If you do not yet understand why we have been making such a fuss over the search for the new head of the Mass Catholic Conference, the meaningless statement on voting Catholic just issued from the four Massachusetts bishops and this video from Michael Voris at RealCatholic TV should confirm exactly why.
Take a couple of minutes to watch the RealCatholic TV video.
Voris describes the statement as something you would “read, put it down, and wonder why be a Catholic at all…Its murky messaging offers nothing in the way of guidance.”
The statement concludes by saying, “Go to the polls on Election Day and, through your choices at the ballot, act on your vision of a better society.”
To which Voris responds it’s exactly the lack of clarity and guidance of that “vision of a better society” that is the problem. Supporters of Planned Parenthood, abortion, or the gay agenda all think they are voting for a better society. He asks rhetorically, “Who goes into a voting booth and acts on their personal vision of a ‘worse society’?”
Voris rightfully says there “isn’t one shred of help in there that helps Catholics understand that the life issues are of primary importance.” Yes, the statement mentions the importance of defending the sanctity of life, and family based on marriage between a man and a woman, but then it continues in the next breath with religious freedom and the well-being of the poor as equally important. It’s classic Fr. Bryan Hehir “seamless garment.” Voris calls it “innane.” Fed up yet?
Compare this to what Cardinal-designate Archbishop Raymond Burke just said about voting Catholic:
Speaking on the contentious topic of abortion in the upcoming mid-terms, Cardinal-designate Burke said one “can never vote for someone who favors absolutely the right to choice of a woman to destroy a human life in her womb or the right to a procured abortion.”
You may in some circumstances where you don’t have any candidate who is proposing to eliminate all abortion, choose the candidate who will most limit this grave evil in our country,” he explained, “but you could never justify voting for a candidate who not only does not want to limit abortion but believes that it should be available to everyone.”
The Vatican prelate also addressed the issue of same-sex “marriage,” asserting that maintaining the definition of marriage as between one man and one woman is not unjust discrimination.
“Where there is unjust discrimination –for instance, where you say that a fellow human being, because of the color of his skin, is not a part of the same race as someone, say, who is a Caucasian, that is a kind of discrimination which is unjust and immoral,” he said.
However, he added, “there is a discrimination which is perfectly just and good, and that is the discrimination between what is right and what is wrong.”
“Between what is according to our human nature and what is contrary to our human nature. So the Catholic Church, in teaching that sexual acts between persons of the same sex are intrinsically evil, are against nature itself, is simply announcing the truth, helping people to discriminate right from wrong in terms of their own activities.”
Try getting Archbishop Burke’s words from the Massachusetts Catholic Conference and Massachusetts bishops. And as long as we have two members of the search committee, Sr. Annette McDermott and James Brett, who have records of supporting pro-abortion politicians and others who dissent from the faith, the search effort for a new “faithful Catholic” leader (who can hopefully help drive better statements from the Massachusetts bishops) is tainted.
While we’re at it, frankly the Mass Catholic Conference Executive Director position should also report directly to the bishops, with no reporting relationship to Fr. Bryan Hehir or oversight by him. And Fr. Hehir and Sr. Annette should also be removed from the MCC board.
But for now, let’s focus on getting the two controversial figures off the committee. If you haven’t yet sent a letter off to the Papal Nuncio, Massachusetts bishops, and Holy See, just click on the FedUp button to the right.