UPDATE: No idea if the Rainbow Sash endorsement had anything to do with it, but this morning we found out that Kicanas lost the election to Archbishop Dolan of New York. Glory Hallelujah!
Shouldn’t this sort of thing torpedo his chances?
Thomas Peters introduced The Kicanas Conundrum the other day. Now, Matt Abbott over at RenewAmerica has the full text of the pdf the Rainbow Sash Coalition issued in support of Bishop Kicanas, in its full uneditid [sic] glory.
Some Choice bits:
Bishops are coming ’round to Kicanas because, “input is bubbling up from the pews of our parishes in support of such issues as Gay Marriage, and Pro Choice.”
Joe Murray, executive director of the Rainbow Sash Movement, said:
We believe that Bishop Kicanas follows in the footsteps of the late Cardinal Joseph Bernadine, and will lead the USCCB to a position of common ground on issues that are deeply dividing the US Catholic Church.
Funny how “common ground” to political left-wingers always means, “you evil, backward rubes finally come around to seeing things our way, or at least shut up and let us have our way.”
Fundamentalist Bishops are trying to tag Bishop Kicanas as being very vulnerable in the area of clergy sexual abuse. I believe that to be a red herring. It may play to the fundamentalist such as Archbishop Chaput and Archbishop Dolan, it does not play well among more moderate and reasonable Catholics, and most of their Bishops. Following this logic could not the same claim be made of Cardinal Francis George current President of USCCB.
Moderate and reasonable Catholics. Like, you know, “us.”
Seriously. A group that makes the Eucharist, the “source and summit of the Christian life,” a political football; a group that has distinguished itself as one of the premeire and brash bodies of dissent within the Catholic Church, has endorsed one of the main candidates for the USCCB presidency.
And we’re not just talking dissent on levels of taxation, robustness of the welfare system, or which political issue is most important after defense-of-life issues here. We’re talking a radical dissent from the Church’s anthropology—what it means to be human, male and female—coupled with a disregard for the sanctity of THE central belief of our faith, the Eucharist.
This should set off more than just a few alarm bells in more than a couple bishops’ minds, no?