>>>, “With millions of others, I have been thrilled by Barack Obama’s victory and I thank God for it. For me, it represents a rare moment of hope and optimism which shows American democracy at its best and it is of seismic significance and potential for the whole global community. .......Bishop Crispian Hollis, Portsmouth, England.<<<<
Later on, after being barraged with criticism the bishop said >>>
“I am aware of what he has said about abortion and about the so-called freedom of choice and I deplore his words. There is no way in which I endorse his position on these crucial ‘life’ matters, nor, as a Catholic bishop, could I ever do so.”>>>
but, your Excellency, you create scandal when you seem to oppose the Church's moral dogma. Backing a candidate is backing that candidate's policies. Not his hairstyle, not his physique, but his policies. That's democracy.
Just a couple of days ago bishop Hollis issued the following directive
>>>>>>CATHOLIC CHURCH REGULATIONS: SWINE FLU EPIDEMIC
During the current swine flu epidemic, in keeping with the latest guidelines that I have received, I recommend that the following measures be implemented in Catholic Churches throughout the diocese from this weekend:....
1) The Sign of Peace during Mass: instead of a handshake members of the congregation are asked to join their hands together, as in prayer, turn to their immediate neighbours, bowing slightly and saying “Peace be with you”.....
2) Holy Communion is to be given only on the hand, not on the tongue or from the chalice.....
3) Ministers of the Sacred Host are asked to ensure their hands are washed with sanitizers (provided) before and after ministering communion. What's wrong with using the sacrarium?These regulations will remain in place until further notice. It is hoped that the reasons for this temporary policy will be understood and appreciated. They have been made out of particular pastoral concern for the vulnerable, namely, the elderly, children and those with underlying health problems.
Bishop Crispian Hollis 23rd July 2009 <<<<<<< [Bishop Hollis is one of those who uses the 'seamless garment' metaphor when discussing pro-life issues]
Is K. C. being unfair to label Catholics who back pro-choice politicians over pro-life ones as being 'pro-choice'?