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Bishop Hubbard Speaks Up

July 27th, 2011, Promulgated by Ben Anderson

Bishop Hubbard finally speaks up on contrary-to-nature-unions?  Of course not.  This was posted today on the New York State Catholic Conference’s facebook page:

“A just framework for future budgets cannot rely on disproportionate cuts in essential services to poor persons. It requires shared sacrifice by all, including raising adequate revenues, eliminating unnecessary military and other spending, and addressing the long-term costs of health insurance and retirement programs fairly.” — Bishops Hubbard and Blaire’s letter to the House of Representatives

Is this honestly and accurately representing the current situation? Is our current debt crisis really about America not treating the poor compassionately enough? Really? Maybe you believe that to be true, but even if you do, you have to admit that there is plenty of room for debate. Why must the USCCB ALWAYS vote democrat on fiscal issues? Rev. Robert A. Sirico offers an alternate view:

There are three important things any legislator must base his decisions on: First, our responsibility to future generations requires that we keep our fiscal house in order. Second, the dignity of individual citizens must be protected by allowing wealth-creating institutions to flourish and respecting the importance of voluntary charitable associations. Third, he should remember the limits of the federal government as set forth in the Constitution.

Speaking of Bishop Hubbard, Thomas Peters reported today that he will be celebrating mass for a dissenting gay/lesbian group. Remember just a few weeks ago when the New York State bishops pretended to defend marriage and people actually believed them?

Also speaking of the USCCB, I’ve heard people mention that they have a copyright on the Bible and actually enforce it. I was finally curious enough, so I checked it out. This is the nearly unbelievable text I found on their site:

Permission must be requested for use of more than 5,000 words from the NAB (or when the use comprises more than 40% of a single book of the Bible or more than 40% of the proposed work).

And they expect rational people to take this organization seriously?

In other news, World Youth Day hasreleased a statement pointing out that one group out of likely hundreds of groups that will be opportunistically present during World Youth Day in Madrid is not “official” and not “accredited.” RealCatholicTV and Michael Voris. Go figure.

Archbishop Dolan and Bishop Hubbard @ Press Conference

March 8th, 2011, Promulgated by Ben Anderson

I’m not sure what Archbishop Dolan’s position on Gov. Cuomo receiving communion is (please share in the comments if you have any info). In a recent press conference he doesn’t state his position when asked, saying it’s “not the time and place”. Meanwhile Bishop Hubbard pounces on the opportunity to give his opinion, while not addressing the actual issues that Peters raised. Nevertheless, pray for all bishops – this clip gives us a glimpse into the intense pressure of the life of a bishop.

The relevant clip from this Q&A session starts at the 3:00 mark and runs to about 5:40.

Cuomo Snubs Bishops

March 4th, 2011, Promulgated by Ben Anderson

As reported by

Apparently stung by a Vatican adviser’s slap at his lifestyle, Gov. Cuomo has declared a holy war [sensationalize much?] with the Catholic Church – saying he’s too busy to meet the state’s bishops here next week.

The Catholic governor, recently roasted over his live-in girlfriend, declared his schedule too crowded to squeeze in Archbishop Timothy Dolan and the other prelates.

The group arrives here next week for the state’s annual Catholic Conference – and historically meets with the governor to discuss a variety of issues.

Conference officials said they reached out to Cuomo about a month ago and got word only Wednesday that he couldn’t make it.

I find this ongoing story fascinating. I’ll bet most progressives will use it to say, “See, I told you so. You shouldn’t have been so mean to Cuomo – now you’ve scared him away.” I believe Peter’s comments (if that’s really what caused the cancellation – the article has no proof of that) actually played out as it should have. Cuomo’s true colors have been exposed. It might force people to actually reflect on what it means to call yourself Catholic. He is always welcome back when he goes to confession and stops living with his concubine. Our bishops must pick up their crosses and follow Our Lord. If that cross is a snub by the gov., then so be it.

Ed Peters is a True Hero

February 25th, 2011, Promulgated by Ben Anderson

Ed Peters is a 21st century hero of our Church.  Why, you ask?  For putting truth and justice above fears of rebuke and ridicule.  He has faced the rebukes of the Diocese of Albany (and Rochester) and not backed down.  I pray that our local hierarchical Church would one day be filled with men with half the courage he has.  This controversy was all over the news yesterday – from Whoopi’s comments, to Cuomo, to the Diocese of Albany.  Peters’ blog was even mentioned by name in the D&C yesterday.  It doesn’t do justice to snip any parts of Peters’ last response hear.  It’s short – go read it: