Friday, October 10, 2008

How (Some) Bishops Found Their Spines

Austin Ruse, who is an expert on this matter:

This year there is no McCarrick Committee keeping the conversation sotto voce among an elite few. And this year the bishops are thundering. It is not just the heroic few – Chaput, Burke, and a few others – who were willing to suffer criticism in 2004. Now it is a whole bunch of them, more than thirty at this point. Moreover, the list includes those – like Edward Cardinal Egan of New York and McCarrick's successor Archbishop Donald Wuerl of Washington DC – who have tended to work quietly behind the scenes in the past.

Other things have changed. In years past, the partisan and the timid seemed to put a damper on an enthusiastic pro-life message coming out of the USCCB and from individual bishops. Some of them are gone, including Democrat Frank Monaghan who for thirty years ran the bishops’ governmental lobby shop. Gone also is Mark Chopko, the general counsel who regularly frightened pro-life Bishops with the IRS boogeyman.

And here we are four years later. McCarrick is largely quiet. The timid and the partisan, some of them anyway, are gone. A pro-abortion Catholic is running for Vice-President and the bishops have found their voice. Isn't it glorious!

Over 30 Catholic Bishops have made VERY clear that ignoring the abortion issue is a grave moral dereliction for Catholics.

Grave dereliction.


grumps said...

Which do you think will decline because of this new resolve, the abortion rate or church attendance?

Dad29 said...

If anybody pays attention to the Bishops, what will decline is the number of souls in Hell.

After all, that's the Bishops' ONLY business.

James Pawlak said...

Now--If they will only thunder that Islam is NOT a religion, but a 1400-year old terrorist movement which approves or allows, if not commands, the use of murder, rape, genocide, robbery, lying, etc.