Brooklyn Bishop Calls Administration’s Policies Shameful
Brooklyn Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio is reaping praise from across the country for a hard-hitting column published in his diocesan newspaper in which he calls the president’s advocacy of abortion “shameful” and says those who voted for him “bear the responsibility for a step deeper into the culture of death.”
Bishop DiMarzio begins by praising President Abraham Lincoln’s for signing that noble Executive Order known as the Emancipation Proclamation that freed slaves who were being held in the Confederate states.
“How far we have come as a Nation that 160 years later we will celebrate the inauguration of Barack Obama as the 44th President of the United States!” he says.
But his praise for the president ends there.
He points out that we have just commemorated the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, which legalized abortion and started the “pro-choice” movement that was rooted in the ideology of Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger who advocated for the elimination of the “unfit” such as the poor and blacks.
“Of course, a young Barack Obama was precisely the sort of unfit child that Sanger and her allies would want to eliminate,” the bishop writes.
“Tragically, the President has not been an advocate for those young children faced with similarly difficult circumstances. He has chosen to use the bully pulpit not to call upon us all to be nobler and to embrace each child, regardless of origins and circumstances; rather, he has been a proponent of an expediency that is shameful and criminal in the eyes of Almighty God.”
The forces of death press on from every side in contemporary American culture, the bishop writes, and cites the passage of ObamaCare which obligates Catholic institutions to provide employees with medical procedures and services that violate Church teaching.
“The President and his supporters sought to make this election, at least in part, about women’s rights. Much has been written about how the targeting of key constituencies was intended to stimulate specific votes,” he writes.
“In my view, those who voted for President Obama bear the responsibility for a step deeper in the culture of death. Under the cover of women’s issues, we now see an assault on religious freedom and personal conscience.”
Regardless of whether some find his tone to be “a bit strident”, Bishop DiMarzio believes the time has come for more direct conversation on these matters if we are to preserve what is left of our God-given and constitutionally-protected rights.
“Abraham Lincoln was a man who understood the intersection between politics and nobility,” the bishop writes.
Although Lincoln would never have been able to pass the Thirteenth Amendment, which abolishes slavery, in 1863, he used the powers of his office to free “slaves” by issuing his Emancipation Proclamation.
“I would have hoped that the first African-American president of the United States would have stood on the side of freedom for all. Instead, he stands on the side of political expediency,” Bishop DiMarzio laments.
“Mr. Lincoln, with great difficulty, put out into the deep and paid with his life. Would that our political leaders today would have some of the same courage.”
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Msgr, Courage will help bring about God’s plan for our rescue. And I love the bishop who sent this and the bishop about whom he wrote. If only they were all so committed to good shepherding. We are praying that the trees stay upright. Doug took St. Joseph holy water all around yesterday to bless the trees. May move to the downstairs rec room where we have a fireplace, hide-a-bed sofas, and a lot of the space is under ground level. Plus the door to the outside parking pad is right there. Not sure any of the bedrooms on the top floor are safe. Hope you have food to last a few days. You may hear lots of sirens in the next few days. Hope Mary Kay is safe. Prayers for protection during this storm, Betty PS About 10 people throughout the country are working together now on the problems with palliative care and organ donation. and how they tie together. From my vantage point, this may be the turn we were praying for.
LOVE BISHOP NICHOLAS DiMARZIO! I have heard him speak out on Catholic issues before, he is a very Holy Man.If only others would follow The Lead of Bishop Gracida, Dimarzio Burke etc The Church would be stronger. God Bless Him!!!