Feeding the Division

The Anchoress blogsite shares an interesting anecdote and then draws some conclusions:

Planned Parenthood called Paul’s Pantry, part of the St. Vincent de Paul Society and the biggest food pantry in Wisconsin, and asked them to come and pick up donations, which may have been noble, but wasn’t something the Catholic organization felt comfortable doing — sending a truck over and perhaps giving the abortion provider a photo opportunity. The American Life League reports what the worker at the pantry said:

All I told the young lady from Planned Parenthood was that I couldn’t send a truck to pick up, and gave her a list of other food pantries that might want to pick up, I gave her no reason at all and she didn’t ask why. Soon after, I started receiving the hate e-mail and phone calls. I politely explained to callers that although we are non-denominational in regards to those we serve, we are a Catholic organization who shares a board of directors with our sister organization, St. Vincent de Paul. We adhere to the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church and to the Rule of St. Vincent de Paul. I also explained our Gift Acceptance Policy and how acceptance of the donation would compromise our core values and possibly damage the reputation of Paul’s Pantry.

What happens next, of course, is entirely predictable, and of a piece with President Obama’s move with the HHS Mandate; this is all gauged to eliminate the churches from the public square. Here comes the creation of a narrative that supports that effort while being all out of alignment with what has always been true about Catholic missions:

Planned Parenthood (and its friends) are entities that serve the public good; the Catholic Food Pantry (and its friends) are entities that block the public good.
Suddenly, PP needs to donate food to a Catholic food pantry (“come over here, little mouse, I have a nice bit of cheese for you…”) and snap!; suddenly the conscience of the church that has served the nation since its inception is problematic and a detriment to its communities.

Sudden and conveniently so. With a bit of publicity from the press, and the usual social media machinations, before you know it the government will insert itself into the story and say:

“Catholic Food Pantry, You Have No Right To Your Conscience; Surrender Your Conscience to The Civic Arena, Or Close Down!”

Things are moving very swiftly, and it is all meant to foment social chaos and division. Those willing to be manipulated will be, but if you do not wish to be manipulated, you need to understand: this is a deliberate move to provoke Catholics and others into confrontation with a government that is eager to define down the whole notion of conscientious objection.

This is descent into diabolical disorientation with a sidetrip to the dictatorship of relativity.

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