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Hudson & Fournier: Catholic Countdown to Election 2012, Day 7. Rev. Thomas Reese, SJ, A Jesuit Calls the Bishops 'Just 200 Votes' Comments

More alarming was Father Reese's support for Obama's policy forcing Catholic institutions to pay for contraception. The Bishops, Reese said, have ignored economic studies that insurance companies would actually save money by providing contraception. "Contraception is a lot cheaper than live births, especially if the live births are problematic." Continue Reading

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  1. Yebrail K. Brennan
    2 years ago

    I agree with "iamcatholic." To clarify a remark in an earlier post, he Society of Jesus was not misnamed in the slightest. St. Ignatius of Loyola, the Society's founder, was a loyal son of the Church, as were other members who have been canonized through the centuries. Fr. Mitch Pacwa, SJ, and Fr. John Hardon, SJ (RIP) are also members of the Society and loyal sons of the Church. If the Society of Jesus has made any mistakes, they stem from the failure to follow the charism of their founder. This spiritual malady, sadly, is not unique among the many religious orders in the Church. This is why prayer is so important. If more of the "rank-and-file" members of the Church had prayed more fervently for their priests and bishops, perhaps the spirit of dissent would have found less fertile soil in which to grow.

  2. Janusz
    2 years ago

    According to (Fr) Reeses thinking God has only one vote, however, I would not bet against that one vote....

  3. Bill Sr.
    2 years ago

    Hudson & Fournier

    Would you please see that the Bishops get a copy of this article along with all the comments which seem to contain much about them and their responsibility to the faithful. I think all of us would appreciate having the two of you represent our feelings.

  4. Proteios1
    2 years ago

    I didn't expect this lost shepherd of a priest to invoke mammon, I mean, money as justification for his stance.

  5. techwreck
    2 years ago

    Father Reese's remark that, "What the Bishops say would be important if Catholics actually followed them" is partially true. While most of Fr. Reese's followers are not Catholics, but CINO's, the fact that he has misled so many Catholics without being disciplined by the USCCB has given a specter of validity to his remarks. Ditto the failure to discipline the entire misnamed Society of Jesus whose members routinely mislead Catholics without a meaningful response from the hierarchy. Those in the Church who allow scandal are as guilty as those who give scandal to the faithful. may God have mercy on them all!

  6. Concerned, Faithful Catholic
    2 years ago

    Incredulous and disgusted, I now find that Vincent Rougeau, dean of Boston College's law school, submitted an article, published by a Catholic parish in Washington, D.C., disagreeing alarmingly with settled Catholic Doctrine in relation to the upcoming election. He was formerly a professor here at the University of Notre Dame's College of Law. It was not that Vincent had written an article that surprised me; he spent much of his time here publishing articles; I was instead shocked and dismayed to find that, employed by a Catholic college, he had the temerity to write an article disagreeing so strongly with Catholic doctrine. He is not Catholic. He attended no church here whatsoever, was not a member of any parish, and, to my knowledge, not once exhibited any background of knowledge with which to comment on Catholic doctrine, other than the fact that he, unfortunately given his proclivities, happened to teach at a Catholic institution. (My most frequent personal experience was with Vincent as a co-member of the board of trustees of our children's school -- Vincent was only in attendance when nearly nothing was on the agenda; anything even remotely controversial caused him to be absent.) I was also very surprised that, upon leaving the University of Notre Dame, he was placed at the helm of another purportedly Catholic institution of higher learning, Boston College. Where are our bishops, our boards of trustees, our presidents of these Catholic colleges of universities? How on God's green earth do these progressive devotees of relativism continue to be hired for prestigious positions by supposed Catholic colleges? The very idea that this non-Catholic, partisan, relativistic individual is now the dean of a Catholic institution's law school is abhorrent. And now, he is using his position to affect voters by spewing his anti-Catholic rhetoric. He, and another anything-but-Catholic individual, Reese, (I refuse to use a title such as Fr. or Rev.; in reality he is neither) should both be removed from their positions and left to find another way by which to advance their causes. The Catholic church, and her institutions of higher learning, need to take a stand and stop promoting those that seek to cause such damage, thereby harming the body of the church itself. How incredibly ironic, and ridiculous, that Catholic universities are employing individuals (i.e., Jenkins, President of the University of Notre Dame and Obama devotee) who attack the church from within. Is anyone listening?

  7. Ramon, M.D.
    2 years ago

    though trained in Jesuits Schools and used to admire the Society of Jesus, that is ancient history. Let me remind the readers that it is said that it is the other infamous
    Jesuit, Fr. Drinan, Congressman of Massachusetts was the one who was able convince the Democratic Party to be Pro-Abortion yet in " good conscience ". I blame this Fr. Drinan who have led this nominal Catholic Politicians to embrace teh Killing of helpless babies in utero as a virtue - the Kennedys,the Cuomos,Bidens,Pelosi etal of the world

  8. Tom McGuire
    2 years ago

    Still only abortion, same sex marriage and birth control as issues in this election!

    What about natural disasters that just might have some human elements as causes? The poor of the world suffer the most when storms like Sandy occur, especially in countries like Pakistan and Bangladesh. The prediction of what would happen when a Sandy type storm hit the United States has been known for years. The United States has the power to examine and act on solid scientific evidence related to climate change. No solid discussion about the moral aspects of climate change and care for the earth in these articles about the elections, why? Are we satisfied that the federal government is acting in a moral way in the care of the earth?

  9. Ed Cecil
    2 years ago

    Four Popes, Pius XI, John Paul II, and Benedict XVI,of the modern era, have taught extensively about the many evils associated with the use of contraception. It almost takes away ones breath to witness the number of priests, and, yes, Bishops too, that have dissented from Church teaching regarding the transmission of new life. If this rebellion had not occurred, we would most assuredly be living in a culture of life today. Heaven must be truly astounded at this turn of events. Ora Et Labora! We must pray and work. It is as if we are witnessing a third of the stars fall from the sky.

  10. abey
    2 years ago

    Does Rev. Reese know that there were not 200 but just 8 left when the flood came & took all of them all away at the time of Noe. Jesus did Prophesize that there will come a time like it was never before & like in the days of Noe is seen fun & frolic cracking Jokes to itching ears in the desires of the flesh even by so called catholics . This Obama supporter supposedly would not fail to say that Gay Agendas are OK because Caesar says so, even unto pronography, not surprisingly so, "for they worshiped idols & still do, to Justify the desires of their heart in the flesh, deceiving themselves"

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