Wednesday, August 07, 2002

Pro-Abort "Catholic" Granholm wins Primary

Gubernatorial candidate Jennifer Granholm won Michigan's Democratic primary yesterday by a large plurality.

Ms. Granholm calls herself a "Catholic", even though she is a staunch advocate of a woman's so-called "right" to kill her unborn children. Her public and visible support for abortion, and denial of the fundamental Catholic teaching on the sanctity of human life, has excited no comment, much less criticism, from the hierarchy in Michigan.

Granholm's victory was no doubt helped along by people like Fr. Doc Ortman, a priest at her home parish of Our Lady of Good Counsel parish in Plymouth, Michigan. His strangely-reasoned and mawkish tribute to Ms. Granholm can be read at Mark Shea's or Amy Welborn's blogs. Although she is a source of open scandal in that parish and in the Archdiocese of Detroit, the good fathers at OLGC think so highly of Ms. Granholm that her public position on abortion hasn't prevented them from allowing Ms. Granholm to serve as an Extraordinary Minister of the Eucharist. There's nothing like putting one's sacrilege into action!

Now that we have yet another pro-abort Catholic running for office, I'm sure we'll be treated to another round of blatherings from newspaper columnists, Richard McBrien and the NCR crowd, America and Commonweal. They'll try to tell us how one can reconcile Catholic teaching on abortion with a "pro-choice" position, how abortion is just one part of a "larger teaching" about life, and how the Big Bad Church will try to stomp on the freedom of thought of such "dynamic" and "farsighted" politicians like Ms. Granholm.

What I'd like to know is if the bishops will continue their tradition of impotent silence or pusillanimous mumblings about politicians like Ms. Granholm, who proclaim their "Catholic" identity to the world while ignoring or thumbing their nose at Church teaching.

Anyone willing to lay odds?