Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Another Archbishop Takes On Obama...

I'm impressed at how well these guys are calling the president out.  I've probably gotten so used to the rabbis bending over and taking whatever offense Barack decides to dish out to the Jews that I thought it was typical of religious leaders of all faiths.

My mistake, I apologize.  New York's Cardinal-designate Timothy Dolan made his disgust clear (I would have to think in the Catholic canon, "betrayal" is a pretty strong word), and now Chicago's Archbishop Francis Cardinal George calls it as he sees it:

This week I’ve been with the bishops of Illinois, Wisconsin and Indiana on pilgrimage to the tombs of the apostles Peter and Paul in Rome. After praying at the tombs and celebrating Mass, we went to visit the successor of Peter, the Bishop of Rome, Pope Benedict XVI.... Because we were on pilgrimage in Rome, there was occasion to strengthen the unity of the bishops of our region with the Holy Father.

Even in the midst of this strengthened unity, news of attempts to weaken the unity between the bishops and the faithful have been reported. This is the first time in the history of the United States that a presidential administration has purposely tried to interfere in the internal working of the Catholic Church, playing one group off against another for political gain. What isn’t always understood is that the Bishops of the Church make no attempt to speak for all Catholics; they never have. The Bishops speak for the Catholic and apostolic faith, and those who hold that faith gather around them. Others disperse. That dynamic is clear in history and became clear also in the official visit to Rome that the Bishops of our region made this week.

Our visit has reminded us that the Church enjoys divine assistance even when she is being attacked....

That last word is the one politicians have been afraid to use, despite it being the most accurate adjective of the president's recent actions in regards to the Church, and State. Our officials tremble in fear of Caesar, but the men of faith know when they are seeing a pretender to the throne, the new rising of the Morning Star, and appear to be sharpening their spears for the battle ahead.

Not a moment too soon. Looks like God may still smile upon America after all.

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