Judie Brown — Dear Catholic Bishops: The time for bravery is at hand
In a May 10, 2004 letter to Theodore Cardinal McCarrick, 48 pro-abortion “Catholic” politicians, including the ever-puerile Nancy Pelosi, wrote, “If Catholic legislators are scorned and held out for ridicule by Church leaders on the basis of a single issue, the Church will lose strong advocates on a wide range of issues that relate to the core of important Catholic social teaching.”
This infamous letter came to mind in light of the current debates over “health care reform” and the seeming lack of proper instruction by some Catholic bishops in their communications with these pro-abortion “Catholics” and other supposedly Catholic public figures. If one examines statements such as Pelosi’s recent erroneous claims or the statements in this 2004 letter, it is obvious that something has gone awry in such individuals’ thought process.
Or maybe it hasn’t. At the time the letter was made public, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus was quick to point out that this message from 48 Catholic Democrats in the U.S. Congress is a classic case of political obfuscation by those who see nothing beyond politics and believe in nothing that transcends politics. They seem not to understand that if the Church is to bear any sort of credible public witness, she must begin by protecting her own members from the confusion caused by the public scandals of her politically wayward children. And she must end by doing everything in her power to save these same children’s wayward souls.