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Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Will Someone Without an Axe to Grind Explain to Me Why as an orthodox Catholic the Appointment of Bishop Cupich to Chicago is Supposed To Upset Me?

Look I'm the first one to admit I look at these things emotionally, eg, my melancholy at the rumored mistreatment of Cdl Burke - but that is because I hate seeing anything that lessens the level of the influence, the positive effect he can have on the world, not because I think the holy Father has some agenda that is at odds with his (or mine,) and because I, this is completely subjective, LIKE Cdl. Burke.

But the hand-wringing on the one side, and the boogeying in the end zone on the other over the  appointment of a successor to Cdl George?


He's not pro-life enough or something?

This guy?!????!?
“All we are saying is don’t forget about the baby.” We are here on behalf of the babies in the womb, inspired not by partisanship or pursuit of privilege or power, but by the same passion of patriotism that united a nation to mourn the loss of those babies in Newtown.
We are here because we see how much both tragedies have in common: both reveal the impact of social and emotional isolation when left untreated; both involve a resort to violence in dealing with it; both result in the debasement of human dignity, not only of those whose lives are taken, but of society; and in both there is the lingering threat to innocent and vulnerable life if no solution is forthcoming....
We should not be disheartened or bitter if many of our fellow citizens do not heed us at this moment, nor should we pull back on our efforts to join hands with others to improve the lot of suffering people in need just because they don’t fully agree with us on everything. The truth will win out and we have to believe that a nation whose collective heart can break and grieve for babies slaughtered in Newtown has the capacity and God’s grace to one day grieve for the babies killed in the womb.

Of course, he is "soft" on illicit and disordered sexual activity, on whihc subject he said,
“It is deplorable that homosexual persons have been and are the object of violent malice in speech or in action. Such treatment deserves condemnation from the Church’s pastors wherever it occurs. It reveals a kind of disregard for others which endangers the most fundamental principles of a healthy society. The intrinsic dignity of each person must always be respected in word, in action and in law.”
Oh, wait, sorry, that was that modern day Torquemada, Benedict XVI.

What Bishop Cupich said was,
I ask your careful consideration of the attached reflections which outline some of the reasons for the Catholic Church’s position recommending that citizens vote “reject” on [a referendum redefining marriage to include same sex unions], and thus overturn the law that redefines marriage. I offer these thoughts with respect, but also out of a sense of duty to contribute to the debate for the good of our state.
But, I also want to be very clear that in stating our position the Catholic Church has no tolerance for the misuse of this moment to incite hostility towards homosexual persons or promote an agenda that is hateful and disrespectful of their human dignity.

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