Catholic members of America's Abortion Establishment include all the Catholic pro-abortion politicians who vote repeatedly to keep abortion legal and to use our taxpayer dollars to pay abortionists for dismembering thousands of babies every day.
The adulation and honors bestowed upon Catholic pro-abortion politician Nancy Pelosi in the last few days make it sadly clear that Catholic members of America's Abortion Establishment also include some priests and bishops and lots of lay Catholics.
Here is from an AP story about Georgetown U. beating the U. of Notre Dame in men's basketball, 66-48, today (January 6) at Georgetown: "Rep. Nancy Pelosi, who this week became the first female speaker of the House of Representatives, was treated to a standing ovation and received a 'We Are Georgetown' T-shirt from the school's mascot during a second-half timeout. Pelosi received an honorary degree from the school in 2002."
"Standing ovation." We have a "Teachable Moment" here, U.S. Catholic Bishops and specifically Archbishop Donald Wuerl and Cardinals William Keeler and Theodore McCarrick! WHEN are you going to do your DUTY to fight abortion by announcing forcefully, "Our babies MATTER! We CANNOT be Catholic and pro-abortion," and by excommunicating Catholic pro-aborts?
One Catholic priest involved in the past week in honoring pro-abortion Nancy Pelosi was whoever said the Mass for her at Trinity U. in D.C. last Wednesday. Some say it was Jesuit Father Robert Drinan, a longtime fellow traveler of the pro-abortion politicians. Another would be whoever presided over the prayer service for her at St. Peter's Church on Thursday.
Another such priest was our fellow Californian Father Stephen Privett, S.J., president of the U. of San Francisco. San Francisco
Chronicle columnist Leah Garchik reported last Thursday that Father Privett, who presided over the ruining of the Ignatius Institute at USF, was to deliver the invocation before the swearing in that day of Nancy Pelosi as Speaker of the House.
Also, Whispers in the Loggia reports that Cardinal Edward Egan of New York City said in an interview with WNBC that pro-abortion presidential hopefuls Hillary Clinton and Rudolph Giuliani, and pro-abortion ex-governor of New York George Pataki, are friends of his and he wishes them the best. Here is Cardinal Egan:
"I think I'm a good friend of all three of these people, whom you've mentioned or whom I've mentioned. And I wish them all the best, and they've been very good to us. And I will vote, I assure you, right here in the New York, and that will be one vote. I won't ask you to vote the way I think you ought to vote."
So is it "extreme" or inaccurate to say some Catholic priests and bishops are part of America's Abortion Establishment?
These priests and bishops count major Abortion Establishment politicians as their friends. They provide Abortion Establishment politicians with invaluable political cover by ignoring abortion or downplaying it as "just one issue." And, like Cardinal Mahony here in Los Angeles, they host public events in cathedrals for Abortion Establishment politicians and they march alongside them in public processions and events (e.g., the Villaraigosa mayoral coronation in 2005).
No doubt, many of these priests and bishops can say they are pro-life by pointing to their once-a-year pro-life events and their statements in favor of occasional pro-life initiatives. That is all well and good. But actions speak louder than words.
When people see Cardinals, bishops and priests helping pro-abortion politicians, will they take that as a pro-life message or a pro-abortion message?
Our bishops and priests need to sever ties with their buddies in the Abortion Establishment -- and the bishops need to excommunicate the Catholic pro-aborts, not mingle with them!