The priest at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in downtown Greenville has told parishioners that those who voted for Barack Obama placed themselves under divine judgment because of his stance on abortion and shouldn’t receive Holy Communion until they’ve done penance.
In a letter posted on St. Mary’s Web site, Newman wrote that “voting for a pro-abortion politician when a plausible pro-life alternative exists constitutes material cooperation with intrinsic evil.”
Who was the “plausible pro-life alternative” in this election? McCain? Ha ha! In the past this may have gotten me worked up, sure, but now I just have to laugh. Ha ha ha! It’s funny. Ho ho ho! We are coming to the end of eight years of almost exclusive Republican rule, with pro-lifers wielding the power and the glory, and what do they have to show for it? What did they do for the pro-lifers?
The dirty secret of the right-wing is this: “pro-life” is total bullshit. It is nothing but a wedge issue. These men (and they are almost exclusively men–white men) don’t care one bit about overturning Roe v. Wade, nor do they care about protecting the lives of the unborn. They just want your vote, righteous ones. And, well, it didn’t work this year. As these bishops and priests are finding out, they have no influence on politicians, anymore than they do on their own parishioners. There’s a positive sign. In fact, it is change we can believe in.