Friday, March 20, 2009
For the Record
Over the weekend I saw the news article about now Catholic Randy Terry and his trip to Rome. His goal seemed to be a publicity stunt aimed at trying to get Bishop Wuerl and Bishop Loverde removed because they will not refuse Communion to pro-abortion politicians.
[And because that is usually the way it works, lay people fly to Rome, call the press, demand to see Bishops and then dictate the terms of what they want.]
A very fine goal I am sure: you can send your contributions here.
However, my skepticism about Randy Terry given his track record prevents me from being too enthusiastic and I thought no more about this until... I received the following email this morning from Mr. Joseph Landry:
Randall Terry's previous marriage was annulled by the Roman Catholic Church. If you know what an annulment is then no further explanation is necessary and I request the removal of your slanderous and calumnious remarks. If you are not Catholic I would be happy to explain an annulment to you.
The name Joseph Landry struck a faint chord and then I remembered he was one of the "pilgrims" that accompanied Randy Terry to Rome.
I wasn't sure what blog post Mr. Landry meant but I found this that I wrote upon the article by the National Catholic Register about Randy Terry entering the Church.
When I first read the email from Mr. Landry I wondered, "Have you considered working for the Legionary's? They could really use someone like you. And something tells me they pay better."
But on to my "caluminous statement" about poor maligned Randall Terry. The facts are thus (however you will not read them in the National Catholic Register). Randall and Cindy Terry were married for 19 years and had 5 children. When Randall was running for office he met a 22 year old woman who was a campaign aide and I guess they "fell in love". Randall's protestant church censured and sanctioned him and rightly so I must say. Apparently to them it was obvious that 1. God hates divorce 2. Abandoning your wife and 5 children is wrong since the man who will not care for his family is worse than a nonbeliever. 3. Cindy and he WERE actually married.
Now we fast forward to the present where Randall Terry is remarried to Andrea and apparently with the seal of approval of the Catholic Church. Well, even though it's Lent permit me to say it, "Glory Hallelujah". Congratulations Randy on receiving a declaration of nullity. Tough luck Cindy but maybe you can find someone to marry- oh but after 19 years of marriage and five kids, maybe not so much. Well at least her protestant Church stood by her and condemned the divorce and abandonment. And more the pity that the Catholic Church did not do the same.
Randall Terry remains a controversial figure for many reasons.
His fundraising and financial dealings for example have been a cause of concern as well as the family values he has attempted to promote which have not borne fruit in his own life.
I will be happy to make the correction that Randall Terry has indeed received a declaration of nullity for his 19 year marriage to Cindy.