This might be a new one. We all know the Catholic Church is responsible for all the evils in the world but now Joel Connelly, a liberal columnist for the SeattlePi, wrote that Catholics who take Catholicism seriously are responsible instigating anti-Catholicism.
Connelly starts off his column pretty impressively with some obfuscation, smoke, and then quickly devolves into lies. And he does it all impressively in one line. Check it out:
When he should get time to reflect after his father’s recent death, and to appreciate the life of his assassinated uncle, Rep. Patrick Kennedy, D-R.I., is being told — in effect — to get out of his church.
He should be given time to appreciate his uncle who died over 40 years ago? Look, how much time does this guy need? I think his therapist might be overcharging.
But you see, Patrick Kennedy unfortunately has done very very little with his own life so Joel Connelly was forced to raise the specter of Kennedy’s father and uncle as a way to reflect some borrowed glory on Patrick Kennedy.
What is it about liberals and the name “Kennedy?” They all start acting like 13 year old girls who just saw the Jonas Brothers. Seriously, you want to see a liberal freak out just criticize a Kennedy. It’s kinda’ fun. Bishop Tobin knows this all too well by now.
So after Connelly’s done dragging out every Kennedy but Bobby, he lies. Bishop Tobin obviously never told Patrick Kennedy to “get out of his church.” Not even close.
But Connelly’s rolling so we’ll let him continue. He says that Bishop Tobin’s words are instigating a rash of anti-Catholicism.
“Millions of American Catholics have gone somewhere else — in my case, long ago, to the Episcopal Church — or chosen to stay home, because of the actions and pronouncements of prelates like Bishop Tobin.
In recent years, the Vatican has seen fit to install bishops who show no respect for conscience, or for a U.S. Constitution that wisely separates Caesar from Peter.
They give orders, demand unquestioned obedience, and treat Communion wafers as political weapons..
The behavior of hard-line prelates elsewhere has stoked the fires of anti-religious and anti-Catholic prejudice. Just read certain “liberal” Seattle blog sites and in the printed word.
The bishops have made it difficult to begin a necessary dialogue on prevention of unwanted pregnancies. They’ve made it immeasurably tougher the job of articulating legitimate ethical objections to assisted suicide.
Nor have the faithful taken political counsel from purple hats. Barack Obama, the pro-choice presidential nominee, captured a majority of votes from American Catholics in the 2008 election.
Thomas Keefe, a Spokane lawyer (and expatriate Seattlite), Catholic University law grad and former nominee for Congress, reacted to the latest brouhaha by sending off a blistering letter to the Diocese of Providence.
“It should come as little wonder why the Catholic Church continues to lose appeal in our society when a fool like Bishop Tobin passes for a church leader,” Keefe wrote.
So the loony anti-Catholics are out for blood and whose fault is it? Bishop Tobin’s of course.
And the poor Vatican must be reeling because some guy who ran for Congress (AND LOST!) called Bishop Tobin a “fool.” I’m sure the Vatican is quivering that some lawyer from Spokane dashed off a blistering letter.
The odd thing here is that Connelly admits that he left the Church. And so can Kennedy. So can anyone. It’s a volunteer organization. The Church is the Church. Nobody’s forced to join. But for some reason, people freak out all the time about the Church “forcing” people to do this or that. How? The Swiss Guard?
I know. I know. The Church is responsible for all the evils in the world. And now, according to Connelly the Church is also responsible for anti-Catholicism.
Oddly, I don’t remember Connelly’s column excoriating Muslim terrorists for instigating anti-Islamic behavior but maybe that’s next.
November 30, 2009 at 1:44 am
"Oddly, I don't remember Connelly's column excoriating Muslim terrorists for instigating anti-Islamic behavior but maybe that's next."
Don't hold your breath.
November 30, 2009 at 2:52 am
The key question in all of this is "Mr. C, where do you stand on abortion?" I'd be willing to bet he is pro-abortion. Because this Kennedy-Tobin thing is all about abortion funding. Kennedy threw the "He ordered me not to go to communion" line out there to turn it into an intrachurch fight over abortion and somehow discredit the bishops.
Hey, it doesn't matter that Bishop Tobin asked him not to go to communion, or really to search his conscience, which is a real difference from a precept to not go to communion. (does anyone actually know if Patrick Kennedy does go to Communion when in Providence?)
Of Course, now, as practicing Catholics, we are the enemy. We are the bad guys. We will be the ones on the "wrong side of history," and "standing in the way of progress." So inflexible that health care was wrecked because they wouldn't compromise a measly principle on abortion. Get ready for that to hit us at or after Christmas….
November 30, 2009 at 3:01 am
Ever wonder why so called liberals are almost universally rude, insulting and have trouble with the truth???
November 30, 2009 at 3:22 am
Our culture is doing so well without the Church, we really don't have a leg to stand on. Who doesn't know someone that settled down, got married, had a couple of kids, and then just started having tons of meaningless sex with women who got abortions because they didn't want to be "punished with a baby"?
Holla for doing whatever you want all the time!
November 30, 2009 at 4:45 am
1st Who is this guy?
2nd Who cares?
3rd He is Episcopalian, so see 2nd question.
Lastly, anyone who writes "They give orders, demand unquestioned obedience, and treat Communion wafers as political weapons.." is so unworthy of serious thought or attention it's almost scarey.
November 30, 2009 at 4:56 am
This is the second money-commentary piece today from CMR, and I'm incredibly happy for that fact.
Seriously though, agreement with this is definite for me. People are acting all hot and bothered because bishops are actually exercising the authority that they've had for, oh, only a few hundred years now. Just because they took a break doesn't mean it disappeared.
November 30, 2009 at 12:28 pm
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November 30, 2009 at 1:50 pm
I know its just so wicked and cruel to refuse Communion to people who want to kill babies. Wicked and shameful. Shame on you Bishop Tobin…
November 30, 2009 at 3:27 pm
I want to know where the outrage is going to come in with this article or column? How dare this man start name calling!!! God bless Bishop Tobin and would that the Good LOrd grant us more of these "fools" to lead the church!
November 30, 2009 at 4:17 pm
Bp. Tobin was really too kind and conciliatory. When someone is asked to stay away from the Eucharist, it is because that person is not only in a grave state of sin but is also willing to flaunt his wickedness and add sacrilege and scandal to his misdeeds. So, as the shepherd of souls, the good bishop was doing his job and was still trying to give Kennedy a chance to save face. That's is why he is a bishop and I am not because if Ted wants to jump off the barque of St. Peter, a part of me does not give a flying rats ass.