Tuesday, October 12, 2004

Everyone Loves a Catholic Girl - especially the GOP

As one of many Catholics voting for John Kerry, stories like this one from today's New York Times make me nuts.

The article opens with an archbishop's presentation to Colorado college students about how abortion is a foundational issue. He never says explicitly for whom to vote. Like that matters.

The same thing happened in my church in San Pedro shortly before I left for West Virginia. I shook with rage as the priest used the pulpit to direct Catholic votes - decrying abortion but never once mentioning deaths in Iraq, lying, pride, or any number of other sins Bush commits daily. There's no cry for a more humble Bush. No plea for peace. No admonishment of leaders who have lied repeatedly to their followers. None of that. The Catholic Church is happily allowing itself to become just another pawn - a tool of distraction - for a bloodthirsty, unrepentant campaign.

As I've said numerous times before, my quest isn't to shine light on every instance of hypocricy in this world - or even in this campaign. For starters, I lack the time. But mainly, that's just life - there can't be black and white rules for full-color humans. I even argued somewhat against this tactic when I argued against "outting" David Dreier under a hypocricy-elimination-squad cover. But remember when I said there weren't hard and fast rules? So, here we are.

Galvanized by battles against same-sex marriage and stem cell research and alarmed at the prospect of a President Kerry - who is Catholic but supports abortion rights - these bishops and like-minded Catholic groups are blanketing churches with guides identifying abortion, gay marriage and the stem cell debate as among a handful of "non-negotiable issues."

To the dismay of liberal Catholics and some other bishops, traditional church concerns about the death penalty or war are often not mentioned. . . .

In an interview in his residence here, Archbishop Chaput said a vote for a candidate like Mr. Kerry who supports abortion rights or embryonic stem cell research would be a sin that must be confessed before receiving Communion.
To me, the bottom line, blackest humor in all of this is that while Bush has done a great job courting the Catholic vote and trying to unite conservative fundamentalists with conservative Catholics, it's all predicated on one big set of crossed fingers. Why? Because if Bush is a true-blue saved believer then HE DOESN'T THINK YOU, CATHOLIC VOTER, ARE CHRISTIAN AT ALL. NOT EVEN ONE LITTLE BIT. You haven't been "saved," you with your pagan saint worship and crazy belief that the wafer and wine become body and blood. They pander to your dogmatic thought and all the while pity your poor, unfortunate, going to Hades soul because you're a Catholic and not really Christian at all.

So pay no attention to that liar behind the curatin, my Catholic brothers and sisters. The one who says Kerry and liberal, sinning Catholics kill babies for sport or so they can save money and time on condoms. The one who lets people hold up photos of broken babies between your eyes and the photos of dead Iraqi children and American soldiers. The one who ruins God's natural treasures in the wild, sacrifices the needs of the poorest Americans for the portfolios of the richest. Pay no attention at all. Listen only to your priest, who has surely lost his way, and maybe part of his mind. War is not God's teaching. Democrats don't support abortion, they oppose the legislative prohibition of what should be taught in churches and families: don't have sex or use reliable contraception.

When accused of telling parishioners how to vote, one priest's response was "We are not telling them how to vote. We are telling them how to take Communion in good conscience."

Amazing.

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