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Top 5 Lies Frances Kissling Is Telling About The Catholic Bishops

Posted on August 21 2010 9:00 am
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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Frances Kissling, former president of Catholics for a Free Choice, has one great desire in life. That is, to bring down the Catholic Church.

If we are to believe her story, the biggest reason for her animosity toward the Catholic Church is an old wound. In “Good Catholic Girls,” a book honoring women dissidents, she related that she harbors resentment toward the Church because her mother was unable to receive the Sacraments due to being divorced and remarried. Though she says her mother was “blase’ about the whole thing,” Kissling describes being livid.

I am sure that has a lot to do with the passion I have for what I do. The whole experience of being a child of divorced and remarried Catholic parents, growing up in the forties and fifties, has a lot to do with forming who you are….with having a very healthy skepticism about the rules of the Church from childhood.

Being a divorced Catholic mother of four, who now rejoices in celibacy and is in full communion with the Church, I can only be grateful for the truth that has set me — and my children — free from the kind of misery Frances Kissling seems to be dealing with. Divorce is ugly and very difficult for children. Kissling isn’t responsible for her parents’ divorce but it’s very troubling to consider what she has decided to do with her misery. Rather than moving on to another church, Kissling opted to wallow in schism as she attempts to bring us all down with her, telling anyone who will listen that her conscience is “Catholic’ while the Magisterium is not. So it is with her latest lie-filled rant against the Catholic bishops in regard to healthcare and abortion. Here are the top five lies I found in her dastardly tale.

Kissling Lie #1: The USCCB is in sin “for not working hard enough” for the public option.

Kissling claims the bishops make a “sin of omission” for not supporting the Democrats’ healthcare reform measure.

We Catholics have developed, over time, lots of fancy terms which have helped us to preserve our unity of belief for over 2,000 years. “Sin of omission” is one of them. Kissling makes two goofs in charging the bishops with a “sin of omission” on this point.

First, one must believe that the Democrats’ healthcare bill is an absolute good in order to buy the claim that to fail to lobby for it is a “sin of omission.” In reality, to support the bill, as it institutes rationing and contains funding for abortion, would be a sin of commission – “a positive taking up with evil.”

Secondly, she is laying a double standard down on the heads of the bishops in charging them with “sin” of any kind as she constantly maintains in her advocacy for unlimited taxpayer-funded abortion that the conscience over-rules everything. If the bishops’ consciences tell them the healthcare reform measure is evil, then shouldn’t Kissling’s conscience rule kick in and give them pardon?

Her premise is self-refuting.

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