Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Pope Barry The Worst
...Oops, I mean 'The First"

For all those "Catholics For Obama" and other assorted idiots who think they can find their salvation in the Party Platform of the Democratic Party, you now have a visible head of your church.. or community... or sect.... or whatever the hell you'd call that living, breathing Obamination that you worship.

Me thinks little Georgie Weigel hit this one outta the park. Here's the entire article from The Catholic News Agency; (Emphasis mine)
Obama’s Notre Dame speech tried to redefine U.S. Catholicism, George Weigel charges

Washington D.C., May 19, 2009 / 05:38 pm (CNA).- Continuing his criticism of President Barack Obama’s appearance at Notre Dame, Catholic commentator George Weigel charged that Obama has inserted himself into intra-Catholic disputes by trying to define who a “real Catholic” is. He warned the president risks assuming the headship of the dissident wing of U.S. Catholicism, pitting Catholic intellectuals and institutions against their bishops.

Weigel, writing in a Monday essay for National Review Online, said it was “surprising” and “disturbing” that President Obama decided to “insert himself” into “the ongoing Catholic debate over the boundaries of Catholic identity and the applicability of settled Catholic convention in the public square.” He said President Obama tried to settle “the decades-long intra-Catholic culture war” in favor of one faction: “the faction that had supported his candidacy and that had spent the first months of his administration defending his policies.”

In an exclusive comment to CNA, Weigel compared the effort to the historical phenomenon of “Gallicanism,” the French bishops’ past efforts to establish a church generally independent of papal authority.

“This is a very serious business, with the president of the United States putting himself in charge of the Gallican wing of the Catholic Church in the United States -- the difference being that this new Gallicanism isn't local bishops vs. Rome but intellectuals and their institutions and magazines vs. local bishops and Rome,” Weigel told CNA.

Weigel said that the “politically savvy” White House and its allies among Catholic progressive intellectuals may have intended to secure Obama’s political advantage among Catholic voters with his appearance at Notre Dame.

To secure his political position, Weigel charged, “the president of the United States decided that he would define what it means to be a real Catholic in 21st-century America — not the bishop of Fort Wayne–South Bend, who in sorrow declined to attend Notre Dame’s commencement.”

The Catholic commentator also argued that the president indirectly presented himself as a more significant authority than the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, who had “explicitly and unambiguously” instructed Catholic institutions not to honor pro-abortion rights politicians.

President Obama’s commencement speech at Notre Dame, Weigel argued in National Review Online, tried to suggest “who the real Catholics in America are” and put forward the late Archbishop of Chicago Cardinal Joseph Bernardin as the model for being “congenial and gentle” and for “always trying to bring people together.”

While praising Cardinal Bernardin’s “gallant response” to a fatal cancer diagnosis, Weigel said Cardinal Bernardin’s “seamless garment” approach to public policy ended up helping Catholic politicians and laymen dodge moral objections to their support for a permissive abortion regime.

According to Weigel, the U.S. bishops abandoned the “seamless garment” metaphor in 1998 to better emphasize the foundational nature of the life issues.

He also suggested that President Obama’s praise for Cardinal Bernardin was an implicit criticism of contemporary bishops who are vocally pro-life, like present Archbishop of Chicago Cardinal Francis George.

Cardinal George, who is also president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, was described by Weigel as “one of the most articulate critics of Notre Dame’s decision to honor a president who manifestly does not share what Notre Dame claims is its institutional commitment to the Church’s defense of life.”

In his email to CNA, Weigel repeated the question he previously asked in his Catholic press column: “What Church does Notre Dame belong to?”
The USCCB is a toothless dog, and Obama knows it. That's why he's succeeded in punking out our bishops.

I've said it before and I'll say it again -- thanks Spirit of Vatican II.


Blogger Saint in the Making said...

If Barry wanted to even attempt to win this Catholic over (OK, not that he could, but I could possibly respect him as a person more), he would've bowed out of the ND commencement. There's no way he and his staff didn't notice the division his attendance (and the honors ND planned to give) caused the U.S. Catholic Church. A bigger and better man would have stepped aside.

I have to wonder if he would have done the right thing and bowed out if this were some other religious school...say, muslim? Not that I can imagine a situation where he would cause scandal to a muslim school or to that religion, but if it came to that, I'm sure he would bow out so as not to cause offense to Muslims.

7:16 AM  
Blogger Coffee Catholic said...

"Catholic progressive intellectuals"

WHAT is so "progressive" about these yahoos?

10:22 AM  
Blogger Robert said...

re the photo:great minds think alike.

10:52 AM  
Blogger SonarMan said...

The problem is that many Catholics vote "social justice" over abortion. They think it's OK since it "helps those in need". And its the Demoturds that pander to such misguided sympathies.

As if Jesus told us to lobby the government to raise taxes the help the poor. I thought he told us to do it ourselves...

1:17 PM  
Blogger byronfrombyron said...

Two things:

1. That picture freaks me out. AND I'M A PROTESTANT!!

2. "Catholic progressive intellectuals", Coffee Catholic, don't you mean what is so intellectual about them? Or Catholic? They're from Shaw's school of following progress without knowing where they progress.

2:19 PM  

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