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Archbishop Gregory, How About That Plank In Your Eye?

Pelosi at funeral
Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?  How can you say to your brother, ‘Brother, let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when you yourself fail to see the plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.” Luke 6:41-42

In what can only be described as an astonishing act of hypocrisy and failure of self-awareness Archbishop Wilton Gregory of Washington recently attacked President Donald Trump for visiting the shrine to Saint Pope John Paul II located in Washington, DC.

The Archbishop’s statement said in part, “I find it baffling and reprehensible that any Catholic facility would allow itself to be so egregiously misused and manipulated in a fashion that violates our religious principles, which call us to defend the rights of all people even those with whom we might disagree.”

That the President’s visit to the Saint John Paul II shrine had been planned long before the present riots and was intended to draw attention to his Executive Order directing U.S. Ambassadors and Foreign Service Officers to promote, defend, and support religious freedom and further solidifying it as a foundational principle of American foreign policy seems to have been ignored by the Archbishop in his zeal to identify himself with the Far Left and a race-based “social justice” Gospel.

More importantly, by attacking President Trump, who is governing as the best friend Christians and especially Catholics have had in the White House in generations, Archbishop Gregory gives a pass to those alleged Catholics in politics and government who routinely and actively undermine the Church’s teachings and betray their professed Catholic faith.

Where was Archbishop Gregory’s outrage when self-proclaimed Catholic Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi – the nation’s most high-profile advocate of killing babies through the sin of abortion – stood right before him at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle reading from the Gospel he chose to deploy against President Trump?

And where was the Archbishop’s outrage when former Vice President Joe Biden – also allegedly a practicing Catholic – said he would repeal the Hyde Amendment, thereby causing every Catholic to fund abortions, while he reaffirmed the Democratic Party’s commitment to a woman’s right to kill a child through unlimited abortion right up to the moment of birth?

More importantly, where was Archbishop Gregory’s appreciation or recognition of the Trump administration’s fidelity to Catholic teaching and Christian values when the Trump Department of Justice Civil Rights Division under Attorney General William Barr and Assistant Attorney General Eric Dreiband went before a federal appeals court to argue that the unborn have civil rights worthy of protection?

Media reports leave the impression that Archbishop Gregory is speaking for all Catholic clergy, but this is hardly the case. The Archbishop of New York, Cardinal Timothy Dolan, said Trump is much better than previous administrations when it comes to religious liberty, “Democrats slam the door on Catholics,” Cardinal Dolan told the Wall Street Journal.

Today, the Catholic Church struggles to find a place of relevance in the lives of parishioners and potential converts precisely because many of its leaders, such as Archbishop Gregory, have abandoned all pretense of preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the Church’s Catechism in favor of preaching a form of Far Left politics divorced from the Gospel and virtually indistinguishable from that advocated by the Church’s socialist oppressors.

If we do not make it clear that Archbishop Gregory’s comments are unacceptable it will only embolden those clergy and lay leaders who want to move the Church further to the Left.

I urge all my Catholic friends who seek to direct the Church and its leaders, such as Archbishop Gregory, away from the error of the Leftist politics of a “Gospel of revolution” back to right path of doing the work of Christ’s Great Commission to call Archbishop Gregory at 301-853-4500 and the US Conference of Catholic Bishops at 202-541-3000 to demand that the Archbishop withdraw his ill-advised criticism of President Trump’s visit to the shrine to Saint Pope John Paul II.

You may also email the USCCB through this link or mail the Bishops at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, 3211 Fourth Street NE, Washington DC 20017. You may mail Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory at PO Box 29260, Washington, DC 20017-0260 or email the archbishopric’s secretariat of communications at [email protected].

PS – Please forward this to your Catholic friends, fellow parishioners, and lay organization members. If we do not speak up now, the Church’s slide to the Left will only accelerate.

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Separation of Church & Faith

Archbishop Gregory's unfortunate stance on this issue seems more like a separation of church & faith than church & state.

How someone like Pelosi is welcomed to speak but Trump is denounced for it is mind boggling and another instance that makes one wonder about the times we are living in.

Hypocrisy

He is a sinner by stating what was said , false accusation , may God have mercy on his soul .