Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Two Bishops From San Antonio on Obama/ND

Archbishop Jose Gomez and Auxiliary Bishop Oscar Cantu have stepped up to the plate of the Gospel in supporting Bishop D'Arcy in his condemnation of the Obama invite.

Their letter is addressed to Bishop D'Arcy personally and is a wonderful expression of unity. Keeping with the theme, they harp on the 2004 USCCB statement as well. Their point is simple:

President Obama has made it clear that his policies on abortion and the general protection of innocent life are in dramatic opposition to the teachings of the Catholic Church. At this critical time, we cannot afford to send an ambiguous message to our leaders or our people.

What is also noteworthy is that they reference the words of the Holy Father to Catholic educators on his recent visit to America. He reminded those educators that Catholic identity "is a question of conviction."

My continuing question for ND isn't so much whether the administration has conviction. Clearly, conviction is there, as is evidenced by decades of almost 20 years of open defiance to the Holy See (eg- Ex Corde Ecclesiae) and the decision to wreak massive scandal with the Obama deal. The question for ND is if it will ever show such conviction for the Church.

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