It seems that Obama’s plans to gain the Catholic swing vote by nominating “Catholic” Joe Biden is not the boon for which he was hoping. It actually might be backfiring, as both the Denver and Washington Archbishops have strongly and publicly condemned both he and Pelosi regarding their unapologetic pro-abortion stance, even going so far to say they should refrain from receiving communion. It’s all over the internet news sources (although the MSM will likely keep this on the down-low.) Not the kind of favorable press they had desired, I’ll wager.
It’s about time. So what’s going on? I think we’re finally beginning to see US Catholic laity and the Catholic hierarchy emerge from the quagmire of the late 60s and 70s, when many fell away from true church teaching in favor of a sort of temporary kum-ba-yah version. This resulted in a generation of “cafeteria Catholics,” who pick and choose which Church teachings they wish to follow and which to ignore (two biggies being, of course, abortion and contraception.) My theory is that things are changing for the better, owing a lot to the strong leadership Pope John Paul II and current Pope Benedict. More and more Catholics are starting to embrace and understand their faith, rather than just blindly follow it (or not follow it, in several, ahem, cases.)
Of course, due to the vastness of the Church, when one of its members does something wrong, the whole lot of us gets implicated. You see, if a Protestant disagrees with their pastor, they leave that particular church to find another one, whose pastor says what they like to hear. (Or, they start their own church. Hence the limitless supply of Protestant denominations.) The disgruntled Catholic, on the other hand, either leaves the Church for one of said denominations, stops attending mass altogether, or becomes a cafeteria Catholic. Unlike Pelosi’s claims, Catholic teaching has not, and does not change with the whims of the times.
I am glad to see the Catholic leadership condemn these politicians, who do great damage by supporting abortion while simultaneously receiving Communion. This sends out a very mixed message to the general population, and to Catholics in particular. It appears that the Catholic swing vote is becoming more and more conservative, and far less likely to put up with hypocritical CINO politicians like Pelosi and Biden.