"And what does the LORD require of you But to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God"
-- Micah 6:8

"The duty of the prosecutor is to seek justice, not merely to convict."
-- American Bar Association Standard 3-1.2(c)

"There may be a legitimate diversity of opinion even among Catholics about waging war and applying the death penalty, but not however with regard to abortion and euthanasia."
--Pope Benedict XVI, June 2004

Thursday, October 12, 2006

Man the Picket Lines

Sr. Helen Prejean is coming to my home town. She's the whack-job heretical nun who's made a mint hawking her self-glorifying and unctious books ("Dead Man Walking," of course, subsequently made into a movie and an opera; and "Death of Innocents, " an ironically titled, falsehood-filled screed about two overwhelmingly guilty murderers who were rightfully executed).

Not only is the good sister famous for her strident pro-murderer advocacy, she is also a seething anti-Bush partisan, who recently got herself "dis-invited" from speaking in the Diocese of Duluth for signing a rabid anti-Bush ad in the New York Times which called for Bush to be removed from office and compared him to Hitler, attacked him for the war in Iraq and for "denying women here, and all over the world, the right to birth control and abortion." Prejean subsequently disclaimed the portion of the statement dealing with abortion, but specifically reiterated on her web site her opposition to what she calls "the life-destructive policies and practices of the Bush administration. That is what led me to sign the ad calling for his removal."

In other words, having been caught over the line advocating birth control and abortion, she is forced to retract that portion of her endorsement, but as for Bush being Hitler? She's sticking to her guns, if we can use that phrase about a pacifist.

What in the world is the Richmond diocese thinking? It's bad enough to permit someone who denies Church teaching about the licit use of the death penalty to attack that teaching using diocesan facilities. But to allow Prejean to air her partisan attacks on Church property would be to condone partisan political activity, and to expose the diocese to charges of violating the terms of its IRS tax-exempt status, which is extended on the premise that churches may inform members about politicians' positions on issues, but may not endorse candidates.

If you're a Catholic who thinks that dissenting radicals should not be given yet another pulpit (the MSM adulation she gets is not enough?) to air her un-Catholic views and her partisan political rantings, let the Office of the Diocesan Theologian hear about it.

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