Monday, April 6, 2009

Now It's Bishop Rhoades from Harrisburg

I got this from the blog Stopping 2 Ask 4 Directions. Bishop Rhoades's objections have been confirmed by LifeSite and the Cardinal Newman Society. I couldn't find the actual text of His Excellency's letter, but you can get the general idea:

President Obama’s policies, and those of his administration, on abortion and embryonic stem cell research violate the moral law and Church teachings on the sanctity of human life and dignity of the person.

The response also mentions that Bishop Rhoades agrees with Bishop D'Arcy and the 2004 statement from the USCCB.

It is disheartening and distressing when an institution that is regarded as Catholic, such as Notre Dame, fails to follow the guidelines set forth by the Bishops of the Catholic Church, especially in these vital moral matters. It is not political nor partisan to stand for the sanctity of human life and the dignity of the human person. President Obama clearly does not stand for or advance the cause of the defenseless unborn and their mothers and families. This is the tragic reality we must come to terms with as Catholics living in an increasingly secular environment.

Note the bolded part there. I am pretty amazed at how many folks have tried to make this into a Republican/Democrat issue. Perhaps I'm wrong, but it seems to me that such comparisons would only be legit if it was also at least tacitly admitted that a single party had so tightly identified itself with the culture of death as to make it an inseparable part of that group's identity. Otherwise, there shouldn't be anything wrong with acknowledging Pres. Obama for what he is.

I'm just sayin'.

By the way, for those who want a more robust view of Bishop Rhoades's views, check out this article he wrote on "Disturbing Advances for the Culture of Death."

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