By Fr. Wilson (articles ) | May 07, 2004

Long before dawn, the deed was done; pausing at the open window, one leg over the sill, Diogenes looked back with satisfaction on the shadows of the dark staff lounge of the American Life League. 'They'll enjoy their coffee this morning," he chuckled grimly as he nimbly swung over the sill and through the window.

The Virginia-based American Life League said the advertisements are the beginning of a $500,000 print ad campaign targeting bishops who are reluctant to punish Catholic politicians for taking policy positions that defy the church. The first ad shows Jesus in agony on the cross and asks: "Cardinal McCarrick: Are you comfortable now?"

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  • Posted by: - May. 10, 2004 9:26 PM ET USA

    Judie Brown is the only true blue catholic pro-life leader in the country!!!

  • Posted by: John J Plick - May. 08, 2004 3:55 PM ET USA

    Dear altar boy, My thoughts exactly. For the most part, we are focusing on the wrong "enemy." We must fast and pray that the primary Enemy of the Church, the devil, would be neutralized and that the defective Cardinals and Bishops, who either knowingly or unknowingly allow themselves to be used as channels of his power either repent or be removed. It would seem to me that it would be obvious that the Church must be pure before influencing others. This defilement didn't happen yesterday.

  • Posted by: - May. 08, 2004 9:57 AM ET USA

    Last week 206 members of the House including Republican leadership and nearly three dozen opponents of abortion(Rohrabacher, Specter, Frist, Price, Thompson signed a letter urging Bush to allow the Federal government to finance studies on embryos left over from IVF clinics which would otherwise be discarded. I suspect many of these are Catholics. I know Tommy Thompson is. Are any of the Bishops threatening to refrain the Eucharist to them? If not, then why not???

  • Posted by: - May. 07, 2004 10:38 PM ET USA

    Quite an ironic juxtaposition; I believe I read about Deal Hudson fretting that if this keeps up "no one" will be able to receive Communion. Indeed -- what a sight -- Bishops and Cardinals standing idly by and letting things get so out of hand that they have to be forced into action by calamitous pitchfork and torchburning crowds flinging tomatoes and rotten fruit at them. Its not like they've let something similar to this happen before ya know.

  • Posted by: - May. 07, 2004 8:11 PM ET USA

    A superb advertisement ... my contribution to American Life League is on its way!

  • Posted by: - May. 07, 2004 2:02 PM ET USA

    Patriot: Don't sell the cardinal short. A good manager never lets business get in the way of a good breakfast.

  • Posted by: - May. 07, 2004 12:22 PM ET USA

    Re the article on the ALL ad: Deal Hudson placed an effete finger to the wind and announced that "the denial of Communion should begin and end with Kerry." That's moral rubbish and contradicts the Pope and consistent Church teaching. It's also counterproductive on the purely political plain by 1) accenting the alleged "close relationship" of Hudson to Bush and 2) supporting the ploy of pro-aborts who cry "politics" whenever a faithful bishop stands up for the Faith in the Public Square.

  • Posted by: - May. 07, 2004 11:56 AM ET USA

    "The cardinal has been clear that he would be very reluctant to use the Eucharist as a political sanction." Either McCarrick is ignorant of the Catechism and Canon Law—a highly unlikely situation—or, he is (intentionally) publicly corrupting the Church’s position on this issue because he genuinely disagrees with it. I tend to believe the latter and, given that, it is McCarrick who is need of a serious examination of his conscience and it is McCarrick who ought to refrain from the Eucharist.

  • Posted by: - May. 07, 2004 9:17 AM ET USA

    I hear cages being rattled! Is that the sound of editorial writers, spokesmen for Cardinal McCarrick, or the folks at the National Catholic Reporter, US Catholic and/or America? Why do I feel that the good Cardinal might not have an appetite for breakfast this morning?