Everything that Descends Must Converge: Archbishop Sartain in the News

July 24, 2012 at 8:33 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Those following the Vatican effort to muzzle the Leadership Conference of Women Religious will recognize the name of Archbishop J. Peter Sartain of Seattle as the bishop appointed to ride herd on the organization for the next five years. Today, on the New Ways Ministry blog, Francis DeBernardo quotes extensively from a recent article in America magazine about certain bishops overstepping “the boundaries of their tax exempt status” and entering “the world of politics in their zeal for opposing the Health and Human Services mandate on contraception and a marriage equality initiative.” And who is one of two bishops highlighted in the article?

Archbishop Sartain, who “launched a signature drive in every parish of his archdiocese to put Referendum 74 on the statewide ballot. The referendum would repeal Washington’s new same-sex marriage law.” This, as the author, Nicholas Cafardi points out, is called “lobbying.” He used his episcopal office in an attempt to pass legislation.

Cafardi and DeBernardo reflect helpfully on the various implications of Archbishop Sartain’s reckless action, but I would like to add another. Now we know that the person chosen to take control of the leading organization of Catholic Sisters in the United States is intemperate and headlong, willing to risk the non-profit status of a church to which thousands of the poor and sick look for support in their suffering, out of his passion for forcing institutional Catholic sex obsessions on the state of Washington.

Good luck, Sisters.

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