Skip to comments.Contrary Catholics Continue to Confuse
Posted on 05/05/2009 12:39:50 PM PDT by Caleb1411
There seems to be no end to the mind-boggling contradictions that spew forth from the mouths of public figures who claim to be Catholic, but use their media opportunities to discredit the Catholic Church and her teachings through deception.
First, there was Kansas Republican Senator Sam Brownbacks statement, made after voting in favor of pro-abortion Catholic Kathleen Sebelius for secretary of the federal Department of Health and Human Services, as reported by the Washington Times.
"It's well known that Governor Sebelius and I fundamentally disagree on several issues, and most notably on the issues of life," Mr. Brownback said. "However, we can work together for the people of Kansas, especially on rural health care issues, graduate medical education in Wichita and a National Cancer Institute designation at KU."
I am not sure what "issues of life" might be, though Brownback could be referring to the direct murder of innocent pre-born children, which is, according to Catholic teaching, an abomination before God.
One has to wonder if Brownback seriously believes that the church and the Lord himself would step aside for fundamental disagreements on matters of life and death because his followers want to collaborate with the purveyors of evil on "rural health care issues."
God save us from such drivel. Ah, but Brownback is not alone.
When courageous Harvard law professor Mary Ann Glendon announced that she had declined the University of Notre Dames prestigious Laetare Medal, rather than share a stage with culture-of-death-guru President Barack Obama, someone whom Washington Post columnist Kathleen Parker referred to as a mutual friend said, "[Notre Dame president] Father [John] Jenkins thought he could use Mary Ann Glendon as a fig leaf."
According to Parker, in her letter to Father Jenkins, Glendon referred to "talking points" issued by Notre Dame in response to criticism of Obamas scheduled appearance, including these:
(1) "President Obama won't be doing all the talking. Mary Ann Glendon, the former U.S. ambassador to the Vatican, will be speaking as the recipient of the Laetare Medal." (2) "We think having the president come to Notre Dame, see our graduates, meet our leaders, and hear a talk from Mary Ann Glendon is a good thing for the president and for the causes we care about."
Glendon saw through Notre Dames game plan, and we can only hope the majority of students and parents, not to mention alumni, do likewise. Father Jenkins is actually the "fig leaf" for anti-Catholics, and it is a rotten shame he is not being true to his own vows as a Catholic priest.
And, finally, we witness the deceit that continues to flow from the pen and mouth of Pepperdine University law professor Douglas Kmiec, who never met an Obama position he could not adopt as his own.
What is most interesting is the reaction that Kmiec's latest apologia for human embryonic stem cell research has garnered from Justin Cardinal Rigali, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Committee on Pro-Life Activities.
Deacon Keith Fournier wrote, One example is Constitutional Law Professor Doug Kmiec who recently wrote an article for the Catholic News Service entitled "New ethically sensitive stem-cell guidance from the Obama administration" which actually defended these guidelines. Fortunately, this article was immediately answered by none other than Justin Cardinal Rigali in the very same forum, the Catholic News Service, in a piece entitled New stem cell guidelines not ethically sensitive.
Cardinal Rigali began his scolding response with these words On April 17 the National Institutes of Health released new draft guidelines for federally funded embryonic stem-cell research. Federal tax dollars will now be used, for the first time, to encourage the destruction of innocent human beings for their stem cells. Law professor Douglas Kmiec states in an opinion piece distributed by Catholic News Service that the new policy is ethically sensitive and in important respects more strict than President George W. Bushs policy that preceded it. The truth is the opposite. (Fourniers emphasis)
In his column, Cardinal Rigali further wrote, Kmiec says the new guidelines are limited to embryos created for fertility treatment that would have been discarded if not devoted to medical research.
That is also not true.
Parents will be invited to consider donating their embryonic sons or daughters for research at the same time that they are considering whether to save them for their own later reproduction or donate them so another couple can have a baby. The new guidelines will encourage destruction of some embryonic human beings who could otherwise have lived and grown up to adulthood.
In key respects, these guidelines are broader than any proposed in the past for destructive embryonic stem-cell research by any president or Congress.
Through his executive order of March 2009, President Barack Obama also authorized the NIH to broaden the policy later, to include, for example, the use of stem cells from cloned embryos specially created for research. Tragically there is significant support in Congress for such further expansion as well, and pro-life Americans will be called upon to defeat such legislation.
