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Saturday, March 18, 2017

BISHOPS IN THE SWAMP: A Bizarre Letter to Rex Tillerson

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In an article titled "Why political pulpits are bad for the Church" posted on the TheHill.com, the Cardinal Archbishop of Washington takes aim, apparently, at President Trump's plan to nix the Johnson Amendment (which would allow priests and ministers to offer pro-life voting guidance from the pulpit without fear of losing their tax-exempt status).  I say 'apparently' since it's less than clear what Cardinal Wuerl is getting at beneath his most provocative headline: 

 

"It is not unusual to be asked today, “What is the role of the church in politics?” Another way of putting it is, “What contribution does the church bring to the political order?”   The short answer is that the church has much sacred wisdom and human experience to bring to public policy discussions. If we want a society in which public policy defends the life and dignity of all, supports marriage and family, promotes the common good, recognizes religious freedom personally and institutionally, welcomes immigrants and cares for our neighbors in need, then of course the church must be engaged in the public square.

However, we need to be precise and careful when we use the word “church.” The church must be understood as all her members, even though they have different responsibilities and roles. The idea that somehow priests or bishops should be the primary church voices addressing public issues, the framing of laws and advocating for specific public policies is too narrow a vision of the church." READ MORE HERE


REMNANT COMMENT
: In other news, last month senior members of the USCCB and Catholic Relief Services sent an impassioned letter to secretary of State Rex Tillerson, informing him that climate change is their top foreign policy priority. 


According to the USCCB website, the letter builds “upon Pope Francis's encyclical Laudato si'. . . the letter emphasizes the importance of adaptation policies and specifically calls for continued U.S. support of the Paris climate agreement as well as the Green Climate Fund, which provides poorer nations with resources to adapt to and mitigate changing climate realities.”

As the Population Research Institute points out, however, the letter contains:

No mention, no condemnation, of the government’s existing programs that have spent billions of dollars on family planning, including contraception and abortion, in recent years.

No demand that the government cease its policy that requires that “family planning” programs be included before Third-World countries could receive any foreign aid projects for clean water, hygiene, health clinics, and other basic necessities.

No mention any concern regarding the slaughter of Christians, including Catholic priests and bishops, as well as untold thousands of the faithful, throughout the world.

No mention of the Obama State Department’s refusal to allow Christian refugees to enter the country, ­ a policy which prefers importing Moslems from those very countries where Moslem terrorists were killing Christians.

And no request that the State Department cease its international campaign to promote and to celebrate active homosexuality."

So, in the midst of growing and bloody persecution of Christians around the world, as well as the institutionalized global slaughter of unborn babies, the top foreign policy concern of our shepherds in 2017 is climate change. One can only guess at what our  good bishops' most pressing domestic policy concern might be --  an inadequate number of smoke-free zones in public areas, perhaps?

Incidentally, this letter may seem to present an obvious contradiction to what Cardinal Wuerl is trying to say in his article on The Hill. But don’t be troubled—it does not. In the wake of Pope Francis's Laudato Si , global warming is no longer a mere political issue. It has been elevated to the level of a de facto new article of Faith, in which all Catholics must believe in order to be saved (whatever "saved" means these days).

In this context, the letter from our bishops to Secretary of State Tillerson in no way violates the separation of Church and State clause, even as it handily doubles as a timely Lenten reminder to the world’s Catholics to remember their Easter Duty—which includes giving the air conditioner the old heave-ho and using paper rather than plastic at the grocery store.


Really, with radically liberal bishops like these putting this sort of politically correct pressure on the Trump White House, who needs a Democratic Party. When President Trump drains the swamp, let's hope a 'Catholic' bishop or two may also end up circling the drain. 


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Michael Matt has been an editor of The Remnant since 1990. Since 1994, he has been the newspaper's editor. A graduate of Christendom College, Michael Matt has written hundreds of articles on the state of the Church and the modern world. He is the host of The Remnant Underground and Remnant TV's The Remnant Forum. He's been U.S. Coordinator for Notre Dame de Chrétienté in Paris--the organization responsible for the Pentecost Pilgrimage to Chartres, France--since 2000.  Mr. Matt has led the U.S. contingent on the Pilgrimage to Chartres for the last 24 years. He is a lecturer for the Roman Forum's Summer Symposium in Gardone Riviera, Italy. He is the author of Christian Fables, Legends of Christmas and Gods of Wasteland (Fifty Years of Rock ‘n’ Roll) and regularly delivers addresses and conferences to Catholic groups about the Mass, home-schooling, and the culture question. Together with his wife, Carol Lynn and their seven children, Mr. Matt currently resides in St. Paul, Minnesota.

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