By DEXTER DUGGAN
Three conservative Christian public figures lamented the lack of courage by national Catholic leaders when The Wanderer asked their reaction to a widening social whirlpool whose velocity increased when Vice President Joe Biden performed a “same-sex marriage” of two homosexual White House staffers at his residence as August began.
The Wanderer noted Biden’s defiance in last week’s August 18 hardcopy issue, under the front-page headline, “Soft Treatment for Clinton, Biden — But Media Boast Over Hostile Coverage of Trump.”
This week we follow up with observations from three laypeople about the failure of bishops over the years to prevent the U.S. Church’s foundational moral authority from slipping away, until one day it may vanish.
It seemed to suffice that all would be well with the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops as long as politicians followed liberal political checklists.
Indeed, in 2004, when Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger in Rome, soon to become Pope Benedict XVI, sent liberal Theodore Cardinal McCarrick, the archbishop of Washington, instructions that openly defiant, unrepentant Catholic politicians must be denied the Eucharist, McCarrick stuck the instructions into his drawer and gave the U.S. bishops a watered-down version of what Ratzinger had said.
Liberal Democrat Biden long has claimed to be a faithful, practicing Catholic even while boldly spurning foundational Church teaching on issues including massive permissive abortion, religious believers being forced to violate their consciences, embryonic stem-cell research and tax funding for it, and now marriage and bathroom invasions. … Continue Reading