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Some things change, some things really don't [Denver archbishop scores Durbin, CINO legislators]
Denver Catholic Register ^ | 7/30/03 | Archbishop Charles Chaput

Posted on 07/29/2003 5:27:25 AM PDT by rhema

Some things change, and some things don't.

In the summer of 1963, a friend of mine -- she was just 11 at the time -- drove with her family to visit her sister, who had married and moved away to Birmingham, Ala. Stopping for gas in a small Alabama town on a Sunday morning, her father asked where they could find the local Catholic church.

The attendant just shrugged and said, "We don't have any of them here."

The family finished gassing up, pulled out of the station -- and less than two blocks away, they passed the local Catholic church.

Most people my age remember the '60s in the South as a time of intense struggle for civil rights. Along with pervasive racial discrimination, Southern culture often harbored a suspicion of Catholics, Jews and other minorities. Catholics were few and scattered. In the Deep South, like Alabama, being Catholic often meant being locked out of political and social leadership.

Today, much of the old South is gone. Cities like Atlanta and Raleigh-Durham are major cosmopolitan centers. Time, social reform and migration have transformed the economy along with the political system. The South today is a tribute both to the courage of civil rights activists 40 years ago, and to the goodness of the people of the South themselves.

Most people, most of the time, want to do the right thing. And when they change, they also change the world they inhabit, which is one of the reasons why the Archdiocese of Atlanta can now draw thousands of enthusiastic Catholic participants to its Eucharistic Congress each year in a state where Catholics were once second-class citizens. It also explains how a practicing Catholic, William H. Pryor, can become Alabama's attorney general -- something that was close to inconceivable just four decades ago.

I've never met Mr. Pryor, but his political life is a matter of public record. He has served the State of Alabama with distinction, enforcing its laws and court decisions fairly and consistently. This is why President Bush nominated him to the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, and why the Senate Judiciary Committee approved him last Wednesday for consideration by the full Senate.

But the committee debate on Pryor was ugly, and the vote to advance his nomination split exactly along party lines. Why? Because Mr. Pryor believes that Catholic teaching about the sanctity of life is true; that the 1973 Supreme Court Roe v. Wade decision was a poorly reasoned mistake; and that abortion is wrong in all cases, even rape and incest. As a result, Americans were treated to the bizarre spectacle of non-Catholic Senators Orrin Hatch and Jeff Sessions defending Mr. Pryor's constitutionally protected religious rights to Mr. Pryor's critics, including Senator Richard Durbin, an "abortion-rights" Catholic.

According to Senator Durbin (as reported by EWTN), "Many Catholics who oppose abortion personally do not believe the laws of the land should prohibit abortion for all others in extreme cases involving rape, incest and the life and the health of the mother." This kind of propaganda makes the abortion lobby proud, but it should humiliate any serious Catholic. At a minimum, Catholic members of Congress like Senator Durbin should actually read and pray over the "Catechism of the Catholic Church" and the encyclical "Evangelium Vitae" before they explain the Catholic faith to anyone.

They might even try doing something about their "personal opposition" to abortion by supporting competent pro-life judicial appointments. Otherwise, they simply prove what many people already believe -- that a new kind of religious discrimination is very welcome at the Capitol, even among elected officials who claim to be Catholic.

Some things change, and some things don't. The bias against "papism" is alive and well in America. It just has a different address. But at least some people in Alabama now know where the local Catholic church is -- and where she stands -- even if some people in Washington apparently don't.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; Government; News/Current Events; US: Colorado
KEYWORDS: catholic; catholiclist; christianlist; pryor
Hugh Hewitt's comments:

The Archbishop of Denver, the Most Reverend Charles J. Chaput, has written on the nomination of William Pryor to the federal bench. In so doing, the Archbishop has reiterated the teaching of the Catholic Church on the sanctity of the life of the unborn and on the responsibility of Catholics in the public square to represent accurately the teachings of the Church. . . .

Archbishop Chaput's column is the most significant defense of a Catholic in public life in many years. Chaput deserves the support of every Catholic in the U.S., his fellow Bishops, and defenders of religious freedom in America. The key lines of his column are these:

"At a minimum, Catholic members of Congress like Senator Durbin should actually read and pray over the Catechism of the Catholic Church and the encyclical Evangelium Vitae before they explain the Catholic faith to anyone."

"They might even try doing something about their 'personal opposition' to abortion by supporting competent prolife judicial appointments. Otherwise, they simply prove what many people already believe -- that a new kind of religious discrimination is very welcome at the Capitol, even among elected officials who claim to be Catholic."

