Judie Brown
Obama's clever use of Catholics
By Judie Brown
October 5, 2010

For Catholics who remain true to the teachings of the Church, it never sits well to see Obama paraded around with those in the political spotlight who profess to be Catholic. These politicians wear their Catholicism on their sleeves, then act and vote contrary to the teachings of the Church. It seems that Obama is seen more and more frequently with Catholics and that an increasing number of Catholics are confused about their faith. Where is the leadership and should they not be doing something about this?

President Obama has been romancing Catholics once again, and is apparently doing so with impunity, even though he insists that, as a Christian, he can favor the killing of the innocent. http://www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/2010/sep/10092907.html

At a town hall meeting in Albuquerque, Obama told the audience, "I think my public service is part of that effort to express my Christian faith," but then went on to explain, "Now, with respect to the abortion issue, I actually think — I mean, there are laws both federal, state and constitutional that are in place. And I think that this is an area where I think Bill Clinton had the right formulation a couple of decades ago, which is abortion should be safe, legal, and rare."

If you find this to be a rather hypocritical position for a "Christian" to take, hold on to your hat because it gets a whole lot worse. Reuters, http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE68R5CU20100928 one of the news services covering that particular meeting in Albuquerque, used a stock photo to accompany its report. The photo, which depicted the president with Catholic priest, Father Vien Nguyen, who leads the Mary Queen of Vietnam Church in New Orleans, was taken during a reception at the White House earlier this year in celebration of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. Father Nguyen was also honored for his help within the community after Hurricane Katrina. http://aapipngec.org/tag/father-vien-nguyen/. Father Nguyen is not from New Mexico, but that apparently mattered little to the press at Reuters who found it convenient to use the opportunity to showcase a Catholic priest with Obama. Perhaps it's no accident that Father Nguyen was honored by Obama since he is described by Politics Daily http://www.politicsdaily.com/2010/07/15/oil-spill-takes-a-toll-on-all-but-gulf-minorities-feel-marginal/ as a man who "has shown extreme grit and skill as a community organizer."

In yet another attempt to highlight himself with Catholics, Obama traveled to Iowa this past week and met with a Catholic family living in Des Moines so that he could talk about "issues" facing middle-class Americans. During his visit he was joined by Father Michael Amadeo of Holy Trinity Catholic Church and the Catholic bishop of the Diocese of Des Moines, http://blogs.desmoinesregister.com/dmr/index.php/2010/09/30/who-was-in-the-backyard-for-the-obama-visit-yesterday/ Most Reverend Richard E. Pates. The photo of Obama with Bishop Pates http://www.newstimes.com/news/article/In-Obama-s-backyard-visits-GOP-is-the-absent-foe-678906.php presents the sort of chummy, friend-to-friend image that Obama wants to portray to the world, though his actual reasons for using Catholics as public props are perhaps anything but honorable.

After all, this is a president who deceived the Catholic bishops on the subject of nationalized health care, employed every tactic in the book to garner support from the Catholic Health Association for his draconian proposal and, to this very day, has never suggested that his anti-life policies and personal convictions on abortion are an affront to every Christian — including Catholics.

So why do bishops, priests and lay people fawn all over the president and do whatever they can to be part of his image-building program? One might guess it is because he is, after all, the president of the United States and one must be respectful of the office, if not the man. Yet, I maintain that there are more productive and vital things these priests and bishops should be doing with their time.

In light of a recent Pew Forum poll http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/28/us/28religion.html?_r=2 revealing the shocking statistic that "Forty-five percent of Catholics did not know that their Church teaches that the consecrated bread and wine in Holy Communion are not merely symbols, but actually become the body and blood of Christ," perhaps teaching Catholic doctrine should take a front row seat and become the only preoccupation that Catholic priests, including bishops, have time to focus on these days.

Troubling though this ongoing use of Catholics to legitimize his agenda seems to be, it is not nearly as scandalous as Obama's bold-faced suggestion that one can be Christian and pro-abortion! The two just do not mix.

Yet we cannot forget that the Bidens, Pelosis and Schwarzeneggers of the world have already paved the way for Obama's reprehensible duplicity. Those in the Catholic political spotlight have not only caused confusion but, by their actions, have implied that mainstream Catholics should be tolerant when they publicly take stands that are contrary to the beliefs of the Church.

After all, Catholic bishops have not united in their reprimand of those scalawags, so what can one expect them to do about Christianity's Obama?

© Judie Brown


The views expressed by RenewAmerica columnists are their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of RenewAmerica or its affiliates.
(See RenewAmerica's publishing standards.)

Click to enlarge

Judie Brown

Judie Brown is president and co-founder of American Life League, the nation's largest grassroots pro-life educational organization... (more)


Receive future articles by Judie Brown: Click here

More by this author


Stephen Stone
HAPPY EASTER: A message to all who love our country and want to help save it

Stephen Stone
The most egregious lies Evan McMullin and the media have told about Sen. Mike Lee

Siena Hoefling
Protect the Children: Update with VIDEO

Stephen Stone
FLASHBACK to 2020: Dems' fake claim that Trump and Utah congressional hopeful Burgess Owens want 'renewed nuclear testing' blows up when examined

Pete Riehm
Gloom and grift versus good and great

Cliff Kincaid
Honor victims of the U.S. government on Memorial Day

Linda Goudsmit
CHAPTER 20: In their own words: The sexual revolution begins in Kindergarten

Jim Wagner
Islam for Dhimmis—Part I

Rev. Mark H. Creech
Repeating history: Medicinal whiskey’s echoes in medical marijuana policy

Randy Engel
A documentary: Opus Dei and the Knights of Columbus – The anatomy of a takeover bid, Part VI

Jerry Newcombe
Electoral College dropout?

Curtis Dahlgren
The "Hand of History" writes its own reply to arrogance

Pete Riehm
Our fallen fought not just for freedom but truth

Linda Kimball
Christendom and Protestant America’s apostasy into paganism: A timeline

Jim Wagner
Why the Left loves Allah

Randy Engel
A Documentary: Opus Dei and the Knights of Columbus – The anatomy of a takeover bid, Part V
  More columns


Click for full cartoon
More cartoons


Matt C. Abbott
Chris Adamo
Russ J. Alan
Bonnie Alba
Chuck Baldwin
Kevin J. Banet
J. Matt Barber
Fr. Tom Bartolomeo
. . .
[See more]

Sister sites