never change a winning game

By Diogenes (articles ) | Mar 10, 2010

 Two more American archbishops have joined the list of prelates who would prefer to try gentle persuasion on pro-abortion Catholic politicians rather than impose canonical discipline.

Leaving aside the obligation that canon law imposes on Eucharistic ministers, let's ask a cold practical question. We've been working this moral-suasion angle for 37 years now. Can anyone point to one success? One case in which a bishop has persuaded a politician to abandon the "pro-choice" rhetoric and embrace the pro-life cause? One?  

There's more. Archbishop Dolan says that he doesn't know just where Andrew Cuomo stands on abortion. Funny; nearly everyone else in New York knows. Meanwhile Archbishop Listecki says: "It's very difficult for me to see how somebody can be pro-choice knowing the teachings of the Church." Perhaps it follows, then, that a politician who espouses the "pro-choice" philosophy must be ignorant of Church teaching. 

The politicians are the only ones who don't know what the Church teaches about abortion, and the bishops are the only ones who don't know what the politicians are saying. What a coincidence!

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  • Posted by: Bernadette - Mar. 11, 2010 1:42 PM ET USA

    Great point, Diogenes! Yes, who among the politicians has been convinced to change? By all means, call them in, charitably catechize. Still stubbornly rejecting, then refuse Holy Communion. These people are not Catholics. No Communion. The only courageous prelate I know of for sure is Archbishop Burke and he is now head of the Apostolic Signatura. Can he not issue a command like the "no more use of Yahweh"? Send that email NOW!

  • Posted by: Bernadette - Mar. 11, 2010 1:34 PM ET USA

    I know this is beside the point, but why is it that so many faithful and knowledgeable Catholics continue to use the term "Eucharistic Ministers" when this has been reprobated (RS). Are we not to use: "Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion"? Using the proper appellation puts an entirely different perspective on the use of EMHC, does it not?

  • Posted by: unum - Mar. 11, 2010 7:29 AM ET USA

    In the meantime, while the bishops are figuring our what the politicians are saying, the faithful wander in confusion. How can we know what these learned prelates really mean when they speak about abortion. Is abortion morally wrong unless you are a politician? A Democrat? A Democrat in a tight race for reelection? These bishops appear to be letting their politics override their obligation to "teach as Jesus did". They need to get their priorities straight.

  • Posted by: Minnesota Mary - Mar. 10, 2010 11:17 PM ET USA

    Instead of the Church Militant, what we have today is the Church Impotent!

  • Posted by: voxfem - Mar. 10, 2010 9:52 PM ET USA

    On the charitable side, perhaps they will begin their job of instructing the ignorant and then come to the realization that if the politicians remain "pro-choice", they're really not Catholic and shouldn't be receiving Holy Communion. Pray the Mary and Jesus lead them.

  • Posted by: William F. Folger - Mar. 10, 2010 8:54 PM ET USA

    Babies on Death-Roe get little priority & too shallow EMPATHY from American Catholic Bishops. Hence the USCCB OWES the babies and Catholic politicians a Manhattan-Project-PRIORITY effort yielding a short, cut-to-the-chase letter clearly explaining why Catholic Politicians cannot BE both Catholic & Pro-Choice, with the inclusion of what “limit the evil” means, referencing John Paul II & Benedict XVI. No waiting until after November; it can be done in two weeks via their intra-Conference email.

  • Posted by: - Mar. 10, 2010 7:25 PM ET USA

    It's a shame that it happens to be two of the seemingly more orthodox prelates who are hiding behind their own cassocks. Making examples of those who defy the Church regarding abortion might save the souls of these politicians and many other people...but for the want of fortitude.

  • Posted by: Lucius49 - Mar. 10, 2010 2:15 PM ET USA

    Is there simply cowardice here unwilling to take on the rage and gnashing of teeth from the usual suspects were penalties to be imposed? This undercuts the whole notion of abortion being an unspeakable crime. Actions speak louder than words and many of our bishops are sadly lacking in action.