1 posted on 07/29/2003 5:27:26 AM PDT by rhema
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To: rhema
One cannot be Catholic and espouse freedom of choice regarding termination of any human life.
2 posted on 07/29/2003 5:39:07 AM PDT by TheGeezer
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To: rhema
Hopefully this will spark more Catholics to speak out in defense of the church's teachings and will also result in a focusing on true Catholic leaders, not the so-called leaders such as Sens. Kennedy and Leahy. No wonder there is a crisis of leadership when the ones that Catholics are supposed to be proud of (at least according to their own propaganda) are heretical sociopaths such as the Swimmer and Leaky.
3 posted on 07/29/2003 5:47:03 AM PDT by Corporate Law (<><)
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To: *Catholic_list; *Christian list
BTTT
4 posted on 07/29/2003 5:49:40 AM PDT by rhema
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To: Corporate Law
Chappaquidick Ted, Leaky Leahy, di-Dick Durbin, Grayout Doofus in California, all of them are Catholics in name only. They are uber-Leftists, and we all know what such folks think about God and religion.
5 posted on 07/29/2003 5:54:21 AM PDT by ought-six
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To: Corporate Law
Chappaquidick Ted, Leaky Leahy, dip-Dick Durbin, Grayout Doofus in California, all of them are Catholics in name only. They are uber-Leftists, and we all know what such folks think about God and religion.
6 posted on 07/29/2003 5:55:03 AM PDT by ought-six
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To: rhema
Good post. It's nice to see a bishop doing his job. Teaching that personal opposition to abortion is not good enough is exactly what liberal Catholics need to be told. God bless Archbishop Chaput.
7 posted on 07/29/2003 5:58:52 AM PDT by St.Chuck
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To: rhema
Way to GO, Archbishop!!!! Brighter days are on their way.
8 posted on 07/29/2003 6:03:52 AM PDT by Ann Archy
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To: rhema
Way to go Bishop!

Pro-Abort Catholics..., Ugh!

The hottest parts of hell are reserved for those who, in times of moral crisis, maintained their neutrality. - Dante

9 posted on 07/29/2003 6:15:00 AM PDT by Verax
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To: rhema
bump
10 posted on 07/29/2003 6:45:10 AM PDT by Rodney King (No, we can't all just get along.)
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To: rhema; .45MAN; AKA Elena; al_c; american colleen; Angelus Errare; Antoninus; aposiopetic; ...
They might even try doing something about their "personal opposition" to abortion by supporting competent pro-life judicial appointments. Otherwise, they simply prove what many people already believe -- that a new kind of religious discrimination is very welcome at the Capitol, even among elected officials who claim to be Catholic.

Some things change, and some things don't. The bias against "papism" is alive and well in America. It just has a different address. But at least some people in Alabama now know where the local Catholic church is -- and where she stands -- even if some people in Washington apparently don't.

Ping!

(As usual, if you would like to be added to or removed from my "conservative Catholics" ping list, just send me a FReepmail. Please realize that some of my "ping" posts are long.)

11 posted on 07/29/2003 9:08:45 AM PDT by Polycarp (How can you say there are too many children, it is like saying there are too many flowers-MthrTeresa)
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To: ought-six
all of them are Catholics in name only.

A person can call themselves whatever they want, write a label, and stick it on. But what is the fruit? What are their actions, and what is the message that comes out of their mouths?

BTW, anyone know the status of Pryor's nomination? Does it have a chance?

12 posted on 07/29/2003 9:18:12 AM PDT by First Amendment
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To: TheGeezer
I dunno. I can be Catholic and espouse the death penalty, for the right reasons, given a fair trial, etc.

I can also espouse the choice of killing someone if that someone is threatening to do grave bodily harm to my family, or to me.
13 posted on 07/29/2003 9:46:36 AM PDT by ninenot (Torquemada: Due for Revival Soon!!!)
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To: rhema
As a result, Americans were treated to the bizarre spectacle of non-Catholic Senators Orrin Hatch and Jeff Sessions defending Mr. Pryor's constitutionally protected religious rights to Mr. Pryor's critics, including Senator Richard Durbin, an "abortion-rights" Catholic.

Dick Dirtbin should be excommunicated.

Three cheers for Bishop Chaput.
14 posted on 07/29/2003 10:33:17 AM PDT by Antoninus (In hoc signo, vinces )
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To: Polycarp
Outstanding article. Many thanks bump.
15 posted on 07/29/2003 11:21:20 AM PDT by Kryptonite (Free Miguel)
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To: ninenot; TheGeezer
There is a distinct difference between abortion and the death penalty. John Paul II himself, in Evangelium Vitae makes such a distinction. While John Paul II is against the death penalty, he aknowledges that at times it is the imperative of the state to use the death penalty for the security of the individuals of the state (a posistion first put forward by St. Augustine (or St. Paul)and further written about by St. Thomas Aquinas). Abortion is an issue of absolute faith and morals, it has been spoken of Ex Cathedra, the death penalty has not been used as such.
16 posted on 07/29/2003 11:56:41 AM PDT by StAthanasiustheGreat (Vocatus Atque Non Vocatus Deus Aderit)
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To: TheGeezer
One cannot be Catholic and espouse freedom of choice regarding termination of any human life.

Incorrect. One cannot be Catholic and espouse freedom of choice regarding termination of any innocent human life.

Potentially lethal aggressors, as well as some convicted criminals, forfeit their right to life.

17 posted on 07/29/2003 1:27:01 PM PDT by Steve1789
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To: rhema
God Bless Archbishop Chaput, Bill Pryor and Senator Sessions!!!!

May God give enough time so that Durbin, Kennedy, Leahy et al to repent.

Hell is forever.
18 posted on 07/30/2003 11:44:05 PM PDT by victim soul
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