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There goes another nutty Catholic Priest

November 30, 2008

If we think back in history there was a time of very dark and bleak days where the church participated in witch hunts.  During those days a lot of innocent people died with no way or means of denying the accusation short of death.

Once again, a catholic priest is asking us to jump back into time and go back to those evil days.  This is not the first time since the election of Obama for president that catholic priest have requested their parishioners to repent if they voted for Obama.  These particular priest want to set themselves up high on a pedestal and dictate how we live, never once allowing us to question their actions.

Parishioners of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Modesto have been told they should consider going to confession if they voted for Barack Obama, because of the president-elect’s position condoning abortion.

It is bad enough that the catholic church is injecting themselves, again, in people’s personal lives but one must ask the obvious question, have they ridden themselves of their own sin of sexual child abuse?

“If you are one of the 54 percent of Catholics who voted for a pro-abortion candidate, you were clear on his position and you knew the gravity of the question, I urge you to go to confession before receiving communion. Don’t risk losing your state of grace by receiving sacrilegiously,” the Rev. Joseph Illo, pastor of St. Joseph’s, wrote in a letter dated Nov. 21.

The letter was sent to more than 15,000 members of the St. Joseph’s parish. It is one of 34 parishes in the Stockton Diocese, which has more than 200,000 members in Stanislaus, San Joaquin and four other counties.

The catholic church is taking on an issue that really does not concern them.  To date the only substitute they offer to decrease pregnancy is to offer abstinence from sex.  We all know how well that has worked.  Not at all.  Since using a contraception is also a sin the catholic church leave very little room for combating a serious problem that is taking place in current times.

The Church, and its fundamentalist Protestant allies, label themselves “pro-life.” But they demonstrate a willingness to allow all life on this planet to be extinguished before they will back down from what they have chosen to interpret for the rest of us as an eternal law of God.

I digress,  I doubt seriously that catholics voted for Obama solely based on his abortion stance.  It is time to question the catholic church’s decision making process.  This concept of voting for Obama and your soul will be in peril leaves the door open to assume that Bush was godly?  Thus for the good of the catholic church we should allow our country to slide further into destruction?

I am not even going to pretend that the catholic church have the right to dare tell me my soul is at peril based on how I voted.  Is the catholic church’s soul in peril for the rampant child molestation that has taken place?  The catholic church would have me risk my nation further by electing a babbling, intellectually lazy and clinically unhinged Sarah Palin?  There is a good reason why government and religion are separated (until Bush).  Religion can lead to making irrational decisions.

That these pompous blowhards are forever seeking glory by grand standing on a principle that lacks scruples and is categorically appalling; it is with gratitude that I acknowledge that their are real priest out there concerning themselves with spreading the word and not imposing irrational logic on how people vote.

But the Most Rev. Stephen Blaire, bishop of the Stockton, Calif., Diocese, said he disagrees with Illo. He said Catholics should not feel compelled to disclose how they voted to their priest.

Blaire said Catholics who carefully weighed many issues and settled on a candidate, such as Obama, who was supportive of abortion rights, were not in need of confession. He said confession would be necessary “only if someone voted for a pro-abortion or pro-choice candidate — if that’s the reason you voted for them.”

In conclusion let me just tell the pro-lifers to bring it and oh yea, bite me.

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6 comments

  1. […] There goes another nutty Catholic Priest « Chamay0’s Weblog Once again, a catholic priest is asking us to jump back into time and go back to those evil days. This is not the first time since the election of Obama for president that catholic priest have requested their parishioners to repent if … […]


  2. Unfortunately, this was not the only Catholic priest to place such an outrageous demand upon his parishioners.

    We contacted the Bishop of the Arch Dioceses in that area. We have not gotten a reply…which didn’t surprise us. (This was a month ago)

    It’s as if they want to return us to the Dark Ages. Recently I did a post titled…”We Refuse to be Pawns on A Chessboard”….part of what I wrote is as follows:

    “It has been decades since Jim Crow and segregation were ruled unconstitutional. Churches have toned down their rhetoric based on skin color. Today the focus is on controlling behavior of people. Some of whom are not even in the church, and demanding absolute adherence to church doctrine. Not all churches are this controlling.

