Terry at Abbey Roads posted on Sunday a couple things he doesn’t get:
Cardinal Dolan bending over backwards to explain that Governor Cuomo is not a ‘bad Catholic’.
NEW YORK, May 16, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) – After New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan appeared to suggest during a radio interview this week that he may not view pro-abortion Governor Andrew Cuomo as a Catholic “in good standing,” the archdiocese has issued a statement saying that this is not the case, and that Dolan’s remark was misunderstood.
“Cardinal Dolan would not, and did not, suggest the governor might not be a Catholic in good standing going forward,” archdiocesan spokesman Joseph Zwilling said in a statement originally sent to the New York Times, and forwarded to LifeSiteNews.
Cardinal Dolan is a Roman Catholic Archbishop, acting in the name of the Church, he is responsible for faith and morals and ecclesiastical discipline. I’m not criticizing the Cardinal – but I don’t get it.
2) Catholics condemning the tactics of an anti-abortion activist, Lila Rose and the organization she heads, Live Action. Rose is under fire for ‘lying’ because Live Action tactics include undercover sting operations at abortion clinics, and her critics are saying the ‘undercover work is deceptive to the degree that it cannot be justified.’
What strikes me as strange is that people have become so worked up over this. Lila Rose is Catholic, but Live Action is not a Catholic organization. It is a private, non-profit and Lila Rose is a lay person – she does not represent the Catholic Church. It’s her conscience – but at least she and her organization is working vigorously to expose the atrocities and illegal activities of abortionists and to bring an end to abortion.
Here’s the deal – Catholic politicians get away with supporting abortion and expanding access to it, while many Catholic leaders look the other way when they approach the Communion rail, but a Catholic laywoman, a private citizen, acting upon her own initiative to do everything in her power to end the abortion holocaust, is pilloried as a public sinner.
I’m not trying to vilify or justify anyone here – I just don’t get it. Sorry.
Let me put it in simple terms, so it’s understandable. I answered Terry in his combox -
Lila Rose doesn’t run an archdiocese or make decisions on which Catholics are allowed to speak at archdiocesan events and functions.
I predict that the only prominent Catholic commentator or talking head – radio, internet, TV, whatever – to raise an eyebrow at Cardinal Dolan’s spinning will be Michael Voris. Everyone else will either ignore it, or attempt to defend it. I could be wrong, but it wouldn’t surprise me if I’m proven right.