Here at AlwaysCatholic we tend to agree with Father Z when considering opinions about any of our Presidents’ from non-Americans. In this case, Dr. Oddie opines from a Catholic viewpoint and therefore “all is up for grabs” as far as we are concerned here at ACBlog.
We could have printed Dr. Oddie’s story directly from The Herald (It’s THAT good and we were sooo happy that someone has addressed the Anti-Catholic issue and Barack Obama) but we chose to run it from WDTPRS.com because of Father Z’s spot on observations.
Read on and see if Dr. Oddie and Father Z hit the bullseye on this topic. We think they did…
Catholic Herald (UK) – Wm. Oddie opines about Pres. Obama
Posted on 25 February 2011 by Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
From William Oddie of the UK’s best Catholic weekly, the Catholic Herald comes this strong opinion piece about the President of the United States. I generally dismiss transatlantic views of any POTUS. This commentary, however, caught my attention because it concerns the President and the Catholic Church. He also quotes at length from Archbp. Nienstedt of St. Paul and Minneapolis, my native place.
My [Father Z] emphases and comments.
Why Barack Obama has to be seen as an enemy of the Catholic Church
We need to be alert: he is not without influence, even on this side of the pond
By William Oddie on Friday, 25 February 2011
Is Barack Obama the most anti-Catholic American president in living memory?
I don’t mean, of course, that he has openly attacked the Church (though it was noted that, at his inauguration as president, contrary to normal practice there was among the clergy invited to attend not one single Catholic, though he made a point of inviting the controversial — because openly and actively homosexual — Episcopalian (i.e. Anglican) bishop, Gene Robinson). [A good observation. And now Pres. Obama has directed his administration not to defend federal law regarding marriage. Interesting. No? Pres. Obama considers DOMA unconstitutional.]
What I mean, though, is that across the whole spectrum of contemporary moral issues, he is passionately committed to a series of views which run directly contrary to those of the Church. All this has caused at least one Catholic bishop (there are probably others) to call him anti-Catholic.
As a Senator, [which wasn’t all that long] he supported sex education, to be provided by Planned Parenthood, to children of five years old. He consistently voted for abortion, including partial birth abortion. He voted (twice) against Bills prohibiting public funding of abortions ; he voted in favour of expanding embryonic stem cell research; he voted against notifying parents of minors who had undergone out-of-state abortions; he voted for a proposal to vote $100,000,000 for the funding of sex-education and contraceptives (including abortifacients) for teenagers; he opposed the “Born Alive Infants Protection Act” on the Senate floor and in 2003 killed the bill in committee. [Consistent with what he did when still in Illinois.] This would have outlawed “live birth abortion,” where labor is induced and an infant is delivered prematurely and then allowed to die.
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