The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, otherwise known as the USCCB, is once again involved in another scandal. It doesn’t matter anymore if this is a real scandal or perceived as a scandal, the pattern of perversion of integrity, ineptitude, combined with poor judgment is so apparent that even “Joe Catholic” comes to the same conclusion. And that is that the USCCB is failing in its mission to evangelize as is called for by Lumen Gentium (21), and instead is involved in liberal pet projects that have nothing to do with their mission statement.
This time the USCCB has petitioned the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to regulate free speech. As a member of the liberal So We Might See coalition, a letter and petition has been sent by said coalition to FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski which the Catholic News Agency reported it as stating:
The letter and its related petition asked the FCC to open a “notice of inquiry into hate speech in the media” and to update a 1993 report on the role of telecommunications in hate crimes.
Basically asking the FCC to censor any news organization, program or commentator that can be labeled “hate speech”. Most people of all political persuasions understand this to mean talk radio and new media, ie, the Internet.
So the USCCB has figured out that to implement their mission to “evangelize” they will need to regulate free speech and control the message via the FCC.
That’s the way I read it when you take it to the logical conclusion.
The USCCB has denied that they are involved in this particular petition but has admitted they are a member of the the So We Might See coalition.
So let me get this straight, I can be a board member and donate my time and treasure to Planned Parenthood because they do “good things” for women, but if they provide abortions I can categorically deny, with a straight face, that I am responsible for any death of an unborn innocent child on just this particular occurrence.
Archbishop Charles Chaput came to the defense of the USCCB by stating, “the USCCB feels that its involvement has been misrepresented“. Archbishop Chaput further added, “In other words, USCCB ‘support’ for this effort is narrowly limited“.
I love and respect Archbishop Chaput to comment any further on his explanations, I will let his statements stand as is and let you come to your own conclusions.
To summarize what Archbishop Chaput was actually trying to say was that the USCCB was not asked to be put on this particular petition and probably would not have signed off on it if it were allowed to.
That aside, the coalition of So We Might See is also funded by the liberal extremist and anti-Catholic multi-billionaire George Soros.
Why should any of this cause concern? It’s not like this has happened before, if you can ignore the fact that the USCCB has donated money to fund abortions, pushed for same-sex marriage, officially endorsed anti-Catholic and pro-atheist movies, approved of homosexually active films, supports contraception, funds to provide the morning after pill, and wants to legalize prostitution. Oh, and let’s not forget ACORN.
If you can forget all that, then yeah it probably shouldn’t even be a blip on the radar.
And if you believe all that, I have a bridge to sell you in Brooklyn.
To voice your disgust with all of this please contact the Department of Communications of the USCCB here:
For inquiries, e-mail [email protected]
Reporters, e-mail us at [email protected]
Department of Communications
3211 4th Street, N.E.
Washington DC 20017-1194
To read the Catholic News Agency posting, “USCCB did not join FCC petition on hate speech, spokeswoman says“, click here.
To read the American Spectator posting, “Catholic Bishops ‘Misrepresented’ by Fox, Talk Radio Attackers” by Jeffrey Lord, click here.
To read the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Mission Statement click here.
To read the Second Vatican Council’s document, Lumen Gentium, click here.
To read the list of concerns about the USCCB on donating money to fund abortions, pushing for same-sex marriage, officially endorsing anti-Catholic and pro-atheist movies, approving of homosexually active films, supporting contraception, funds to provide the morning after pill, and the legalization of prostitution then click here.