Thursday, January 24, 2008

And Why Didn't Any Catholic Clerics Speak Out Against This?
Probably because it wouldn't have been viewed as "ecumenical"

I've noticed that a couple of my fellow Bloglodytes (Argent and Christine) have already posted on this news story.

But here's what galls me... not one Catholic Bishop, Archbishop, or even Cardinal Egan of New York City had anything to say? Instead, some generic spokeswoman from some second tier lay-staffed organization was the one who came forward and spoke out on behalf of The Church against this abomination?

It's a sad day, indeed, when a woman has more balls than our hierarchy. Shame on our "leaders" in the Empire State.

For those who aren't in the know... get ready for this. Here's a taste of the article from the Catholic News Agency; (Emphasis mine)

Clergy bless New York abortion clinic as “sacred ground”

Schenectady, NY, Jan 24, 2008 / 11:32 am (CNA).- Religious leaders in favor of abortion gathered on Tuesday to bless an abortion clinic in support of the Roe v. Wade ruling, the Supreme Court decision that mandated legalized abortion nationwide. One Catholic leader described the ceremony as “two-faced”.

Planned Parenthood spokeswoman Linda Scharf described the purpose of the event at a new 18,000 square-foot building to the Albany-based Times Union, saying, “It’s a blessing to demonstrate the support of the clergy.” She said that clergy had long supported Planned Parenthood and the right “to make a personal decision based on their moral beliefs.”

"The clergy were instrumental in getting abortion services legalized in the United States and right here in Schenectady," she added. "I know a member of the clergy who was part of an underground who directed young women to safe abortions before Roe v. Wade." Governor Eliot Spitzer, Lt. Governor David Paterson, and first lady Silda Wall Spitzer also affirmed their support for Roe v. Wade in a statement.

According to the Albany Times Union, Rev. Larry Phillips of Schenectady's Emmanuel-Friedens Church declared the ground "sacred and holy ... where women's voices and stories are welcomed, valued and affirmed; sacred ground where women are treated with dignity, supported in their role as moral decision-makers ... sacred ground where the violent voices of hatred and oppression are quelled."

Another minister prayed that the clinic be made a place of safety with a sense of sanctuary. A rabbi blew a religious musical instrument called a shofar “as a renewal of commitment” to “reproductive rights.” All participants laid their hands on the building as another minister declared, “This is sacred ground.”

Kathleen Gallagher of the New York State Catholic Conference, told the Albany Times Union that the blessing was hypocritical. "My gut reaction is that it's two-faced," Gallagher said. "For many years abortion proponents have been saying this is not a religious issue, you should keep religion out of this, and now all of a sudden they turn around and decide to bless an abortion clinic to gain respect for a procedure everybody knows is not worthy of respect."


Blogger ignorant redneck said...

I don't think the Bishops needed to comment: we had thousands of youths in the streets all across the nation, they had some graying heretics.

9:17 PM  
Blogger jokeyloki said...

Reading that made me feel physically ill. :(

9:38 PM  
Blogger Kasia said...

I can't believe I'm actually saying this, but...

I'm just grateful that there weren't any Catholic clergy present at this "blessing".

It's a sad day when that's my first reaction. Lord, have mercy on us.

10:22 AM  
Blogger Christine said...

I posted about this made me sick

12:52 PM  
Blogger Arkanabar T'verrick Ilarsadin said...

kasia, if Fr. Joe Drinan were still with us, you might not have had that to be thankful for.

5:20 PM  
Blogger Subvet said...

Gotta find that worm hole I fell into to get here. I wanna go home!

8:54 PM  
Blogger Steve said...

Unfortunately, that abomination falls under the Bishop *ahem* of Albany. I'm surprised he didn't give them a ride there.

10:42 PM  
Blogger Arkanabar T'verrick Ilarsadin said...

Oops, that was Fr. ROBERT Drinan. My bad.

Would it be ok to express thanks to God that he's dead and not spewing his tolerance for the murder of holy innocents any more?

6:51 PM  

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