Good ‘Ol Fashioned Catholicism: Lobbying In Rome

“The Church isn’t a democracy,” goes the old canard, but that doesn’t stop American conservatives from lobbying the new-fashioned way. It can’t be a bad assignment, really. Nine buddies on a five-day tour of Roman prelates. More of that FOCA chain: fringe pro-lifers can’t prevent women from having abortions so they go after the doctors; they can’t prevent the doctors so they go after the legislators; they can’t stop the legislators so they go after the Communion Ministers; they can’t convince the Communion administrators so they go after the bishops. And now that the Washington-area bishops demur at wingnuttery, they go to Rome.

So, what’s it been now? Fifty-two days? Meanwhile, precious time was lost on ESCR. Nice work, people. The pro-life political arm diddles five places removed from actual abortions, continues to look like deranged and embittered Republicans, and marginalizes much of the movement in the public eye.


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Todd lives in the Pacific Northwest, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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2 Responses to Good ‘Ol Fashioned Catholicism: Lobbying In Rome

  1. Jimmy Mac says:

    Take yer pick ….

    Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a great battle. Philo of Alexandria.

    This is worse than a crime, it’s a blunder. Charles Maurice de Talleyrand-Périgord

    He knows the water best who has waded through it. Danish proverb.

    We’re always in danger of talking one line and living another. Anon.

    Once a fixed idea of duty gets inside a narrow mind, it can never get out. Anon.

    Faults are thick where love is thin. English proverb.

  2. JC says:

    The Church is not a democracy.

    If the Church *were* a democracy, then all you pro-contraception, pro-abortion (if you don’t want to immediately outlaw all abortion and contraception, then, logic dictates, you support it. It’s called the principle of identity) people would run the Church. The Church is “not a democracy” precisely in that a small minority, armed with the Truth, can appeal to Rome successfully in spite of the majority that oppose them.

    The most absolute monarch will hear the appeals of his subjects.

    So, once again, an effort by an Obama Worshipper to paint true pro-lifers as “hypocrites” false flat.

    St. Teresa of Avila says that God will always protect the Church, even if there are only a handful of true Catholics remaining in the midst of rampant corruption.

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