Friday, November 14, 2008

Catholic Bishops Begin to Speak

In what is a marvelous development that began some time ago with individual bishops speaking out, more of the nation’s Catholic bishops are beginning to speak clearly and vigorously about Catholic teaching, and in the process calling out those Catholic politicians who would violate Catholic teaching while claiming to be faithful Catholics.

What those politicians have been doing is called scandal and it is finally being challenged in our country; a very good thing.

An excerpt.

“BALTIMORE — The nation's Roman Catholic bishops vowed Tuesday to forcefully confront the Obama administration over its support for abortion rights, saying the church and religious freedom could be under attack in the new presidential administration.

“In an impassioned discussion on Catholics in public life, several bishops said they would accept no compromise on abortion policy. Many condemned Catholics who had argued it was morally acceptable to back President-elect Obama because he pledged to reduce abortion rates.

“And several prelates promised to call out Catholic policy makers on their failures to follow church teaching. Bishop Joseph Martino of Scranton, Pa., said he planned to counter Vice President-elect Biden, a Catholic, Scranton native who supports abortion rights.

"I cannot have a vice president-elect coming to Scranton to say he's learned his values there when those values are utterly against the teachings of the Catholic Church," Martino said. The Obama-Biden press office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

“Archbishop Joseph Naumann of the Diocese of Kansas City in Kansas said politicians "can't check your principles at the door of the legislature."