Archbishop Vlazny Criticizes Oregon Catholic Gov. Ted Kulongoski on Abortion Fundraiser: What About Holy Communion?

Kissing the face of the culture of death... Catholic Gov. Ted Kulongoski at NARAL's 2007 "Celebration of Choice Banquet" held at the Hilton, downtown Portland.

Warning: Graphic picture of truth below.

Some questions to my priest before I make my confession: “Say I raised money so that a friend could procure the abortion of her child, is that manifest grave sin, and do I need to confess it before receiving Holy Communion?”

My Priest: “Ah…Yes and yes… But, don’t confess now; return when your actually contrite of heart and have sure intentions of ending such sinful behavior in the future… After all, my friend, you’ve asked me these very same questions over 12,000 times this year…”

Kudos to Archbishop Vlazny.Let him know that I and millions of Catholics support him and his fellow Bishops in taking yet another scandalous pro-abort Catholic politician to task. May the Holy Spirit, the Lord and Giver of Life, continue to enlighten and guide his actions concerning this grave offense to life. Enough is enough–It’s time for office hours, followed by no communion for the unrepentant who helps fund, promote and authorize this:

1 of 53,000,000 reasons not to vote for Barack Obama.

Here’s the story from Associated Press: 

SALEM, Ore. — Archbishop John Vlazny is criticizing Oregon Gov. Ted Kulongoski, a Catholic, for playing host to an abortion rights fundraiser Friday night in Portland.

Vlazny, head of the Archdiocese of Portland, said it’s an embarrassment and a scandal for Catholics that Kulongoski is hosting the event two days before the church conducts its annual “Respect Life” mass in Portland to show opposition to abortion.

“For a Catholic governor to host an event of this sort seems a deliberate dissent from the teachings of the church,” Vlazny said in a statement Tuesday.

Kulongoski is a longtime supporter of a woman’s right to choose an abortion.

“The archbishop is the governor’s pastor, and he has only respect and admiration for the archbishop,” Kulongoski spokeswoman Anna Richter Taylor said. “They obviously disagree on the issue of choice.”

Kulongoski and his wife, Mary Oberst, are the honorary hosts of Friday night’s fund raising dinner for NARAL Pro Choice Oregon. U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., is among those scheduled to speak. The event is to be held at a Portland hotel.

Richter Taylor said Kulongoski has attended various fundraising events for the group over the years.

Vlazny, calling abortion a “grave evil,” urged Catholics to contact Kulongoski’s office “to remind him of the demands of personal integrity as a member of our faith community in the exercise of his office.”

The governor’s office hadn’t gotten any phone calls as of mid-day Tuesday, Richter Taylor said.

Photo Credits:

Priests for Life (Child retrieved from dumpster) 

Joni Shimabukuro(2007 Naral Banquet)

3 thoughts on “Archbishop Vlazny Criticizes Oregon Catholic Gov. Ted Kulongoski on Abortion Fundraiser: What About Holy Communion?”

  1. Well done, Archbishop Vlazny. How about taking on the “mother of them all”, our present Democratic contender, like several other bishops have done? Many of us will back you up.

  2. Verite,

    Thanks for responding. I’m with you 100% on that one. The face of this election would change drastically if every bishop stated publicly that there is no single issue, or any combination thereof, offered by Dems that creates a well-reasoned logical support by Catholics for the party of death.

    I believe a vote for these is sinful.

    I second my support for Archbishop Vlazny, and don’t hesitate to state that we need him to be more proactive in the public square on behalf of the threatened unborn; this moment in time requires it: of all Catholics.

    peace to you and yours,
    jme

  3. Thanks for your blog. I called the governor to ensure
    I would not see him in the communion line at church;
    I warned that he would create a scene by committing
    that sacrilege, but felt confident he would not do
    something that despicable.

    Here’s my letter I’ve circulated to our Catholic Bishops:

    What a troubling moment in the history of our beloved Catholic Church in America…..

    I am forced to give the US Bishops a failing grade in their ministry, as evidenced again by the large numbers of Hispanics (70% or so!!!) and other ‘catholics’ (54% or so) who have once again voted-in the party of death – obviously ignoring their catholic leaders like yourself who tried to better form their consciences for their important election day choices these past months. They’ve just laughed at you and the Teaching Authority of the Church, and gone ahead with their own agenda as has been the case since Vatican II, beginning with their disagreement with the Church on birth control. This disobedience and the stubborn defiance of a good many people still in the pews on Sundays is tearing down our faith brick by brick, and has become a cancer in the Body of Christ within the western world.

    And this is the deeper problem as I see it: you have all, for many, many years, been trying to minister to faithful catholics and, since Vatican II, a growing number of ‘new protestants’ who are also still sitting in the pews on Sundays (though they are probably more likely not to attend Every Sunday).

    I believe it has been, and will continue to be impossible for you to effectively minister to two such disparate groups under one roof, as has been attempted for far too many decades to our misfortune. It greatly weakens your effectiveness with the remnant of faithful Catholics who see you making too many compromises because you are being tugged from two entirely different directions on so many of the issues at the center of our fiercely contested culture war. You have obviously had to compromise principles to effect the current state of affairs, and that continues to happen, in the eyes of the true Catholic faithful that I know, to the discredit of you – our leaders – still trying to appease the non-believers who have decided, this time, not to walk away from the church, but instead to change it from within by constantly chipping away at our traditional beliefs and make them correspond more closely with their own silly, personal, notions on issues like abortion and a right to life for the unborn, homosexuality, birth control, pornography, promiscuity, and all sorts of other vulgarities.

    Please, won’t you and the other Bishops use this lesson to effect a long awaited house cleaning!! There really aren’t a shortage of priests – as there are plenty of them available to minister to the small number of Actual Catholic faithful who have not yet marched off to another drummer. It seems clear to me that the only problem is acknowledging that, for whatever reason, God is not willing to provide additional priests to minister to all the Protestants still in our pews – as well as the SHRINKING number faithful Catholics.

    I know they are there next to me; you can see their Obama bumpers stickers; you as a Bishop receive their letters asking you and your faithful priests to quit being so political in the pulpit with talk about a right to life or the evils of homosexuality and sexual promiscuity. They are not interested in your view; to them it’s just a Democracy and they will keep working for a change in Church leadership – just like they work to elect our new radically pro-death president.

    PLEASE HELP THOSE OF US IN THE PEWS WHO ARE BECOMING DISTRAUGHT BY THE ATTACKS ON THE FAITH COMING AS MUCH FROM WITHIN BY THESE ‘STEALTH PROTESTANTS’, AS FROM THE MILITANT UNBELIEVERS OUTSIDE THE CHURCH!!!! THE TIME FOR WORDS IS LONG OVER; PLEASE ACT NOW TO RESTORE THE FAITH.

    Lead us back to TRUTH and away from the cafeteria catholic mentality that puts self and economics or other perceived ‘goods’ above church teaching;
    Lead us back to unity;
    Lead us away from the secularism that has so
    pervaded and perverted the faith;
    Lead us away from the scandal and sacrilege of
    dissident believers at the communion rail;
    Lead by LEADING, rather than following after sheep who choose to be lost – YOU DON’T GO OUT TO FIND THE PRODIGAL SON – HE RETURNS BECAUSE HE REMEMBERS THERE’S SOMETHING MORE BEAUTIFUL THAN HE CAN CREATE, WAITING FOR HIM BACK HERE;
    Lead us away from this watered-down/milk-toast
    Catholicism!!!

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