Posted by Vox Cantoris at Monday, October 17, 2016
Passionist Priest Edward Beck
You’re worried about some potty-mouth and unsubstantiated claims that are now being refuted by witnesses?
If you vote for Hillary Clinton, knowing her intentions on abortion and the Catholic Church, you will have participated in an evil act.
But you won’t hear that from Edward Beck, a Passionist priest in New York City and a contributor to Crux and CNN. I have copied the Crux article below, lest they get any clicks out of it.
In an article on Crux, “Why Clinton campaign emails aren’t necessarily anti-Catholic,” this priest, Beck, takes the position that the greater offense and crime and presumably sin, is the hackers.
Beck goes on to add that Newman is a “Catholic.” Well, Ed, so was Judas!
Beck has the temerity to write of “spin.” Well, he should know what “spin” is because he just did it.
What our well-coiffed priest does not seem to get, you can’t really block anyone from Twitter. First, if one does not log-in, one can see any page. Second. you can always take out an alternate account.
Beck is a disgrace to the priesthood. A man who has spent far too much time in front of a mirror than the tabernacle has no business being a priest. He has no business telling Catholics that there is an “out” to vote for Hillary Clinton.
One look at Beck’s Facebook page displays a dangerous narcissist for a priest. Where are his Superiors?
Donald J. Trump is a man with flaws. His behaviour is rough and he has said some unacceptable things in his life. Well surprise, who has not. Is he suitable to be President? A lot more suitable than Hillary Clinton in one matter. He has promised to put forward a Supreme Court with pro-life Justices that may eventually be able to overturn Roe vs. Wade. Hillary Clinton will not only, not do that, but will aggressively expand the murder of children.
Beck is nothing more than a shill for the Democratic Party and the American left. He is not of Christ but of the Father of Lies.
Think very carefully, Americans.
Do you want to join Edward Beck before the LORD trying to explain yourself out of this?
And please, please, would you really want to be as stupid as us Canadians?
The Beck article
Some Catholics were left scratching their heads by the kerfuffle created by the revelation of hacked emails of the Clinton campaign.
Conservative Catholic groups and some members of the hierarchy were quick to accuse the writers of the emails of participating in an anti-Catholic smear. Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia called for an apology from the Clinton campaign.
“Of course it would be wonderful for the Clinton campaign to repudiate the content of these ugly WikiLeaks emails,” he said.
Catholic League President Bill Donohue said that John Podesta, campaign chair for Clinton, should be fired for his participation in the controversial email exchange: “He is fomenting revolution in the Catholic Church, creating mutiny and is totally unethical.”
Not all Catholics agree with such grandiose assessments, which suggest a nefarious plot against the Catholic Church. More progressive Catholics view the email exchange as an honest dialogue – intended to be private – between people (all Catholics themselves, by the way) discussing how to respond to a conservative element in the Catholic Church that seems intent on turning back the advances of Vatican II.
In the emails, John Halpin, a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress, suggests that the Catholicism of some socially conservative Catholics, including members of the Supreme Court, is “an amazing bastardization of the faith…They must be attracted to the systematic thought and severely backwards gender relations and must be totally unaware of Christian democracy.”
Jennifer Palmieri, the Clinton campaign director of communications, responds, “I imagine they think it is the most socially acceptable politically conservative religion. Their rich friends wouldn’t understand if they became evangelical.”
As Pope Francis has often indicated, the Catholic Church is a large tent that allows for many opinions and perspectives within its flaps. The writers of the emails in question can be seen as Catholics expressing their views about how their faith intersects with public policy and social agenda.
The emails can likewise be interpreted as drafted by Catholics who are concerned that their Church risks becoming irrelevant, rather than being interpreted as smears on a Church they disdain.
Palmieri’s response actually seems more denigrating to Evangelicals than to Catholics. Progressive Catholics understand precisely what is being communicated in the exchange. It is not unlike other familiar conversations among clergy and Catholics who have been buoyed by the strides of Pope Francis, and his emphasis on social justice over controversial moral and sexual teachings.
Many Catholics do believe, as the emails suggest, that Church teaching needs to evolve more quickly if it is to have a relevant impact on a rapidly evolving world. Those Catholics are also sympathetic to the reality that private email exchanges may be less than diplomatic and not always politically correct in expressing those heartfelt concerns.
In responding to an email by Sandy Newman of Voices for Progress, who suggests the need for a “Catholic Spring”, John Podesta writes, “We created Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good to organize for a moment like this…Like most Spring movements, I think this one will have to be bottom up.”
This hardly sounds like a man intent on creating an “unethical mutiny.” Rather, it sounds more like a concerned Catholic attempting to align his faith with his political ideals and principles, albeit from his left-of-center perspective.
Pope Francis has said, “A good Catholic meddles in politics, offering the best of himself, so that those who govern can govern.”
The meddling of a few wonky Catholic Clinton campaigners should be less concerning to us than the meddling of far more impious entities who hack private emails and illegally release them, to a populace all too ready to put its own spin on them.
The Podesta Email
We created Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good to organize for a moment like this. But I think it lacks the leadership to do so now. Likewise Catholics United.
Like most Spring movements, I think this one will have to be bottom up. I’ll discuss with Tara. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend is the other person to consult.
On 2/10/12, Sandy Newman
> Hi, John, > >
This whole controversy with the bishops opposing contraceptive coverage even
> though 98% of Catholic women (and their conjugal partners) have used
> contraception has me thinking . . . There needs to be a Catholic Spring, in
> which Catholics themselves demand the end of a middle ages dictatorship and
> the beginning of a little democracy and respect for gender equality in the
> Catholic church. Is contraceptive coverage an issue around which that could
> happen. The Bishops will undoubtedly continue the fight. Does the Catholic
> Hospital Association support of the Administration’s new policy, together
> with “the 98%” create an opportunity?
> > Of course, this idea may just reveal my total lack of understanding of the
> Catholic church, the economic power it can bring to bear against nuns and
> priests who count on it for their maintenance, etc. Even if the idea isn’t
> crazy, I don’t qualify to be involved and I have not thought at all about
> how one would “plant the seeds of the revolution,” or who would plant them.
> Just wondering . . .
> > Hoping you’re well, and getting to focus your time in the ways you want.
> > Sandy
> > Sandy Newman, President
> Voices for Progress > 202.669.8754