The Catholic Liberal’s Lament

Is Obama a moron, or evil Lord Sauron?
Here Catholic opinion’s divided:
His accomodations of abominations
Are being quite roundly derided.

With bowdlerized cusses, George Weigel now fusses
O’er relativists and their schemes.
“No way” from Chaput creates great ado;
Defiance becomes the new meme.

Scalia, so sorely, sings “Roddy McCorley”
And stirs up the echoes of Easter.
“It’s worse,” Mark Steyn glowers. “It’s Tyburn, the Tower,”
“And King Hal’s big boot up your keister.”

Obama’s no hero; but still we’ve got zero
Commitment to Governor Mitt.
Santorum’s mission to mandate fruition,
We must say, does spook us a bit.

Our friend Sr. Carol is over a barrel;
She couldn’t get change for a nickel.
Despite his last column, Dionne’s not the golem
To punch us all out of this pickle.

Michael Sean Winters is telling the printers
This year he’ll make do with no ballot.
That leaves you, Kmiec, to pick us off the deck.
Here comes the pitch — PLEASE DON’T FOUL IT!

  • Stan Chaz

    I was raised as a Catholic…perhaps lowered. Whatever :-)

    One of the legitimate functions of government is to promote equality and fairness for ALL, to have everyone play by the same rules. No one is coming into our Churches and trying to tell parishioners what to believe. BUT If the Bishops want to start businesses that employ millions of people of varying faiths -or no “faith” at all- THEN they must play by the rules…ESPECIALLY if they use our tax dollars in the process.  Just because a religious group in America claims to believe something, we cannot excuse them from obeying the law in the PUBLIC arena, based on that belief. They can legally attempt to change the law, not to deny it outright. And if they want to plunge overtly into politics from the pulpit, then they should give up their tax-exempt status. Did I miss something, or when it comes to the “sanctity of life”, is every single righteous Catholic still a card carrying conscientious objector, still refusing to take up arms,  still totally against the death penalty, and still against contraception and birth-control in all its forms? Oh well, hypocrisy is at the heart of politics, and politics masquerading as religion even more so. This country is an invigorating mixture of all the diversity that life has to offer, drawing its strength FROM that diversity. We need to work together to preserve, enrich, and strengthen this unique experiment – NOT to tear it down with poisonous, paralyzing, and un-Christian demonization of each other.

  • jkm

    Nice color commentary, Red Barber. That’s what’s been missing in this Church/World Series. I’m not pinning all my hopes on Kmiec, though—lawyers are pitchers by nature, and thus more likely to bunt.

  • Brother O’Shaunessy

    Gee Stan, I see politicians of all stripes trolling for votes at Protestant churches every day.

    Why is the Catholic church the ONLY one that secularists like you want to strip of tax-exempt status whenever it remotely touches the public square? ***Look at the videos***; they are but a minute sample of all the Protestant church vote trolling the candidates do. The candidates are IN A CHURCH begging for votes!!!! Why is it OK for these Protestant churches to host a POLITICAL RALLY, ENDORSE A CANDIDATE, and have the churches NOT lose their tax exempt status???? Hmmmm….Bueller?… Bueller?… Anybody?

  • Elizabeth Scalia

    That’s a clever poem, too bad it missed the part where
    Obama gave assurances he never meant/
    then told NY’s Dolan to go get bent/
    polling data says nobody wins on abortion/
    so Obama team cleverly brought this contortion/
    a pretense that condoms and pills are rare things/
    under threat from robe-wearing captains and kings/
    but the bottom line feeding this bruising melee/
    has always been freedom for some, not for these

  • Fr. Peter

    @Chaz so there should be no exemptions from military service? Quakers to arms! Amish must conform to everything? Sorry, the government is overreaching there is no need to mandate that this coverage be provided free for all. The government is originating an action that they know is against the teachings of a major religion.

    @Max Kmiec was the one that caused this whole mess by not listening to Catholics of good will who said this would happen.

    There is no joy in Fantasyland mighty Kmiec has struck out.

  • Luna

    The Anchoress wrote a poem in reply
    far better than I ever could do;
    The rest of us just wish to defy
    The naysayer who flew
    To the top of the comments.
    Stan Chaz is a crab
    But I am Queen Mab
    My destiny: up your nose
    with a rubber hose.
    May you dream of large women of flab,
    Who make rules that blow your mind,
    You’re really not such a find,
    Stan Chaz.
    May every Playboy Bunny
    In your dreams that start so sunny,
    Transform into something not so funny,
    Like the horsy Sibelius.
    Happy Gin Rummy!

  • Melody

    Love the poem, Max. And the Edvard Munch picture expresses the mood so completely.