Tuesday, February 26, 2008

A Take on Joe Feuerherd's WaPo Article (Part 1)

There has been a great deal made about Joe Feuerherd’s piece in the Washington Post’s Outlook section.

Now, let’s take a look at this from the perspective of regular guy in the pews. And just as important, someone who lives in the Archdiocese of Washington.

First, Joe (and I don’t know him on a personal level) comes out swinging saying that the Catholic bishops have said that pushing the button for a pro-abortion candidate is sending his soul to hell. Now, no where have I heard that statement being made (although I wish they would) but as we all know, the bishops have a moral obligation to say when there is something intrinsically evil, we must not do anything to aid and abet it. Each of us has a free will and if Joe wishes to continue to promote evil, then he has put his soul in that position, no one else.

Second, if you are even slightly familiar with the National Catholic Reporter, you will know that it is what many of us would view their reporting as on the left. The key word is his use of the word “independent” which in this case means "we follow what we want." Kinda like the Maryland Catholic Conference, on occassions.

Having gone thru all of that, then he really ratchets up the volume by claiming he is against liberal abortion laws. Note that he does not say he is opposed to all abortion laws, just liberal ones. Of course, he makes certain to throw in that this is not Nazi Germany. Well, then Joe, I guess that just makes it all the more palatable.

(Do you ever notice that those on the left love to throw in the Nazi Germany analogy somewhere along the way. I guess it is a requirement or something. Could you imagine the conversation between Joe and his friend? “Hey Joe, you know, the article is missing something. What is it, what is it? I know, you forgot to do a comparison with Nazi Germany. That will make the piece perfect.")

Joe continues on with the term “wafer wars.” What a wonderful way for a Catholic to refer to the Holy Eucharist. My how that must warm the hearts of Sr. Joan Chittister and Fr. Greeley.

To be continued...

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