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Law, culture, and Catholicism...up in smoke!

Monday, October 30, 2006

Will the Real Cardinal Maida Please Stand Up?

I have been posting recently regarding the dearth of leadership from Cardinal Maida and the Archdiocese of Detroit as to the upcoming elections in Michigan. I do so reluctantly as I do not wish to be in opposition the leaders of my diocese, but unfortunately, they leave me little choice as they have not only been silent in this election, they have taken affirmative measures (Is this what they mean by "affirmative action"?) to prevent the faithful lay organizations from exposing Michigan's radically pro-abortion and anti-marriage governor Jennifer Granholm.

Four years ago, and shortly before the 2002 election, a distinguished member of Ave Maria School of Law's Board of Governors came to the school, and delivered a moving address. The speaker encouraged us to view the practice of law not merely as a profession, but also as a vocation. He also encouraged us to embrace the particular challenge of ensuring that all laws promote the dignity of human life. Citing Pope John Paul II's the Gospel of Life, the speaker emphatically stated: "A law which violates an innocent person's natural right to life is unjust, and as such, is not valid as a law." The speaker then further exhorted us:

"[G]iven the pluralistic society in which we live and the very nature of democracy itself, there will always be cultural challenges and differing outlooks, but the Church and Catholic lawyers must be always ready to speak and act in such a way that the dignity of life is promoted and defended on every level." [emphasis added]

I would like to think that I have done my best to follow the speaker's advice that day and to work for a Culture of Life. I will continue to fight in defense of the unborn, even if it means placing myself in opposition to the current leadership of the Archdiocese of Detroit.

And if you haven't yet guessed it, the speaker at Ave Maria School of Law that day four years ago was Adam Cardinal Maida, the archbishop of the Archdiocese of Detroit. The entire text of that excellent speech is available here.

So the question is, who is the real Cardinal Maida? Is he the one that delivers inspiring pro-life speeches (to a friendly and obviously pro-life audience) or is he the one that currently sits in his chancery offices and fails to rebuke the radically pro-abortion positions of Michigan's "Catholic" Governor Jennifer Granholm? Unfortunately, for the time being, the real Cardinal Maida appears to be more of the latter, a man who would rather use his priests to challenge pro-life Catholics in parish parking lots instead of a man who would publicly challenge the deeply erroneous anti-life and anti-family positions of Jennifer Granholm.

I, for one, would prefer the courage and leadership of the Cardinal Maida that spoke at Ave Maria School of Law four years ago. Will the real Cardinal Maid please stand up?

Or . . . perhaps he already has.