On the Catholics for Dean site.
Dear all Catholic Dean sympathizers,
You are under attack by fellow Catholics who do not even recognize our right to support Dean as Catholics. I will post links to blogs and other active debates about the very legitimacy of this site here and update it frequently. Please visit and post links to relevant parts of this site and offer your own arguments and knowledge of Catholic teaching. Fellow Catholics have declared war on us–let’s respond to them with love, reaching out to them with understanding as well as careful argumentation.
My site and others are listed under this paragraph. I love the hyperbole here “Catholics who do not even recognize our right to support Dean as Catholics.” I would like to know where myself or others made such a silly statement. I also don’t remember the declaration of war that I made. Everybody must vote according to their conscience, but their consciences should be formed by Catholic teaching. If I criticize the prudence of voting for Dean in light of Catholic teaching, then how have I attacked or declared war? I have not asked people to go to his site and posts comments critical of his opinion, but the opposite is not true. Why should I be attacked because I think that President Bush overall will advance Catholic teaching in many areas here and worldwide? Don’t I also have the right to support Bush as a Catholic? I also liked the superiority of “let’s respond to them with love.” I would like to know where my statements were not in the bounds of charity? Because I question the underlying facts and prudence of supporting Dean does that make me uncharitable?
One thing I found puzzling that one of the sites Tim listed after the above statement was A Catholic Blog for Lovers. I find this odd since Gerard was kind enough to put Tim’s Catholics for Dean web site on his listing of Catholic blogs. Gerard made no comments himself about Tim’s site, though a couple people in comments questioned him adding this site. I don’t think that this was a loving act.
Another site he specified was Relapsed Catholic, they will have lots of luck responding to her criticisms considering she doesn’t have comments. Out of the two hundred plus active blogs in St. Blogs I doubt if there would be more than one or two that would see the prudence of voting for Dean to advance Catholic teaching.