"Every Form of the Mass: Simply Extraordinary!"
This quotation from the bishop's statement is ominous: this measure "will require every Catholic in the United States to violate his or her Christian conscience and support abortion, abortion-inducing drugs, unnatural chemical contraception, and direct sterilization.”Obviously this can't be so, since the Catholic Sebelius issued this rule, and it's supported by Catholics such as Pelosi et al.; since Catholic couples use the Pill for birth control in numbers comparable to the general population (with widespread clerical acquiescence/enabling); and since Catholic women have abortions in numbers comparable to the general population.The only way this can be a correct statement is if we don't consider these people Catholic. That's actually correct, since to be Catholic (authoritative citation, please Marc?) means to be baptized and to practice the Catholic Faith. I have no problem adopting that view, but many, many people in the pews are going to feel as if the bishop is dissing them with his statement. Prepare for protests against the bishops, exodus of so-Called Catholics, and corresponding drops in Church revenues. (Even the latter is acceptable to me, but I doubt that the bishops will feel the same.)This is where the ignominious accommodation of 1968 had led us.
Huzzah for Bishop Slattery, once again proving that he knows how to Lead!!As for the Catholic pretenders in the pews:"...proclaim it..through my host, That he which hath no stomach to this fight,Let him depart; his passport shall be madeAnd crowns for convoy put into his purse:We would not die in that man's companyThat fears his fellowship to die with us."
This is the third Henry V quotation I've seen on this blog in the past week. I compliment Templar on his taste. :-)
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