Caroline Kennedy’s False Witness: Who Will Speak for the Church?

18 Sep

at Catholic Online

There were a lot of bad speeches at the Democratic National Convention, but Caroline Kennedy’s speech was the low point in many ways.

Caroline Kennedy got up on a national stage and used her professed Catholic faith to justify and actually demand the preservation of grave evils that the Church explicitly condemns. She twisted Catholicism into a pretzel to suit her own apostasy. She presented lies for the truth, and tried to justify it with her Catholic faith.

I’ve been hoping to hear some strongly-worded corrections from our stellar priests, bishops, and cardinals since that night, but unless I’ve missed it, so far I’ve seen nothing. Are we wrong to expect a public condemnation of Caroline Kennedy’s words from our church leaders? And by the same token, are we remiss in voicing that public condemnation ourselves?

Ms. Kennedy, I know you grew up Catholic. I know you were raised in the Church. I won’t speculate on the exact nature of your faith, but I can say this for certain: What you professed that night at the DNC was NOT Catholic. You seem to indeed have a very specific creed, but it’s not the creed of the Catholic Church.

Your speech that night was scandalous. There’s no other word for it. It was disgraceful. On the one hand, it made me furious, and on the other hand, it made me feel very sorry for you.

I am furious with you and every other public “Catholic” in this country who makes a mockery of our faith by living in utter contradiction of what the Church teaches while claiming to love the Church, love your faith, and take your faith seriously. You obstinately persist in championing grave and intrinsic evil, while wearing your ashes on your forehead as an empty display of authenticity. You claim to love the Church you persecute and blaspheme at every turn. You claim membership of a Body you despise through your actions.

When you champion the “right” to kill the child in the womb, you despise the Body of Christ. When you champion the “right” to treat the child in the womb as a thing rather than a person, you despise the Christ Child. When you champion the demise of true marriage through its redefinition, you despise the Holy Family. When you champion the demise of the family by casting aside the primacy of mother and fathers in raising children, you despise the Child Jesus. When you champion the proliferation of contraception and require your own Church to violate Her unchangeable teachings about the sanctity and dignity of human life and marital love, you despise the blessed humanity of Christ.

You do not correctly represent the Church when you make such scandalous remarks as you did that night. You may wish to fashion a Catholic Church more to your liking, but you don’t have that authority or ability, thank the Lord.

I pity you that you have not yet encountered the true Faith in which you were brought up. I’m sorry you haven’t yet realized what a treasure you could have. It is rich and beautiful and merciful and miraculous, and you don’t know that. I hope someday you will. In the meantime, I cannot let your remarks or your version of Catholicism stand unchallenged.

You and Joe Biden and Nancy Pelosi and Kathleen Sebelius and John Kerry and on and on… you do not speak for the Church. You do not serve the Church. You don’t seek to build up the Church but to weaken Her and contradict Her and remake Her in your own image. You make your scandal public so I make my confrontation public as well. I’m tired of all you wolves in sheep’s clothing making yourselves at home in my Church while you work to scatter and devour.

If the Catholic Church is not to your liking, then leave and find a church that is. If the doctrine of the Catholic faith is not palatable to you then go find a doctrine that is. No one’s forcing you to believe or to stay against your will. Be honest for once. You know quite well that your personal doctrine is diametrically opposed to the truth of Church teaching. You know that what you call good the Church rightly calls evil. You know that what you celebrate as progress the Church rightly calls immoral and destructive.

Your facade is pitiful and insulting. I’m sick to death of hearing you embrace evil and call it a “right” that must not be lost. My blood boils when you advocate for evil while waving your little Catholic banner.

So while I’m sitting here waiting for a bishop or other Church leader to publicly renounce your remarks, I started wondering if perhaps they were all waiting for me. And thousands of other Catholic women just like me.

I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, nor am I ashamed of His Body on earth, the Church, and I will gladly profess and live the Truth and the Faith that you spit on with your betrayal. I will fight for the life of the child in the womb, for the sanctity of all human life, and for true marriage between husband and wife for life.

Perhaps our leaders are waiting for Catholic pewsitters to stiffen their spines a little and take a public stand for their faith. We cannot always wait for bishops to sound the charge. Each one of us has the horn in his hand as well. What are we waiting for?

We cannot take for granted that our Church leaders’ words will be enough. Their voice is strong and powerful and irreplaceable, yet it does not give us permission to be mute. Jesus felt pity for the people of His time, calling them “sheep without a shepherd.” Well, you know what? The last few years we have seen leader after leader, bishop after bishop, priest after priest boldly defend the Church and Her teachings as they should; they’ve used their gifts and their words to instruct the faithful and to teach and inspire. Perhaps what we now suffer from is shepherds without sheep.

