Hillary's night off

By Diogenes (articles ) | May 04, 2007

Hillary Clinton is scheduled to speak at a fundraiser for Mercy Home, a Catholic charity in Chicago, later this month.

Right away, you start thinking about how in St. Louis, Archbishop Burke quit the board of a charitable group that featured Sheryl Crow at a fundraiser, noting that Crow is a public proponent of legal abortion and stem-cell research. Would Cardinal George do the same in Chicago? Don't hold your breath.

Mercy Home spokesman Mark Schmeltzer told LifeSiteNews.com that Fr. Donohue was approached by Chicago Cardinal Francis George about the upcoming Clinton fundraiser. "The Cardinal had some very understandable misgivings but he just wanted to be assured this was not a political stop," Schmeltzer told LifeSiteNews.com.

She's a presidential candidate, making a public appearance, but it's not political. Sure. She'll probably be in Chicago for other reasons, such as... such as... Anyway she'll probably won't talk about politics, but about one of the other topics on which she's an expert, such as... such as...

Look: Why would anyone invite a US Senator to speak? Can she entertain the crowd by singing folk songs? Does she have a gift for stand-up comedy?

Mercy Home, by the way, is a residential facility for children who have been abused, neglected, or abandoned (but not aborted). Hillary Clinton, you may recall, has distinct ideas about community involvement in raising children, which she set forth in a book entitled It Takes a Village. And it takes a village idiot to believe that she won't use this appearance to advance her political agenda.

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  • Posted by: - May. 07, 2007 1:58 PM ET USA

    Right now my voting conscience is guided by Pope John Paul II's Evangelium Vitae where JP2 states it is not proper to vote for a pro-abortion politician; I would feel like an accessory to murder if I did that! I'm very thankful for our five Catholic Supreme Court justices who upheld the ban on partial birth abortion and all five were appointed by Republican presidents. I give the GOP much credit for this and for predominant opposition to euthansia and harvesting embryonic stem cells.

  • Posted by: - May. 07, 2007 9:15 AM ET USA

    I agree that Catholics have no political home. The Church has existed in countries run by every form of government imaginable. "Democratic" or "Republican" have nothing to do whatsoever with being Catholic.

  • Posted by: - May. 07, 2007 7:48 AM ET USA

    This is scandelous and disgraceful. Cardinal George is yet another "tame" bishop who apparently lacks the courage to do the right thing. What's the matter with the folks who run this home? Where are they? Will Rome do anything? Sadly, no and that's the real crisis which we have been in since the death of Pope Pius XII.

  • Posted by: - May. 06, 2007 9:26 AM ET USA

    I had no religious formation as a child after having been baptized Roman Catholic. I was raised in a vestigial Catholic culture but as a young man my interior life was mostly devoted to the study of science and medicine. Despite my unbelief, I did specify my religion as Catholic for my I.D. tags when I served with the Marines. I was once surprised when my wife's aunt, a pious Catholic woman, looked at me and said, "I hate Republicans." Now I hear that I'm naturally a Democrat. I'm confused.

  • Posted by: - May. 06, 2007 8:12 AM ET USA

    Convert1994: The Catholics have no "natural political home". The Repubs are merely running a Motel 6, which is a big step up from the brothel the Dems have been running since at least 1964. The Dems have become the "natural political home" for anyone hostile to the Catholic Church. Step down the list of core moral issues of our time and you will find that the Dems line up on the wrong side on each one. The Dems have become the anti-Catholic party of our time. On the day they cease being anti-Catholic, is the day they cease being Dems. To the main point, Cdl George knows these things, he simply has no chest.

  • Posted by: - May. 05, 2007 11:45 PM ET USA

    Cardinal George is right. The only reasons I vote Republican are their semi-consistent pro-life stance including Supreme Court Nominees, support for Israel, and their rejection of homsexual special privileges. Perhaps His Eminence is right and the Democrats will regain a soul and become truly pro-life. Then we Catholics can return to our natural political home, the Democratic party!

  • Posted by: - May. 05, 2007 11:15 PM ET USA

    Charity, like bull----, is a word with many definitions. The one I like the best is love for God above all things and love of neighbor as oneself. I love my neighbor enough to want him to be converted to a truth that God has revealed. The kind of charity forced upon us in these evil times is pasty bull---- that is good for nothing but making those in error feel good about themselves until they close their eyes and wake up in hell.

  • Posted by: - May. 05, 2007 6:50 PM ET USA

    We have less than 20 great bishops led by Archbishp Burke of St Louis. He gets pilloried in the press yet he presses on. The rest of our gutless bishops just go along to get along! There is a definite lack of testosterone!

  • Posted by: - May. 05, 2007 6:27 PM ET USA

    card george has a long list of omissions, this dereliction is just the latest. remember dan mccormack? joe imesch? dan ryan? he needs our prayers.

  • Posted by: - May. 05, 2007 4:35 PM ET USA

    I am confused. Cardinal George has been a model leader for the Church in and outside of Chicago. How would we not be surprised if we knew the state of the Church in Chicago? So far as I know, such knowledge only makes this decision more the shocking.

