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A voice in the wilderness

By Phil Lawler (bio - articles ) | Jul 29, 2004

This week a militantly pro-abortion Catholic is being nominated for the US presidency, with a Catholic priest offering an invocation at the convention, and dozens of prominent Catholics enthusiastically participating in the events.

Now is a time when we need clear, unequivocal leadership from our bishops, to leave no doubt about where the Church stands on abortion.

And what do we get?

In Boston, Archbishop Sean O'Malley is out of town.

In Washington, the US Conference of Catholic Bishops has issued a series of statements:

  • on restrictions on travel to Cuba
  • on the US-Central America Free Trade Treaty
  • on the crisis in Darfur
  • on the latest World Trade Organization talks
  • on restricted travel to Cuba (again)
  • on over-the-counter sale of the "morning-after pill"

You might say that the US bishops have already spoke out about pro-abortion Catholic politicians, in their statement Catholics in Political Life. You know, the one in which they said:

... we seek to form the consciences of our people so that they can examine the positions of candidates and make choices based on Catholic moral and social teaching.
Right now-- this week-- would be a good time to form some consciences, while the pro-abortion candidates are squarely in the media spotlight.

True, the bishops would be repeating themselves. Is that a bad thing? Remember, this is the group that has posted two different statements on travel to Cuba in less than one week.

Phil Lawler has been a Catholic journalist for more than 30 years. He has edited several Catholic magazines and written eight books. Founder of Catholic World News, he is the news director and lead analyst at See full bio.

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  • Posted by: - Jul. 30, 2004 2:45 AM ET USA

    The culture is irremediably damaged and probably 75% of “Catholics”, including bishops, priests, religious, laity are part of that culture. Their minds have been formed (malformed?) by the culture and they no longer even know what real orthodoxy looks like. America is an apostate country no longer “under God”. This is the natural result of the heresy of the “self”, started by Martin Luther when he refused to obey anyone but “his conscience”. America is the end result of Protestantism.

  • Posted by: - Jul. 29, 2004 7:44 PM ET USA

    You're being awfully hard on our bishops. After all, none of them signed on for any of this evangelization you seem to be calling for. They signed on for the swell outfits, parties, travel, the frequent committee meetings that give the appearance of important action---and, of course, the 30 pieces of silver and gold watch they each get at retirement.

  • Posted by: Charles134 - Jul. 29, 2004 2:49 PM ET USA

    Two statements requesting the lifting of restrictions on travel to Cuba at a time when Cuban sex tourism is in the news. Summer's winding down, and Provincetown gets rather chilly in the fall.

  • Posted by: - Jul. 29, 2004 11:47 AM ET USA

    To put it another way: is the Church not broken, Phil?

  • Posted by: - Jul. 29, 2004 10:49 AM ET USA

    The idea, not original with me, that an institution is hopelessly corrupt when it is unable to reform itself applies here in spades.

  • Posted by: - Jul. 29, 2004 10:26 AM ET USA

    Hit 'em again, Phil. Hit 'em harder and harder. FINALLY [when?], they may just wake up and listen ! If only we could have "recall" or "impeachment " of spineless bishops !