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Posted on 01/23/2009 6:33:47 AM PST by sitetest
Today, readers, we interrupt revisiting the Seven Deadly Sins to raise a question of great significance during this eventful week. Why did Archbishop Donald Wuerl, the highest-ranking Catholic eminence in the Washington, D.C. area, attend Wednesdays ostentatiously diverse, mega-denominational prayer service at the National Cathedral for President Obama?
Granted, the fanfare was impressive seats for 3,200 distinguished guests, twenty especially prominent religious leaders, heart-rending bursts of song, and a liturgy ranging from the latest rewritings of the Book of Common Prayer to Hindu, Jewish, Muslim, and Cherokee sources, among others, as The Washington Post put it. Its also true that the Roman Catholic archbishop of Washington traditionally leads a prayer at these august proceedings which may for some observers render his presence there beyond question.
But the unique visibility of this event which was presumably foremost in the minds of the archdiocesan officials who signed on to yesterdays arrangements also cuts another, more radical way. It means that a non-attending Roman Catholic archbishop of Washington would be missed, were he somehow to decline to appear. And that is exactly the point. He could have.
Why? As readers of TCT know well, our new president is the most unyielding, ideologically determined, and dogmatically pro-abortion leader yet to have assumed the highest office in our land. Our new vice-president is perhaps the most conspicuous practicing Catholic in the land, certainly such by his own repeated insistence, and is almost as conspicuous as our new president in his fidelity to the metaphysics of Roe vs. Wade.
The revamped White House website already boasts of the new administrations arguably unrivalled support of Roes legacy, noting for example that Obama has been a consistent champion of reproductive choice and will make preserving women's rights under Roe v. Wade a priority...
(Excerpt) Read more at thecatholicthing.org ...
Think of it this way -- every time President Obama sees a pro-life priest, bishop or cardinal, he is gently reminded of his positions contrary to life. That's how the Holy Spirit moves -- with a gentle whisper rather than a shout.
As the rest of the column points out, Archbishop Wuerl could have sent a priest in his stead. I'd have sent a transitional deacon (a seminarian in his final year before ordination) or a permanent deacon.
That would have made a much louder statement to the anti-Christ Obama and his apostate side-kick, Moron Joe.
Because the Roman Bureaucracy has been slipping and sliding all over the theological landscape whenever it was convenient vis a vis the rulers concerned . . .
for the entire 1600 years of it’s existence.
Political Correctness is the Death of this Republic.
But sin clouds the intellect, leaving little hope that Obama will be reminded of anything at all. It is long past time for gentle reminders. Where are the bishops who are willing to use a bullhorn?
The anti-Christ Obama only received about 54% of the Catholic vote, not 75%. And less of actual church-going Catholics.
Your post reminds me of the comments of Flannery O'Connor about the hard of hearing and shouting.
Dear Don Corleone,
I’m not sure there’s much of a republic left here.
Surely the Holy Spirit was with the 250,000 marchers yesterday. Obama didn't seem to see them; he surely isn't going to "see" the Archbishop. The only way he will "see" him is if he makes a scene.
I think the reaction is exactly the opposite when seeing a Bishop or Cardinal at one of these events. They think this attendance means being pro-life doesn’t matter.
I don’t know how to pronounce the archbishop’s name but I’m going to assume it rhymes with “hurl.”
You got it.
I think that you're exactly right.
That's why I like the idea of sending a deacon, or at most, a priest, in the archbishop's place.
There’s a republic in the sense of the final days of the Roman Republic.
**Today, readers, we interrupt revisiting the Seven Deadly Sins to raise a question of great significance during this eventful week. Why did Archbishop Donald Wuerl, the highest-ranking Catholic eminence in the Washington, D.C. area, attend Wednesdays ostentatiously diverse, mega-denominational prayer service at the National Cathedral for President Obama?**
I wondered why also.
But who was the cardinal there?
Wrong numbers. It was first report that 55 percent of Catholics voted for Obama.
That was reduced to 48 percent later. Please don’t repeat the falsehoods.
Additionally, no REAL Catholic voted for Obama; only CINOs voted for him — Catholic in Name Only.
They excommunicated themselves by supporting abortion, in fact, any Catholic who supports any demoncrat does so.
These CINOs must go to Confession; they can not receive Communion worthily until they do.
It is a sin to support abortion.
I agree that someone in a lower position would have been better if the intention of the Bishop had been to highlight Catholic teaching. Archbishop Wuerl is not IMO someone who would do that.
I thought it was strange yesterday that the mass at the Basilica it was Bishop Loverde of Arlington, VA (my diocese) who gave the homily, not Archbishop Wuerl. Seems like Wuerl may be much more included to play politics, which is not what the Church needs right now.
Whoops. I meant to type “inclined” not “included”. Heh. Need more caffeine this morning.
My current working theory is that we're likely in the transitional stage from republic to empire.
Can you please document that?
Although it's an outrageously high fraction, IT IS NOT A MAJORITY.
Certain Anticatholic ranters and ravers have had much to say about a majority of Catholics voting for Zero. If that's false, they need to be made aware of it.
Archbishop Wuerl was offering the Mass at the Verizon Center. Now I know why Bishop Loverde was represented at the VC by a chancery drone ... he himself was at the Basilica.
Can’t document it since it was on a thread on FR and I don’t remember what the title of it was.
I’ll search for it later. Am off to church to set up for Mass and say the complete Rosary (all 20 decades) — do it every Friday morning.
Ah..makes sense...I had thought the Verizon center Mass would occur later. At least a few years ago when I attended it seemed to be later on in the day. My recollection is fuzzy though.
Thanks for the heads up.
When you can assume that your audience holds the same beliefs you do, you can relax a little and use more normal ways of talking to it; when you have to assume that it does not, then you have to make your vision apparent by shock to the hard of hearing you shout, and for the blind you draw large and startling figures.
I suspect the empire has been up for grabs for some time now... I had been hoping for a right-wing strong man who could put the left in their place - an Augustus sort of figure who could preserve some of the morality of the old Republic. At best, a Second American Republic.
Instead we’ve got a left winger who’s making lists of all the right wingers he’s going to have taken out and shot.
PRINCETON, NJ -- Among major U.S. religious groups, Catholic voters are most closely divided in their presidential voting preferences, with Barack Obama holding a narrow 47% to 43% advantage over John McCain. McCain leads Obama among Protestants (48% to 41%) and Mormons (70% to 23%) while Obama holds the upper hand among Jewish voters (62% to 29%) and those with no religious affiliation (65% to 25%).