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Catholic League – Obama Must Speak Out On Church Ills

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Following a day in which Barack Obama was both praised and attacked from the pulpit by Catholic Priests The Catholic League is now attacking Obama for which priests he associates with.  In the invocation at the New YorkState Republican Party Dinner, Monsignor Jim Lisante mocked Obama.  On the same day video surfaced of Father Michael Phleger preaching at Obama’s church mocking Hillary Clinton. Obama immediately condemmed the remarks and Phleger apologized, however the Catholic League sees things differently.

The Catholic League who is sort of the Catholic equivalent of the Justice League, but without superpowers.  “Why is it that of all the wonderful Catholic priests in the Chicago Archdiocese, Obama long ago chose Pfleger to hang with?” Catholic League President Bill Donohue said in a statement. “Truth be known, Pfleger has a very troubling history.”

With such a troubling history it almost seems like there should be some kind of authority that could discipline and remove bad priests.  Unfortunately, if you’re looking for discipline or a hierarchical structure the Catholic Church is the wrong place.

Members of the Catholic League also found it troubling that in his public life Obama has done nothing to tackle issues of Canon Law such as the ordination of women or married priests.  Obama likewise has a lackluster record on doing anything to prevent the church sexual abuse scandal of recent years.  Nor has Obama distanced himself from controversial church practices of the past such as indulgences, the inquisition, and perceived anti-semitism.

With Obama clearly unwilling to take on issues such as these which are important to Catholics there can be no doubt he will be stung hard by their votes in the Fall.  I have never been a big fan of Papists myself, but I find myself totally agreeing with them in this case.


Written by thatsrightnate

May 31, 2008 at 8:36 am

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  1. It’s just like the Catholic church to experience Fr. Phlegar as the one with a “troubling History.” If you attend his church services or see the full range of programs he has established for his community, you might wonder how troubled he is. Shame on the Catholic church for not supporting and standing by him. With all the abusive non-sense that has plagued the church for many years, I’d think they would embrace him as a heroe. Moreover, shame on Barack Obama for so quickly distancing himself from a man that so embraced him. Hey, I think Barack is great in so many ways, but I wish he could let go of his fear he has to abandon everyone who supported him when others didn’t even know his name.


    May 31, 2008 at 9:17 am

  2. Interesting post, brother in law. But, it raises (once again) an interesting question. What services do you attend and where exactly do you attend them?


    May 31, 2008 at 10:20 am

  3. I’d be glad to address Steve’s question if I understood how and why that would help him. If I say that I’ve been baptized, confirmed and a member of the Catholic church, does that help?


    May 31, 2008 at 12:38 pm

  4. Sorry 4wrd. That question was intended for Nate, my “beloved” brother in law. Although my wife and I are married and have raised two beautiful children, nate continues to condemn our faith. What he seems unable to do is tell his family where and when it is that he goes to services. he and his fat daughter spend every Sunday morning, as far as I can tell, at Dunkin Donuts. Nonetheless, Nate always has to throw in his 50 cents about my religion, Obama’s religion, your religion. It is really getting old.


    May 31, 2008 at 12:51 pm

  5. Steve-Thanks for the clarification.


    May 31, 2008 at 12:57 pm

  6. It’s a lot more clarification than you will ever get from Nate. You can see more of our family squabble if you look at his post about Left Behind. Whatever it is that Nate believes in, besides donuts, is anyone’s guess.


    May 31, 2008 at 2:05 pm

  7. Abusing someones daughter because her father disagrees with your religious beliefs? Not very classy steve, not very classy at all.


    May 31, 2008 at 3:58 pm

  8. As Nate himself in an earlier post, she’s a “porker.” I think she’d be a very average looking girl if Nate wasn’t always feeding her donuts.


    May 31, 2008 at 4:08 pm

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