According to Catholic Vote, Fr. Peter Daly, a prominent retired priest of the Archdiocese of Washington, compared bishops concerned about President Biden’s support for abortion to “ayatollahs in Iran” in an essay published by the liberal National Catholic Reporter.
“But what do we get from our ‘culture warrior’ bishops here in the U.S.? We get calls for public condemnation of politicians. We get talk of excommunication of Catholic officeholders who disagree with some bishops,” Daly wrote.
“[The] path of dialogue is difficult,” Daly wrote. “It seeks reconciliation, not the defeat of the other side. Dialogue recognizes that the United States is not a theocracy but a secular and pluralistic representative government.”
“Cordileone and others do not seek dialogue, they seek censure,” wrote Daly. “Their political program is similar to the ayatollahs in Iran, not Pope Francis. …As one letter writer to The Washington Post asked in response to Cordileone, ‘Sharia, anyone?’”
Catholic Vote reports:
The National Catholic Reporter (NCR) published Daly’s piece under the headline “Thank God for Pope Francis: Now, if only our culture war bishops would listen to him.” Notably, NCR regularly promotes positions which do not comport with Catholic teachings, or even with Pope Francis’ opinions, on a number of issues.
Earlier this month, NCR published an essay by a self-proclaimed “Catholic mom” who “marched for abortion rights.” In the piece, Valerie Schultz denounced the pro-life movement, which she accused of driving her to become pro-choice.
“Some abortions do literally save the life of the mother. Some abortions do help to alleviate the suffering of a victim of rape or incest. Regardless of the heart-wrenching circumstances of any particular situation, however, the state, in the form of a lot of Republican men, should not force a woman to give birth,” she wrote, “any more than it should force a woman not to give birth.”
Shortly after publishing the piece about marching for “abortion rights,” NCR published another opinion piece, by liberal Catholic priest Fr. Daniel Horan, OFM, which blasted Catholics who do not use the “preferred pronouns” of “trans and nonbinary persons.”