Pope Francis celebrating the ordinary form of the Mass extraordinarily!
President Obama is openly challenging the leadership of the Church through the surrogates of Pelosi, Sebelius, Cuomo, et al. This is a page from the Chinese 'catholic' church where alternative leadership, faithful first to the political leaders, is established. AB Dolan is more than smart enough to spot this, but is playing the passionate syllogism that Obama 'seemed' sincere when they met and leading us to understand the cynical nature of the President. It is, however, an interesting display of weakness for Obama to give Catholics a year to figure out how to betray our conscience. This means he is wiling to do the same for his 'beliefs' and is vulnerable to manipulation, that will sell out his supporters to suit himself. As the joke says, we have agreed on what he is, we are now just haggling price.rcg
I agree with your analysis, rcg. The only surprise here, really, is that AB Dolan is surprised. What Obama has now done is entirely consistent with his larger pattern of behavior. He is anti-church, pro-abortion, and deeply committed to the destruction of our Republic.
William, I think Tim Dolan would grab Barry by the ear and tell the err of his ways in no uncertain terms. AB Dolan is leading us through the forest to see for ourselves what he saw the first time he set eyes on President Obama.rcg
Courageous man, that ABshp! We must pray for all our Catholic leadership to show the same courage, fidelity and wisdom (and to bear the predictable consequences!).
rcg, I would love to see that! Barry is a bad boy, one who has yet to put away childish things. One of the errors in play right now is that so many are dealing with him in adult terms.
Abortion (and by extension abortifacient birth control) is by far the greatest of the Democratic party's sacred cows. Institutionally, the Catholic Church is the greatest obstacle to this mindset (or at least it is nominally, if you ignore American dissent and rampant noncompliance, abetted by two generations of modernist and spineless bishops). It is not enough for the feminists and the Party to force Catholics to live in a society where these things are classed as fundamental rights and where dissenters must acquiesce in them. Their campaign will not be complete until dissenters must actively assist in them, at least economically. Textual rights such as free speech (use of RICO against pro-life protesters) and free exercise (the new HHS rulings) must fall before this goal, as do conscience rights (forcing pro-life pharmacists to prescribe the Pill). In their unreasoning rage, they will stop at nothing to promote this so-called right.The bishops will now cook up some half-baked "compromise" (which will of course mean the compromising of the principles of the faith) which will in actuality mean that the Church will give up still more ground. They will militantly refuse to see that any compromise at all is a victory for the administration and a defeat for the Church.This persecution will never stop until the Church draws a line in the sand. Thus far it has refused to do so, and there are no indications that it will.When you compromise with evil this way, it ends with your own destruction.
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