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By Diogenes (articles ) | May 24, 2004

When the Church urges that the lives of the guilty be spared, she's prophetic. When she urges that the lives of innocent be spared, she's partisan. Anna Q explains it all for you.

It was nearly 25 years ago that Robert Drinan, a member of Congress and an outspoken Jesuit (a redundancy if there ever was one), so enraged the Vatican with his defense of abortion rights that an order came down from Rome demanding priests withdraw from politics. It appears that someone has had a change of heart.

Or at least that's how it seems now that certain segments of the Roman Catholic hierarchy are behaving like wholly owned subsidiaries of the Republican Party, hellbent on a course that will weaken the church's moral authority and eventually deplete its membership. And all because of abortion, the issue the celibate male leadership is least equipped to personally understand.

Can't we, I mean, like, compromise? We'll convince the bishops to deny communion to pro-abort (and pro-gay) Republicans like Governor Schwartzenegger, and you convince pro-abort (and pro-gay) Democrats like Senator Kerry to change their counter-Catholic positions on the hot-button issues, and THEN the Church can no longer be accused of being partisan.

That's fair and even-handed enough, isn't it, Anna?


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  • Posted by: - May. 25, 2004 10:55 AM ET USA

    Anna Q? Why bother reading anything she writes?

  • Posted by: - May. 24, 2004 1:05 PM ET USA

    Anna says: "The church is opposed to the death penalty, yet no bishop has yet suggested he will deny the sacrament to those who support capital punishment." The Catechism of the Catholic Church, #2267, says- "Assuming that the guilty party's identity and responsibility have been fully determined, the traditional teaching of the Church DOES NOT EXCLUDE recourse to the death penalty, if this is the only possible way of effectively defending human lives against the unjust aggressor."

  • Posted by: Brad - May. 24, 2004 12:04 PM ET USA

    The ONLY reason that the Church appears partisan to those blinded by political allegiance is that the Democratic party has accepted a leadership consisting of no fortitude, courage, or integrity. Case in point: 48 democrat congress members say they are not being unfaithful in supporting abortion rights. Sure, and Satan really did want Jesus to have kingdoms All Christ had to do was change his position. Satan wasn't unfaithful - just had a different viewpoint.

  • Posted by: - May. 24, 2004 11:53 AM ET USA

    Though not officially, it already has in spirit, Plick--Flannery O'Connor's Church WITHOUT Jesus Christ. Like the original it mimics, it embraces all sinners -- but only on the condition that they deny the damning power, even the existence of sin. Its lexicon, so adroitly exhorted here by Anna Q, is filled with selective, self-affirming contortions of Jesus' teachings. She'd make a respectable and zealous elder of the C w/o J.C...

  • Posted by: John J Plick - May. 24, 2004 10:36 AM ET USA

    I wasn't aware that the well-being of the Holy Roman Catholic Church which has been in existence for almost 2000 yrs depended on its congruence to the views of ANY particular political party. Maybe what the Democratic Party REALLY needs to do (God forbid!) is to start its own church.

  • Posted by: - May. 24, 2004 7:29 AM ET USA

    It's a terrible thing, though, when certain segments start behaving like wholly owned (rather than partially) subsidiaries of the Republican Party rather than the Democratic Party where they've been for years. Next thing, other segments will start defying certain laws of the state and start acting like that ungrateful rebel, Thomas More. Of course, the could keep their diocese and bishop's mansion if only they would bend their knee to the wisdom of Anna, et al.