LONDON,England, August 10, 2007 (LifeSiteNews.com) - A book published under the auspices of an official body of the Catholic Bishops of England and Wales, has angered Catholics in Britain for its attacks on Pope Benedict. "Catholic Social Justice: Theological and Practical Explorations," been denounced as a "withering attack" on Pope Benedict XVI and his encyclical, Deus Caritas Est. The book has been the subject of dozens of blog posts around Britain by mainstream Catholics, almost all denouncing it as an anti-Catholic Marxist diatribe.chop
The book is a volume of essays published by Caritas Social Action, the umbrella organization for Catholic social justice and aid organisations in England and Wales. The Caritas website says, "We are an agency of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales and part of Caritas International."
Thompson quotes one of the essays: "We may find that a particular person who calls himself a pro-life campaigner is merely an anti-abortionist. Although many of those with whom he campaigns are inspired to very positive action, he is energized only by the more negative aspects of the struggle in which he is involved. While he is convincing himself that he is motivated only by love, all that others see when they meet him is an avenger."chop
Another essay attacks those who try to uphold the traditional family: "Probing below the worst of the noisy rhetoric of the 'recovery of family values', one often finds a form of Christianity that is deeply connected to capitalism. Hence the association of 'traditional' families with financial as well as spiritual flourishing is made, and in one swift construction an entire capitalist economic system is also vindicated."
He concludes, "How much evidence do Catholics need that the Bishops' Conference has been hijacked by left-wing activists working under the patronage of bishops who are in many cases doctrinaire socialists?"
We need no more; we have ample. And I don't mean just the Conference in Great Britain.
From Always Our Children, to the Brokeback Mountain scandal, to the verbose and worthless Faithful Citizenship the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has been nothing but a thorn in the side of the Church.
Viewed in a more mystical light, it has been nothing but a thorn in crown of Our Blessed Lord.