Pages

Sunday, July 11, 2004

Garry Wills: Abortion isn't an issue for the church to decide!

Reactions 
Garry Wills: Abortion isn't an issue for the church to decide!:

"Abortion is not a church issue"

An original argument and totally wrong. If this is not a Church issue, no issue is of concern to the Catholic Church.

The Union Leader and New Hampshire Sunday News - 11-Jul-04 - 2,100 parishioners affected by Catholic church closings

Reactions 
The Union Leader and New Hampshire Sunday News - 11-Jul-04 - 2,100 parishioners affected by Catholic church closings

Another technique for closing a Church.

Appoint a lay council from two churches which you know will split 4-4 on which Church will close. Then say that you are forced to make the decision yourself.

Divide the Faithful and close their Churches.

AP Wire | 07/09/2004 | Clay plans to meet with archbishop on communion issue

Reactions 
AP Wire | 07/09/2004 | Clay plans to meet with archbishop on communion issue

Quote
Rep. William Lacy Clay, a St. Louis Democrat who favors abortion rights, plans to meet Monday with the archbishop.

"I think Archbishop Burke has gone too far; he is now delving into politics," Clay said in an interview on Friday. "Perhaps the Catholic Church should surrender their 501-C status."

And now the threats start. 501-C status means charity status.

Quote
Clay and McCarthy were among 48 Catholic members of Congress who signed a letter in May warning that the church risks bringing "great harm" on itself if bishops decide to deny Communion to legislators who support abortion rights or take other public positions that are at odds with church doctrine.

More threats; what exactly do they mean by "great harm". Any number of political leaders have made similar threats throughout history. The difference from today is that these leaders were not Catholics.

Quote
Earlier this year, Democratic State Auditor Claire McCaskill expressed disappointment at some Catholic leaders' decisions to shun abortion-rights politicians. She attends St. Gerard Majella parish, which is also in the St. Louis archdiocese.

Ironic, St Gerard Majella is the Patron Saint of Expectant Mothers.