Letters from the Vatican: #5
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Catholicism, culture, politics, family, civilization and the wayward progress of other necessary institutions...
In the letter, addressed to the parish of Assumption Church at 307 Front St. N., the Rev. Gary LaMoine says “a couple of candidates chose not to enter into full communion with the Catholic community because of their disagreement with the teaching of the Church concerning marriage.”It's a little more complicated than "chose not to enter," including public rejection of the family of the first teen and the rather unsavory revelation of extensive FB cruising by the parish staff. (Is this routine?)
The work of our Conference during the coming year includes reflections on re-embracing Friday as a particular day of penance, including the possible re-institution of abstinence on all Fridays of the year, not just during Lent.He put this forward at the recent November meeting of the USCCB, as part of a push for to encourage more frequent reception of the Sacrament of Penance (more on that in a future post).
In other words, the decision to allow an exception for rape reveals that this "pro-life" stance is not about "life" at all: judging women is the first commitment here. For Mitt Romney, the pregnant victim of rape deserves a safe and supported abortion; because the woman is innocent, the value of the child is suddenly negotiable. All other women (the forgetful, the guilty, the careless, the clueless) should carry their children to term, or be humiliated as they approach the clinic, or bear the risk of the back alley -- for the daughters of the wealthy, regardless of the law, there will always be quiet options -- because we are "pro-life..."See also comments by Democrats for Life member Stephen Schneck, summarized by Vincent Miller at the America blog, "Schneck hits a nerve on abortion."