A group called Catholic Democrats has been defending the University of Notre Shame and now is defending Georgetown University’s willingness to cover over the name of the Lord so as to placate the present administration in the White House. They put out a release, below, with my emphases and comments.
Catholic Democrats Decries Attacks on President Obama and Georgetown University
Cites Poll Showing Increased Catholic Support for Obama
Boston, MA – Catholic Democrats denounces the latest round of right-wing attacks on President Obama and Catholic universities that surfaced after the President delivered a major policy speech on the economy at Georgetown University this past Tuesday. Critics falsely claim that a cross and a Catholic Christogram on a pediment were purposefully covered to "deny" or "nix" ‘Jesus’ during the President’s speech. [Well… those are the facts, right?]
"This is just another desperate attempt by a vocal minority on the far Right [
[If this a movement from is such a tiny fringe, why are they getting so worked up about it?] to create a false narrative intended to divide the Catholic community and President Obama," said Steve Krueger, National Director of the Catholic Democrats. [!!? How much unity is their with the Catholic "community" on the part of President Obama?] "They should know that the White House and Georgetown followed a standard operating procedure for setting a backdrop for a presidential address. [So, covering the Holy Name is standard operating procedure. Got it.] At a time when millions of people are struggling to pay the rent, these increasingly irrelevant [sounds hysterical, doesn’t he…] critics don’t realize that they have bigger concerns than the stagecraft of a presidential speech or being the watchdogs of Catholic identity for laudable Catholic universities. [So, they do place worldly concerns before their reverence for the Lord. Got it. Also, even if we were to stipulate that there are "bigger" concerns, it is no problem for us to think about more than one issue at a time. We can consider both the stagecraft and the social issues and don’t have to choose between them.] Coming on the heels of fueling a politically motivated controversy at Notre Dame, [Here is that fatal flaw we have seen in so often. They are politicizing these events. They are dragging politics. They are reading everything through a political lens. The Catholics who protest against a Catholic University honoring the most actively pro-abortion President in American history, or covering over the Name of the Saviour in acquiesensce to his desires, are protesting because of their faith not because of their political affiliations.] this pattern of attack [Actually, it is a pattern of defense, defense of a faithful Catholic identity.] is the reason Catholic Democrats has recently launched an on-line statement of support for Catholic colleges."
The White House issued a statement this week saying, "Decisions made about the backdrop for the speech were made to have a consistent background of American flags, which is standard for many presidential events. Any suggestions to the contrary are simply false." [Surrrrrre.] The Rev. Thomas Reese, S.J., [No surprise that he would chime in to support this manifestly political group.] a Jesuit and a senior fellow at the Woodstock Institute at Georgetown University, stated earlier this week that he doesn’t "think this [was] motivated by theology." [But… what is motivated by theology there?] A Georgetown University spokesperson, also on record, stated that the White House’s request was "consistent with what they’ve done for other policy speeches." [Sure. We already got that part. It is standard operating procedure to cover up the Name of Jesus at that Jesuit University in favor of a secular leader with values antithetical to the Catholic Church’s teachings.]
"President Obama’s approval rating remains high among Catholics for good reason," [I think it is called "scandal".] said Dr. Patrick Whelan, President of the Catholic Democrats. "The Catholic sensibilities he developed as a community organizer in the parishes of Chicago [Those were "Catholic sensibilities"?] are reflected in the policies of his presidency – from putting a halt to torture and passing a health care plan for vulnerable children (S-CHIP), to providing critical services for the poor in the Stimulus Package and in calling for an end to nuclear arms." [So far no mention of abortion or of causing children who survive abortions to die.]
Last November, the majority of Catholics voted for President Obama by a margin of 54% to 45%, a rate higher than the 52% to 46% margin among non-Catholics. Earlier this month, The Pew Research Center for the People and the Press released a new poll showing that the President’s favorability ratings among Catholics had risen to 65% favorable vs. 23% unfavorable, exceeding both his election margin and his current favorability ratings among the general population (63% vs. 25%). [Nope… still nothing. Numbers really impress these people… more than the Church’s teachings, apparently.]
These politically motivated defenders of the pro-abortion President choose polling data, at least when it suits them, as the measure of their convictions rather than the teachings of the Church.
In the meantime, they are unruffled by the covering over of the Holy Name. Indeed, they seem to be pleased about it, since it gains for them another opportunity to slide onto the radar screen of this administration. They are fine with giving honors to President Obama, since they will share his stage when he receives them.
What was it St. Thomas More said?
"…. but for Wales?"