Cardinal Predicts “Time Of Trial” For Americans

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Cardinal James Francis Stafford, head of the Apostolic Penitentiary of the Holy See, delivered a lecture on Thursday at the Catholic University of America:

Criticizing Obama as “aggressive, disruptive and apocalyptic,” he went on to speak about a decline in respect for human life and the need for Catholics to return to the values of marriage and human dignity.

He’s got Obama pegged, all right. Cardinals tend to have good discernment skills.

Commenting on the results of the recent presidential election, Cardinal Stafford said on Election Day “America suffered a cultural earthquake.” The cardinal argued that President-elect Obama had campaigned on an “extremist anti-life platform” and predicted that the near future would be a time of trial.

“If 1968 was the year of America’s ‘suicide attempt,’ 2008 is the year of America’s exhaustion,” he said, contrasting the year of Humane Vitae’s promulgation with this election year.

“For the next few years, Gethsemane will not be marginal. We will know that garden,” Cardinal Stafford told his audience. Catholics who weep the “hot, angry tears of betrayal” should try to identify with Jesus, who during his agony in the garden was “sick because of love.”

He’s right, too. We are really in for it.

UPDATE:

President Bush may be a lame duck, but he’s still alive and kicking:

Ed Morrissey reports:

The Bush administration has decided to push last-minute rule changes in the lame-duck period that would strengthen protections for health providers with religious objections to abortion and contraception.  Objections have come from within the administration itself and from states and providers over the new rules, which they claim greatly overreach already-existing protections and obliterate compromises reached on these issues.  It appears that President Bush has decided to pre-empt the Freedom of Choice Act as his last major domestic effort.

I seem to remember Bill Clinton spending his last remaining days in office procuring pardons (140 of them) as political favors for corrupt cronies.

President Bush is spending his last remaining days defending life.

What a difference character makes.

Thanks to: Gateway Pundit for the great pic.

14 thoughts on “Cardinal Predicts “Time Of Trial” For Americans

  1. Wow. Thanks. This gentle man crafts words that help describe my ache, a kind of weldschmertz.

    One does not have to be Roman Catholic to know this ache. Those of us, part of the universal catholic Church on earth, who read and study the Bible faithfully see the truth clearly, join others in the fervent prayer that God will continue to be with us and have mercy on the Remnant in this country.

    We the universal-catholic Church can together fight against our next president’s concept of “transformation” which is a lie. Only Jesus Christ has the ability to miraculously transform us or this nation. Simply put, any other transformation is evil.

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  2. From the Kathleen Parker article…Belief in something greater than oneself has much to recommend it, including most of the world’s architectural treasures, our universities and even our founding documents.

    I want to gag. I give the woman some credit for recognizing the many valuable contributions that have come from religious organizations and endeavors in the name of our God. However she seems to hold a very limited view of the rationale for choosing what to believe. It assumes the human decision about what to believe is made with an egocentric and utilitarian agenda. It operates on the premise that Christians are choosing what to believe and what not to believe based upon what we get out of it. Bunk. That certainly is not the reason I believe in what we believe. If I had my selfish way, I’d throw out a commandment or two because they simply don’t fit what I want. My selfish-side would give me permission to get rid of anything that would point an accusing finger at my behavior. But that is no longer submission and obedience to my higher power, God. That is making myself a god.

    Belief and trust in God for us Christians is about obedience to God’s predetermined set of guidelines. God says have no other gods but me. God says use my name appropriately… give me honor and respect in how you invoke my name. God says worship me only. God says respect authorities, do not murder, do not commit adultery, do not steal, do not lie or gossip, do not be covetous of what others have, and so on.

    When we come to the realization that God already chose us, if we want to be obedient followers, we don’t get to choose what rules we will or will not obey or what we will believe like we are in a mall or cafeteria and expect to get by. IF we do that — we are worshipping ourselves as little gods who think we are in charge, and we are and breaking all the fundamental commandments that God has long ago already laid out for us.

    THIS thread including the audio of the Cardinal communicates how we Christians view the problem with what we see in the ideology of Obama, who for those who bother to look, see clearly a willy-nilly disobedience to basic Judeo, Christian, Muslim, and even basic ethical tenets. We are merely attempting to share this and warn others. We are merely the messengers. We aren’t making the rules. God already did that.

    Thank God there is forgiveness, grace and mercy.
    Otherwise we all would be lost.

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  3. Grace and mercy? Yes and don’t forget … god says kill false prophets (Deuteronomy 13:1-5), kill followers of other religions (Deuteronomy 13:7-12), kill women who are not virgins on their wedding night (Deuteronomy 22:20-21), kill people for working on the sabbath (Exodus 31:12-15), kill homosexuals (Leviticus 20:13, Romans 1:24-32 ).
    Sounds kind of like an dictatorial authoritarian regime… “worship me or be tortured in hell for eternity.” A great set of ethics for a free nation. Hey, maybe that’s where the GOP got it’s ‘control by fear’ schtick?

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  4. Kathy, we’ve got ourselves a true-blue evangelical atheist on our hands, here.

    He’s so blinded by his faith in nothing, he spouts fantastical absurdities like, Hey, maybe that’s where the GOP got it’s ‘control by fear’ schtick?

    May I suggest that we no longer feed the troll?

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  6. Typical action, ban someone who presents facts you don’t like. That’s what conservatives are best at – denial. I never have deleted a conservative’s comment on my blog but would I expect the same in return? Of course not. With out denial, there’s not too much you can do with facts. This deleting / moderating comments is almost universally a religious right wing blogger affliction. Just like religious colleges. You won’t see any opportunities to comment on stories in their school newspapers. They like their little illusion bubble.

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  7. I didn’t delete you. I have a co-blogger, who happens to be an agnostic/atheist (not sure which), who might have.

    Perhaps you were unduly obnoxious, and insulting?

    He knows my rules.

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  8. I have a co-blogger, who happens to be an agnostic/atheist (not sure which), who might have.

    I didn’t ban him or mess with is comments. He never made that much of an impact. I think he’s just challenged by the complexity of the commenting system.

    his deleting / moderating comments is almost universally a religious right wing blogger affliction.

    This statement speaks to a lack of experience in the blogosphere. Apparently our naive friend has never heard of The Daily Kos, Talking Points Memo, FireDogLake, Democratic Underground, Eschaton, etc.

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