"The RC Bishops in the U.S. are against abortion. Most of the RC laity is against it, too. They get the message from the Bishops on that issue. Yet, these same Bishops, and the Pope, too, are also, on moral grounds, against the war in Iraq. Nevertheless, that idea, strangely, hasn’t gotten down to most of the faithful. William Hughes asks Cardinal William Keeler why."
"I can’t help but notice how antiabortion Bishops occasionally bark about not giving Holy Communion to an elected RC politico because he doesn’t like his or her pro-Choice position. But, you never hear any Bishop taking that same hard line against a pro-Iraqi War politico, like the insufferable Rep. Peter King (R-NY); or against a media-based warmonger, such as windbag Bill O’Reilly."
This guy raises a good point. If a bishop publicly refused to give John Kerry communion for his pro-choice beliefs, shouldn't King be treated similarly for his pro-death warmongering? The church ought to speak out on the war, as it has on abortion and gay marriage. Were they to take a stance against King's Iraq boosterism, it would not be without previous instances of provocation from King:
LI congressman takes a controversial stance
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has been particularly critical of a provision in his bill making it a felony for undocumented workers to remain in the United States and another clause that might make it a crime for church workers to assist or encourage illegal aliens.
"Denying aid to a fellow human being violates a law with a higher authority than Congress - the law of God," Los Angeles Cardinal Roger Mahony wrote last month in The New York Times. Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton said "Jesus himself" might be arrested under King's legislation...
The Seaford Republican raised eyebrows last week by calling the nation's Catholic establishment "liars" and "hypocrites," urging it to stop playing politics and "spend more time protecting little boys from pedophile priests."King, 62, said his comments were spur of the moment, but added: "I consider myself a blue-collar Catholic, and we're kind of a silent majority. It's quite possible this could end up helping me politically. Maybe it shows that God's on my side."
Before he tried to criminalize Good Samaritans, King defended torture at Abu Ghraib thusly:
In 2004, King dismissed the Vatican's criticism of abuses at Abu Ghraib prison, saying they were "nothing compared to what nuns and priests did to Catholic kids for decades."Hmm.. last time I checked they didn't make naked human piles in Catholic schools.. And what to make of this:
I'm so glad to have a "pro-life" Congressman; someone who supports the Church denying communion to elected officials as they see fit. So Peter, how's about you sign up to sign out of the Communion line? The lives of hundreds of thousands of Iraqis and thousands of Americans have been lost in a war you've supported all the way. Don't you think it's only fair that the Church should promote a pro-life agenda? Good! So I guess I won't see you in Church anymore, then?
And despite his anger at Catholic leaders who attack his immigration bill, King doesn't mind every church foray into politics. He supports the right of priests to deny communion to elected officials favoring abortion rights.