Over at the National Schismatic Reporter (aka Fishwrap) here is a piece by Mr. Winter’s which shows something of their true colors over there: They don’t care about the fact that taxpayer dollars will be funding intrinsically evil actions and that they consciences of many Catholic who are faithful to the Church’s doctrinal and moral teachings will be violated. Something else is more important.
For Fishwrap, the right to live and the right to act according to a properly formed conscience are of secondary importance. What matters is the promotion of the agendas of the Obama Administration and the Democrat party under the flag of “social justice”.
Here is a sample toward the end of their bit about the annual Red Mass in Washington DC:
At the brunch following the Mass, Cardinal Wuerl spoke movingly about Pope Francis and the experience of the conclave. It was obvious to all how thrilled +Wuerl is by the new pope as he recalled being approached by a young boy after the conclave who said to him: “You are a cardinal, right? You did good.”
Perhaps the most interesting thing about yesterday’s Red Mass and brunch was the thing that was not said. Two words went unmentioned: religious liberty. There was not a whiff of culture warrior talk in the day’s proceedings, no condemnation of the Supreme Court’s decisions in the same sex marriage cases, no please for the HHS mandate to be ruled unconstitutional. Instead, modeling Pope Francis, both +Farrell and +Wuerl spoke about the Gospel and left the politics outside. It was so refreshing.
The problem here is not that the speakers didn’t bring up the HHS mandate or other burning issues about which the Church is allegedly “obsessed”.
The problem is that they are celebrating US prelates being “silenced”.
The fact is that the problems caused by the HHS mandate have not mystically vanished with the election of Pope Francis. The problems cannot not be addressed. We have to find the courage to continue to address the problems and to struggle against the violations of our religious liberty. But we need to take action which will be effective in the long run. Is the most effective course silence? I suspect not. Silence, however, is what Fishwrap is happy about.
I will stipulate that not every Red Mass has to be an occasion for addressing social issues explicitly. But that is not the point of their comments about the Red Mass.
For Fishwrap this is a defeat for the US bishops and a win for Pres. Obama. That’s why this is “refreshing”.