Looks like one diocese is getting ready to wage holy war:
In an April 14 sermon at St. Mary's Cathedral in Peoria, Jenky said the Catholic Church is under attack by the U.S. government, and he wants to recruit a "fearless army of Catholic men ready to give everything we have for the Lord."
Thundered the prelate, "Hitler and Stalin, at their better moments, would just barely tolerate some churches remaining open, but would not tolerate any competition with the state in education, social services, and health care. In clear violation of our First Amendment rights, Barack Obama – with his radical, pro-abortion and extreme secularist agenda, now seems intent on following a similar path."
But Jenky has a solution.
"This fall," he said, "every practicing Catholic must vote, and must vote their Catholic consciences, or by the following fall our Catholic schools, our Catholic hospitals, our Catholic Newman Centers, all our public ministries – only excepting our church buildings – could easily be shut down."
There's just one problem with Jenky's plan, critics say: It violates federal tax law. The IRS Code bars all 501©(3) non-profit organizations, including churches, from intervening in elections on behalf of or in opposition to any candidate for public office.
These people are insane. Their entire congregation is using birth control, they've completely lost the battle, so now what they want to do is use the Constitution to attempt to enforce their beliefs.
Cardinal Dolan reacts to the NY Times piece about his paying hush money to pedophile priests and then getting caught lying about it that DougJ mentioned earlier. And like all right-wing sociopaths, he went to a Murdoch media empire to vent his spleen, so that there would be no chance of any hostile questions:
"The New York Times does not have a reputation for fair and accurate reporting when it comes to this issue," Dolan said yesterday after Mass at St. Patrick's Cathedral in Midtown. "So, to respond to charges like that — that are groundless and scurrilous — in my book it's useless and counterproductive."
Yesterday, Dolan denied that similar payments were being made in the New York Archdiocese, which includes about 400 parishes in Manhattan, The Bronx, Staten Island, and seven suburban counties.
"No, thank God. Cardinal Egan did a splendid job — that's all taken care of," said Dolan, referring to his predecessor, Edward Cardinal Egan.
Dolan didn't say whether similar payments to abusive Archdiocese of New York priests were made in the past.
The cardinal also lashed out at an advocacy group — Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests — that has called the payments "secret deals" and "incentives."
But Dolan fumed, "SNAP has no credibility whatsoever."
It's a response right out of the Republican playbook, isn't it? A baseless attack on the media, and then go after the victims. This guy is like a super-villain out of a comic book.
Heck of a Church you folks got going there, Dolan. Now tell me again why using a rubber is a sin, Mr. Moral Authority?
Add another tally to the "Yes" column on the "Is 2012 the year of the Apocalypse?" score sheet: a Republican in Congress has discovered the virtues of "revenue increases," the polite society term for the more vulgar swear "tax hikes." Who is the lucky apostate? Why, it's the Senate's favorite old Southern belle Miss Lindsey Graham, who is wilting like a sun-starved flower over the impending $600 billion in automatic budget cuts that the Pentagon will face starting next year if Congress does not act to reverse the sequestration agreement from last fall's Budget Control Act (which also cuts an equal amount from domestic programs, as a punishment to the country for electing intransigent nuts to Congress). So, will Congress act? Will they get together and agree on places where budget cuts can be made to avoid sequestration without increasing the deficit? Lindsey Graham has your answer to these questions: NO. NOW RAISE TAXES. READ MORE »