It turns out, says the Daily, that St. Helena Catholic School in the Diocese of Santa Rosa, California, this year has auctioned off -- for a $14,000 winning bid -- a dinner with Catholic pro-abortion, pro-homosexual-agenda zealot Nancy Pelosi (Democrat-California), speaker of the House of Representatives.
The Daily also says that Msgr. John Brenkle, pastor of St. Helena Catholic Church, is to join the winner(s) at dinner with pro-abortion politician Pelosi.
The Daily spoke with Msgr. Brenkle and quotes this exchange with him:
"California Catholic Daily: 'So you can throw abortion out the window because you don’t like Bush and the war?' [Msgr.] Brenkle: 'No, but you put up with the imperfections of politicians. Nobody is perfect.'”
The Daily also asked Msgr. Brenkle, “Do you plan on discussing any of these issues with her?” and he did say, “I’m going to look for that opportunity."
Msgr. Brenkle ought to read this instruction to all of us from the U.S. bishops:
"The Catholic community and Catholic institutions should not honor those who act in defiance of our fundamental moral principles. They should not be given awards, honors or platforms which would suggest support for their actions. "
-- U.S. Bishops, Catholics in Political Life, June 2004
Will Bishop Daniel Walsh of Santa Rosa do anything about this situation? He should tell the pastor to call off the dinner and return the $14,000. That would be what the liberals call "a teachable moment" for the parish and the public, not to mention pro-abortion politician Pelosi.