Here’s a comment from someone who doesn’t sign his name:
Father, you should keep your political opinions to yourself. I’m sick to death of all the right wing political garbage coming from the church lately. Your blog is becoming more and more offensive everyday. If you don’t like President Obama, don’t vote for him. In the meantime, shut up.
Nice. I especially like the respect and good manners that come with such intelligent debate.
Let’s think things through. Criticism of the “left’ does not mean endorsement of the “right” or vice versa. As a Catholic I criticize both sides in the political debate and that is as it should be.
So let’s get something absolutely straight. On this blog I have every right as an American citizen to speak about the issues of the day. As a priest I have not only the right, but the responsibility to speak about moral issues like abortion and immigration, the death penalty, corrupt financial dealings and what the church calls ‘the preferential option for the poor.” I also have not only the right, but the responsibility to speak about the issue which is most important at this time: religious liberty.
I will continue to do so, and I will do so regardless of the political party or politician who I criticize. If anyone is interested, I am indeed critical of the present administration. I am critical of their wanton and ignorant attack on religious freedom in this country, and I am most disgusted and alarmed by their relentless attack on the sanctity of human life. A child is not a punishment, and abortion is not a blessing.
If people are further interested in my views I am also disgusted with the financial mismanagement, corporate greed, corruption and relentless pride of the shameless high rolling bankers, financiers and international men of power. I am dismayed at the warlike nature of the country I love–the astronomical amount of money we spend on ‘defense’, which too often has meant the pointless invasion of other countries in order to promote and expand ‘our strategic interests’.
However, in keeping with the policies of the Catholic Church, and under the discipline of the Catholic priesthood I will not promote a particular candidate or a particular political party, nor will I tell my people what person or party to vote for.
This will not be difficult for me to do as I find both sides equally obnoxious, and I personally will only be voting for one over the other as one might choose between eel pie and fish eye soup.