for pure, 200 proof, undiluted gall ...

By Diogenes (articles ) | Dec 15, 2004

.. it's hard to top this bit of pecksniffian finger-wagging from the National Catholic Reporter:

Republicans, especially the Christian right, should expand their priorities to include the full Gospel message. Grapple with the tough issues -- such as the fact that the abortion rate decreases when government assistance that provides genuine choice to a woman in a crisis pregnancy is made available. Avoid the boilerplate knee-jerk responses and use your leverage within the Republican Party to make reducing the abortion rate at least as important as reducing the capital gains rate. What's more important, the commitment to "smaller government" or the life of the unborn child?

Un-kissling-believable. Almost 32 years after Roe-v-Wade -- during which time the only moral objection to abortion the NCR could discover was dental damage caused by the post-surgical apple juice; during which time it gave space to Dan Maguire, Robert Drinan, Rosemary Ruether, and countless other fevered pro-aborts; during which time it debased itself at the service of the red fang faction of radical feminism -- it now scolds "the Christian right" for its insufficient concern about -- are you ready for it? -- the life of the unborn child.

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  • Posted by: - Dec. 17, 2004 5:23 PM ET USA

    God is patient with all of us. God loves all of us. When we love one another as He loves us, then our chances of eternity within Him becomes likely?

  • Posted by: - Dec. 16, 2004 10:08 AM ET USA

    Christ will come again...and, Oh Boy! Are we in trouble. All of us.

  • Posted by: - Dec. 16, 2004 9:44 AM ET USA

    The NCR is the definitve example for unmitigated gall. They should be sued to either have the word Catholic removed from the paper's title or give it an anti- prefix. The odds of the USCCB rebuking someone that parrots their party line must be infinitesimal.

  • Posted by: extremeCatholic - Dec. 16, 2004 12:01 AM ET USA

    As if the Dems at the NCR have had such great success in getting their party to "include the full Gospel message" -- that failing to get the Democratic party to even have abortion mentioned once during their national political convention -- they presume to tell us what we should do with the Republican Party. NCR doesn't get it: The Bible in the hands of a Kerry or a Clinton is a prop. In the hands of a Bush, it's the Word of God speaking to him in his heart. Faith is not a political tactic.

  • Posted by: - Dec. 15, 2004 10:07 PM ET USA

    Their past, Diogenes, is not your justification. Why not move beyond REACTION to consider any and all ways abortion can be lessened and defeated?

  • Posted by: - Dec. 15, 2004 7:50 PM ET USA

    You never find a Catholic among the underdogs -- except in the Catholic Church of course.

  • Posted by: - Dec. 15, 2004 6:54 PM ET USA

    My former pastor here in Rogerworld made this same argument to me 3 months ago. He might have used nearly the same words. "Former" pastor. Vote with the checkbook ladies and gents... even the crassest modernist understands an empty purse.

  • Posted by: - Dec. 15, 2004 1:35 PM ET USA

    When I was in a deep depression 16 years ago, the only thing that kept me from committing suicide -- and I was seriously considering it -- was the thought that I'd go to hell for it. While "----- is bad" shouldn't be the only resource at our fingertips to dissuade someone from killing, it should still be a resource.

  • Posted by: - Dec. 15, 2004 1:16 PM ET USA

    We are a trimestered people.

  • Posted by: - Dec. 15, 2004 12:48 PM ET USA

    I am a hypocrite. That said,The Republicans do not have a clean slate on abortion issues. Kerry lost, not so much because he was pro-abortion, but because he purported to be pro-abortion AND Catholic. That said, it's not enough to scream repeatedly, "abortion is bad" anymore than it is effective to scream "suicide is bad". Abortion and suicide are often acts of despair, by people who don't see another way. Compassion and education and PRAYER will do a lot more than bickering.

  • Posted by: lrslattery - Dec. 15, 2004 12:40 PM ET USA

    Is it not the right time to reinstate the Index of Forbidden Books (and Rags)? How many Catholics have been negatively influenced by NCR and other professedly Catholic papers, magazines, and books? Of course, I expect no action to be taken against those who continue to promote heresy, heterdoxy, and dissent since such action would require courage and fortitude - gifts of grace which seem to be in short supply among many shepherds today.