    Nevertheless lately, we are hearing more of those who would remove, ignore, harass, or ridicule members who voted for a particular candidate. To the clergy these candidates do not represent the word of God thus; those who vote for such people have sinned against God. Condemnation has been heaped on people based on voting?!?!

    Last I looked we lived in the Land of the Free. Freedom has been granted for us to choose leaders who represent our needs and concerns, not those of the church. It behooves us to know our history, to paraphrase Santayana those who forget the past are doomed to repeat the same mistakes.
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    Thank you for continually posting perfectly relevant topics. You really do a magnificent job!

    Michelle


  3. Nonsense on stilts, chamay0. And not particularly logical, either.
    The pedophilia scandal has no connection to either this particular priest or any of the few others who have hinted that confession might be a good idea here. So why bring it up? (Don’t bother – I know the answer.)

    Otherwise, it’s the support of a known (great) supporter of abortion that might be considered a sin in this instance. If you read in that statement that it might be sinful to vote Democratic or to vote for Obama in particular, you might want to visit an optometrist. It’s support for abortion that’s the issue, and no other. So why be so defensive?


  4. I never said that particular priest was a pedophile (please don’t put words in my writing). I did not accuse any of the priest that have made the stupid statement regarding abortion and President Obama of being pedophiles (although you never know).

    Last time I checked, to the catholic church sin is sin. Abortion is not the only sin, so is child molestation. I will neither back down or change my opinion. The catholic church has zero business being involved in people’s private lives and I will not change my mind about that. That is inclusive of women having abortions and gay people having equal rights (both of which I fully support). I said the catholic church (plural) has not cleaned up its on sin but practice diligently to make sure everyone else does not sin according to their teachings. That is why I brought it up. Sin is sin. I reject the theory that the catholic church can quantify sin and use it at their whim and ignore it when they so chose.

    I am not interested in listening to their view point. I’m sure back in the day they had a pious biblical reason for condoning slavery as well or the killing that went along with slavery. The only thing godly about the catholic church are the bibles they walk around with. The catholic church’s shame is much and their offensives are just as plentiful. Yes, I admit there are some priest that do practice the word of God, but far too many in the United States barely practice what they preach.

    I stand by what I said in my post. Simply put, I stated that neither the pious Catholic Church with their antiquated rules or any other fool could have made me vote for some one as intellectually barren as Sarah Palin. I have no appreciate for her backing pro-lifers and being dumb just did not rank high on my list of reasons to elect a president or his elected VP.

    Let me also make it clear (now that I have my glasses on), in case I was being vague, I am a great supporter of abortion and will argue the issue with any one (yes I have seen the films of fetuses being aborted — no impact on my conviction).

    Now, my turn for a question, is there a problem with pointing out the obvious regarding the catholic church and their sin of child molestation, after all sin is sin?


  5. Chamay),

    Wow! The comment from Joe started off by saying, “Nonsense on stilts, chamay0. ”

    That’s a brilliant and knowledgeable answer as any I’ve heard…lol

    Keep up the good work, Sis.

    Michelle

    PS…when I was a kid, I could actually walk with stilts…so was wondering if this, too, was one of your talents…haha


  6. Thank you my sis. I don’t know why everybody keep assuming I entered the life of politics and general life a minute ago? I spent years studying theology and mathematics. I’m not sure where these people’s picture of who I am is getting misinformed (could it be my picture?). I did not go to Harvard, Yale or Princeton, but I did bother to go to college. I am not a little girl with idealism. I am a grown woman with children (one grown and another on her way) and have lived through much (as you have) and I am not feeling the nonsense (much less all the hate).

    But thank you for your words of support because you know I really appreciate your support (and your blog is out of sight — funny, witty, political and emotional) and that’s why you are on my blog roll (loved the dog did it, rich).



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