What would happen if Catholic women across America rejected Caroline Kennedy’s version of “rights” and truths, and instead publicly witnessed to the true doctrine of their Church? What would happen if Catholic women embraced chastity and virtue instead of Planned Parenthood? What would happen if Catholic couples across America rejected the culture of death with all its abortion and contraception and instead gave public witness to the power of life-giving love?

It was not the votes of bishops and cardinals that ushered in the current administration with its ceaseless devotion to abortion and love-affair with Planned Parenthood; contraception; same-sex “marriage”; and assault on Religious freedom. It was the votes of the sheep! If polls are to be believed these days, it seems those sheep have learned nothing at all, and are poised to once again extend their support to the man and the party that glories in killing the child in the womb, along with redefining marriage and elevating homosexual sex to something righteous; and punishing the Catholic Church and the faithful for being Catholic.

Perhaps our leaders are hoarse from screaming at sheep who refuse to listen. Perhaps they’re tired of putting up with phony Catholics and impotent Catholics and cultural Catholics who really couldn’t care less what the Church teaches. Perhaps they’re heartbroken that so many Catholics can’t even be bothered to show up.

Perhaps, like me, they’re also angry that so many Catholics make a mockery of the faith by openly denying what the Church teaches and openly advocating for intrinsic evils. If they are, I admit I’d love to hear them express their outrage more often. I’d love to see public scandal answered publicly and corrected publicly every time.

Whether I get my wish is not the point. The point is, it has always been up to you and me to be salt and light in our culture. It is up to us to speak the truth and live the truth and confront evil in our midst with courage. It’s up to you and me to live an authentic faith. It’s up to you and me to answer Caroline Kennedy and the others and bring their false witness to shame with our own genuine witness.

Caroline Kennedy et al only have the nerve to do what they do because sadly there are a lot of sheep who applaud and march with them. They are lost sheep, all of them. They will not benefit from our timidity or lukewarmness. It’s time to light the fire and you and I are holding the match.

Pray continually for our Church leaders here in America. They need our support and the covering of our prayers. They also need us to take ownership of our faith and act like the militant Church we’re supposed to be. Just as we wait for inspiration from them, so they need some enthusiasm from us. It is a laborious task indeed to lead people who stick their finger in your eye.


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17 responses to “Caroline Kennedy’s False Witness: Who Will Speak for the Church?

  1. Kathy Mahaney

    September 29, 2012 at 12:56 PM

    Thank you for saying what my daughter and I have been so frustrated about in this political season. We are Catholic women and when she stood up and represented herself in that way, it was meant to mislead. She knew that by identifying herself as Catholic that it would discount views by women who really are. God talks about that in the bible, misleading or causing one of his sheep to go astray. I wish someone besides Father J Morris would have said something. There is also a nun that is speaking on behalf of the DNC and no one stops her either. She was on Fox News, and other shows. (part of the nuns on a bus thing) She misleads as well….

  2. Erin

    September 27, 2012 at 10:35 PM

    Yes! Awesome, heartfelt, and a wonderful call to arms for women of virtue. I pass your blog along to all of my friends.

  3. Marlene

    September 24, 2012 at 6:27 PM

    I am so sad to see a catholic women like Mrs c. Kennedy to be against God….Because on Dnc they boo God. Lets Keep her in our prayers.

  4. Bob Grando

    September 23, 2012 at 8:08 PM

    Father J. Morris was the only one from the Church that I heard speak out on Caroline Kennedy’s speech. It was on Fox New Channel. He was very clear and emphatic (and obviously trying to control his emotions) when he explained in strong terms that Ms. Kennedy’s comments were against the Catholic Church’s teaching.

  5. Carlene

    September 23, 2012 at 1:24 PM

    Thank you so much for saying what I feel and believe deep within my heart and soul.
    May God Bless you.

  6. Molly Kraker

    September 21, 2012 at 12:00 PM

    Wow! I wish I had written that! You are spot on. We are all called as the Church Militant to fight for our faith. I am already speaking out boldly, but will forward this to others in hopes that they will do the same. God bless you!

  7. Linda

    September 20, 2012 at 5:47 PM

    I am so glad a “Woman” is standing up and saying what real “women” need to represent. I didn’t see Caroline Kennedy because I chose not to watch any of the Democratic Convention and I’m so glad I didn’t. It infuriates me when I hear of celebrities speaking about their faith and the misleading people to think this is how we think. It is far from the truth but there are too many “catholics” who disagree with the church’s teachings and we as the Body of Christ need to say….don’t let the door hit you on the way out but we’ll pray for God’s mercy on your soul and the Holy Spirit to enlighten you to the truth!!!
    Thank you for being so bold and courageous!

