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By Diogenes (articles ) | Oct 30, 2006

The Michigan gubernatorial race sets a pro-life challenger, Dick Devos, against a pro-abortion Catholic, the incumbent Jennifer Granholm. The Fumare blog has been watching this campaign intently:

Recent television ads by Governor Granholm directly attack her Republican challenger Dick DeVos's position on abortion and stem cell research as "extreme." Despite the fact that this is a direct attack on Catholic moral teaching by an ostensibly Catholic Governor, the Catholic Church in Michigan is silent.

Note that Granholm's position on abortion is not reluctantly held, nor does she apologize for it as the regrettable price to be paid for getting her party's nomination -- on the contrary, she singles out her opponent as unworthy to be elected precisely because of the Catholic stance he takes.

Once again we face the historical irony that the second Vatican Council, which encouraged lay Catholics to bring their faith to public and political endeavors, has in large measure had the opposite effect. Think of the Catholic countries that have legalized divorce, abortion, embryo destruction, sodomy; think of the Catholic pols that support these innovations without ecclesial reprimand. When lay Catholics defy the Church on these issues their bishops tend to make themselves scarce, muttering that it's not the Church's role to take sides -- not even on her own teaching. If the Council had taught that the chief duty of a Catholic was to flee the world, to make personal reparation for sin through private prayer and penance, would the current situation look any different?

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  • Posted by: - Oct. 31, 2006 8:04 PM ET USA

    She should not worry; our brave bishops will not say anything to interfere or to defend LIFE. It is sad, sad, sad, sad!

  • Posted by: - Oct. 31, 2006 2:28 PM ET USA

    The comely Governor Granholm is, I must remind you, a native Canadian. At least she can't be president.

  • Posted by: Gregory108 - Oct. 31, 2006 2:13 AM ET USA

    This is just so wrong! For her last campaign,her pastor wrote a glowing bulletin article about how moral choice is an authentically Catholic value,so her support of "choice" is authentically Catholic.(How did this man graduate from seminary? Who ordained him?)The police were called, it's suspected by the parish or priest,to remove pro-life demonstrators from PUBLIC property around the church! This lack of leadership in the US Church's greatest weakness! It's why abortion still thrives in the US.

  • Posted by: Eagle - Oct. 30, 2006 5:56 PM ET USA

    One of the most perplexing phenomena for Michigan Catholics is the resounding silence of Cardinal Maida, Governor Granholm's Ordinary, and the bishops of the Michigan Catholic Conference, in regard to the Governor's pro abortion policies. She vetoed the bill banning partial birth abortion in Michigan: silence from the episcopacy. She promotes the pro choice agenda: silence from the episcopacy. Cardinal Maida attended her first inauguration after her first successful, pro abortion, campaign.

  • Posted by: - Oct. 30, 2006 5:27 PM ET USA

    And don't forget that the majority of Catholics in Virginia oppose the Bishops lobbying against civil unions. They see the proposed Constitutional Amendment as inherently unfair. WWJD

  • Posted by: - Oct. 30, 2006 4:00 PM ET USA

    With the exception of the handful of bishops loyal to the Church, I wish the Vatican would throw every one of the US bishops out on their ear. Not only should they lose their jobs as bishops, but they should be tossed out of the Church as well. When they can't even speak up for their religion, they have failed too much to be allowed to continue.

  • Posted by: - Oct. 30, 2006 2:40 PM ET USA

    "... encouraged lay Catholics to bring their faith to public and political endeavors ..." We are still waiting for REAL Catholics to do so.

  • Posted by: - Oct. 30, 2006 1:22 PM ET USA

    Our Lord has seen fit in this age to supply us with weak, whining, and mealy-mouthed bishops. They are afraid to take a stand because they choose to please man instead of God. Their skulls will make fine pavement for the floors of hell, to paraphrase St. Athanasius.

  • Posted by: - Oct. 30, 2006 12:52 PM ET USA

    VCII, with its feel-good, wishy-washy teachings firmly in the hands of modernist bishops, is most certainly responsible for the chaos and moral depravity that is rampant in today’s Church; but, the real inspiration for Catholic politicians wanting to run away from their religion did not originate with VCII, it was the brainchild of JFK’s political handlers. With his bishop’s tacit approval, he publicly renounced Catholic moral teaching in exchange for the fleeting glory of political office.

  • Posted by: - Oct. 30, 2006 12:26 PM ET USA

    I haven't seen Granholm's ad, but it seems Devos owes her thanks for the recognition of his fidelity.

  • Posted by: - Oct. 30, 2006 11:53 AM ET USA

    Once again the USCCB along with Cardinal Maida fail to defend the Faith. The lot of them become walking, talking commercials for the SSPX. One wonders just what church they belong to as they sit on a pastoral dung hill.