Wednesday, October 15, 2008
BISHOP OPPOSING BISHOP
and making a muddle for the Catholic faithful who want to vote with the mind of the Church in the upcoming presidential election is unpacked by Barbara Kralis:
In a recent interview, Bishop Gerald Kicanas of the diocese of Tucson made some interesting comments that deserve public scrutiny. He discussed the upcoming November Presidential election, as well as the upcoming November United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' plenary meeting. It is clear the bishop confuses the already confused Catholic reader.
LifeSite.com recently wrote: "Bishop Gerald Kicanas is among that cadre of US bishops who is himself well liked in Democrat and liberal Catholic communities for his vocal support for left wing and "progressive" peace and justice issues. Bishop Kicanas was praised by the aggressively abortion-supporting Governor of Arizona, Janet Napolitano, for his 'softer' approach to pro-abortion politicians using Catholic venues to publicize their positions."
In his interview, Bishop Kicanas speaks of the importance of voters considering the "vast array of issues" in voting. This is not correct. Abortion is the most basic and fundamental right and the condition for all other human rights.
In refuting the arguments presented by Bishop Kicanas, she quotes Benedict and John Paul II.
The list of 40 bishops who side with the mind of the Church is given by Deal Hudson in his article about this internal division at Angelqueen.