Rebukes were appropriate - Catholic Courier

Rebukes were appropriate

To the editor:

Once again, Catholics have been treated to muddled and partisan writing in Father McBrien’s most recent column entitled “U.S. elections regularly test democratic values.” From his disjointed introduction, where he takes rhetorical swipes at both Popes Pius XII and John Paul II for their support of democracy, to the poorly argued conclusion, Father McBrien finally reveals his true lament — his resentment towards the Bishops who have responded to recent comments made by Senator Biden.

To call the column disingenuous is giving it more credit than it deserves. Yes, many Bishops have rightly spoken up in recent weeks regarding comments from Catholic politicians Nancy Pelosi and Joseph Biden. Clearly, the Bishops had to address statements that were equal parts hubris, misinformation and scandal. While Mrs. Pelosi informed both Catholics and non-Catholics that the church is in disagreement over when human life begins, Senator Biden opined that a person’s religious view determines when life begins. Despite Biden’s claim to the contrary, it is no longer a “religiously based view,” rather it has been settled, scientifically, that human life begins precisely at conception. Mr. Biden needs to brush up on his biology as does Father McBrien for trying to present this argument as currently valid.

The responses of our Bishops have been swift, concise, well-crafted and charitable. No one has “disparaged” Senator Biden. Unfortunately, they are also necessary in a world that digests its information in sound-bites and takes little time to think critically about the fundamental issue of life. May God continue to give courage to our Bishops who shepherd the souls of Christ’s sheep.

Nerina Bellinger

Latchmere Drive


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