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Archbishop: Obama “Most Committed” Abortion-Rights Candidate, Supporters Do a “Disservice to the Church”

October 20, 2008

Denver Roman Catholic Archbishop Charles Chaput labeled Barack Obama the “most committed” abortion-rights candidate from a major party in 35 years while accusing a Catholic Obama ally and other Democratic-friendly Catholic groups of doing a “disservice to the church.”

 

By ERIC GORSKI
AP Religion Writer

Chaput, one of the nation’s most politically outspoken Catholic prelates, delivered the remarks Friday night at a dinner of a Catholic women’s group.

His comments were among the sharpest in a debate over abortion and Catholic political responsibility in a campaign in which Catholics represent a key swing vote.

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While Chaput has won praise from traditionalist Catholics for stressing opposition to abortion as a foundational voting issue, voices on the Catholic left have sought to apply church teachings to war, poverty, the environment and other issues.

Although the Catholic left is not new, several advocacy groups have either formed or ramped up activities since 2004. Partly, their efforts are a response to attention given to the pro-abortion rights stance of Democrat John Kerry, a Catholic who was criticized by a few bishops who suggested he should be denied or refrain from Communion.

Chaput, without getting into much detail, called Obama the “most committed” abortion-rights major-party presidential candidate since the landmark Roe v. Wade decision on abortion in 1973.

“To suggest—as some Catholics do—that Senator Obama is this year’s ‘real’ pro-life candidate requires a peculiar kind of self-hypnosis, or moral confusion, or worse,” Chaput said according to his prepared remarks, titled “Little Murders.”

The Obama campaign has been promoting an unusual-suspect sort of endorsement from Douglas Kmiec, a Catholic law professor and former legal counsel in the Reagan administration.

Kmiec wrote a book making a Catholic case for Obama. He argues the Obama campaign is premised on Catholic social teaching like care for working families and the poor and foreign policy premised on peace over war. Democratic efforts to tackle social and economic factors that contribute to abortion hold more promise, Kmiec said, than Republican efforts to criminalize it.

While applauding Kmiec’s past record, Chaput said: “I think his activism for Senator Barack Obama, and the work of Democratic-friendly groups like Catholics United and Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good, have done a disservice to the church, confused the natural priorities of Catholic social teaching, undermined the progress pro-lifers have made, and provided an excuse for some Catholics to abandon the abortion issue instead of fighting within their parties and at the ballot box to protect the unborn.”

Pro-Obama Catholics “seek to contextualize, demote and then counterbalance the evil of abortion with other important but less foundational social issues,” said Chaput, who wrote a book this year, “Render Unto Caesar,” about Catholics and politics.

Chaput emphasized he was speaking as a private citizen and not as a representative of the Denver archdiocese. The IRS prohibits clergy, in their role as clergy, from supporting or opposing candidates. Chaput already has said that Obama running mate Joe Biden, a Catholic, should not present himself for Communion because of his abortion rights position.

Neither the Obama campaign nor Kmiec immediately responded to requests for comment.

But Chris Korzen, executive director of Washington-based Catholics United, which has argued in direct mail and TV ads that taking the “pro-life” position means more than opposing abortion rights, criticized Chaput’s statements.

“We are concerned that Archbishop Chaput’s comments—even those made in his personal capacity—will have a chilling effect on this dialogue,” Korzen said in a statement. “It is also profoundly unfortunate that Archbishop Chaput has chosen to make personal attacks on lay Catholics acting in good faith to promote Catholic values in the public square.”

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Holy Women Go To The Mat: Force Convent To Close Shop

December 27, 2007
Corabella Akut – AHN News Writer

Bari, Italy (AHN) – A convent in Italy is finally closing down due to infighting between its last three remaining nuns.

Reports say that the head of the convent, the Mother Superior was brought to a hospital with scratches to her face after the fight between the sisters of the Santa Clara convent in Bari.

With the violent infighting, the local archbishop intervened and asked the Vatican for permission to close the convent.

However, Sister Liliana, the only remaining nun at the convent says she has no intention of leaving the monastery which has served as her home for the past 44 years.

Regarded as the most austere order of the Roman Catholic Church, devoted to a life of prayer, penance and quiet contemplation, the Clarissa nuns, Sisters Annamaria and Gianbattista claimed they were driven to distraction by the habits of their Mother Superior.

During the summer, they became so fed up that, they turned on Sister Liliana, scratching her face and throwing her to the ground.

After the incident, the two nuns have moved to a nearby convent leaving Sister Liliana barricaded inside.

With the incident, Archbishop Giovanni Battista Pichierri wrote to the Vatican asking for permission to close the convent down.

However, Sister Liliana is not about to take things sitting down saying that not once in her 44 years in the nunnery had she left the convent.

She added has written to the Pope telling him she will only leave when God decides it is time to go.

China installs new Beijing bishop

September 21, 2007

BEIJING (AFP) – China‘s official Catholic church began Friday the ordination ceremony of Father Joseph Li Shan as the new bishop of Beijing in a move that has received the blessing of the Vatican.

“The ordination of Father Joseph Li Shan as the bishop of Beijing started at 0845 (0045 GMT),” Sister Yu Shuqin, a spokeswoman at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, told AFP.

Li, 42, will replace Fu Tieshan, who died in April, as head of the country’s highest-profile diocese.

Previous reports have said that while Li was named to the post without formal Vatican consent, the Holy See approved of the choice.

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China to install new Vatican-approved Beijing bishop

September 17, 2007

BEIJING (AFP) – China‘s government-established Catholic church will install a new Vatican-approved bishop of Beijing possibly as early as this week, a top Chinese church official told AFP on Monday.

“Father Joseph Li Shan has been elected bishop of Beijing. I have heard there will be an ordination ceremony on September 21,” said Liu Bainian, vice chairman of the Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association.

The association represents the official state-approved Catholic church, set up by China decades ago following a rift between Beijing and the Vatican.

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