The Fishwrap (aka National Schismatic Reporter) today has an article about the US bishops and the hotly debated gun-control legislation.
In evidence is their use of a story from the Religion News Service.
As the Senate takes up a heated debate over gun control and background checks, Catholic bishops have used the months since the Newtown, Conn., school shootings to push gun control in email blasts and Senate Judiciary Committee testimony. But among the Catholic faithful, not everyone supports gun control measures.
Call them the NRA Catholics. [Boooo!]
In the midst of the heated post-Newtown gun control debate, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has issued firm support for increased regulation of firearms, citing Catholic teaching on the ethic of life. [The irony is so thick you can cut it with a knife .. no guns allowed, of course.] After President Barack Obama announced a package of legislative gun control proposals, the bishops joined a coalition of faith leaders in urging members of Congress to support them.
While most U.S. Catholics fall in line with the bishops’ stance on guns — about 62 percent support gun control, according to a poll by Washington-based the Public Religion Research Institute and Religion News Service — many in the pro-gun minority [Are they really claiming that only a minority of Americans are “pro-gun”? I though the issue was particular legislation?] protest or disregard their leaders’ pronounced role in the debate.
Everyone should now be asking….
Does Fishwrap support the US bishops like this when they give public testimony about the HHS mandate? Same-sex marriage? Abortion?
On 26 October 2011 Archbp. Lori gave testimony to the House Judiciary Committee about DOMA on behalf of the USCCB. Did Fishwrap go to bat for the USCCB then? Did they come out in active support of the what the bishops were urging about marriage?
How about the US bishops concerns about the HHS mandate and the implications of Obamacare for the defense of human life and conscience protection?
The editors of the non-catholic National Schismatic Reporter (click HERE and HERE) won’t stick up for the US bishops when it comes to something fundamental to the Faith, something based on natural law and revelation like marriage. They are happy to leap on when there is a liberal approach to an issue calling for prudential judgments about how to deal with criminals and the deranged.