  8. Sue G

    September 20, 2012 at 10:15 AM

    Your letter expresses what I truly feel so many of us want to say. I just wish there was a way that we could overcome the liberal media to get OUR word out rather than the word that everything is okay, there is no right or wrong because everything is okay these days as long as it makes ME feel good! Let’s all try to be the light that Jesus calls us to be as the election draws near!

  9. Kathy

    September 20, 2012 at 9:47 AM

    LET’S DO MORE !!!!!!

  10. Luisa B.

    September 19, 2012 at 2:34 PM

    I am so thankful for people like you. I live in an area where the citizenry is about 98% democrat and about the same for being Catholic. The one newspaper is totally liberal as well as the one TV station. We get the Mexican News channels here and they also lean big time left. They showed large parts of the DNC convention and featured the so-called Catholics speaking and working towards the ruination of souls, especially women. What a shame that we and our children have to witness this horrendous attacks on our church. God Bless You for your work and defending our religion.

  11. Lizzette

    September 19, 2012 at 11:54 AM

    Once again THANK YOU for putting into words the sentiments of so many of us!! United in prayer.

  12. KellyW

    September 19, 2012 at 11:35 AM

    I love this, thank you!
    I do wonder what I can do to stand up to be heard? I volunteer in my children’s school in teaching the “Respect Life” classes, I give money to various abortion alternative centers, I blast my pro-life beliefs on Facebook and even on Pinterest, and I pray and pray and pray. I list these things not as a prompt to get a pat on the back – I just feel so defeated when I hear these things from the likes of Carolyn Kennedy, a fellow catholic (intentionally made it a small c)
    I have never felt this level of “heaviness” upon my heart before an election (or ever) I live in Ohio, which is a swing-state, and so I/we are assaulted with commercials depicting deceitful and pitiful women lamenting that Mitt Romney is waging a war on women. I am attacked for merely claiming that, yes, I am indeed a one issue voter. I vote for the pro-life candidate and, frankly, could care less if he has a wonderful plan to balance the budget.
    Sorry to be long-winded but I beg for guidance in how to stand up and not be one of the silent sheep! Sadly, my diocese is full of apathetic priests (of whom I pray for daily) that are more concerned with the parish block party than shepherding their people (sorry if that sounds un-charitable or mean)
    How might I/we do more? How do we fight this desperate and sinking feeling when we see our precious Church get dragged down in to the mud?

  13. OC Catholic

    September 19, 2012 at 11:21 AM

    Well said! Well stated! So true!!!. Thank you for exposing the lies of the wolves in sheep clothing who tear apart the flock. Why do they not fear God or his judgement? .

  14. Dan Brogdon

    September 19, 2012 at 11:12 AM

    Thank you for your article on C. Kennedy (which includes those who should leave the church). My thanks stems from my recent experiences: 3 times now I have somewhat alienated people I know when I stand up for life, marriage and religious freedom. It is usually an intense conversation (culture of life vs. culture of death) and it drives a wedge between us. I wonder about my self, should I be more gentle? how can I better word — something like — all you want to do is have the unrestricted ability to kill babies when whenever you want – absolutely no respect for life. I try to explain the many other better options, but then it gets twisted into keeping religion out of politics and government (totally ignoring what our forefathers created in the bill of rights and our constitution). Its a womans choice, its love between same sex and on and on. So now I am looking around and keeping my ear to the ground to find those who are in agreement with our church and all it stands for. As I have learned, just because you are catholic, it appears you can be selectively catholic and those selections happen to be at the core of life (which they reject). So thanks for your article, its helps me say to myself – it is what it is, all we can do is tell them – if we are rejected , shunned etc…so be it – I’ll stay on this side where I trust in Him.

  15. Ester le Roux

    September 19, 2012 at 5:12 AM

    From South Africa: I am inspired and want to leap with joy when I read your response on Caroline Kennedy’s speach. May God’s blessings for America, because of woman like you, spill over to SA! O, for the love of truth!

  16. Stephanie

    September 19, 2012 at 12:49 AM

    Thank you for putting into words what I have been feeling. It is frightening to think of all the souls being lost because of these “Catholics.” I agree, we must pray hard for our church leaders and for the courage to speak out against such travesties. I shared your column on FB. Thank you, again!

  17. Nancy C.

    September 18, 2012 at 10:41 PM

    You go girl! You tell it like it is and I love it! I’m posting your blog on my FB page right now. Thank you. May God Bless Our Country. +


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