"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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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.