View from the choir

I am a Catholic layperson and Secular Franciscan with a sense of humor. After years in the back pew watching, I have moved into the choir. It's nice to see faces instead of the backs of heads. But I still maintain God has a sense of humor - and that we are created in God's image.

Monday, January 19, 2009

Is Obama anti-Catholic?

A few blogs and commentators have speculated whether Barack Obama might be anti-Catholic.

I'm not among them.

But I do believe orthodox Catholics make him nervous - and he is minimizing contact with them.

At the Denver convention, he broke with tradition and did not involve the local Catholic prelate - Archbishop Chaput - in any of the prayer activities. The same pattern is continuing with the Inauguration. Four Protestants - three liberals and a pop-evangelical - have been invited to offer prayers, but once again orthodox Catholics have been shunned.

Two major events - and nary a Catholic. That's unprecedented and a clear slight of the nation's largest denomination.

Change indeed.

Part of the reason may be his extreme views on abortion - views that are totally out of sync with Catholic teachings. And a number of Catholic prelates (such as Archbishop Chaput) have been increasingly vocal on the issue.

Obama likely does not want anyone to speak about life and rain on his pro-abortion parade.

He does not reject all Catholics. He associates with those who go against Church teachings - like V.P. Biden.

But Catholics who are true to their faith? Stay away.

Guess I won't be getting an invite to the White House any time soon.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

There are those in Israel that think Obama is anti-Israel. And that thinking is more dangerous for peace and stability in the Middle East. Look for the return of Netanyahu or another hard liner as prime minister after the upcoming Israeli elections. A direct result of the Obama election.

The Roman Catholic Church and its followers have always had its enemies and will continue to have them. But our faith tells us that Christ will be with us til the end of time.

3:38 AM  
Blogger Lee Strong said...

I've heard the anti-Israel charge, too. To be honest, I don't know enough about his positions on Israel to even begin to speculate.

But I do believe, as you noted, that Christ will be with us until the end of time!

6:11 AM  
Blogger gramps said...

Catholics who support Obama are not Catholic. They are a new form of protestant church which should no longer call themselves Catholic, but ObamaCaths. Many bishops and priests would have to join this new group. Frankly, this would make the Catholic Church truly Catholic again and even though smaller in number, it would really represent what Catholic is all about.

9:19 PM  
Anonymous Todd said...

"Catholics who support Obama are not Catholic."

A convenient fiction, as is the hackneyed use of the moniker "orthodox Catholic." It's just a pseudo-theological way of telling other believers "You don't think like us." Appropriate for Rush Limbaugh followers. Much less so for Christians. Check what Saint Paul had to say about it and move on from there.

9:45 AM  
Blogger Lee Strong said...

Because the term "Catholic" is imprecise - in includes a full range of people from the Wanderer sort to the Catholics for a Free Choice crowd - I'm using "orthodox Catholics" to designate those who sincerely try to follow the teachings of the Church.

2:58 PM  

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