May 1, 2007

Liberal bishops and clergy don't care about ALL children

Today's online California Catholic Daily reports (click on this post's title) that at this year's Catholic Charities CYO of San Francisco fundraising dinner on April 21, Archbishop George Niederauer of San Francisco presented a "2007 Loaves and Fishes Award" named for Leo McCarthy, a late pro-abortion, pro-homosexual Catholic Democrat politician.

Compare that to Archbishop Raymond Burke of St. Louis, who refused to attend a Catholic charity fundraising dinner last weekend because its headliner is a notorious pro-abort.

Are these two archbishops practicing the same Faith? One must be right and the other wrong; do you think it is the one who safeguards Catholic teaching against aborting babies, or the one who invokes a pro-abortion politician's name at an event to help CHILDREN?

Archbishop Niederauer actually said: "This year's honorees have been absolutely dedicated to transforming the lives of families and children in need through direct aid and advocates. Their unwavering commitment to help the ‘least among us’ is an inspiration and an example of philanthropy and public service at its most generous.”

You would think there must be some mistake here, because to salute people who help "families and CHILDREN" and "'THE LEAST among us,'" why would anyone, let alone an archbishop, invoke the name of a politician who was pro-abortion and pro-homosexual?

Why on earth do liberal bishops, clergy and laity not register all the time that abortion-targeted BABIES ARE CHILDREN? Why are God's precious preborn babies so much off-screen in liberals' minds? Why are liberals rarely actively anti-abortion (except for attendiong once-a-year events, at best)? Don't liberals care about ALL children, preborn as well as born?

5 Comments:

Anonymous Katherine said...

To applaud Burke is to condemn John Cardinal O'Connor who toasted pro-abortion politicians like Jeanne Kilpatrick and Ed Koch at Catholic events.

And if having Crow sing is to endorse abortion, then is naming a hospital for Glennon endorsing segregation?

7:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

One bishop is a true shepherd and the other is a wolf in shepherd's clothing who only winks at Church teachings. At least he is due to retire in 4 years...

2:13 PM  
Blogger Joseph D'Hippolito said...

I would love to know whether Archbishop Burke is encouraging Catholics to support places where pregnant, unmarried women can have their children safely, learn how to care for their babies and perhaps get some vocational counseling, where appropriate. I would love to know whether he is devoting archdiocesan resources to such endeavors.

Frankly, I'm sick and tired of bishops and archbishops playing political games, whether they support or oppose abortion. If they really care about the issue, they'll do more than just talk; they'll literally put their money where their big mouths are so they can really help those in need.

Unfortunately, our Church is a lot more about esoteric, academic talk than about Christian action. More unfortunately, a lot of "good Catholics" let our bishops get away with this garbage. I wonder what a holy, righteous God thinks about this?

6:21 PM  
Blogger Quintero said...

Dear Katherine,

Two wrongs do not make a right.

If Cardinal Glennon (d. 1946) did not fight segregation, how does that mean today's hierarchy must consort with pro-aborts?

If Cardinal O'Connor did appear at some events with such politicians, does that mean all members of the hierarchy must do so?

Sheryl Crow was such a prominent enemy of the right to life and of the Catholic Church in the 2006 election campaign in Missouri that the foundation's invitation to her was a provocation to the Church. Cardinal O'Connor would have done what Archbishop Burke has done.

12:17 PM  
Blogger Quintero said...

Dear Joseph,

There are several thousand pro-life pregnancy counseling centers and homes for unwed moms in the USA -- they outnumber the abortion mills -- and surely every diocese, including St. Louis, helps many of them.

Whether the dioceses do enough is open to question!

But even if the Archdiocese of St. Louis were not doing enough for pro-life, does that mean the Archbishop should consort with notorious pro-aborts?

Sheryl Crow's pro-cloning-of-human-babies campaigning was so recent and so notorious that any bishop would have to do what Archbishop Burke did, in order to not give scandal and to not confuse the faithful and the whole public about Catholic teaching.

12:23 PM  

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