Tuesday, November 11, 2008

More on USCCB General Assembly tomorrow....

I was at work when EWTN was providing live coverage of the USCCB's General Assembly where some interesting public dialogue bewteen our bishops took place on "Catholic Teaching in Political Life". By the sounds of what I've been reading, it was ...... lively.

The video will be archived hopefully overnight and I'll get to look at it tomorrow and pull out some gems as I did with the discussion the Catholic Campaign for Human Development and ACORN.

For now, I will leave you with this entry from Rocco at Whispers in the Loggia, who is there covering the event. It's so refreshing to see a bishop acting, well ..... like a bishop!

Martino Speaks

In the public session, this past campaign cycle's most-forthright hierarchical voice said that his confreres would one day have to deal with their collective "reticence" on the question of Catholic politicians who support abortion rights in defiance of church teaching.

The history of the church's response to racism, Bishop Joseph Martino of Scranton noted in a debate intervention (his second so far), would not be seen in the light it were today had Archbishops Joseph Rummel of New Orleans and Joseph Ritter of St Louis (later a cardinal) not imposed ecclesiastical sanctions on defiant public officials during the civil rights movement.

In this meeting's first public reference to Joe Biden, Martino said that he "cannot have a Vice President-elect coming to Scranton, saying he learned his values there, when those values are utterly opposed to the teaching of the church."

At the outset, Martino acknowledged that his comments might not be the most desired in the room... but even so, they came in his usual fluid, quick, forceful cadence.

Asked after the debate how the morning's executive session went, one prelate from the big center said "You just heard it." Several others later confirmed the impression.

Te Deum Laudamus! Home

The obedient are not held captive by Holy Mother Church; it is the disobedient who are held captive by the world!