Life Marches On and So Does the USCCCP

Life Marches On [and So Does the USCCCP]

January 13, 2018

By CHRISTOPHER MANION

As hundreds of thousands of pro-lifers prepare for the 45th Annual March for Life in Washington on January 19, America is benefiting from the best year since 1973 when it comes to policies affirming the value of life.
President Trump has reaffirmed and broadened the Mexico City Policy established by Ronald Reagan. He has targeted Obama’s notorious HHS Mandate for extinction, halted United Nations abortion funding, and successfully named Justice Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court.
Despite these accomplishments, America’s Catholic bishops have found it difficult to praise President Trump. When forced to do so, their tone is begrudging and usually ends with a bitter “but” — especially when it comes to Trump’s determination to restore the rule of law regarding immigration, a move that threatens hundreds of millions of federal dollars that the bishops have routinely received from the Obama administration.
In the main, our bishops have concentrated their ample politicking and lobbying budget on opposing the president. On everything from immigration to taxes to preserving Obamacare, they have ramped up their megaphones and filled their official schedules to keep the drumbeat alive.
Fortunately, as the result of a surprisingly close vote at their meeting last November, one prelate has his priorities firmly in order. Archbishop Joseph Naumann of Kansas City, Kans., is currently serving his sixth term as a member of the USCCB’s pro-life committee, and has used that time, in his words, “to study and reflect upon the many and often complex issues related to the Church’s efforts to both protect and promote the sanctity of every human life.”
Archbishop Naumann will assume the chair of the committee next year, replacing Timothy Cardinal Dolan of New York.
Is this good news for Humanae Vitae? It was Cardinal Dolan, after all, who five years ago admitted that our bishops had suffered from “laryngitis” on Humanae Vitae since it was promulgated in 1968. Taking our cue from Archbishop Naumann, our efforts to cure this malady “must be grounded in prayer.”

Conference’s Kumbaya Caucus Meets

Right now, the bishops’ bureaucracy isn’t giving Archbishop Naumann much support. Consider: Italian moral theologian Fr. Maurizio Chiodi, a new member of the Pontifical Academy for Life, uses Pope Francis’ Amoris Laetitia to insist that some circumstances “require contraception”; a USCCB leader refuses to say whether Amoris permits adultery; and two American cardinals and several bishops have welcomed active sodomites.
And what is the Catholic Deep State’s response? A Social Justice convention!
That’s right. Next month, hundreds of Social Justice champions will convene in Washington “to network, advocate for social justice, and form emerging leaders in service to the Church and society.” Their goal? To “share the Church’s social mission for the common good and the evangelization of the world.”
And what is that mission?
Attendees will hear several presentations from leaders of the scandal-ridden Catholic Campaign for Human Development, a Saul-Alinsky-style operation that “aids the poor” not by raising them out of poverty, but by herding them into a political voting bloc through “community organizing.”
We recall that a young Barack Obama received his first community organizing grant from the Archdiocese of Chicago, which partnered with Alinsky in the city’s Back-of-the-Yards neighborhoods.
Conference attendees will hear about the evils of racism, defined by the bishops as a “subtle sin” that “most” whites (but no one else) commit — a sin so subtle, in fact, that most of us don’t know we’re sinning! And yet, they tell us, racism, and not abortion, is America’s “original sin.”
So attendees will be subjected to repetitions of the Black Lives Matter lies regarding Ferguson, Mo., rather than a discussion of the horrendous black-on-black massacres on the streets of Chicago, Baltimore, and other major American cities.
The list of sponsoring organizations includes Catholic Relief Services, which receives hundreds of millions of dollars per year from the taxpayer but cannot mention Jesus or the faith in its “evangelizing” efforts — because that would be proselytizing!
And CRS routinely sends its lobbyists — paid in full by the faithful — to lobby every year for hundreds of millions in federal funding for organizations that support worldwide distribution of contraceptives and abortifacients.
Last on the list of sponsors is the Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities, which according to the schedule has no role in the actual proceedings. Instead, the indigenous, the poor, immigrants (legal and illegal), “diversity” (LGBT not mentioned specifically), affordable housing, the nuclear threat, and global warming will be the issues that Catholic “leaders” will be called on to champion for the sake of “justice and peace.”
Apparently marriage, the family, and their role as the foundation and guarantee of social integrity as taught in Humanae Vitae just aren’t worth mentioning in the Catholic Deep State’s pursuit of the common good.

 

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