January 19, 2007

"Catholic" State Legislators

The Catholic Spirit, our Archdiocesan newspaper, has apparently decided to start profiling our, allegedly, Catholic state legislators. They are off to a rousing start with a profile that made me mad! Not surprised, just mad. I fired off a letter to the editor. We'll see if they print it. I should wait because they probably won't print it because it's on my blog but I'm not in the mood to wait. Plus, they are soliciting comments so if you feel inclined (I'm an agitator and I know it!)....

Catholic Spirit says: "Tell us what issues you think these two legislators and others should be addressing this session".
Send your comments to:

“Legislative Session” The Catholic Spirit 244 Dayton Ave. St. Paul, MN 55102.

Or e-mail us at catholicspirit@archspm.org.

Write “Legislative Session” in the subject line.

Here's my letter:

I found your profiles of the 2 "Catholic" politicians in your January 18th issue to be both interesting and disturbing.

This issue of the Catholic Spirit is full of appropriately Catholic pro-life messages such as the upcoming March for Life and the Ecumenical Prayer Service for Life. Also, that we should be on the lookout and oppose embryonic stem cell and human cloning research that may be coming to a vote in the Minnesota Legislature.

Then, we get the two diametrically opposite "Catholic" political viewpoints: Rep. Steve Gottwalt who
appears to not only believe Catholic teachings but actually live them and Sen. Patricia Torres Ray who says she's Catholic but appears not to live it.

What are we to think of this?

Well, apparently, we aren't supposed to worry about Senator Torres Ray's morally evil stance on abortion because "..pro-choice Catholic lawmakers are a political reality that bishops, Catholic lobbyists and other church leaders will continue to face" This sentence from Mr. Towalski's article on Sen. Torres Ray suggests to me that Catholics are just supposed to accept the fact that politicians who claim to be Catholic are supporting a moral evil and commiting sacrilege every time they receive the Body and Blood of Our Lord in an unworthy manner. Not to mention the public scandal they are causing by confusing the public and the faithful as to what the Catholic Church actually teaches.

Mr Towalski continues: "It remains to be seen whether the issue of abortion surfaces during the 2007 legislative session and what role Catholic lawmakers may play"

I don't think there is any doubt after reading these profiles how Rep. Gottwalt and Sen. Torres Ray are each going to vote on any abortion issues that may come before the state legislature.

Sincerely,
etc. etc.
Local Catholic trouble maker etc. etc.

I did not put this in my letter but I found it interesting that Sen. Torres Ray is switching her parish affiliation to St. Albert the Great in Minneapolis. I don't know what parish Sen. Torres Ray is currently a member of. St. Albert the Great is one of our local, er, non-orthodox parishes.

3 Comments:

Anonymous katie said...

Dear Kathy,

I liked your letter and will wait to see if the Catholic Spirit will put it the newspaper.

Have a blessed Sunday.

Katie

January 21, 2007 10:07 AM  
Blogger Georgette said...

Great letter! You go, girl!!

January 26, 2007 1:11 PM  
Blogger Cathy_of_Alex said...

georgette: I'm always so happy to hear from you! Come back, again!

January 26, 2007 2:00 PM  

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