Friday, May 18, 2007

Priest Invites Gang of 18 to...

... leave the Church formally since they've left publically. And I think Fr. Enteneur would look very nice in red. Don't you? Like maybe in a red hat or something.

Catholic Priest Invites Gang of 18 To Leave Church

FRONT ROYAL, VA — The Rev. Thomas J. Euteneuer, STL, president of Human Life International, (HLI) today said “Rep. Rosa L. DeLauro (CT-3) and seventeen other members of Congress who describe themselves as Catholic not only are ignorant of their faith but also need a civics lesson.”

Father Euteneuer was responding to their rebuke of Pope Benedict XVI in a press release from DeLauro’s office which stated that the Pope’s recent comments that Catholic politicians risk excommunication and should not receive Communion by saying, “Such notions offend the very nature of the American experiment and do a great disservice to the centuries of good work the church has done.”

Father Euteneuer said, “It is an embarrassment that a Catholic, much less a member of Congress should make such an absurd statement. Even if this statement were true, the Holy Father answers to a Higher Power than Rep. DeLauro and the Gang of 18.”

“The truth is,” Father Euteneuer said, “nothing threatens the American experiment more than the legal but unjust killing of human beings by abortion which stands in stark contrast to the very first right enumerated by our Declaration of Independence: The Right to Life. The humanity of the unborn child is no longer even debated. It is a scientific fact. Abortion is murder, and murder is against the law. Like Dred Scott before it, which violated certain citizens’ Right to Liberty, Roe v. Wade is bad, dishonest law and will eventually fall.”

“Excommunication is a pastoral and medicinal penalty, not a political one. The Pope is well within his free expression of religion guaranteed by the US Constitution—and his pastoral duty—to warn any Catholic when their eternal salvation is jeopardized by their actions” Father Euteneuer said. “This is what the Catholic Church teaches and what Catholics believe. If the Gang of 18 believes otherwise, honesty and integrity requires they find another church that tells them what they want to hear. If they have that much of a problem being Catholic, no one is forcing them to stay. We certainly don’t need their hypocrisy.”

4 comments:

bill bannon said...

The trouble though is that the Vatican has backed off this statement because the canon law on abortion does not seem to encompass such pols...even if it should do so.
Go here: http://civilliberty.about.com/b/a/257643.htm
and to the canon law site: http://www.canonlaw.info/blog.html

go down to May 9 then go down to "original post".

Sanctus Belle said...

I agree with you wholeheartedly about Fr. Euteneuer needing a red hat, or at least a bishopric - my diocese (Winona) will be available next year when our good bishop resigns! Holy Father??

genevieve said...

Fr Euteneuer sure does make a Catholic proud!!

surgite et coffeam olfacite said...

Just a comment on the Dred Scott decision. The decision was made by Chief Justice Teney who was a devout Catholic. He disagreed with slavery and wanted to see it abolished in the Union however, his job was to interperae the constitution not project what he felt about it. I think he wsa a great chief justice and did his job which is certainly a lost virtue among the supreme court justices of out day