Sunday, November 30, 2008

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Obama-supporting priest responds to critic(s)

By Matt C. Abbott

In my Oct. 29 column, I featured a Southern California Catholic priest, Father Art Holquin, who had donated to the Obama campaign. (Keep in mind that if Father Holquin had merely voted for Obama — the moral aspect aside — no one, save for God, would have known. But Father chose to give money to the campaign, and such contributions are public record. It's bad enough he voted for Obama, but to give money to the campaign was even worse.)

From Catholic journalist and activist Allyson Smith:

"Please pray for the conversion of Father Art Holquin, pastor of San Juan Capistrano mission, who reveals his malformation of conscience by his having donated to the campaign of pro-abortion, pro-sodomy Barack Hussein Obama — and upon discovery of his donation, now seeks to exonerate himself. How could any truly Catholic priest vote for Obama?

"My [Allyson Smith's] comments to Father Holquin's explanation letter are interspersed in red text and square brackets."

'October 28, 2008

'Dear [name redacted]

'In light of the email that you recently sent out to a number of Knights of Columbus in our parish, permit me the opportunity for a response.

'As an American [What about as a Catholic?], it has always been my great privilege as a faithful citizen of this Land [What about being faithful to your Catholic faith?], to cast my vote for the candidates of my choice [Gee, where have we heard about 'choice' before?].

'As a priest, I am guided by my conscience [How well-formed is your conscience? Is it properly-formed according to Church teaching?] in supporting candidates that I hope and pray will do the greatest good for the greatest number of God's people, especially the poor, the sick, the unemployed, the elderly, and persons of color [What about the unborn?] that are very much a part of our society and my parish in particular. So, I bring to this moment a great deal of serious reflection aware of the values and the convictions that I hold as a Roman Catholic.

'While I vigorously oppose Mr. Obama's pro-choice voting record [Really? Then why did you donate to his campaign?], his clear opposition to the War in Iraq which is indeed a life issue, his strong and vocal stance against the use of torture, which is a life issue, his commitment to a responsible universal Health Care system in our land particularly for those who are on the margins, which is a life issue, as well as his very reasoned approach to addressing the present economic crisis that we face have brought me to this personal decision of support. [Gee, what about the 'life issue' of innocent babies being murdered daily via abortion? What do opinions about the Iraq war, torture, health care, or the current economic crisis matter for those who have been deprived of the most fundamental right to life?]

'Our Lord Jesus spent much of his ministry trying to heal the sick and thus I support candidates who seek to ensure that everyone's health needs in this country are met, especially those of our young children. [What about our 'young children' in the womb? Did not John the Baptist, at six months' gestation, leap in Elizabeth's womb when our newly-pregnant Blessed Mother Mary visited her, just days after her 'fiat' where she said 'Yes' to becoming the Mother of God? How then, Father Holquin, can you support a man who has no problem tearing children from their mother's wombs through all nine months of pregnancy, and even beyond?]

'There never has been, and perhaps never will be, a perfect candidate for the highest office in our land, but the question I am always left with is: when all is said and done, who do I honestly believe will do the most to address the basic needs of God's people? [Although there were no perfect candidates, there was a clear selection in this election: pro-abortion, pro-sodomy Obama-Biden versus pro-life McCain-Palin. It's unbelievable that you, Father Holquin, a Catholic priest, failed this most basic test of discernment about which ticket to support.]

'It has never been my intention to ever use my public position as Pastor of Mission Basilica in a partisan manner to draw others to support the candidate of my personal choice [notice the 'choice' rhetoric].

'However, in reference to the Initiatives that are presently on the California Ballot, namely Proposition 4 and 8, I am in complete support of the positions taken by the California Conference of Bishops and have supported our parish efforts through our pro-life committee to support these efforts. [Father Holquin, how can you claim to support Props 4 and 8, yet financially contribute to a presidential candidate who vigorously and publicly supports sodomy and abortion-on-demand through all nine months of pregnancy?]

'I make no apologies for such voting decisions that are private and ones that I have arrived at after a very careful and thoughtful process of deliberation. [God help you, Father Holquin, for adhering to such a misguided and malformed thought process.] Additionally, I respect those who may vigorously disagree with my personal choices ['choice' rhetoric, once again.] This is both the gift as well as the challenge of the democracy in which we live. [Actually, Father, the United States was founded as a representative republic, not a democracy. Hence the Pledge of Allegiance phrase 'and to the Republic for which it stands.' Please go back and study the history of how the United States was founded.]

'Fr. Art'

This blog post gives a bit of background on Father Holquin.

Another priest in the Orange Catholic diocese, Father Fred Bailey, also donated to the Obama campaign. (Father Bailey is the priest who celebrated a "Halloween" Mass in which he dressed up as the character Barney.)

As for Bishop Tod Brown, he reportedly commented at a recent event "that calling and sending letters to his office complaining about the situation would not make any difference."

For those who wish to write to Rome about this very troubling situation (and there are many such situations in the Church), the following are a few names and addresses.

Nunciature to United States of America
Archbishop Pietro Sambi, Apostolic Nuncio
3339 Massachusetts Avenue
N.W, Washington, DC 20008
Fax: 1-202-337-4036

Congregation for Bishops
Giovanni Battista Cardinal Re
Palazzo della Congregazioni,
00193 Roma, Piazza Pio XII, 10
Vatican City
Fax: 011.39.0669.8853.03

Congregation for Clergy
Cláudio Cardinal Hummes, O.F.M.
Palazzo delle Congregazioni,
00193 Roma,
Piazza Pio XII, 3
Vatican City
Fax: 011.39.0669.8848.45

Apostolic Signatura
Archbishop Raymond Leo Burke, Prefect
Palazzo della Cancelleria
00186 Roma
Piazza della Cancelleria, 1
Vatican City
Fax: 011.39. 0669.8875.53


Blogger Esther said...

My 17 year old son read your post with interest....right over my shoulder. All I can say is wow!

1:08 AM  
Blogger Al said...

Meanwhile, another priest, this time in Modesto, CA has called those who voted for Obama to repentance. Sadly Fr. Joseph Illo isn't being supported by his Bishop. (I suspect that his Bishop is 1 of those who voted for Obama.) (Full story on my blog)

2:09 AM  
Blogger QuantaCura01 said...

The posting mentions a letter sent to some members of the Knights of Columbus. The Knights probably tipped off the preist. The Knights in California are a sad group no matter how bad a priest or bishop is, no matter how wrong or abusive they will stand by them and support them 100 percent. I have ended my affiliation with the Knights of Columbus over similar issues.If they were true Knights of Columbus they would privately confront the errant priest and not support him. It is bad enough when priests and bishop create scandal but it is worse to have the Knights support the scandal.

11:32 AM  
Blogger the Mom said...

It is very telling that the priest says he cam to the decision after "a very careful and thoughtful process of deliberation." It's too bad he forgot to get on his knees and ask God what he should do. Pitiful really.

7:12 PM  
Blogger TCN said...

My 2 1/2 year old son knows to "pray for the little babies" when we pass Planned Parenthood. What part of that didn't this pinhead get? Sounds like he needs to be thumped upside the head with the Catholic stick to me. And God send those parishioners a Holy Priest.

6:12 PM  
Blogger Anita Moore said...

Bishop Robert Finn of Kansas City-St. Joseph and Archbishop Raymond Burke, prefect of the Apostolic Signatura, have blasted out of the water the argument that a Catholic can legitimately support a pro-abortion politician because of his stance on other "life issues" like the war in Iraq and universal health care. Check it out here.

2:24 PM  

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