Reeves says Kicanas' defeat showed the bishops caved in to the "far right" in the Church and blasts the tea party and "political movements that preach fear, exclusion, and bigotry." Obviously, she does not consider herself a member of one of those "political movements." Only those who disagree with her fit the description. She obviously sees herself as the non-political, independent voice of "reality" and reason. Uh...yeah.
But here's a "reality check" for Kathleen. First of all, her understanding of the Church is seriously deficient. Anyone using the terms "liberal" and "conservative" when referring to the Catholic faith adopts political language that reflects a political agenda. The Church is a family of faith and the job of the bishops as shepherds is to teach, govern, and sanctify, not according to their own personal beliefs, but according to the doctrine laid down by Jesus Christ through the apostles. Embracing the creed isn't conservatism; it's orthodoxy. And, yes, there are bad bishops and priests who undermine the faith. Every heresy in the Church that I can think of began with a man in a Roman collar.
But those who defend the faith from heresy today are smeared as "exclusionary bigots."
Was St. Paul a fearful, exclusionary, bigot when he said in 1 Corinthians 6, "Do not deceive yourselves: no fornicators, idolaters, or adulterers, no sexual perverts, thieves, misers, or drunkards, no slanderers or robbers will inherit God's kingdom." That's a lot of exclusion! But it is the teaching of the Church. And it is the unrepentant sinner who excludes himself from the kingdom by his actions. Hello, Kathleen, hell is real and people who flaunt God's laws are in danger of going there! Mortal sin excludes one from the life of grace and, if one dies in that state without repenting, he will go to hell. That's not an opinion; it's Church doctrine. Jesus didn't die on the cross for nothing! He is not the Pillsbury Doughboy.
Those bishops who deviate from the doctrine of the Church are not "liberal" but heterodox. And those who speak legalistically upholding the faith while undermining it by sanctifying the unformed conscience (Cardinal Bernardin was an expert.) are not liberals; they are pharisees.
Reeves' herself has an agenda and makes no bones about it in the description that accompanies her blog::
My husband and I were a shelter home for years and welcomed over a dozen unwed moms into our home to live as members of our family during their pregnancies. I'm still in touch with some after twenty-five years and the babies that were saved who are now grown up. I worked for almost a decade at a crisis pregnancy center and spent every Saturday for years on the sidewalk outside abortion mills offering practical help to women in crisis. One Muslim couple invited us to the marriage of an older daughter when the baby saved from abortion was five. She told me Mariam was her "all American girl" because she was the only one of six children who could not speak Persian. I could tell lots of stories about real women who faced real problems and got real help.
One of Reeves' strangest posts was one describing the Church of the early 20th century which she paints as completely different from today's Church because it defended the rights of workers, condemned slum lords, etc. Hello, Kathleen, it's the same Church of today fighting moral issues of our time, the paramount of which is the murder of the innocent at the beginning of life and its end.
And, yes, the Church still aids the poor. In my own diocese one parish priest was instrumental in starting a free clinic (privately funded). Several parishes operate homes for unwed mothers who can stay after their babies are born and receive counseling, job training, etc. Many parishes, including my own, have food banks and thrift stores that fund programs for the poor. My own parish operates one of the largest private charities in Shenandoah County, VA.
Go back to church, Kathleen. You need a reality check on what the Catholic Church is all about -- LIFE -- from its very beginning to its natural end.