We have seen Amy Sullivan before. Among other things, Amy Sullivan was a legislative assistant to pro-abortion Catholic, former Senator Tom Daschle (D-SD). She is as politically partisan as you can get.
This time Sullivan, with The New Republic as her soap-box, has a little nutty in a piece called “The Catholic Bishops Move Even Further Away From Social Justice”.
The appointment of a new executive director of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Department of Justice, Peace and Human Development doesn’t sound like earth-shaking news to most people. But social justice Catholics (as opposed to the abortion-firsters) [She begins to show her real colors. By this she means that we can kill the unborn for the sake of a whole bunch of other reasons that outweigh the right of children to be born.] have been awaiting the announcement ever since the bishops’ longtime anti-poverty lobbyist John Carr announced in June that he would be leaving after 25 years in the role. [A good day.]
Carr, who was highly-respected on Capital Hill and throughout the tight-knit community of religious advocates in Washington, was widely seen as a moderating voice within the conference. [That can’t be good.] (Fun fact: Carr is the older brother of New York Times media columnist David Carr.) That made life difficult for him over the past few years, as he continued to promote Catholic social teaching even when it put him at odds with the positions of conservative Catholic bishops and activists, as well as conservative lay Catholics who have risen to positions of significant power at the conference. [Did you see what she did there? She made the people she likes into the arbiters of what the Church teaches about “social justice” over and against the Catholic bishops.]
So when Carr announced his departure to become a fellow at Harvard’s Institute of Politics, moderate Catholics looked to the announcement of his replacement for a sign of where the USCCB is headed. [CUE OMINOUS MUSIC] The bishops have criticized recent Republican budgets that have included stark cuts in social justice programs at home and abroad. But their advocacy has been restrained, [Oh dear! Imagine!] expressed through letters to Congress and not through directives for parish education in the form of sermons or anything like the two-week teach-in on religious freedom that took place this summer. The open question for moderate Catholics [As opposed to extremist Catholics, such as those who believe that people have the right, according to the most fundamental sort of social justice, to be born. As opposed to those who think that marriage is between one many and one woman. As opposed to those who believe in a male priesthood, Christ’s giving a hierarchy to the Church, and the Magisterium is not a voting issue.] was whether the conference would continue to pursue an arguably partisan agenda [HA! If you agree with the bishops, then you are being politically partisan, but if you agree with Amy’s ilk, you are moderate.] or shift some of its resources and might back to battling poverty in a more visible way. [Because the Church’s mission is to battle poverty, to involved with earthly concerns.]
Now they have their answer, and it isn’t encouraging. [The Anglican Church is waiting for you, Amy, and with open arms.] Earlier this week, the USCCB announced that Jonathan Reyes would replace Carr at the conference. Reyes has most recently led Catholic Charities in the Denver Archdiocese. [Watch this one! …] But in Catholic circles, he is better known for having co-founded and served as the first president of the Augustine Institute, an unaccredited Catholic graduate school in Denver [by which she means that it is no good] that has no women on its faculty. [ROFL!] However, the institute does have a number of faculty with degrees from Steubenville University in Ohio, the Liberty University of Catholicism. [? As opposed to… what… the Gulag University of….? No, wait. Read on and you will get it.] Steubenville made national news in May when it became the first Catholic institution to sue the federal government over the contraception mandate, even though the school would almost certainly be covered by the administration’s “religious employer” exemption. [Okay… that was ridicule. Amy must be in favor of imposing immoral obligations on religious institutions. But wait… Reyes is a bad guy for yet another reason…]
Perhaps the most relevant piece of Reyes’ background is his position as a protégé of Archbishop Charles Chaput, [Ooooo!] who served in Denver until his recent appointment to the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. Chaput, you may remember, was one of a handful of Catholic clerics who declared in 2004 that John Kerry should not receive communion because of his support for abortion rights. [LOL! Chaput did that, Reyes is connected to Chaput, ergo Reyes is a medieval meanie.] The archbishop gave an interview to the National Catholic Reporter last week that all but endorsed the Romney-Ryan ticket, [Amy, who lied in another article we looked at on this blog, distorts what Chaput said. Chaput said that he could not vote for a pro-abortion candidate.] and he joined a small group of Catholic leaders who have sought to defend Paul Ryan and his enthusiastic support for cutting funds to social programs. [Does that pass the common-sense smell test? They give enthusiastic support to cutting social programs? Is that what they are doing?]
Reyes’ appointment has been cheered by conservative Catholics online. Here’s the reaction of one columnist at the conservative site CatholicCulture.org:
Have you been frustrated, over the years, with the political statements issued by the US bishops’ conference? If so, prepare for a welcome change. Have you wondered why the bishops never seem to listen to reasonable arguments by conservative Catholics? That’s about to change, too.
No one I have talked to—in or outside the conference—seems to know exactly who was involved in choosing Reyes. [That’s because, Amy, it has to do with greater fidelity to the Church’s teachings. That’s why it is hard for you and the people you talk to to get this.] It’s unclear whether the selection was left up to Cardinal Timothy Dolan, [a little more innuendo] who serves as the president of the USCCB, or whether the bishops who head the committees Reyes will report to were involved in the process. Regardless, Michael Sean Winters spoke for concerned moderate Catholics when he wrote at the National Catholic Reporter: “At a time when there are obvious divisions within the hierarchy regarding which public policy issues should be emphasized and how those issues should be framed, it seems to me imperative to have selected someone who was not so obviously aligned with one wing of the current ideological divisions.” [In other words, one of those “social justice” Catholics who will vote for pro-abortion candidates.]