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'Catholic' Governor Trashes Christ
Tuesday, November 8, 2011 - By Judie Brown

It’s hard to imagine the likes of Illinois governor Pat Quinn and his latest foray into the absurd. What is even more disgusting is the politically motivated response to Quinn from the Illinois Catholic Conference. 

So what’s the beef?

Governor Quinn recently announced that, on November 17, he will be presenting an award during a luncheon sponsored by Personal PAC, a pro-abortion, non-partisan political action committee. 

Quinn’s argument in defense of his decision is that it is the “proper, Christian thing to do.” The female recipient, Jennie Goodman, to whom Quinn is presenting the award is a victim of rape who, according to Quinn, is a very strong advocate for helping women who have been sexually assaulted. But regardless of this woman’s heroism and desire to help other victims, the point is that even though Goodman did not have to choose to abort her own child because she did not get pregnant as a result of the rape, she associates herself with a state-wide pro-abortion organization. She appeared in a political ad prior to the last election, speaking out as a victim of rape and against the pro-life Republican running against Quinn. 

In that ad Goodman states, “Forcing a rape victim to carry a pregnancy is unthinkable and scares me to death.” In other words, Goodman is committed to abortion.

In response to the public defiance exhibited by Quinn, the Illinois bishops issued a statement denouncing Quinn’s decision and reaffirming their position that pro-abortion politicians like Quinn should not “be given special recognition on Church property or at functions held in support of Church ministry.”

After the November 2 statement was made by the bishops, the media went into a veritable frenzy, accusing the bishops of lacking all compassion and stated that they should be “listening” instead of “lecturing.” The Chicago Sun-Times quoted Personal PAC president, Terry Cosgrove as saying, “The Catholic bishops attacking him for that and accusing women of killing their children is a new low in public discourse, even for them.” The fact that the bishops made no such accusation against women appears to mean little to Cosgrove; the accusations are what matters, not the facts.

In response to these confrontational comments aimed at Catholic bishops who speak out, the media reported that Cardinal George “regrets rape victim Jennie Goodman felt hurt by a statement he and other bishops issued last week criticizing Gov. Pat Quinn for agreeing to give her an award at an abortion-rights event, but George said they were unaware of Goodman or her background before they released the statement.” Further, the cardinal explained that the statement was about the governor, not the victim of rape.

But what is lost in this story about a pro-death Catholic governor and his shepherds is that the Illinois bishops failed to make it clear to Quinn that the seriousness of his behavior is such that he not only must not receive Holy Communion until he repents, but that if he does attempt to receive the sacrament, he will be denied. In addition, the bishops could have made it crystal clear that Quinn’s actions are tantamount to egregiously insulting Christ.

Thus far, however, the Illinois Catholic bishops have not taken this approach. Instead we find politically-fashioned white noise coming forth from the very Catholic leaders who could have provided a remarkable example of heroic defense of Catholic teaching despite the media circus. After all, at the end of the day it is souls and their salvation that matters most to bishops—right?

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Mrs. Melba Hackney | 2011-11-17 18:40:05
The Catholic Bishops of Illinois and Governor Quinn will be in my prayers. God Bless and Keep You, Judie!
Jim Henderson | 2011-11-09 09:54:43
The real problem is the missed teaching moment. Certainly, the act of rape is horrible and causes grave harm. But, from before time God knew it would be, and from before time He knew if or if not the act would result in the conception (creation) of a new human life. in fact such creation only occurs as a direct act of His Divine Will. Because all of the evidence of creation which surrounds us, demonstrates His Love and concern for us, we can only logically conclude that if He wills that a child come from the act of rape, that child is a blessing, a gift of Love. The only way to receive that gift and it's blessings is to nurture that life. This must be done by the government and by the individuals. To not do so is to reject God's blessings---and we wonder why as a nation we are in trouble. Jim and Terry Henderson
Chantell | 2011-11-08 19:39:37
Quinn obviously cares more about politics then his faith. I would never judge a rape victim, but I do believe that if a rape victim is responsible and gets the treatment they need afterwards they more then likely will not end up being pregnant as a result of the rape.
Denise McConaghy | 2011-11-08 18:57:03
Judie - As always, your editorials are right on target. Our Catholic bishops should be standing strong on this issue and be an example to the laity they are commissioned to shepherd not tip-toeing around wishy-washy supposedly pro-life politicians, afraid to offend them. It is way past the time for them to defend life and make no apologies for it. Let the chips fall where they may!
Kevin | 2011-11-08 17:15:58
Well, the Bishops are afraid of Quinn.