Thursday, January 29, 2009

Vatican: Obama choice is ‘the worst’

Blessed are they who wish to harvest stem cells – they shall be exalted.
Blessed are they who wish to abort their children – they shall be financed all over the world.
Blessed are they who wish to marry with their own sex – they shall be given special rights.
Blessed are they who threaten the security of the world – they shall be liberated.
Blessed are they who threaten to wipe Israel off the map – they shall be given tea and cake.

While the world watches in awe as the President-Messiah continues to pronounce his beatitudes upon all people everywhere, it appears that only the Vatican has the audacity to express any disquiet about the morality; only the Vatican has the discernment to express any concern over the policies; only the Vatican has dared to say how ‘disappointed’ it is with Obama's first acts as President.

It is no surprise that the Roman Catholic Church is finding President Obama somewhat antithetical to all that it holds dear. It is evident that he is not primarily concerned with feeding the starving, housing the homeless or healing the sick. As Monsignor Elio Sgreccia - a senior official with the Vatican's Pontifical Academy for Life – observes: "Among the many good things that he could have done, Barack Obama instead chose the worst." And the Head of this Academy is forthrightly prescient: "If this is one of President Obama's first acts, I have to say, in all due respect, that we're heading quickly toward disappointment."

They cannot say they were not warned.

Yet one must observe that President Obama secured around 53 per cent of the Roman Catholic vote - 13 per cent more than John Kerry – himself Roman Catholic – managed to win in 2004. 'Catholics for Obama' appeared to be omnipresent, and they fully aware of their dilemma.

Richard Esenberg, a law professor at Marquette University, is of the impression is that the Roman Catholic Church is prepared to be ‘militant and assertive’ on pro-life issues. He notes that professing Catholic politicians have been excommunicated in recent years for not supporting positions consistent with the church's teachings. The status of Vice President Biden is not at all clear: he appears to have been excommunicated in some states, but is welcome to communion in others.

The church is coordinating a national postcard campaign to oppose the Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA), a bill that could wipe out federal and state restrictions on abortion, including parental notification and informed consent laws. Partial birth abortions will multiply. Live birth abortions will abound. Some argue that FOCA is so broad that it could eliminate ‘conscience clauses’ which protect hospitals and doctors who refuse to perform abortions because of their beliefs.

And this is not only of concern to Roman Catholics, but to Christians of all denominations. The ‘right-to-life’ movement will be unified and energised by FOCA. In his first week in office, President Obama has decided to take on the Church.

God help him.


Blogger Johnny Norfolk said...

I do not think Obama will turn out as they hope.

Lets see what he does not what he says.

29 January 2009 at 08:54  
Anonymous martinsewell said...

Is not the problem that, as Bernard Goldberg has argued in his latest book,( see the media so manifestly stepped over the line from reporting the campaign to orchestrating it, that they cannot critique him without losing all credibility. Can they afford to report him negatively at all, let alone in these early days?

29 January 2009 at 09:05  
Blogger Jules said...

If memory serves informal polling of Catholics in the US showed that most weren't aware of Obama's position on abortion. The media clearly took the view that pointing it out would be detrimental to his campaign. Having said that every Catholic should know that abortion is evil and should make the effort to find out the positions of the main candidates on life issues before voting - ignorance is no excuse.

29 January 2009 at 09:23  
Blogger ultramontane grumpy old catholic said...

Your Grace

While the NHS publishes its annual abortion statistics in the July of the year following, there is no equivalent rapid promulgation of such data in the USA. Abortion statistics are usually published many years out of date.

One of the recent pro-life sites I searched was up to date on its news about President Obama's actions but could only publish statistics from 2004.

So Obama may be seeking reelection in 2012 before the results of his current actions are fully known.

Prolife organisations in the US would be well advised to agitate for more timely statistics.

