Monday, October 21, 2002

Americanist asks, quite reasonably, what is this "test" I keep talking about?

Well, it's simple really - the test as to whether the American Catholic hierarchy means anything it says.

The thing is, that both you and I know what would happen ...

if a Catholic pastor wrote in support of a Catholic political candidate who recommended reconsideration of the legality of slavery, saying that the Church's history on the issue was "complicated."

if a Catholic pastor wrote in support of a Catholic political candidate who supported reconsideration of suffrage for women, saying that the Church's view of women through history was "complicated."

if a Catholic pastor wrote in support of a Catholic political candidate who questioned the wisdom of separation of Church and state, using the Church's historically "complicated" stance on the issue as his support.

Yes, we all know. We all know what would happen to a Catholic pastor who might support a candidate with racist, sexist or otherwise retrograde views. It just wouldn't be allowed, and any bishop, from Bruskewitz to Mahony, would step in and shut him up and use the opportunity to clarify the nature of Catholic teaching.

The test is - does this same standard to priests who say supporting the legally-sanctioned slaughter of the unborn is consistent with Catholic tradition and really folks, no big deal, cuz Jen Granholm is such a woman of conscience?

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