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Your Excellency, Please Stop the Funding of Marxist Activity

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Posted on December 3 2010 11:00 am
Lisa Graas has covered politics and religion at her blog LisaGraas.com since 2008. She has served as a crisis pregnancy counselor, youth speaker, mental health advocate and legislative consultant.

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As America has become polarized, it’s clear that a strong, unifying, Reagan-like leader is needed to pull us all back together. So it is also in America’s Roman Catholic Church as voices rise up on the Left and the Right in frustration while silent bishops seem content with blindly pretending that “things are going well.”

Now, a bishop from the Left, Donald Cardinal Wuerl, wishes to quell the proverbial angry mob, presumably those of us on the Right, with a somber statement accusing the frustrated among us of sin for our anger about what he deems to be lies. Here is my reply to His Excellency.

Your Excellency,

In reply to your latest statement, Christian Discourse: Both Truth and Love, I write.

Respect for the truth requires speaking the truth even when those truths may be difficult for others to hear. The bond of trust between many (not all) of our bishops and the laity has indeed been severed, not by the people, but by the bishops themselves.

First, silence regarding some cases of sexual abuse of minors by priests brought understandable outrage, primarily from the Left. Now, it is with silence regarding the political activism being funded through the Catholic Campaign for Human Development, which is of the Alinsky model, Marxist in nature. No one wants to hear that word “Marxist” but truth is truth.

Many bishops have failed by alienating, through silence, Catholics on both the Left and the Right. Though I do not at all agree with many on the Left who sometimes appear to have no greater goal than to undermine the authority of the bishops, particularly misusing sexual abuse cases to do so, I do not begrudge them their right to speak out for what they sincerely believe is “the good of the Church.” I would never dare to accuse them of lacking charity in their hearts but certainly of being grossly misinformed. I would argue that even if your statement is intended for them alone, it is misguided.

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