CNN’s not alone, but let’s use them as an example of the media’s breathless coverage of conflict between the Catholic Church’s stand on Climate Change and that of Republicans:
Yes, the media and Democrats are salivating at the opportunity to drive a wedge between Republicans and the Pope over whether or not Climate Change is a manmade problem and whether or not the science supports the argument one way or another.
The Pope isn’t the first world leader to take a stand on Climate Change. What makes this different? He’s a religious leader of a faith that Democrats have spent the last thirty years driving away with their anti-life stand when it comes to abortion.
And THAT is where the hypocrisy begins.
It’s funny that Democrats and the media are quick to hold Pope Francis and the Catholic Church up as an expert on Climate Change to score political points against Republicans while completely dismissing his repeated stands on abortion and gay marriage, both of which have been emphasized with as much if not more force than the Climate Change argument.
Vatican officials seldom single out political leaders who differ with the Church on issues like abortion rights or embryonic stem cell research. But now that the Vatican’s highest court is led by an American, the former St. Louis Archbishop Raymond Burke, we can expect things to get more explicit in Vatican City — at least when when it comes to U.S. politics.
Burke, who was named prefect of the Vatican’s Supreme Court of the Apostolic Signature in June, told the Italian Catholic newspaper Avvenire that the U.S. Democratic Party risked “transforming itself definitively into a party of death for its decisions on bioethical issues.” He then attacked two of the party’s most high profile Catholics — vice presidential candidate Joe Biden and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi — for misrepresenting Church teaching on abortion.
He said Biden and Pelosi, “while presenting themselves as good Catholics, have presented Church doctrine on abortion in a false and tendentious way.”
“The Catholic Church proclaims that human life is sacred and that the dignity of the human person is the foundation of a moral vision of society.” (United States Catechism for Adults, p. 442) Consequently, every Catholic is obliged to respect human life, from conception until natural death, including lawmakers.
Ironically, the suggestion by the U.S. lawmakers that the Church not speak out on the matter, was a violation of the freedom of speech as well as the freedom of religion. “The Catholic Church always will and must speak out against the destruction of innocent unborn children. The right to do so is guaranteed by the Constitution that all legislators are elected to uphold. Speaking and acting against abortion is not a matter of partisan politics. It is a matter of life and death.”
The Pope made his remarks in his first annual address to the Vatican diplomatic corps, offering a survey of world conflicts and crises he said were caused by “envy, selfishness, rivalry and the thirst for power and money”…
“Unfortunately, what is thrown away is not only food or disposable objects, but often human beings themselves, who are discarded as if they were unnecessary,” the Pope said. “It is horrifying just to think that there are children, victims of abortion, who will never see the light of day; children being used as soldiers, abused and killed in armed conflicts; children turned into merchandise in that terrible form of modern slavery called human trafficking, which is a crime against humanity.”
In all its phases and at every age, human life is always sacred and always of quality. And not as a matter of faith, but of reason and science! […] Every unborn child, though unjustly condemned to be aborted, has the face of the Lord, who even before his birth, and then as soon as he was born, experienced the rejection of the world. And every old person, even if infirm and at the end of his days, carries with him the face of Christ. They must not be thrown away!
Benedict told the gathering of lay Catholics that he appreciated their efforts fighting abortion and promoting the family based on the “indissoluble marriage between a man and woman.” the Vatican’s way of expressing its opposition to divorce and same-sex unions.
Such initiatives “help respond to some of the most insidious and dangerous threats to the common good today,” he said. “Alongside numerous other forms of commitment, such initiatives represent essential elements in the building of the civilization of love.”
Where are the articles about the dilemmas this presents for Democrats? Where are the Democrats coming out to stand up for the Church’s policies?
Democrats and the Media are not friends of the Catholic Church. They will use the flock and their faith much like they use minorities – to score political points. But will they ever truly fight for the agenda, policies, and morals that the Church stands up for?
Their records tell the sad story.