About Notre Dame's arrests of Catholic priests: Do we have two churches in this country, side by side?
Fr. Jenkins evidently does not like it that some of his fellow Catholics oppose his having abortion zealot Obama receive an honorary degree and give the commencement address tomorrow.
It's on Fox TV News and CNN: The arrests of small groups of pro-life Catholics who ventured onto the campus in small pro-life presences while praying the Rosary.
The pro-lifers whom Fr. Jenkins had arrested (for "trespassing") include at least two Catholic priests. The one whose name I know is Fr. Norman Weslin. He is 79.
I think I have the following information correct: Fr. Weslin is a widower and a retired Army Lt. Col. who became a priest and since then has been arrested at abortion businesses many times for saving babies with his prayerful presence outside the abortion centers.
Commenting today at a post I did on April 5, 2007 (see also my follow-up on April 7, 2007), Leo McSherry has given this testimony: "I served under Fr. Weslin when he was Capt. Weslin in the NY Air Defense Command. He was the finest officer I served under and one of the finest I ever met. He was very compassionate then and is deserving of our compassion now."
Pro-life Fr. Norman Weslin would be a far better honoree and commencement speaker at Notre Dame or any Catholic college or university than would any abortion zealot.
Question: We have one Catholic priest arresting and jailing another -- an aged priest, at that, and his brother in the priesthood of Jesus Christ -- for holding a pro-life prayer demonstration. Does that show we have two churches existing side by side in this country?
After all, how could Fr. Jenkins now show his face and concelebrate Holy Mass with aged Fr. Weslin, whom he has had arrested, handcuffed, hauled off in a blanket, booked and jailed?
Not very collegial of Fr. Jenkins. Not very pastoral. Not very tolerant. Not very inclusive.
Fr. Jenkins has claimed Obama's visit is for "dialogue." Arrests are not dialogue.
We have one bunch in the Church who love, vote for and abase themselves toward pro-abortion politicians and who despise pro-life activists. Some of them are right here in Los Angeles.
We have another group in the Church who love preborn babies and their moms and seek to protect and help them -- and who follow our Popes' teachings against abortion, against pro-abortion politicians, and against all excuses for supporting pro-abortion politicians.
Let us hope and pray that now that Notre Dame is setting the precedent that a Catholic institution can honor an abortion-zealot chief executive, no one else in the Church will do the same.
Cardinal Mahony, maybe you would never think of inviting Obama anywhere in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. I sincerely hope not.
But if by some chance you are thinking of that or if you already have invited him, please disinvite him. Think of aged Fr. Weslin in jail for the babies.