Where do these guys come from?
And he dares claim the title of "His Eminence." James Francis Cardinal Stafford, in a speech at Catholic University of America, accused President-elect Barack Obama of being "aggressive, disruptive and apocalyptic" and that his campaign was "extremist" and "anti-life."
The Roman Catholic prelate wasn't done, though. He referenced Jesus' suffering in the Garden of Gethsemane and compared that with what "true" Roman Catholics will be in for during the Oama administration: "For the next few years, Gethsemane will not be marginal. We will know that garden. On November 4, 2008, America suffered a cultural earthquake."
It's all about abortion, of course. These elderly celibates dressed up as women think nothing else is equal in importance! Supreme Court decisions upholding the right of a woman to choose, said the Cardinal, have uprooted respect for human life in the United States.
Not only so, but this pious representative of Roman orthodoxy would ban all forms of contraception, in spite of the fact that the great majority of Catholics in this country flaunt his predeliction to undermine their ability to plan their families. Elizabeth Grden, writing in The Tower Newspaper, said Stafford claims that "the truest reflection of the love between the believer and God is that of the relationship between husband and wife, and that contraceptive use does not fit anywhere within that framework."
One wonders if the Cardinal realizes in saying that he has admitted to the world that a priest, by virtue of his celibacy, is unable to experience "the truest reflection of the love between the believer and God"?
We do not take issue with the Cardinal's right to believe whatever religious nonsense he wishes to believe, no matter how contradictory. We do not take issue with his right to express those beliefs.
But we also do not renounce our right to say he's full of pious claptrap. We also claim the right to accuse him of monumental hypocrisy. He can tell the faithful what they must believe to be good Catholics. Whether they follow his advice or not is up to them.
What he cannot do is claim the right to insinuate his beliefs into the laws of this most secular nation and force non-Catholics to obey Roman Catholic mandates!
The hypocrisy comes when the Cardinal takes our President-elect to task for his pro-choice views; when he accuses our President-elect of being "aggressive, disruptive and apocalyptic." Those accusations don't play well when the Cardinal's skirts are dragging through the muck stirred up by thousands of his priests molesting thousands of innocent little children!
And if he's really concerned about killing, he should be on the front lines bolstering Obama's efforts to bring the war in Iraq to a close. He should be standing with those in front of our prisons crying for a halt to capital punishment! He should be clamoring for public policy that feeds the starving and provides health care to those who are dying for lack of it!
Finally, what the hell does he mean by accusing Obama of being "apocalyptic." The word refers to a "prophetic revelation."
Methinks he's a bit pissed that so many Catholics blew off the hysterical rants of their skirted poohbahs on November 4th.
He, like the rest of the Roman hierarchy, have become irrelevant in the 21st century. The faithful will continue to go to Mass and will continue to believe, but they no longer take their marching orders, especially with regard to sex and family, from aged celibates who are still living in the Middle Ages.
Note: Stafford is "an American Cardinal and Major Penitentiary of the Apostolic Penitentiary for the Tribunal of the Holy See." Get that? In other words, he's part of the Roman Curia.