Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Bishop Hypocrisy

Over at the National Review, the right-wing nutbags are celebrating a decision by Archbishop Raymond Burke. It has been reported that Sen. Claire McCaskill, who was asked to speak at her daughter's Catholic school commencement, was uninvited because of her record on abortion and stem cells.

Sen. McCaskill not welcome at Catholic school commencement
By Margaret
Gillermanand Jo Mannies
Sen. Claire McCaskill, who had been invited to speak at her daughter's Catholic high school commencement, was told last week that she was no longer invited because of church policy rejecting her positions on abortion and embryonic stem cell research.

McCaskill had been chosen to speak at the graduation this month at St. Joseph's Academy in Frontenac.

Sue Brown, a spokeswoman for the Catholic Education Office of the Archdiocese of St. Louis, said the education office had recommended to the president of St. Joseph's Academy that McCaskill not be permitted to speak because McCaskill's positions are contradictory to church teaching.

McCaskill's camp, however, puts the blame for the decision on Archbishop Raymond Burke.

This isn't unusual. We've seen Archbishops do this type of thing before, and seen them intimate that Catholic Democratic politicians won't be able to take communion.

If this is their policy, fine. I think it is exclusionary, but the Archbishop's have every right to do so. But then they better not invite Republicans who support the death penalty, because that's against church policy. And they shouldn't allow any Republican who's been divorced to speak, because divorce is against church doctrine. And well, the Pope opposes the Iraq war, so basically no Republican should be able to get communion.

Of course, we know that won't happen. And that's what makes the Archbishop's actions hypocritical. He's not opposing McCaskill because of her Catholic positions, he's opposing her because of her progressive positions. This is purely a political move and if the Archbishop wants to become political, he should do so. But his church ought to lose its tax exempt status. Somehow, I'm willing to bet his Republican nature will rebel against the idea of losing such a sweet tax break.


At 11:38 AM, Blogger Mary Ellen said...

As a long time Catholic I agree with you 100% on this issue, Cliff. For one thing, Claire wasn't going to give a speech on abortion, she was giving a speech to congratulate the graduates and give them a peek into the world beyond their school.

It's this type of hypocrisy that drives many from the Catholic Church. In fact, as devout as I am to my religion, I came close to leaving the Church myself when George Bush was running for President the first time. There were many sermons and "prayers of the faithful" that pointed toward "doing the right thing" by voting for someone as President who is pro-life. The Catholic Church refused to look beyond that issue and ignored, even in the second term election, George's use of slashing programs for the poor.

If I were Claire's daughter, I would refuse to be a part of their ceremony. If anyone dissed my mom, I'd tell them to go to hell...Bishop or not.

At 12:34 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The right wingers in the chucrh always say death penalty and divorce are different...

The true test is whether they'll bar Republicans like Rudy Giuliani and others. I have yet to hear of a Republican being barred from Catholic events by one of the wing-nut Bishops.

At 12:54 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Cliff, write a nice letter to the Pope. He won't defend Archbishop Raymond Burke.
In Italy they would not put up with this sh*t.


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