Nov 20, 2008

Cardinal Mahony's Tidings runs a Fr. McBrien post-election attack on the pro-life bishops

The little baby in the 4D ultrasound photo above, who is eight weeks old and already playing inside mama, counts not at all with some Catholics, including those in the hierarchy and clergy.

What else can we conclude from this week's (November 21) issue of The Tidings, the newspaper of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles?

In that issue this publication, which has seen better days by far, carries one of Father Richard McBrien's worst columns ever: He wants the faithful, orthodox Catholic bishops who issued pro-life statements before Election Day to get with it, stop saying aborting millions of babies is the preeminent issue, and just plain shut up.

Father McBrien starts out this way:

"... Catholic voters are paying less and less attention to the urgings of some of the Conference's most theologically rigid and politically partisan bishops... This was in spite of the efforts of a vocal handful of bishops, including Archbishop Charles Chaput of Denver and Bishop Joseph Martino of Scranton, to try to persuade Catholics that a vote for the Democratic ticket was tantamount to a vote for abortion and, therefore, gravely sinful."

In Father McBrien's twisted Liberal World, 110 pro-life bishops are only "a vocal handful." He continues:

"This vocal minority of bishops have to ask themselves whether their one-issue approach is actually counter-productive, not only in terms of its effectiveness with Catholic voters but also in its effectiveness in actually reducing the number of abortions in the United States.

"This year, in any case, their narrow approach to life issues has stirred other pro-life Catholics to fight back and to reject the focus on the abortion issue to the practical exclusion of all others."

Again, in Father McBrien's sick Liberal World, he thinks speaking up for MILLIONS of BABIES is "narrow."

Father McBrien also imagines that the best way to fight baby-killing is to stop talking about it. He also pretends that Catholics who want us pro-lifers to silence ourselves about aborting millions of babies are somehow "pro-life" themselves. He goes on:

"In the future, Conference leaders must make it unmistakably clear that, while individual bishops are free to issue statements and take stands within and for their own dioceses, such bishops have no personal authority beyond their dioceses, and indeed that their views are contrary to the stated teachings and policies of the Conference itself."

In Father McBrien's Liberal World, things get really bizarre; he doesn't want us to know that our U.S. bishops have said, in their Living the Gospel of Life (1998), that appeals to other issues are suspect if they do not make fighting abortion the priority. He continues:

"The Democratic ticket won the support of 66 percent of voters between the ages of 18 and 29, and 57 percent between the ages of 30 and 44.

"These voters are not only the future of the country; many of them are also the future of the Catholic Church. Do our pastoral leaders really want to be so far out of step with this crucially important constituency?"

Like all denizens of Liberal World, Father McBrien wants us pro-lifers to get in "step" with those who want us to shut up about the slayings of millions and millions of God's little babies.

Sorry, Charlie -- I mean, Father McBrien -- no dice. No matter how much you dislike us and our defense of the babies, we're here to stay and we'll be all the louder in defending the little ones.

And that goes for you, too, The Tidings.

(P.S. The baby photo above and many more like it are viewable at


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh. my. Lord.

He needs to be swiftly corrected for this gravely errant teaching.

Honestly, this is the very first time in my life I've heard any man of the cloth, no matter how unorthodox, advise "getting in step with the world."

"Jesus answered 'My kingdom is not of this world.'"
-John 18:36


7:51 AM  
Blogger Quintero said...

Dear Cathy,

Thank you for writing. What does Fr. McBrien think the words "A Sign of Contradiction" mean?

9:57 PM  
Blogger Joe of St. Thérèse said...

If that wasn't a 2 x 4 up the bishops' heads, i don't know what was. Fr. McBrien has been dissenting for far too long.

I saw this in the Tidings (which I don't know how it gets to my house, I never filled out a subscription to herodox weekly.

We must pray for his conversion or his heart to harden completely.

3:28 PM  
Blogger Quintero said...

Dear Joe of St. Therese,

Yes, we must pray for him to come around -- but we don't ever want to pray for someone's heart to harden completely, right?

After all, as we know, God tells us in the Scriptures, "I desire not the death of the sinner but rather that he be converted and live."

8:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We had 110 bishops speak out out of how many? I bet the silent bishops were in about the same percentages as the catholic vote which went to Obama.
Why do bishops not unite and speak out in a single voice on this issue which should be settled once and for all so as to lead the flock with a single voice. I wish the Pope would call the bishops to Rome and get this settled. If a bishop is pro life he must unite against the democratic party until they change their stance on life issues which are clearly the most important issue according to church teaching. If this is not so, the Pope needs to tell the pro life speaking bishops this is not the case. I am sick of the USCCB because they are a joke.
Once they have this right, then they can deal with those few left that chose to still dissent like McBrien, Pelosi, and Biden.

9:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Shame on McBrien for swooning over Obama along with the Tidings peace-niks and resorting to his usual tricks that do no favor to the aborted souls. If Christ were here with us, I imagine he'd tell us, "Go tell that fox what I told Peter: 'Get thee behind me, Satan! For you think in the ways of man and not of God!"

Perhaps he needs to get his head out of the Daily Kos and meditate on these words from Cardinal Newman, who in 19th century warned that naïve Catholics would fall into "mass apostasy" through lack of preparedness in spiritual combat: "Do you think (the Prince of Lies) is so unskillful in his craft, as to ask you openly and plainly to join him in his warfare against the Truth? No; he offers you baits to tempt you. He promises you civil liberty; he promises you equality; he promises you trade and wealth; he promises you a remission of taxes; he promises you reform. This is the way in which he conceals from you the kind of work to which he is putting you; he tempts you to rail against your rulers and superiors; he does so himself, and induces you to imitate him; or he promises you illumination, — he offers you knowledge, science, philosophy, enlargement of mind. He scoffs at times gone by; he scoffs at every institution which reveres them. He prompts you what to say, and then listens to you, and praises you, and encourages you. He bids you mount aloft. He shows you how to become as gods. Then he laughs and jokes with you, and gets intimate with you; he takes your hand, and gets his fingers between yours, and grasps them, and then you are his."

12:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree. Moral relativism is the problem with this generation. Thomas Jefferson wrote in the Declaration of Independence "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life...".
We have abandoned these "Truths" and adopt Ceasar's credo, 'keep the people happy' and look where he and his people ended up.
We now can only hope and pray that our leaders will be inspired to protect life, especially for the helpless.

7:56 PM  

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