Saturday, March 3, 2012

Obama's Catholic Church

Donald R. McClarey at the American Catholic comments on Cardinal Dolan's latest statement about the HHS mandate.
The Cardinal believes that the White House is attempting to take advantage of a de facto schism in the Church in America and render the opposition of the Bishops harmless.  “Instead, they advised the bishops’ conference that we should listen to the “enlightened” voices of accommodation, such as the recent hardly-surprising but terribly unfortunate editorial in America.  The White House seems to think we bishops are hopelessly out of touch with our people, and with those whom the White House now has nominated as official Catholic teachers.”  Some of us have of course seen this coming for a very long time, symbolized by the Obama day of worship at Notre Dame’s commencement in 2009.  The Obama administration hopes to create their own de facto version of a “Patriotic Catholic Association” here in the US, completely subservient to the administration.
The "Patriotic Catholic Association" that McClarey refers to is the official state run Catholic church in China.  I imagine that the President envies the Chinese Communists.  They don't have to worry about troublesome priests.

St. Thomas à Becket pray for us!


  1. The "Obama Day of Worship" Mr. McClarey referred to is apt. That
    episode highlighted the contempt our own Patriotic Catholic Association
    has for the bishops and for the teachings of the Church. Recall the very
    public indifference Notre Dame showed for the protests of Bishop D'Arcy
    and the unprecedented number of brother bishops who joined him.

    The Culture of Death does not need or want a formal schism. The CoD
    has full run of most of the institutional infrastructure of the Church--
    the hospitals, most of our schools, many religious orders-- all under
    the cover of those institutions still being Catholic. The polite fiction
    that these institutions haven't long ago ceased thinking with the Church
    only serves to give cover to their betrayals.

    It's not clear to me what options our bishops have here. The Notre Dame incident underscored the lack of recourse our bishops have under
    both civil and canon law. Bishop D'Arcy boycotted the commencement
    and issued a public protest. Aside from dropping the nuclear option
    of declaring ND to no longer be a Catholic institution, he really had
    no other cards in his hand.

    I believe Bishop Olmstead removed the Catholic status of the hospital
    in his Arizona diocese that performed an abortion, and good for him.
    With so many formerly Catholic institutions turning on the Church,
    perhaps it is time for Ordinaries to explore the option of revoking the
    Church's imprimatur from a few of the more egregious.

  2. Clinton: I don't think it is a matter of a formal schism so much as a de facto schism. Unfortunately as you point out, there is only so much that the bishops can do to rectify it. Denying communion to people like Nancy Pelosi would be a good start and as I understand it, is essentially mandated by Canon law.

  3. During my time off recovering from sugery, I have been doing a lot of reflecting on this. Hopefully will have a post up in a few days. But I will say for now that the roots of this go back to the 60s & over 40 years of inaction on the part of most Bishops that have lead to this point.