Abortion opponents protest U.S. bishops' 'support' for Obama
By Chaz Muth
Catholic News Service
BALTIMORE (CNS) -- Several pro-life groups held a candlelight vigil Nov. 11 near the Baltimore hotel where the U.S. bishops were conducting their fall general assembly, protesting statements made by some Catholic leaders who called the victorious campaign of President-elect Barack Obama a step forward in stamping out racism.
About 25 candle-holding activists braved the cold night air along Baltimore's waterfront to tell the bishops that Obama's support for legal abortion was more critical than any other qualities he might bring to the presidency.
They also called on the bishops to use their political clout in an effort to outlaw abortion in the U.S., shut down Planned Parenthood and rid all American schools of sex education.
Armed with a portable altar, an amplified podium, musical instruments and religious symbols, members of the American Life League, the Catholic Media Coalition, STOP Planned Parenthood, Maryland Right to Life and the Baltimore-based Defend Life also pushed for the bishops to punish Catholic lawmakers who support legal abortion by refusing them Communion or through excommunication.
"Barack Obama is the most pro-abortion candidate to ever run for the presidency, yet 54 percent of Catholics voted for him," said Jim Sedlak, vice president of the American Life League. "The bishops have said they will try and work with him. Archbishop (Donald W.) Wuerl (of Washington) said he wouldn't seek to deny (Vice President-elect Joseph) Biden Eucharist. Is it any wonder why 54 percent of the Catholic congregation felt like it was OK to vote for Barack Obama?"
Pope Benedict XVI and Cardinal Francis E. George of Chicago, president of the U.S. Catholic bishops, sent letters of congratulations to Obama on his "historic election" Nov. 4 as the first black man to win the White House.
[NOTE: Jesus Christ, Son of the Living God, Second Person of the Blessed Trinity, existing eternally, of the One True Triune God, sitting at the Right Hand of the Father, did not "congratulate unrepentant sinners," but rather told them to "Go and sin no more!" Christ made it very clear that an act of contrition is worthless without a firm purpose of amendment! Moreover, I recall that Jesus Christ had more to say about the consequences of grave sin than any other New Testament figure. Accordingly, how can those who are supposed to be acting as an alter Christus (another Christ) unconditionally send letters of congratulations to someone whose resume is the complete support of the entirety of a culture-of-ETERNAL-death. Obama does not deserve congratulations from the Catholic Church for being the most pro-baby killing politician in the history of US politics to the extreme of seeing nothing wrong with killing children outside of the womb via his non support on FOUR, repeat, FOUR, occasions of Born Alive Infact Protection Acts designed to save babies who miraculously survived their botched abortions. Obama deserves condemnation from Holy Mother Church for seeing nothing wrong with allowing these babies to be left to die alone in hospital closets. If that would have happened, i.e., if we would have had a majority of Catholic bishops in more than name only resulting in a majority of Catholic voters in more than name only, Obama NEVER WOULD HAVE HAD A CHANCE OF BEING ELECTED!
Jesus Christ never congratulated the devil and his disciples. It is recorded that Jesus Christ did the following.
Gospel According to Saint Matthew, Chapter 4
1 Then Jesus was led by the spirit into the desert, to be tempted by the devil. 2 And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, afterwards he was hungry. 3 And the tempter coming said to him: If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread. 4 Who answered and said: It is written, Not in bread alone doth man live, but in every word that proceedeth from the mouth of God. 5 Then the devil took him up into the holy city, and set him upon the pinnacle of the temple,
6 And said to him: If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down, for it is written: That he hath given his angels charge over thee, and in their hands shall they bear thee up, lest perhaps thou dash thy foot against a stone. 7 Jesus said to him: It is written again: Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God. 8 Again the devil took him up into a very high mountain, and showed him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them, 9 And said to him: All these will I give thee, if falling down thou wilt adore me. 10 Then Jesus saith to him: Begone, Satan: for it is written, The Lord thy God shalt thou adore, and him only shalt thou serve.
