Task Force on Catholic Bishops And Catholic Politicians
Cardinal McCarrick said, “My concern is the fear that the intense polarization and bitter battles of partisan politics may be seeping into the broader ecclesial life of our Catholic people and maybe even of our Conference. We are called to teach the truth, to correct errors and to call one another to greater faithfulness. However, there should be no place in the Body of Christ for the brutality of partisan politics, the impugning of motives, or turning differences in pastoral judgment into fundamental disagreements on principle. Civility and mutual respect which we must witness are not signs of weakness or lack of commitment, but solid virtues which reflect confidence and faith.”
What do you think? I would like to list responses to this statement below from various sources on my Blog. Could you write a few words of commentary, for or against? You probably know what I think of it, but I do not want to prejudice your view. Consider it carefully, because it is a matter that will impact on the role of Catholics and the Church in this nation for some time to come. Maybe ask others to respond as well. I really want to hear how Catholics understand what the Cardinal is asking here. Hint: When you look at the issues that are causing polarization, is there really any answer for it? Is it really possible to have “mutual respect” with those on the other side of important issues, particularly moral ones?
As a later aside, I have to wonder if the presence of Senators Kennedy and Kerry at the Installation was really a sign of respect or of explicit dissent, the first salvo in a confrontation that they are going to force? “Archbishop Pietro Sambi, the representative of Pope Benedict XVI, was seen giving Holy Communion to pro-abortion Senator and former Presidential candidate John Kerry” (CNS).