Wednesday, February 13, 2008

We're not the only ones...

...with [Catholic] identity problems.

Hillary Clinton is making a campaign stop at St. Mary's University in San Antonio, TX this evening. Apparently the Archbishop of San Antonio, Jose Gomez, is not pleased that a Catholic university would host a political figure with her record on abortion.


The prelate affirmed: "Catholic institutions are obliged to teach and promote Catholic values in all instances. This is especially important when people look to our Catholic universities and colleges to provide leadership and clarity to the often complicated and conflicting political discourse.

"It is clear that the records of Senator Clinton and some of the other candidates for president on important life issues are not consistent with the teaching of the Catholic Church."

The Catholic News Agency reports:

The archbishop of San Antonio also took St. Mary’s to task for merely stating that, “As a Catholic tax-exempt university, St. Mary’s does not endorse political candidates or their positions on issues and acknowledges the fundamental differences between those of the presidential candidates and the Catholic Church.”

“Our Catholic institutions must promote the clear understanding of our deep moral convictions on an issue like abortion, an act that the Church calls ‘an unspeakable crime’ and a non-negotiable issue,” the archbishop insisted.

1 comment:

Katherine said...

I think the Archdiocese has not done anything to advance the Catholic faith by its recent attempt to ban Mrs. Clinton from speaking on the campus of an independent Catholic university. The bishops and their representatives at the USCCB meet regularly with various senators including Mrs. Clinton. The suggestion that it is okay for the bishops to hear from her but not the lay faithful (and those persons not part of our faith community but associated with St. Mary's) indicates a very low opinion of the laity. I appreciate the opportunity to hear from any and all of the presidential candidates and others in public life. Since there are a lot more of us lay faithful than bishops, we need a large space to do so. I think I am capable of listening to her and others without being drawn into sin. If Archbishop Gomez thinks this is difficult, I suggest he first start with himself and his brother bishops and stop interacting with such senators and others in public life. If he thinks we lay folks are feeble minded types who don't have the same ability as the bishops, I think he insults the lay faithful.