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Wednesday, June 03, 2009

White House Proclaims May Catholic-American Pride Month


(AP) WASHINGTON - After weathering a blistering criticism by Catholics around the country leading up to the Notre Dame Commencement this past May, President Barack Obama has surprised the Catholic American community by declaring May "Catholic-American Pride Month." 

In a statement today, the White House said: 

"Catholic-Americans, as a minority in this country, have been traditionally discriminated against, and attacked - sometimes even with extreme violence - for their beliefs." 

"Yet despite the perennial discrimination against this community - a community that has contributed inestimably to the greatness of this nation through its network of schools that lift the poor into the middle class (much better than do public schools), through its network of hospitals, orphanages and care facilities, through its faithful citizens who serve in all levels of society and challenge all Americans to live up to a higher and nobler vision of itself - despite this great contribution to America, this minority group continues to be vilified publicly as the last acceptable bias and prejudice among the elite of our society. These Catholic-American's are every bit as American as anyone else and deserve our respect, and the American elites are cowards and less American when they attack Catholic-Americans and their beliefs." 

"Today we say this discrimination and prejudice has to end. Let us respect Catholic-Americans as we do Jewish-Americans or Muslim-Americans. Do we criticise their religious leaders? Do we attack their institutions? Do we use the State to force Jews or Muslims to change their most deeply held beliefs? No." 

"As such today, President Barack Obama has proclaimed May 'Catholic-American Pride Month' in recognition of the great contributions of Catholic-Americans through out America's history and to call all people to respect this great people and their faith."

The proclamation states:

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim May 2009 as Catholic-American Pride Month. I call upon the people of the United States to turn back discrimination and prejudice everywhere it exists.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this first day of June, in the year of our Lord two thousand nine, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-third.

BARACK OBAMA

In a statement, Cardinal George president of the USCCB welcomed the proclamation and speculated that perhaps this Presidential act might usher in a new era of respect and equality of esteem for Catholic-American's living in the United States. In an aside, the Cardinal noted that "Pride" was the deadliest of the seven deadly sins and perhaps it would have been better if May was declared Catholic-American Appreciation Month, or History Month stating, "Pride leads to death as a people filled with pride forget that they are creatures made by God, in His image and likeness. Creatures that have a duty to Him and to our fellow neighbors. Pride is what caused Lucifer, the greatest of God's angels to fall. Humility is what we need so much of today in America."

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