Cardinal Egan: Do as I say…Not as I do?

posted by David Gibson

If New York’s Cardinal Edward Egan wasn’t in Rocco’s list of 50 bishops who have effectively (or explicitly) said Catholic can’t vote for Obama, then he is now. Via Gary Stern’s “Blogging Religiously” site (Gary is the religion writer nonpareil at the Journal News in Westchester County) comes Cardinal Egan’s latest column in “Catholic New York,” titled “Just Look,” with a photo of a 20-week-old fetus and a dare for anyone to support legalized abortion. He also takes the Hitler/Stalin path, and cites Dred Scott, and concludes:

“Do me a favor. Look at the photograph again. Look and decide with honesty and decency what the Lord expects of you and me as the horror of “legalized” abortion continues to erode the honor of our nation. Look, and do not absolve yourself if you refuse to act.”

Cardinal Egan earlier backed up his words with actions, scolding Fordham University for honoring Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer this Wednesday (Oct. 29) with the annual Fordham-Stein Ethics Prize, despite Breyer’s clear abortion rights record. Again, Gary Stern has the details about Egan’s anger that a Catholic institution would honor an abortion-rights supporter.

On the other hand, as Gary points out elsewhere, it was Egan who honored Barack Obama at the Al Smith Dinner (along with embryonic stem cell champion John McCain). And that has him on the receiving end of some of the same criticism he is dishing out, most notably from Deal Hudson.

And so it goes.

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posted October 26, 2008 at 4:16 pm

Any Catholic who believes that life begins at conception and ends at birth would have noproblem supporting the GOP. As for the rest of us, it’s not that easy.

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posted October 26, 2008 at 9:37 pm

It is outrageous that the RCC seems to think it is their job to TELL the “faithful” who to vote for. Guess the separation of church and state doesn’t apply to the “faithful”. No candidate ever runs only on one issue, so a person, even a Catholic, ought to take other issues a candidate runs on also.
As for Egan playing “nice” at the Al Smith dinner? He was just playing the political game like everyone else.

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posted October 26, 2008 at 11:33 pm

Cardinal Egan needs to take care of the log in his own eye.

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Dan LaHood

posted October 28, 2008 at 1:14 pm

I wrote this after attending Pope Benedicts Mass at Nats Stadium in Washington.
Before Pope Benedict came to America to celebrate Mass in New York and Washington, it was revealed that as a young boy in Germany he had had a cousin with Down Syndrome. One day a Nazi doctor came and claimed his cousin for the Third Reich. Taken to be “cared for” at the “hospital” young Joseph Ratzinger never saw his cousin again: one of the host of “useless eaters” marked for extermination by that brutal regime.
My wife and I operate St. Joseph’s House, a daycare and respite care home for handicapped children. As it happened one of the children we care for, a wheelchair bound young lady, was chosen along with three other handicapped folks to carry the gifts up to the altar before the consecration at the Mass at Nationals Stadium in Washington D.C. on April 17, 2008. One of these was James, a 30ish man who works in the Officer’s Club at Andrews AFB. James has Down Syndrome. He was chosen to carry the large host which would become the Body of Christ lifted up before the assembled. As James with great ceremony advanced toward the Pope, his native enthusi­asm overcame his reserve and he started to run. Simultaneously the Holy Father leapt from his chair and walked towards James with his arms out­stretched. We have a picture of this moment which I cannot look at without tearing up. What did he see as he gazed so lovingly at James? I believe he saw his cousin. I believe he saw the face of Jesus. And I believe that his great prayer as he elevated that host on that impossibly beautiful day was “As long as you did to these the least of my brethren, you did it to Me.”
The next day April 18th, a boy was born to of all people, the Gover­nor of Alaska. They named him Trig.

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posted November 2, 2008 at 8:11 pm

“The next day April 18th, a boy was born to of all people, the Governor of Alaska. They named him Trig.” Dan LaHood
Nice story, but somehow it hasn’t convined me that a woman shouldn’t have the right to choose whether to continue a pregnancy or not. And even the way you discribed the birth of Trig hasn’t convinced me. You’d think he was the “next coming”. For those women who chose to continue an unexpected pregnancy, good for them. For those who chose NOT to continue an unexpected pregnancy, good for them. There is no “wrong” decision. Each woman makes the decision that is right for them. This is a right that should never be denied. Clean, safe terminations should always be accessable.

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posted November 2, 2008 at 8:17 pm

spelling correction: choose, not chose. sorry.

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Dan LaHood

posted November 19, 2008 at 7:05 am

I only presented it in the context of “witness”: which is the only authentic expression of the Christian vocation. Benedict is one, James is a very lively Christian and of course the Palin Family’s decision to say “Yes” to Life.

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