In his Holy Thursday column, Skelton whined that Cardinal Mahony had said in a sermon that Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez, by co-sponsoring the death-by-doctor measure AB374, had failed to grasp the Culture of Life and had got "into this other direction, the culture of death."
Skelton, seemingly not knowing that Pope John Paul II used those terms frequently, quoted Nunez as calling the Cardinal's remarks "extreme and dogmatic."
Skelton, Nunez and their ilk do not want Catholic bishops and priests interfering with their culture of death juggernaut by proclaiming Catholic truth.
Skelton said Nunez "couldn't tell whether the cardinal 'believes I should be kicked out of the church.'" Nunez added, "'I'm not going to say I'm leaving the [C]hurch today or tomorrow, but I've got to reflect on all of this...I'm not a regular Sunday churchgoer, but I am Catholic...It's a serious accusation he's making of [sic] me.'"
In his follow-up pro-euthanasia, anti-Catholic column yesterday, Skelton acknowledged that the term "culture of death" is "[C]hurch lingo." But he called it "coarse rhetoric."
Skelton went on to blast our Catholic doctrine that death-by-doctor "assisted suicide" and other types of euthanasia are, as Cardinal Mahony has said, "against God's law and God's plan."
Everybody else in the Church, all of us, clergy, consecrated religious and lay, had better start defending our Church and everyone's God-given right to life.
We each of us need to become bold, speak up louder and louder and defy Nunez and his fellow anti-life politicians and their sycophants in the "news" media, such as Skelton.