29 January 2009 at 10:27  
Anonymous Voyager said...

It would be interesting if Obama reaps the whirlwind in the Mid-Term elections as Clinton did.....he might well polarise the country in a way the MSM media will not notice (or report)

29 January 2009 at 10:41  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

From David Lonsdale

I regret to say that America has elected the President it deserves. The media in particular and the people in general ridiculed George Bush because of his profession of faith in the risen Lord Jesus. For all his faults, his Christian faith seemed to be the worst of his faults in the eyes of CNN. He also, quite naturally, opposed abortion.
The Europeans were even more enthusiastic about ridiculing Bush for his faith. We are unlikely to see the BBC or anyone in the British government express regret at the policies of Obama, much less any European governments, (apart from the Poles). The British government, supported by its cheerleaders in the BBC, voted to retain 24 week abortions, which result in live births. Tragically many Conservatives, including George Osborne, voted with the Government.
Neither will we hear any criticism from Rowan Williams. Williams seems to have opinions about everything apart from Jesus.
I asked my brother-in-law, a Roman Catholic, if you could be Catholic without being Christian. He thought that you could. Clearly Joe Biden thinks so too.
The people have rejected God and elected Ahab. God is not mocked.

29 January 2009 at 11:17  
Blogger Lucifer said...

As the ultimate evil one, I can confirm that everything is working out just fine, HA!

29 January 2009 at 11:39  
Anonymous len said...

I believe in rejecting the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob God is going to give us the alternative.
This world will fester like a huge pus -ridden boil, sin will abound, right will be called wrong, wrong will be called right.
Satan will have his moment of glory leading us to our destruction.
Is mankind not the dumbest thing on two legs?

29 January 2009 at 12:26  
Blogger Captain Haddock said...

Call me naive and unobservant, but I had no idea that Your Grace was quite so reactionary.
Just what, exactly, is the problem with stem cell research?
Are you against all forms of abortion?
Is wishing to talk instead of bomb, for a change, such a bad idea?
And who said Obama agreed with those who wanted to "wipe Israel off the face of the earth"?

29 January 2009 at 13:41  
Anonymous It's early yet.... said...

Blessed are those who stand for election, give their manifesto, win the vote, and then enact the things they espoused, for they shall make a refreshing change.

Of course the anti-abortion lobby are disgruntled - but they would be regardless of when such a measure was passed. But as his Grace concedes, Obama was very clear on his beliefs, and people voted for him.

There are other issues. Obama has also ordered the withdrawl of troops from Iraq, and the closure of the disgrace that is Guantanamo. Perhaps his Grace could share his thoughts on whether these acts are also a disgrace ?

29 January 2009 at 14:17  
Blogger Dave said...

The US and Albeeb have got the president they deserve.

"He's not the messiah, he's a very naughty boy!"

Or even the antichrist?

29 January 2009 at 14:19  
Blogger Bryan said...

Interestingly, his first television interview was with a Muslim Satellite TV station. His first overseas address is promised to be from a Capitol of a Muslin Country and to be within 100 days of his Inauguration.

His change of "political tone" in Washington has been to push partisan bills down the throat of Congress, calling on Republicans to see past party politics while attacking what few vocal media critics (talk radio, in the USA) exist. There will be no media critics as soon as Congress reinstates the "Fairness Act" (an Orwellian name for a bill that will once again silence political speech on commercial Radio Stations in the US).

With the press in collusion with the Administration, there will be no whirlwind to reap, come the 2010 mid-term election, or even the 2012 re-election campaign.

The Roman Catholic Church is still badly tarnished by sex-abuse scandals and by the fact that the majority of its parishioners are more liberal than the Church's official stance.

The Episcopal/Anglican Church is still firmly in the grips of Civil War, and is a minor player in the US anyway. Its Civil War has mostly a negative effect on the opinion of the electorate as concerns the Protestant Church here in the US (most Americans don't know, nor care that there might be a difference).

The Protestant Churches are easily derided by the press and thought poorly of by the populace due to TV Evangelists who fleece their flocks for cash, and the so-called Emergent Church which sells out the Gospel and any moral principle in an effort to be "popular"; thereby rendering themselves trival and worthless.

There are none to stand against President Obama and his extreme socialist agenda.

29 January 2009 at 15:30  
Blogger Forlornehope said...

Your Grace sets a most encouraging example of Christian forgiveness after your experiences at Oxford. If only your example were followed more widely the World would be a much better place.

