Priests and lay people need to rally around Card. Dolan and the whole USCCB in its effort to uphold the 1st Amendment, religious liberty rights not only of Catholics, but of all Americans in the face of blatant attacks by Pres. Obama and his Administration.
We need to give voice to our concerns in the public square and not allow ourselves to be intimidated into silence.
On that note, here is something a reader sent me from LJWorld.com with my emphases and comments:
Kansas House prayer gets political
By Scott Rothschild
March 15, 2012
TOPEKA — A prayer to open the House session on Thursday included comments about abortion, same-sex marriage and religious freedom.
Father James Gordon of St. John Vianney in Maple Hill, delivered the prayer, saying, “We ask you to strengthen our understanding of traditional marriage: one man and one woman. We ask you to bring us back to virtuous morals in society, morals that kept us from killing a child in the womb through abortion.
“We ask you to defend us now in the fight for true religious freedom and freedom of conscience, that seems to be threatened now in the public sphere.”
Gordon was a guest of Rep. Mike Kiegerl, R-Olathe. People who are invited to lead the daily prayer to open the House session are asked to steer away from political topics. [He was asked. He declined.]
House Speaker Mike O”Neal, R-Hutchinson, said Gordon’s prayer “arguably went beyond” those guidelines.
House Minority Leader Paul Davis, D-Lawrence, said the prayer was inappropriate. [Ooooo… that’s about as bad as it can get! “Inappropriate!”]
“The prayer needs to be ecumenical,” Davis said. [I think most religious groups, including Muslims and orthodox, observant Jews, would accept a prayer that included mention of morals, marriage and life. These are things we embrace because of reason, not merely because of revelation. Davis might not know what ecumenical means. Unless he means: “It challenged my pro-choice, pro-homosexual political agenda I hold as a Democrat, and therefore it is not ‘ecumenical’.”]
Thomas Witt, executive director of the Kansas Equality Coalition, which advocates for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered persons, said, “Prayers at the beginning of the each day’s session of the Legislature are meant to ask for the blessings of the creator. Using prayer to launch political attacks against one’s opponents is unacceptable.” [It wasn’t a political attack. It was a prayer. Liberals who promote perversity always turn issues of natural law into political “policies”.]
Someone prayers a prayer that isn’t vague and generic pabulum and the left has a nutty.
Most ministers of religion probably go all wobbly at the prospect – nay rather – the incredible prestigious wondrous ineffable honor of being able to stand up there in the focal point of secular political power and say a few words. They therefore utter a few treacle-laden sentiments which anyone would be entirely right to ignore and then go home, probably bearing a little “Kilroy Was Here” certificate to put on the wall, perhaps alongside the photo that was taken. There is always a temptation to bend to secular pressure. I don’t know how good military chaplains walk this line day in and day out, but some of them do, and do it properly while maintaining their Catholic identity.
WDTPRS kudos to Fr. Gordon.
BTW… Fr. Gordon has the letters FSSP after his name. He is a member of the Fraternity of St. Peter.