Here Kmiec applauds Obama for taking off the table the option of reproductive cloning. But that only means cloned human embryos will be created solely for stem cells and other research uses, and not be allowed to survive and be born. That cannot be called a sensitive or pro-life policy.
With all due respect to Kmiec, then, on this and other issues relating to the destruction of unborn human life, the federal government is not moving in a noticeably more Catholic-friendly direction. Nor is it moving in a human-friendly direction.
The values and ideals of our nation on the equality of all human beings are at stake when we discuss such issues, for people of all religions or no religion.
While Cardinal Rigali is gentle in his rebuke of Kmiec, the fact is that Kmiec's treachery is likely going to cost untold lives and, I fear, souls. When comments made by an eminent Catholic law professor enrage a loyal, usually calm-and-cool prince of the Church such as Cardinal Rigali, something is terribly askew.
It should tell us a great deal about the path dissidents are taking these days and the terrible disservice their ongoing misrepresentations are doing to the American public, particularly the Catholic laity. The scandalous nature of such tripe rivals anything I have seen in my lifetime, that's for certain.
My dear friend Mary Ann Kreitzer tells the readers of her blog, [Kmiec] is a mouthpiece for the George Soros-funded Catholics United which puts him front and center in the Pharisee's seat. Soros is one of the most anti-Catholic rich men in the country who sinks a fortune into making the Church a harmless eunuch.
That the bishops assist this castration by allowing [Catholic News Service] CNS to pass on Kmiec's infected views is shameful and must be stopped. Heresy has no place in a Catholic newspaper or news service except to expose it and teach the truth. Cardinal Rigali has done a good job at correcting Kmiec's errors, but they should not have appeared in CNS in the first place. It's high time CNS was either cleaned up or closed down!
Amen. Kreitzer also says of Kmiec, Doug Kmiec has a disease CCSF (Cafeteria Catholic Swine Flu). It's a problem frequently found in cafeteria Catholics. The symptoms are brain fever illustrated by inability to think clearly (effect on the brain is similar to Mad Cow Disease), frequent vomiting of heresy, and full body rashness. This is not a new disease. It was seen in the entire bench of Catholic bishops under King Henry VIII with the lone exception of St. John Fisher. He was immune, vaccinated by courage, holiness and fidelity to Catholic truth.
I would expand her description to include any other so-called Catholic public figure that uses his or her soapbox to trash the Catholic Church and her teaching by advancing falsehood. CCSF is contagious.
Let us hope that, at the end of the day, there are a growing number of Catholics who fight off this disease with the same courage, holiness, and fidelity noted by Kreitzer in her praise of St. John Fisher. May such saintliness in fact become epidemic.
It’s not that confusing. Just as we have RINOs, we also have CINOs.
I am contemplating writing a book about this very subject, heavily outing things like this, abortion, contraception etc. I have had enough of preaching to the choir here, we all know this already, its the rest of the world that needs to hear it......
"rather than share a stage with culture-of-death-guru President Barack Obama"
Are they going to take down the crosses and remove references to Jesus so the One doesn't have an allergic vampire panic attack?
I was certainly unhappy with Brownback’s support of Sebellius, but there are definitely more sinister “Catholic” characters that could have been pointed to in this article, i.e. Sebellius herself or Teddy Kennedy.
Mary Ann Glendon is a Christian hero.
Maybe he should put a half-moon on the Presidential seal. He’s not fooling anyone anymore.
Thi is the equivalent of mooning everyone from the dais at Notre Dame.
He’s a disgrace.
Ping to read later
Once again: Catholicism is not an ethnicty. It is also not a democracy. Either you are practicing the religion as it is dictated to you, or you are not a Catholic. The are practicing Catholics, and there are non-Catholics. Period.
The Jesuits don’t surprise me any more. But corrupting Doug Kmiec and Sam Brownback, it’s very sad.
To me too!
Didn't know this about Soros. That boy is just full of surprises. Considering his age, he's getting closer to finding out what his reward for all his deeds will be, assuming he is of this world, so to speak.
Thanks for posting this. Please look into my organization, the Catholic Family Caucus, which aims to offset Catholics United. We can be found at www.catholicfamilycaucus.org.