don’t like being a disciple, you can leave.
The Catholic Church is a Monarchy not a democracy and she can take it up with the King, Christ.
Uh, Ms. LeBlanc, you’re not a Catholic!
Yes, independent moral agents with free will, so you should possess the common sense that goes along with it. Know when sin is sin. Being an agent of free will is not a license to go out and kill unborn babies! If you disagree with the letter, chances are you aren't in truth, a practicing Christian, not to mention Catholic.
That’s a low blow. We have way too many loony toon liberals already.
Yes dear, it goes like this. There are two men running to be POTUS. One likes the idea of killing babies upto and even after birth. The other one does not.
In saying that Cathoics cannot vote for the former and be Catholics, the Bishops are saying you shouldn't vote for Obama. Feel free however to not vote for McCain or to find a different God that likes child sacrifice.
Yeah, the “Episcopalian Chess Club” - they can’t tell a bishop from a queen.