Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Archbishop Burke shows mettle...nun shows none

Once again -- and appropriately enough, during Good Shepherd week -- the folks in Saint Louis have experienced the work of a good shepherd.

Sen. Claire McCaskill was uninvited from speaking at her daughter’s Catholic high school commencement because her positions on abortion and embryonic stem cell research are at odds with those of the church.

Here are some of Senator McCaskill's positions on "the issues:"
  • Supports the Missouri Ballot initiative that will guarantee stem cell research in Missouri. “Stem cell research holds the promise of saving lives and alleviating the pain and suffering endured by so many of our people. This initiative enables Missouri doctors and researches to be at the forefront of lifesaving research and it has my support.”
  • A Pro-Choice Democrat who is endorsed by EMILY’s List.
[emphasis theirs, not mine!]

The above comes the DSCC website which I think stands for "Democrats Senate Commitment Committee"...or something like that. Maybe you can figure it out.

Anyway, the school's president, Sister Michaela Zahner, isn't happy about it.

She [Sister Michaela] was told of an archdiocesan policy that forbids providing a public forum for speakers who do not hold to truths as they are presented by the Catholic Church. Zahner said the policy clearly reflects Burke’s position.

Uh...Sister? I believe the policy clearly reflect's the Church's position. Not that it's enforced all that much, but there you are. You know it...or you should.

She said McCaskill was not asked to give a political speech, but was chosen to address the class because she is a woman who has served Missouri “well and faithfully for over 30 years.”

Sister, in the name of all that is holy, the Senator is an accomplice to killing children. How well and faithfully has she protected the unborn for over 30 years?

“It was a very hard decision,” Zahner said. She personally believed having McCaskill speak was going to be a good choice for the girls. “My personal belief could not affect the good of the institution,” she said.

No it most certainly could not, Sister. It is my opinion that your position can not affect the good of the institution. Your resignation, on the other hand, might do just that. Or, heck, maybe just a few hours a week spent with the Catechism of the Catholic Church would be helpful.