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Thursday, May 06, 2004

Papabile? Dark Horse Candidate of Forces of Darkness 

Posted by Earl at 12:37 AM

"Greeley for Pope!!! Greeley for Pope!!!" shouts Len Cleavelin, a self-described twice-divorced, failed lawyer, in a comment box on the aptly named Lean Left. And what makes Len, who was "raised Catholic," so enthusiastic about his dark horse candidate for the Chair of St. Peter?

Why, it is what Len describes as "Rev. Andy's excellent piece" in yesterday's New York Daily News. But you've waited long enough—this is the Internet, after all—so here are excerpts from said "excellence":
There is currently a discussion among some Catholic bishops about refusing the sacraments to Democratic Sen. John Kerry for not opposing abortion, thus doing the Republican National Committee's work for it.
And you thought it had to do with defending the faith, safeguarding the Eucharist, and saving souls—the work of priests like Fr. Greeley—you dolt!
Bishops also threaten political leaders who support civil unions between homosexuals. Given their tolerance for sexual abusers in the priesthood, that looks a bit hypocritical. I have never heard any of them criticize gay bashing.
I'm afraid you've lost me here, Father. On the one hand, it's hypocritical for bishops who coddled homosexual predators to oppose treating perverted pairings as tantamount to bona fide marriages. (Change "hypocritical" to "risky business," and I'm apt to agree.) But it isn't "hypocritical" for these same bishops to knock "gay bashing"—pace Canada, reading the Bible, for instance. How about "self-serving"?
Finally, some bishops have doubts about permitting women to participate in the washing of feet during the Holy Thursday services.
Like the bishop of Rome, Father?
These men will tolerate women distributing Communion only when it is absolutely necessary.
Would this were true of lay men and women, but then they really would be "extraordinary ministers," wouldn't they?
They are uneasy about females serving Mass.
I guess I have more in common with these bishops then I realized.
Such sentiments doubtless also will promote their careers.
Holding to the Faith of our Fathers is a career enhancer, Fr. Greeley? Have you spoken with Fr. Charles Murr lately? How about Fr. Joseph Fessio, S.J.? How about Fr....I'm sorry, my time is up. Thanks for yours.

P.S.: In his Pignedoli Principle, George Wiegel holds that a man's chances of becoming pope decrease in proportion to the number of times he's described as papabile in the press. Hence, our headline.


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Catholics in Political Life U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. June 7, 2004.

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A Time For Honesty, Pastoral Statement by The Most Reverend John J. Myers, Archbishop of Newark. May 5, 2004.

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How to tell a Duck from a Fox: Thinking with the Church as we look toward November, by Archbishop Chaput. Denver Catholic Register April 14, 2004.

On the Dignity of Human Life and Civic Responsibility, a Pastoral Letter by La Crosse Bishop Raymond L. Burke.

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The Failure of Catholic Political Leadership, by Robert P. George & William E. Saunders. Crisis 18, No. 4 (April 2000).

Denying Holy Communion: A Case History, by Bishop Emeritus Rene Henry Gracida. [PDF Format].

Ten questions regarding the denial of the Eucharist, by Barbara Kralis.

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John Kerry, Abortion and the Catholic Church

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John Courtney Murray and the 'Liberal Catholic' Justification of Abortion Investigative report by Christopher Blosser. August 30, 2004.

"Please answer the question, Senator Kerry", The Mighty Barrister. August 2, 2004.

You wouldn't even ask. Fr. Pavone (Priests for Life). July 2004.

Kerry isn't making abortion stand clear, by Raymond J. Keating. Newsday July 27, 2004.

Senator Kerry May Be Human . . . But is He a Person?, Catholic Kerry Watch. July 23, 2004.

Kerry's Catholic Problem, by Brent Bozell. July 7, 2004.

The Body Politic and the Body of Christ: Candidates, Communion and the Catholic Church. Debate btw/ Thomas J. Reese, S.J. and George Weigel. June 23, 2004.

The Kerry challenge, by George Weigel. May 5, 2004.

Rites and Wrongs: Why John Kerry should not take communion, by Philip F. Lawler. Wall Street Journal April 30, 2004.

John Kerry's Catholic Problem", by Cal Thomas. April 26, 2004.

Kerry Distorting Catholic Doctrine. Newsmax.com interviews George Weigel. April 16, 2004.

"Personally Opposed, But…" Five Pro-Abortion Dodges, by Todd M. Aglialoro. Crisis April 1, 2004.

On Embryonic Stem-Cell Research

Reagan vs. Reagan and The Stem-Cell Cover-Up, Catholic Kerry Watch, August 14, 2004.

Senator Kerry dismisses religious convictions as "ideology"  Catholic Kerry Watch. August 9, 2004.

Ron Reagan & Functionalism, Revisited, Catholic Kerry Watch. July 29, 2004.

Out of Touch, by Michael Fumento. Refuting Kerry's claims on the use of embryonic stem cells. Citizen Magazine August 2004.

Stem Cell Defection, by Ramesh Ponnuru. National Review August 16, 2004.

Stem Cell Research: Fact Sheets, Letters to Congress and Articles from the USCCB.

On Voting, "Proportionality" and Cardinal Ratzinger's Memorandum

What Ratzinger Said, by James Akin. Sept. 9, 2004.

Bishops Refute Flawed Theology (of Andrew Greeley) Barbara Kralis. August 22, 2004.

Thoughts on Proportionality, Catholic Kerry Watch. July 12, 2004.




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