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February 3, 2011

Evicting Jesus? More on the New York Times' ongoing anti-Catholic crusade

Topics: Faith
Servant of God, Archbishop Fulton Sheen, once famously said, "There are not over a hundred people in the United States who hate the Catholic Church. There are millions, however, who hate what they wrongly believe to be the Catholic Church -- which is, of course, quite a different thing."

Lisa Fabrizio at American Spectator on the New York Times' latest exercise in it's long-standing, ongoing, anti-Catholic crusade:

I have often written that the reason some folks persist in calling themselves Catholic is to be ready when reporters from the New York Times come to call. Sometimes I think that the Old Gray Lady might someday be the catalyst for many conversions to the faith, should serious thinkers ever meditate on just why the Church is so often in her crosshairs.

The Catholic Church is the largest institution in the world, and probably the oldest still in existence; and as such, her ways have been and still are well known throughout the globe. Why then, must she constantly explain herself to those who neither hold to her tenets nor share her mission? And even more curiously, why are her attempts to lead her own flock the subject of so much controversy? Surely, in this enlightened age, no one is forced to be a Catholic. If those who chafe at Rome's bit wish, there are many options out there from which to choose. But this exercise of free will does not serve the real agenda of those who wish all worship of God expunged from our nation.

A case in point is the recent decree by Bishop Thomas Olmsted of Arizona which revoked his consent for St. Joseph's Hospital to "use the word Catholic or be identified as Catholic in the Diocese of Phoenix," because he learned that an 11-week-old baby had been aborted in direct contravention of Church teaching. Prior to this unfortunate action he was forced to take, he also privately informed a nun, Sister Mary McBride, who sat on the hospital's ethics committee that, as a result of her consent to the abortion, she and all other Catholics involved had automatically incurred excommunication.

Anyone familiar with this issue knows that, as has been pointed out by myself and many others including Pope Benedict XVI, that this self-excommunication, or latae sententiae, is supported by Canon law, "which says that the killing of an innocent child is incompatible with receiving communion, which is receiving the body of Christ." This also explains why Bishop Olmsted was correct in removing the Blessed Sacrament from the hospital chapel and forbidding the celebration of Mass on the premises.

Which is where the Times and its ongoing anti-Catholic crusade come in. An op-ed piece by Nicholas Kristof entitled "Tussling Over Jesus" begins thusly: "The National Catholic Reporter newspaper put it best: 'Just days before Christians celebrated Christmas, Jesus got evicted.'" (A note to those who think NCR is a Catholic publication representing the views of a great many Americans of the Faith: NCR and its ilk are no more representative of adherence to the Magisterium of the Church than are Planned Parenthood and its supporters in encouraging women to become parents.)

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Posted by Richard at February 3, 2011 6:29 AM

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