Which is perpetually these days. First, I disagree with the legal prohibition of politics from the pulpit. But let's set that aside because I think the larger point here is Catholics who want to have it both ways. Actually, they want to have it every which way but loose. In a letter dated Wednesday, Ricken cautioned Catholics that supporting candidates who support abortion, euthanasia and other postions that run afoul of church teachings means they "could be morally complicit with these choices that are instrinsically evil."
"Intrinsincally evil" is the operative phrase here. Fox 11 spoke with Catholics standing in line to get tickets for Tuesday's Green Bay appearance by President Obama:
Catholic voters were among those waiting in line Saturday morning for tickets to see President Obama. They say the political beliefs of 345 thousand Catholics in the area cannot be summed up in one man's statement.
"They seem to lump us into groups and say we're all thinking a certain thing, or we as women all feel this way or as men think that. I think we all are individuals and we're smarter than that. I think everyone needs to make their own choice when it comes to the abortion issue,” said Janice Reynolds of Green Bay
Ms. Reynolds is the classic Joe Biden "cafeteria Catholic." Yes, you can make your own choice, but you can't choose abortion and still be a "good Catholic." You either follow the teachings of the Catholic church or you don't. If you don't, find another church. Ms. Reynolds and other liberal Catholics are oblivious to the concept of "instrinsically evil." I see nothing wrong with Ricken's letter. I applaud it.