Friday, November 14, 2008

File Under Hypocrisy

Megs sent me this from MSNBC:
A South Carolina Roman Catholic priest has told his parishioners that they should refrain from receiving Holy Communion if they voted for Barack Obama because the Democratic president-elect supports abortion, and supporting him "constitutes material cooperation with intrinsic evil."

The Rev. Jay Scott Newman said in a letter distributed Sunday to parishioners at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Greenville that they are putting their souls at risk if they take Holy Communion before doing penance for their vote.

"Our nation has chosen for its chief executive the most radical pro-abortion politician ever to serve in the United States Senate or to run for president," Newman wrote, referring to Obama by his full name, including his middle name of Hussein.

"Voting for a pro-abortion politician when a plausible pro-life alternative exits constitutes material cooperation with intrinsic evil, and those Catholics who do so place themselves outside of the full communion of Christ's Church and under the judgment of divine law. Persons in this condition should not receive Holy Communion until and unless they are reconciled to God in the Sacrament of Penance, lest they eat and drink their own condemnation."

Let's put this in perspective, shall we. According to the priest, voting for Obama is bad when a pro-life candidate is running. However, our brilliant priest does not state that voters risk their "immortal soul" by voting for a candidate who supports an unjust war in which millions of innocent, living human beings have been slaughtered. Why, I would like to know, one sin worse than the other? Or is the War on Terror okay because "Christians" are not the targets?

The Catholic Church has a Just War Theory. The Church is against the Death Penalty. Why then do Priests not speak out against these controversial issues? I guess because there would be no one left in the pews for Sunday Services.


AcadeMama said...

You mean you didn't know?? Pro-lifers are *always* selective about the lives they choose to protect. Fetus = protected. Death row criminal = protected. Innocent civilians, soldiers, and bystanders = not so much protected. Lives of pregnant women = not at all protected.

I like how the priest also fails to mention the state of Catholic souls who also support (whether by inaction or pure ignorance) pedophilia. Cause, you know, that's not "material cooperation with intrinsic evil" now is it?

thursdaynext.21 said...

sometimes, I'm embarrassed to be catholic.