29 January 2009 at 17:54  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I believe humanity is on a collision course with God.
Obama will get us there sooner rather than later.
How much lower must we sink before enough is enough?
The blood of the innocents screams out for justice.

29 January 2009 at 19:43  
Anonymous Radio Free World said...

Listen In on the New World Order's Agenda

29 January 2009 at 20:17  
Blogger Homophobic Horse said...

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29 January 2009 at 21:14  
Blogger Red Maria said...

Austen Ivereigh won his libel action against the Daily Mail. I think you should record that fact on your blog, don't you?

30 January 2009 at 00:17  
Blogger Theresa said...

While the NHS publishes its annual abortion statistics in the July of the year following, there is no equivalent rapid promulgation of such data in the USA. Abortion statistics are usually published many years out of date.

That's because there is no government agency with overall responsibility for collecting health data, believe it or not. The private sector is also less assiduous in collecting vital statistics than the public ones; there are not the same obligations on them. America is in fact one of the worst developed countries for accurate health data.

30 January 2009 at 01:51  
Anonymous Better to be a mouse! said...

Len: "Is mankind not the dumbest thing on two legs?" I find that kinda limited, Len. How about "in Creation"? I wonder if that could be why God gave us so many chances....?

30 January 2009 at 06:06  
Blogger Sue said...

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30 January 2009 at 10:13  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Obama the anti-Christ has been released over the world. The blood of the unborn will flow thru the rivers of the world. May god help us all.

30 January 2009 at 11:36  
Anonymous On a related theme may I introduce said...

Dr Leonard Harowitz

30 January 2009 at 16:21  
Anonymous Adrian P said...

We are On the Winning side

30 January 2009 at 17:09  
Blogger ZZMike said...

On the subject of us Yanks being stuck with the government we voted for, I'm reminded of Solon, who, as you remember, set the laws of Athens, then promptly left for 10 years so they would work it out without him. When someone lasked him later if he gave them the best government ho cound devise, he replied, "No - I gave them the best government of which they were capable".

So it is with us, and God help us all.

Anonymous: "I asked my brother-in-law, a Roman Catholic, if you could be Catholic without being Christian."

His opinion would not stand up to the slightest scrutiny. That sounds to me like another feeble attemt to say that Catholics aren't really Christian.

AdrianP: ("Winning side") It's always entertaining to watch some talk about things he has absolutely no knowledge of.

"DNA ... is a receiver and transmitter of photons - light - and phonons - sound ..."

It is in fact no such thing.

As far as "Dr Leonard Horowitz" goes, just check his Wikipedia entry.

I fear that our Worshipful Host has lowered the bar in the narthex of this excellent site.

With that, I refrain from further comment along these lines.

30 January 2009 at 21:31  
Anonymous Adrian P said...

DNA is NOT a receiver of Photons and Phonons ?

Surely that is EXACTLY what they do.

Are you saying that electrons in the outer orbitals of the atoms that make up the DNA Molecule do NOT absorb and emit Ultra High Frequency Photons as they 'jump' from one quantum level to another.

Are you saying that the DNA Molecule as a whole does not have its own lower energy Quantum levels that emit absorb / Quanta of a lower energy.

IE the DNA molecule has quantum levels, just like an electron does.

If a molecule has vibrational energy levels, then why stop there, do we too, have Quantum levels of energy.

what would happen if we involved a molecuel in the paradoxical double slit experiment.

Are We too difracted when we walk through a single slit experiment IE through a doorway.

What if there were two doorways ?

31 January 2009 at 01:26  
Anonymous Adrian P said...

As for Horowitz's Wikipedia entry, I know of at least one British Govt appointed Professor who changed National Guidelines in order to save a collegue who was being sued by a patient.

31 January 2009 at 01:35  
Blogger Dr.D said...

BO is doing all the bad things that he told us he would do (and he did tell us he was going to do them, it is just hat some folks like these ideas). He is also discovering that the job is vastly more complicated than his previously simple understanding, and that the easy solutions that he spoke of so glibly do not work out in fact. Thus he continues in place many practices for which he had condemned Bush -- but what is new in the world?

It should have been evident to all who were awake that he was a two-faced liar with a silver tongue.

2 February 2009 at 02:50  

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