Catholic Bishops in Conflict

Archbishop Michael Sheehan of Santa Fe has come out in criticism of some of his fellow bishops–and said many others who are silent also disagree with them, but don’t want to be seen in open conflict. The issue: pro-abortion politicians. A vocal minority criticized Notre Dame’s invitation to Obama.

“Last month,” said Sheehan, “the pope made the president of France an honorary canon of St. John Lateran’s — and he [President Nicolas Sarkozy] is pro-abortion, pro-gay marriage, married invalidly to an actress, and the pope did that. It doesn’t seem that [the Vatican] had quite as big a concern about this matter of Obama and Notre Dame as some of us.”