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Catholic Bishops Cite Vatican II in Response to Charges of Marxism

Posted on July 30 2010 4:00 pm
Lisa Graas has covered politics and religion at her blog since 2008. She has served as a crisis pregnancy counselor, youth speaker, mental health advocate and legislative consultant.

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On July 24, I wrote here at NRB about Bishop Olmsted and CCHD funding opposition to the Arizona Immigration Law and posted the link to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Facebook page. For four full days, while it remained on the page, this story prompted quite a lot of civil discussion and debate between conservatives and progressives identifying themselves as Catholics. On July 25, in the midst of the discussion, I offered a link to a second article: Obama Kool-Aid Courtesy of America’s Catholic Bishops. The conversation turned to Marxism and whether or not it is being funded by the Catholic Church in America through the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD). It was in the midst of that discussion that I and another faithful Catholic, Bryan Shaver, were banned yesterday, July 29, from the USCCB Facebook page with a quote from Vatican II as the only reasoning offered.

Several USCCB Facebook visitors who are supporters of Barack Obama (all of whom were not banned and are still free to post defenses of the Obama agenda on the page as I write today) had been challenging me on my contention that much of the community organizing funded by the CCHD is Marxist in nature. During our debate, I was asked at one point to define Marxism and show how it applies to community organizing and Barack Obama. When I provided a point by point (but brief and civil) explanation with examples, and quoted paragraph 2425 of the catechism in full, I was banned from the USCCB Facebook page along with Bryan Shaver who had also shared concerns about activities of the USCCB that are in contradiction to clear Catholic teaching. Following is the message the USCCB posted immediately after banning me and Mr. Shaver. As I write, this message remains on the USCCB Facebook page while my comments have all been deleted.

pope john xxiii

That’s a quote from Pope John XXIII – Address at the Opening of Vatican Council II – 11 October 1962. It reads:

In the daily exercise of Our pastoral office, it sometimes happens that We hear certain opinions which disturb Us—opinions expressed by people who, though fired with a commendable zeal for religion, are lacking in sufficient prudence and judgment in their evaluation of events. They can see nothing but calamity and disaster in the present state of the world. They say over and over that this modern age of ours, in comparison with past ages, is definitely deteriorating. One would think from their attitude that history, that great teacher of life, had taught them nothing. They seem to imagine that in the days of the earlier councils everything was as it should be so far as doctrine and morality and the Church’s rightful liberty were concerned.

We feel that We must disagree with these prophets of doom, who are always forecasting worse disasters, as though the end of the world were at hand.

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