Commencement wars heat up with Ted Kennedy’s widow

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(RNS) A small Catholic college in Massachusetts has been pressured by the local bishop into cancelling an invitation to Sen. Ted Kennedy's widow to deliver the school's commencement address because of her support of abortion rights and gay marriage. By David Gibson.

  • Dgbrown52

    Yet another sad day for the Church! Has the Inquisition returned?

  • gilhow

    My great wonder is how anyone can “love” a church that is so evil. Remember the sex abuse and its cover-up? Remember Tim Dolan’s efforts to control women’s bodies and health? And Dolan and McManus are not alone. They take all their marching orders from Benedict at the Vatican just as all bishops must. If they veer off course, they’re fired like William Morris of Toowoomba, Australia.

    How can you submit to a church that tries to dictate your beliefs down to the dotted i’s and crossed t’s? How do you leave your minds, your souls, at the doors of your churches? Just enter, warm the pews, that the lay people paid and really belong to them, and “Pray, Pay, and Obey!” Pray by the numbers. Pay by the numbers. And obey by the numbers.

    The Catholic Church under John Paul II and Benedict has returned to its evil state of the Dark and Middle Ages. Pius XI and Trent, and Pius X and Vatican I, with its madness of infallibility, reign again. Even the collegiality that was trickily added to the madness of infallibility was promptly ignore, the same as John Paul II and Benedict have totally ignored Vatican II’s declaration of collegiality.

    Hopefully, papal reign will gradually become extinct as “the flock” decreases big time except in those areas like Central and South America and Africa where illiteracy reigns supreme. Numbers mean nothing–except in the collection baskets.

    The lay people are at fault, just as the voters in this country are at fault. They are the ones who allow these monstrous dictators to continue in their sick, ignorant, and criminal ways. Lay people can and should take over their own churches and act as boards directing all activities. Priesthood and the sacraments belong to the “People of God,” not just the clergy. For that matter, no “sacraments” but adult, mature Baptism and the Holy Communion have any scriptural base or meaning.

  • USAsoccer

    First I am not Catholic, but I commend the Bishop(s) on taking a Biblical stand. The two comments above are illustrative of a non-Biblical worldview that puts man’s wisdom before God and the Bible. And the tenor of the comments should cause both to question their relationship with God through Christ. Too many people think that they are going to heaven based on what they know about Jesus. But Christ made clear that doing the will of his father is what is required (Matt 7: 21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ 23 Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’)

    Abortion is an affront to God. The Bible makes it clear that God knew us in the womb: “Then the word of the LORD came to me, saying: “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; before you were born I sanctified you; I ordained you a prophet to the nations.” (Jeremiah 1:4-5). In fact, the Bible makes clear that God knew us (for the Christian) before creation itself: Ephesians 1 4 For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love 5 he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will—“

    Furthermore, it is insightful that the comments above support the un biblical views that gay marriage and abortion are OK, and that Church, by taking a stand consistent with God’s word, is evil. That is a very Satanic view, to be blunt. The Church is the Bride of Christ, and when the leaders of the Church take a stand consistent with God’s word, and consistent with Biblical principles, it is done out of love. The Church is called to hate the sin but love the Sinner. It does no one any good to condone sinful conduct, which will only condemn non-believers to hell. The ways of this world lead to destruction.‘

    The Bible makes clear that the wages of Sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus. (Rom 6:23). For Christ claimed to be “The way, the truth and the life, and that no one comes to father except through Him.” There are many ways to Christ, but only one way to God. Through Christ. Too many people know Christ like they know the President. But the problem is that they live a life that shows that Christ does not know them. You will be known by your fruits!