Thursday, November 13, 2008

Bishops For Obama?

Yesterday, Jesterius Magnus posted concerning an exchange between Laura Ingram and Raymond Arroyo of EWTN concerning the bishops and the Obamanation of Desolation. Here is what was said,

Laura Ingraham: Here is the problem, how many of the bishops voted for Obama.

Raymond Arroyo: ...The bishops I spoke to say that maybe half of their brother bishops if not more voted for Obama. Because they thought the symbol of Obama would overcome racism and be a great healer and unity.

Yeah, it made me mad too. While this is hearsay, it rings true to me. I know of several priests who supported little O. Some of them are moonbat heretics sure, but a couple are otherwise good priests, but stuck in the 1960s.

Don't get me wrong. Racism is an evil. But it is not the greatest evil. Healing and unification are goods, but not the highest good. Choosing this values over a respect for innocent human life is opting for a lesser good. What is sin but choosing the lesser good?

Some may have bought the arguement that more welfare will mean few abortions. Even if this were true and I don't believe it is, this is to forget the words of St. Paul to do no evil even if good should come of it. The object is not to reduce abortions but elliminate them. Obama's policies will increase them, end of story.

Assuming that what Arroyo was told is true, why is it true? First, many bishops are from a generation that was educated to see statism as a good and desirable thing. They are sympathetic to classical big government solution of the Democrats. They were given the view that to be a good person, one has to be a Democrat. You find this when someone say, "Sure Congressperson Nancy is bad on respect life, but she is soooo good on social issues. Social issues effectively trump life issues for them.

Second, they are surrounded by the left. Look at many of those who serve in chanceries. Just as it would be foolish to expect a media that is 90% Democratic to give a conservative a fair shake, so it is unrealistic to expect bishops to receive good and even counsel when the views they hear are largely from the left.

Third, there may be some white liberal guilt at work. We can all feel good now because we have voted for the Black fellow. See we have proven we are not racists.

These are largely political reason, but there is a fundamental spiritual and theological flaw. They have forgotten what is truly important and fundamental. Yes, we are not one issue voters, but we are fundamental value voters. Life and the sanctity of the traditional family have been traded for lesser things. In this, I detect the influence of proportionalism.
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