The operative words for me are…“retired” and “former”. The only active bishop is from South Africa…that’s something for the Pope and this bishop’s…brother bishops in the South African Church’s “USCCB” equivalent.
I would like to see some of the Church’s Ethical and Moral theologians weigh in on Faith in Public Life’s (FPL) principal ethical arguments…for me…it is the simple moral principle…you can’t do evil…even if good comes from it.…that “sinks” their platform.
FPL was the principal money fund behind * Nuns on a Bus* political/social tour awhile back…to shoot the USCCB bishops and its *Fortnight for Freedom * in the “foot”… Father Z covered it in his news blog:
Mr. Gehring [former asst. communications/media director for bishops USCCB]is Catholic Program Director of “Faith in Public Life,” a group founded with help from a pro-abortion group long directed by John Podesta called the Center for American Progress (CAP); like the CAP it has received funding from billionaire atheist George Soros. These do not seem like eminent qualifications for telling bishops how to guide the Church. [Understatement is an art form.]
Catechism is clear on moral and ethical issues and how we form our conscience…
III. TO CHOOSE IN ACCORD WITH CONSCIENCE
1786 Faced with a moral choice, conscience can make either a right judgment in accordance with reason and the divine law or, on the contrary, an erroneous judgment that departs from them.
1787 Man is sometimes confronted by situations that make moral judgments less assured and decision difficult. But he must always seriously seek what is right and good and discern the will of God expressed in divine law.
1788 To this purpose, man strives to interpret the data of experience and the signs of the times assisted by the virtue of prudence, by the advice of competent people, and by the help of the Holy Spirit and his gifts.
1789 Some rules apply in every case:
- One may never do evil so that good may result from it;
- the Golden Rule: "Whatever you wish that men would do to you, do so to them."56
charity always proceeds by way of respect for one’s neighbor and his conscience:
“**Thus sinning against your brethren and wounding their conscience . . . you sin against Christ.”**57 Therefore "it is right not to . . . do anything that makes your brother stumble."58
If all the babies in the womb could voice/vote their opinion…this group would already be in the “dust bowl” of history.
BILL DONOHUE SLAMS THIS LEAKED SOROS-SPONSORED FAITH ORG’S E-MAIL COACHING MEDIA AGAINST CATHOLIC BISHOPS
Jun. 20, 2012 11:00pm Billy Hallowell
[INDENT]We’ve told you before about the George Soros-funded organization Faith in Public Life (FPL). As previously reported, Faith in Public Life received a two-year $450,000 grant in 2009 from Soros’ Open Society Institute (partially tied to the group’s work toward achieving immigration reform).
Lastly…as I look atheist George Sorros and his Center for American Progress…and at the pictures and bios and job duties as key players and operatives in FPL…on their website…I try to remember Saint Paul’s admonition and truth…
Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (RSV-CE)
12 For we are** not contending against flesh and blood, but against the principalities, against the powers, against the world rulers of this present darkness, against the spiritual hosts of wickedness** in the heavenly places.