More hopeful signs from Holy Mother Church she intends to assert herself more vigorously in the future; from the Catholic News Agency:
Cardinal Stafford criticizes Obama "aggressive, disruptive and apocalyptic"The lecture was given at the Catholic University of America in commemoration of the fortieth anniversary of Pope Paul VI's encyclical Humanae Vitae, which marks him, whatever his failings, as one of the great popes of modern times. The Pope faced considerable pressure to liberalize rules on abortion and contraception but, in the end, heeded only the word of God, thus redeeming the Church from a fate suffered by most of the protestant faiths: the inexorable slide into irrelevancy. Requiem aeternam dona ei, Domine.
Washington DC, Nov 17, 2008 / 02:27 pm (CNA).- Cardinal James Francis Stafford, head of the Apostolic Penitentiary of the Holy See, delivered a lecture on Thursday saying that the future under President-elect Obama will echo Jesus’ agony in Gethsemane. Criticizing Obama as “aggressive, disruptive and apocalyptic,” he went on to speak about a decline in respect for human life and the need for Catholics to return to the values of marriage and human dignity.