Archbishop Michael J. Sheehan of the Archdiocese of Santa Fe, NM, told the National Catholic Reporter (NCR) last month that he disagreed with what he called the "hysterical" reaction of U.S. bishops condemning the Notre Dame scandal, as well as bishops who refuse communion to pro-abortion politicians, which he says makes the Catholic Church too "isolated from society."So reports Lifesite News.
The Bishop of Marquette, the Most Reverend Alexander Sample (pictured below), is amongst those bishops who wrote against the decision to honour President Obama, a decision which he called "unconscionable" and "completely out of step with the Catholic Church’s teaching.".
My brother, Father Stephen Boyle, and I had the privilege of being Bishop Sample's guests last week. Last Sunday, the day after Ted Kennedy's funeral, Bishop Sample presided at the 10am Mass in his Cathedral. In his homily, he recalled how a bishop friend had remarked that he was concerned that Catholics in America were:
third: democrat or republic
He said that, at the end of our lives, we will not be judged on our political allegiances or our nationality, but on whether we have been faithful catholics; that the time to vote simply on party lines has gone. We must assess each candidate on his own merits, and weigh very specially his/her policies as they affect human life, marriage, the family and, if they are in opposition to the Church's teaching on these fundamental matters, we must not vote for them. It is time for Americans to be Catholic first. In this way they will be truly good Americans.
Pictured above is Bishop Sample with the rector of the Cathedral Fr Michael Steber, my brother and me.