Thursday, September 8, 2011

Archbishop Chaput - Don't Take Nicholas P Cafardi's Advice

I have some advice for the new Archbishop of Philadelphia . Don't take NICHOLAS P. CAFARDI advice.

See Advice for new archbishop: Real Catholic agenda is way broader than abortion. There is so much FAIL with this piece one does not know where to start. The biggest being there is no mention he was a important Catholic adviser to the Obama campaign.

Cafardi to be blunt uses the abuse of children to advance his own political views it appears to me. A harsh claim I know in view of his previous work but it seems apparent. Can one imagine him telling Chaput to be quiet if this was another issue. I can't.

I find it amazing that Cafardi is lecturing Chaput on immigration policy. Chaput got a lot of grief by his own flock in his own Parishes over his ( and the Church's ) immigration position. Chaput has mentioned that is the one issue himself where emotions would get the highest. Cafardi should know this but just presents the cartoon version of Chaput.

Further Cafardi should know , and I expect he does, the real progress that Chaput has done on the State execution issue.

He says:

...As a former chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' National Review Board for the Protection of Children and Youth, I encourage Chaput to bring fierce urgency to the daunting task of rebuilding trust among the Catholic faithful in Philadelphia who have been wounded by the clergy's sexual abuse of children and his predecessors' collusion in it.

Until this task is accomplished, Chaput would be well-advised to leave politics aside. Issuing divisive political rebukes will only undermine his ability to minister to a city in desperate need of healing

Abortion is just politics? I have huge doubts that Cafardi thinks Chaput should be silent on the rights of workers, the poor, the immigrant , budget cuts, and various other items of Catholic Social Justice. Is he really advising that? Of course not. But why is abortion being singled out?


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