Amy Welborn and company are discussing American Life League's recent ad campaign against Cardinal McCarrick. The advertisement -- viewable here in PDF Format -- takes issue with McCarrick's statement to the Associated Press: "I have not gotten to the stage where I'm comfortable in denying the Eucharist," and has provoked mixed reactions by many around St. Blog's Parish. Some are enthusiastically for it, while others have deemed it a questionable strategy of public shaming.
Ms. Welborn is particularly upset about the cost of the campaign -- a whopping half a million dollars, about which she exclaims:
"Half a mil? To scold Cardinal McCarrick? Like it's going to do any good? Aren't there some CPC's that could use that dough, buy a few 4-D ultrasounds, set up some more women with free medical care?"
While I think that Cardinal McCarrick and others certainly merit criticism, there are far better ways to express it. And I also agree with Amy that American Life League could have found better uses for that kind of money.
Speaking of criticism, perhaps more can be achieved in the long run by conveying recognition, appreciation, and support for bishops who are defending the faith than simply berating or shaming those that aren't. A remarkable number of bishops are rising to the challenge lately, perhaps inspired by the initial actions of Archbishop Raymond Burke and gestures of support from the laity. God knows I would like to see the day when a blog like Episcopal Spine Alert has more bishops to praise then it can possibly keep up with.
I welcome the thoughts of my co-editors on this issue.
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Sen. John Kerry stands with Kate Michelman (right) President of NARAL Pro-Choice America.
Since 1995, Michelman's group has given Kerry a 100% rating for his voting record to defend abortion.