'The question is whether you can make words mean so many different things.'
SWith Election Day upon uis, it's
no surprise that Obama's Catholics are engaging in the art of speaking Catholic
Lewis Carroll, the British author of the "Alice" stories, was a
trained logician in addition to being a gifted writer. His Alice in Wonderland
is filled with characters who speak nonsense, a habit which Carroll repeatedly
underscores with lines like this:
"When I use a word," Humpty Dumpty said in a rather scornful tone,
"it means just what I choose it to mean -- neither more nor less."
More from "Alice" later, because we should pause to mention just
which Obama Catholics are sounding like Humpty Dumpty lately. First, and most
notably, our nation's first Catholic Vice President, Joe Biden, who rather
pathetically, yesterday, had to release a video reminding voters that he is a
The script read by Biden into the camera is classic Humpty Dumpty, containing
words that Biden delivered as if they meant he was a "believing
Catholic," that is, one who believes and accepts the teachings of the
Church. As everyone knows, or should know, Biden rejects an entire list of
moral and social teachings that protect persons and society from the
destruction of innocent human life, the family, and our natural right to obey
God without interference from the State.
As Alice replies to Humpty Dumpty, "The question is whether you can make
words mean so many different things."
Biden, however, only receives our B+ grade for the audacity of his dishonesty,
while the A+ goes to the president of "Catholics for Choice". In an
article from the Oct. 30 Chicago Sun-Times,
which looks like it belongs in the Style section rather than the news, Jon
O'Brien calls himself a "real traditionalist."
O'Brien, for any who may not know, replaced Frances Kissling at the helm
of a "Catholic" group that promotes abortion and contraception to a mainstream media who lap it up.
(The US Catholic Bishops have formally declared, several times, that O'Brien's
group is NOT a Catholic organization.)
O'Brien speaks with the firm conviction of a Humpty Dumpty without shame:
"I believe in the totality of Catholic teaching, and that includes the
right to dissent and freedom of conscience."
You have to admire, so to speak, a man who can say that to a newspaper reporter
on the same day he received a Personal PAC. When O'Brien, and Catholics like
him, start talking about "conscience," it's time either to lift your
sword and shield or leave the field because anything can, and will, happen.
The reporter, to her credit, did ask O'Brien the obvious question: whether he
was a "cafeteria Catholic?" "No," O'Brien answered,
"What makes you a Catholic," he said, "is your Baptism."
Whatever happened to the life-is-a-journey sort of thing that Catholics
like O'Brien used to wax poetical about? All of a sudden we are in a world of
once-and-for-alls and theological finality: "What makes you Catholic is
your Baptism." Really? Is that all there is to it, nothing else is
required? Perhaps O'Brien should watch the Biden video where he equates being a
"practicing Catholic" with helping those less fortunate.
Humpty Dumpty didn't allow Alice the last word, Humpty Dumpties never
"The question is," said Humpty Dumpty, "which is to be
master -- that's all."
Yes, to be the "master" is all that matters to the Catholics
who speak nonsense. Nov. 6 will reveal whether their gibberish will prevail
with Catholic voters.
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