Welcome back USCCB.
One question though… Where in the heck were you during the campaign??? With the exception of a few, brave knights in Christ’s army such as Bishops Chaput, Martino and the like, the best we got from your group in 2008 b.b. (Before Barack) was the ambiguous, relativist, steaming pot of mushy feel good crap called Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship. (Warning – 5MB document coming your way).
I will save you the frustration of wading through the complete 42 pages and take you to the salient part. The bishops write:
The first is a moral equivalence that makes no ethical distinctions between different kinds of issues involving human life and dignity. The direct and intentional destruction of innocent human life from the moment of conception until natural death is always wrong and is not just one issue among many. It must always be opposed.
Sounds good, huh? Unfortunately they don’t stop there…
The second is the misuse of these necessary moral distinctions as a way of dismissing or ignoring other serious threats to human life and dignity. Racism and other unjust discrimination, the use of the death penalty, resorting to unjust war, the use of torture, war crimes, the failure to respond to those who are suffering from hunger or a lack of health care, or an unjust immigration policy are all serious moral issues that challenge our consciences and require us to act. These are not optional concerns which can be dismissed. Catholics are urged to seriously consider Church teaching on these issues. Although choices about how best to respond to these and other compelling threats to human life and dignity are matters for principled debate and decision, this does not make them optional concerns or permit Catholics to dismiss or ignore Church teaching on these important issues.
What’s the matter? Why do I have my panties in a wad? Well, glad you asked…
- The bishops say abortion and euthanasia must “always be opposed”, implying that there is to be no compromise on those issues. Then they go on to list a whole litany of other issues that they equivocate as being equally important.
- They then, through juxtaposition of life issues with social justice issues, say (and I paraphrase), “Barack Obama may be pro-choice, but John McCain is a racist, warmongering, war criminal executioner who tortures those who suffer from hunger, lack of health care and an unjust immigration policy… Take your pick.”
- Let’s, for the sake of argument, grant the insinuation that John McCain is all of these things and more (I heard that he also likes to dress up in Cindy’s negligee whilst goose-stomping on little bunnies’ heads all while screaming, “Ja Vol” at the top of his lungs.) So what? There is no equivalency to abortion. None. Not any. What-So-Ever. If you are killed in the womb, you have absolutely no opportunity to be oppressed, repressed, depressed… Abortion trumps all when it comes to social justice issues, not only qualitatively, but quantitatively.
- Besides is the any clearer example of racism in action than Abortion? Why are all of the Planned Parenthoods in the hood? The poorest, blackest, brownest and most run down parts of our cities? One word… Eugenics.
- If you say, “But Emperor Barackus has pledged to reduce abortions, and I believe he is a kind and just ruler that will deliver on his promises.”, I implore you to read my post below.
- You may retort, “Hey Chris, you are overreacting. The bishops meant to promote life through this campaign.” Check out this companion piece to the FCFFC document:
Skip ahead to 6:58 where Bishop DiMarzio of the Diocese of Brooklyn, once again reiterates that “Barack Obama is misled on the abortion issue, but John McCain is the Grand Knight of the Sedona Chapter of the KKK” (OK… I paraphrased again).
Do not mistake me. I am in no way endorsing any of the evils that the bishops list off. I am simply stating that there was only one issue where there was a clear choice between candidates and clear choice between right and wrong. Abortion should have defined the Catholic conscience this election and the bishops should have stood up against it.