Few things rankle me more than deliberate injustice perpetrated on people. I’ve experienced it myself, and I’ve seen it practiced by bishops, pastors and parishioners on otherwise innocent and usually shocked individuals. I haven’t been following the most recent Catholic Republican push to discredit the CCHD. But I find it tough to let last week’s episode with John Carr go without leveling some heavy criticism the way of the political anti-abortion movement, and some select bloggers.
With this word of support, I can imagine Fr Frank Pavone is pretty close to being labelled a left-wing babykiller. Good for him, especially if he gives some of the more vehement political anti-abortion crowd a headache trying to figure out right from wrong.
I have to say I’m shocked an organization like Our Sunday Visitor would give this gossip the time of day. There’s a danger we all face in blogging: few to no colleagues, no editorial board, no standards of journalism, no training in either proper dissemination of news or even, it would seem for some, any moral compass. It’s really a shame an organization that purports to uphold principles of journalism would get duped. And more, lower itself to the detritus level of the internet.
Catholic Republicans show their true colors. Political parties long ago shed any sense of moral compass. The Republicans may give anti-abortion lip service, but they seem more than content, even when in control of the federal government, to keep abortion-on-demand out there as a carrot for religious types ready to be fooled. Again. And again and again and again. We already know that when it comes to financial or sex scandals, the GOP is as likely as any other political party to be elbow-deep in scummy activities. And the Catholic brand of politics has certainly seem its share of being sullied.
As I understand it, the CCHD is not, and was never intended to be a charitable organization. It addresses the root causes of poverty. Too bad conservatives live up to their brand of voodoo and presume that as long as “good intentions” toward the poor are maintained, and soup kitchens kept open, they can retreat to their homes at night and sleep soundly knowing they’ve done their share of modelling
The problem for the modern Republican is that their brand is all hermenteutic of subtraction: stand for nothing, except for knocking down anyone in their way that happens to be standing. The thing about the poor: if you really care, at some point you might want to ponder a world in which charity money and labor doesn’t go down a seemingly-endless drain. You might posit, as the US bishops did decades ago, that it makes financial, if not moral sense, to address the root causes of why people need charity, rather than mindlessly writing your 5% check every week. (And did the Catholic Republicans remember to write that check?)
What would make moral sense would be for a moratorium on the efforts against the CCHD. By association, any critic will have to morally distance himself or herself from the gossipmongers of the past week or two. I think any organization is always reformable. But I’d say there are more and closer connections today between Catholic Republicans and the sins of calumny and detraction than John Carr ever had with abortion-on-demand.
And the sad thing of it: If pro-abortion folks had been able to get a trojan horse into the pro-life movement, it wouldn’t have worked any better than it did last week. Good thing I’m not a conservative, or I’d be calling for investigations on the usual conservative suspects and wondering what sorts of pro-choice links they had in their checkbooks, let alone their own histories.
So here’s how I see the remains: the win-at-all-cost, end-justifies-the-means mentality has usurped not a few Catholic blogs. In the course of sinking the CCHD, it doesn’t matter how pro-life you are. If you’re in the way, you will be the victim of lies, and in the grand ol’ tradition, they will try to pink-slip you off your job. Do I have it about right?