Oct 24, 2007

Liberal Catholics are addicted to pro-abortion politicians

See today's edition (click on this post's title) of the online California Catholic Daily for another example of liberal Catholics in action.

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.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Walsh will do nothing about Brenkle or the Pelosi dinner. Brenkle is pastor of a wealthy parish (St. Helena's), and has served in important positions in the diocese. As I recall, he was the diocese's financial guy in the aftermath of the Ziemann disaster. Most of the clergy in the Diocese of Santa Rosa are the Democratic Party at prayer. They love politicians like Congressman Mike Thompson and Nancy Pelosi --- both "Catholic" democrats. And then there's Cath. Dem. Patti Berg, author of the assisted suicide measure. Is there hope for this diocese? Probably not in my lifetime.

4:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Catholics may feel politically disenfranchised, sensing that no party and too few candidates fully share the church's comprehensive commitment to the dignity of the human person.
"As Catholics, we should be guided more by our moral convictions than by our attachment to a political party or interest group. When necessary, our participation should help transform the party to which we belong; we should not let the party transform us in such a way that we neglect or deny fundamental moral truths."
--USCCB Draft Document, "Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship"

7:34 AM  
Blogger Quintero said...

Dear Anonymous 4:16 p.m.,

Thank you for relaying all this very relevant info.

And "the Democratic Party at prayer" is a good description.

May every future bishop in every diocese be anti-abortion and actively so. Amen!

9:03 PM  
Blogger Quintero said...

Dear Anonymous 7:34 a.m.,

Thank you for this quote. Given that virtually no pro-abortion politician in the last 40 years has repented and converted to anti-abortion, it would seem that our shepherds in the hierarchy and clergy who are Democrat have not done their job in "transforming their party."

9:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

once again, "catholic" clergy prostitute themselves for the democratic party. It's far past time for the IRS to tax this masquerading political action committee. And far past time for parishioner's to quit being enablers paying for their activities. Of course, if we actually had leadership, say from Rome, this would be a moot point.

Unfortunately, we lack a real leader.

9:31 PM  
Blogger Joe of St. Thérèse said...

Shall we pray for more orthodox Bishops in California. I've just added Santa Rosa to the list of LA, Orange, and SD

9:34 AM  
Blogger Quintero said...

Dear I Dare You,

You're sure right. There's no substitute for prayer.

1:42 PM  

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