almsgiving IV

By Diogenes (articles ) | Jul 09, 2004

Suppose you're a very well respected priest of a rapidly growing archdiocese. You hold honorary doctorates from three colleges, served as chaplain of the state association of police chiefs for 20 years, have served as a member of the executive committee of your city's Boy Scouts, and have received the outstanding alumnus award from Mount St. Mary's Seminary in Emmitsburg. Ordained in 1949, you're a monsignor, a protonotary apostolic, and pastor of a large parish (perhaps the only parish in the nation where you could have attended a yoga class, and a tai chi class, and an adult ninja class yesterday). You knew Cardinal Bernardin when he was a deacon and have described him as a "man's man." (Every man's man, of course, wants the Windy City Gay Chorus to sing at his wake.) At the age of 75, when most priests are put out to pasture, the archbishop named you vicar general for pastoral services and praised you as "politically astute."

Politically astute, you wish to become more involved in politics. You have $250 in your pocket and are inspired to give it away. To whom, or what, do you direct your alms?

(a) to a pro-life political action committee (b) to a local pro-life politician, whether Democrat or Republican (c) to Richard Gephardt, a consistent supporter of abortion for the past 15 years

If you're Msgr. R. Donald Kiernan, vicar general of the Archdiocese of Atlanta, your answer is (c).

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  • Posted by: - Jul. 12, 2004 12:06 PM ET USA

    Suppose that a prominent Msgr. gave money to a well known Senator who also unabashedly let it be known that he was a Grand Wizard in the KKK? You don't think that would be a conflict for the Msgr? He would certainly not be a Catholic in good standing and he would be wholly unqualified to be a priest let alone a Msgr.

  • Posted by: - Jul. 12, 2004 11:48 AM ET USA

    unpathedhaunt-are you implying that there is NOT a connection between homosexuality and abortion? They're inextricably linked. Homosexuality is the ultimate form of contraception and abortion is contraception taken to the extreme. The homosexual and abortion movements are spawn of the same demon and are supported by the same people. You're very unlikely to find people sympathetic to "gay rights" who are also genuinely pro-life. Msgr Kiernan is a poison to the Faith.

  • Posted by: - Jul. 12, 2004 8:59 AM ET USA

    unpathedhaunt - I just read this Diogenes post again. I'm simply unable to find the logical arguments/fallacies you decry. The post, I think, makes clear that this individual has his priorities screwed up. Time to stop thinking that any support for politicians officially supportive of abortion "rights" is okay because of their other positions!

  • Posted by: - Jul. 10, 2004 9:42 PM ET USA

    Diogenes, what are we to do when you parade the mastery of faulty logic? You identify a cardinal who "consorts" with homosexuals. He has a friend. This friend's contribution to the broad campaign of a candidate running for office gives you the evidence that he is in favor of killing the unborn. You make the incredible implication that there is a relationship between the position on homosexuality in the Church and killing the unborn. Talk about using emotion to sway people. Can we at least use logic and sound reasoning? P.S. Please forward to Diogenes. I realize I haven't met CWN standards for publication as I find myself in disagreement with one of your prominent writers.

  • Posted by: - Jul. 10, 2004 10:21 AM ET USA

    By the way, the NCR quote on Bernardin's gay requiem is enough to make you cry.

  • Posted by: - Jul. 10, 2004 10:19 AM ET USA

    It's true: it's getting easier to recognize the villains by the ecclesiastical praise and honors they garner. But the pool of orthodox priests has so shrunk that even in backwater parishes you can now find plenty of fruits and nuts in priestly robes.

  • Posted by: - Jul. 09, 2004 11:19 PM ET USA

    By this time, we all know that to have been honored so much by his fellow clergy and have gained such worldy honors, the monsignor must have been pretty soft and flexible in his Catholicism (or perhaps such a politically astute guy just doesn't know who Dick Gephardt is and what he stands for). While not a sure indicator, the only priests I begin to trust these days are those who fail to advance and who are never lauded, yet still remain priests without scandal.