  • Posted by: - May. 05, 2007 11:09 AM ET USA

    This is not about Hillary Clinton. Its about the fact that all of these seemingly minor compromises with evil have led to the gradual acceptance of the culture of death as normal. In this culture, Catholics appear to have very little influence in shaping events according to the moral and social teachings of the Church. Conservatives abandon social teachings;liberals ignore the moral teachings. Much of the fault lies with the laity, who fail to embrade both the social and moral teachings.

  • Posted by: - May. 05, 2007 8:41 AM ET USA

    I get annoyed with Hillary because she reminds me of the mother I never had.

  • Posted by: - May. 05, 2007 8:03 AM ET USA

    I would have to second the comment by "30 year priest". This is but a symptom of a much deeper problem. As a lay leader trained by the archdiocese I got a close up view of the illness plaguing the diocese. I am fortunate to live on the border so now I belong to a parish in the diocese of Rockford--- a diocese that has a bishop who does not back down from the truth for the sake of political expediency.

  • Posted by: - May. 05, 2007 7:30 AM ET USA

    I Hope a member of the clergy would know that the most charitable thing you can do for a sinner is correct them. In fact, the nicest thing you can ever do to anyone - the devil incarnate, a crafty politician, and especially a fellow human being who is a sinner, or even a mistaken member of the clergy with a misplaced sense of mercy, is tell them the truth. The Truth is our real hope. "Receive the book of the Gospels; believe what you read; teach what you believe; practice what you teach."

  • Posted by: - May. 05, 2007 3:39 AM ET USA

    I suppose it all depends on whether you see Hillary Clinton as the devil incarnate, a crafty politician, or as another human being and sinner like the rest of us. Like most clergy, I suspect the cardinal sees her only as the latter. It may be wrong, but it's the most charitable view.

  • Posted by: - May. 05, 2007 1:59 AM ET USA

    Mercy Home's website says its "Graduate Luncheon" is scheduled for May 7th at the Hilton Chicago. The Chicago Tribune reports that on May 7th Mrs. Clinton (a native of suburban Park Ridge) will be in Chicago for a "...significant money-raising event....The evening gathering at the Palmer House Hilton, targeted toward Chicago's legal community....is expected to raise about $100,000. A much larger event is in the works for June." Maybe then she will visit a Catholic university commencement?

  • Posted by: - May. 04, 2007 11:27 PM ET USA

    This is wink-wink nudge-nudge. You tell us it isn't a political stop and we will react with mock outrage when the pesky pro-lifers point out after the fact that it turned out to be a political stop. Thus the stage is set for refusing a pro-life political the same access to diocesan functions that the pro-abortion obtained.

  • Posted by: - May. 04, 2007 11:09 PM ET USA

    If you knew the state of the Church in Chicago, this would come as no surprise.

  • Posted by: - May. 04, 2007 10:03 PM ET USA

    Often times cowardice knows no bounds. Cardinal George is betraying his flock for the sake of media approval...how very sad.

  • Posted by: - May. 04, 2007 9:15 PM ET USA

    Villiage idiot? Perhaps. But the sound I hear coming from the Chicago chancery is the sound of a clucking chicken. This is the same be-feathered man who joked to a group of Chicago Democrats during the last presidential election, that they (the Democrats) had lost their soul, but, alas, the Republicans never had one. I guess this churchman can't minister to the man who never had a soul, can he? This quip, we can presume, includes Henry Hyde and Phyllis Schlafly--both Illinois Republicans. This cardinal is pathetic.

  • Posted by: - May. 04, 2007 7:55 PM ET USA

    I was as perplexed as Jashu. I don't think that Cardinal George, may God bless and forgive him is an idiot. I think that he is playing a dangerous game of politics out of concern for the status of the Church in a city that is getting as liberal as anything California or Massachusetts can dish out. Not only is Sen. Clinton a native of adjoining Park Ridge, but we have the ever- articulate-about-nothing, Sen Obama; and Illinois boasts Sen. Durbin--a Catholic in everything but faith and morals.

  • Posted by: - May. 04, 2007 6:10 PM ET USA

    Look: Why would anyone invite a US Senator to speak? To hear her authentic Southern Accent as she deftly dodges questions about the security checks in place in a Clinton II administration over unpaid interns who've gone a little heavy on the double chocolate layer cake. Please stand for the screed.

  • Posted by: - May. 04, 2007 6:10 PM ET USA

    When any institution, Catholic-related or otherwise, provides a forum for a candidate for President it amounts to at least an implied endorsement. In this case it will appear that Clinton is at least "acceptable" to the Catholic Church regardless of her pro-murder position regarding abortion. Shame on Mercy Home, shame on Fr. Donohue, but most of all shame on Cardinal George for allowing misuse of the Church by one who is doing the devil's work.

  • Posted by: - May. 04, 2007 5:46 PM ET USA

    What in blazes has happened to Francis Cardinal George? Has he become the villiage idiot ? Sometimes, it seems, bishops and cardinals need to be pushed hard by the faithful to do the right thing. Jashu