By Michael Kinsley

Catholic Bishops Issue Hollow Plea For Sympathy

November 18, 2011 9:47 pm Category: Memo Pad 5 Comments A+ / A-

Nov. 18 (Bloomberg) — The Catholic Church feels oppressed. As reported in the New York Times, this week’s meeting of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops was a big pity party.

Religious liberty is under siege. The group’s president, Archbishop Timothy Dolan of New York, declared, “We see in our culture a drive to neuter religion” — which he attributes, ambiguously and ominously, to “well-financed, well-oiled sectors.” Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia gave a speech to college students declaring that the “America emerging in the next several decades is likely to be much less friendly to Christian faith than anything in our country’s past. It’s not a question of when or if it might happen. It’s happening today.”

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  • CharleneJohnson

    TOOK BACK AT HOW YOU TREAT WOMEN & THE FIELD DAY THE PRIEST HAD WITH BOYS – CRY ME A RIVER. ALSO YOU STICK YOUR NOSE IN WOMEN BUSINESS AND WONDER WHY PEOPLE FEEL THE WAY THEY DO? GIVE ME A BREAK

  • Frank D Lewis Sr

    There seems to be very few Christians in America today. There many who say they are Christians but you not always what you say you are if you are not living the principles that makes you one. Human ideas about true Christianity seems to have overtaken the truth. Christianity originated from and is based on Jesus Christ and his principles. There is few who can or wants to live it. True Christianity is based on love, sharing and caring. Without those principles the rest is hipocrisy.

  • terango.lf

    I,m shocked that the author of this article says that because they are not a believer they could’nt be president. The constitution specificly states that “there shall be no religious test” to hold the executive office of president. Are you telling me that no one heads this proposition?? I’m shocked!!

  • buzzquick

    Many Catholics feel disenfranchised because of the inability to keep American Catholics on the beam. Many of the faith have for a long time done a piece meal attitude towards the teaching of the faith. Take a little of this and that and forsake the rest. Now the Church wants to retreat to the ways before Vatican II. That is where all faiths were called to Rome and acknowledge that we may have differences in ideology, but all believe in Christ, one God we pray to. Now they want to go back where Latin will be the liturgy, create the infalibilty of the teachings and the word of The Holy Father. Just when many Catholics are dancing on the fringes of their faith many will weigh the choices being made in the 21st Century. The great divide wil become the reason so many Catholics are confused and not able to feel a sense of belonging.

  • FPFrainAguirre

    Historically speaking, whenever a Vatican Council has been called, the bishops have felt that they are losing their power. With the last few popes, we, the Faithful, have seen a tightening of the rules and a closing of the windows that were opened by Pope John XXIII in the ’60’s. What John did was what was needed when Martin Luther posted his theses on the door of his church in Germany. That was in the 1500’s. This pity party is really about the Bishops’ loss of power! Vatican II stated that the people are the Church. We are not treated this way today. The bishop’s and priests are supposed to be the servants of the people. When those doors and windows are closed, the people will leave. When the people leave the church, there is less money and power for those who are called to be “servants! Right now, we are being told to change such simple responses as “And also with you” to “and with your spirit” because it is closer to the Latin form. What triteness! They have nothing better to do?–like having compassion for the least of their brothers AND SISTERS! The Pope has already excommunicated some 70+ people who have disagreed with him and what he defines as Christianity! We have more educated people in our world today, and they will not put up with this nonsense!

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