No congratulations are owed to the first Marxist Socialist, who sees nothing wrong with Stalinist tactics in silencing all opposition, being elected to the Presidency of the United States, regardless of whether he's black, yellow, red, or polka-dot. Rather, sympathy is in order for America, and a world that America influences, which will suffer the consequences due to the devil being firmly in control of the soon to be shrinking "free world."
God help us all, and before all of this is over, we all will be down on our knees begging for God's help! - Gary L. Morella]
Inside their hotel, during a lengthy discussion Nov. 11 on what an Obama administration and a Democratic-dominated Congress might mean to the U.S. Catholic Church's pro-life cause, several bishops expressed fears that potential legislation and executive orders may relax federal policies related to abortion and embryonic stem-cell research.
Cardinal George said the church's position on abortion is clear, that it is evil and all Catholics should voice their opposition to it.
However, Archbishop George H. Niederauer of San Francisco said there is no unilateral rule that forbids U.S. Catholic politicians who vote in favor of legal abortion measures from receiving Communion, and said the decision of who should or shouldn't receive the Eucharist should be "left up to the pastoral sensitivity, to the individual bishop" of each diocese.
[NOTE: Niederauer has already shown his true colors many times over. His statement above shows a callous disregard for the committing of sacrilege on the part of pro-baby killing heretical apostates masquerading as Catholic. "There is no unilateral rule...." What about the only reason for the Catholic Church's existence, Niederauer, i.e., getting souls to Heaven, not to hell? That's about as straightforward a rule as you can get in accord with Christ's words at the end of Matthew's Gospel to convert the world to the Church that He founded upon Peter the Rock for salvation's sake! But Niederauer has proven to be one of the aforementioned apostates wearing masks. How else can his actions in the following links be explained?
Incredible Scandal as San Francisco Archbishop Niederauer's Apology Covers for Sodomy at MHR Parish
Chronicles of a Shameless Archbishop
You and your ilk are not fooling any Catholics in more than name only, Niederauer! They've caught your act too many times! We pray for your conversion to the one true faith. Barring that, we pray for the removal of you, and all those like you from positions of authority, in particular from the episcopate, who are destroying the Church from within. We do that for the sake of the souls of all concerned, not the least of which are your own! For your information, Niederauer, you have no credibility Those who have eyes to see, ears to hear, and are still capable of rational thought, i.e., right reason in accord with the Teaching Magisterium of Holy Mother Church on faith and morals, can easily discern wolves from sheep. And you and your ilk, Mr. Niederauer, are a member of the former group! - Gary L. Morella]
Sedlak told those participating in the protest that thousands of Catholics are confused because they witness politicians who support legal abortion going to Mass and receiving the Eucharist on a regular basis.
"This is in direct conflict with canon law," he said. "These politicians are guilty of the gravest of sins -- facilitating the death of innocent children -- and yet so many present themselves for Communion week after week. It's causing scandal and confusion in the church and this must cease."
During a press conference Nov. 11, Cardinal George said there is much debate about this particular canon, because some argue that a Catholic politician may only be guilty of formal cooperation in evil if he promotes the killing of innocent life and not by merely voting to keep the abortion procedure legal.
Jack Ames, president of Defend Life, called the bishops' choice of a venue for their fall assembly disrespectful because the hotel borders Baltimore's Little Italy neighborhood where "two Catholic pro-abortion members of Congress" -- Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California and Democratic U.S. Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski of Maryland -- grew up.
Ames also took the opportunity to point out that Maryland's Catholic Gov. Martin O'Malley is an advocate of legal abortion and that he, Pelosi and Mikulski regularly receive Communion.
Marie Hahnenberg, a researcher for STOP Planned Parenthood, also urged the bishops to use their influence to close down Planned Parenthood clinics nationwide.
Hahnenberg said Planned Parenthood routinely counsels its clients to have abortions and promotes teaching sex education to kindergartners in an effort to "turn them into future clients."
A smaller group of protesters organized by Operation Rescue founder Randall Terry also gathered in front of the bishop's Baltimore venue Nov. 9-10.