Friday, August 25, 2006

Hamilton Diocese Bishop Stands Up

Catholics should not attend a fundraiser featuring former President Clinton, according to auxiliary Bishop Gerard Bergie. The fundraiser is sponsored by the Catholic Family Counseling Centre. However, bishop Bergie suggests that it's inappropriate for a Catholic organization to host someone who has done so much to oppose the teachings of the church.

The bishop is right, it would be irresponsible for a faithful catholic to purchase a $500 lunch ticket when much of the cost will go to pay Clinton's hefty speakers' fee.

While the Catholic hierarchy always comes under fire for making statements about politicians, it's necessary that the church be absolutely clear about its moral teaching. When so called Catholic organizations promote individuals or ideas that are opposed to the teaching of the church it sends mixed messages that can confuse both catholic laity and the general public. The bishop should be commended for his moral clarity.

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