Sorry for the provocative title, but I have it on excellent authority that I am a pot-stirrer and a chaos junkie, which is actually one of the more interesting and colorful descriptions of my character I've encountered (save only the occasional bursts of creative euphemism employed by my opponents in my anti-gay marriage posts or comments, which beggar description). The fact that I was given this description by one of the members of a Catholic homeschooling forum for pointing out (somewhat mildly, for me, considering) that people who decided after seeing photos of her celebratory Obama cookie party that they'd rather not read her blog anymore were not being partisan hacks or overly political, but were merely uncomfortable at the notion that a fellow pro-life Catholic would find the election of the most pro-abortion candidate ever to run for the presidency to be something worth celebrating, is especially interesting.
To me, as I wrote over there, it would be just barely possible for a Catholic to conclude with much prayer, great sorrow, and deep regret that they ought to vote for Obama--I still think they would be wrong, but I can see how such a decision might possibly be reached. I honestly can't see how any sincere, pro-life Catholic would see Barack Obama's election as something to celebrate with a party, though; I find the whole idea completely unfathomable.
But we must be realistic; after all, as I wrote earlier, forty-five percent of the Catholics who described themselves as weekly Mass attendees did indeed vote for Obama, and many of them did more--they campaigned for him, they canvassed for him, they contributed and/or raised money for him, and they invested their time and talent into his campaign.
And quite frankly, this is scandalous.
It is one thing, as I said, for a Catholic voter to conclude sorrowfully that the pro-abortion, pro-partial birth abortion, pro-infanticide candidate will get his vote. It is another thing entirely for a Catholic voter to give open, public support, praise, and even celebration of the results in such a way that observers will conclude that Catholics really don't mean what they say about abortion, or are quite willing to pay lip-service to the idea of ending abortion while simultaneously working in complete opposition to that goal.
Moreover, for those engaged in such celebration to accuse the people who are uncomfortable with it of pure partisanship is as insulting as it is wrong. People, especially Catholic people, who are uncomfortable with celebrations and parties being held by ostensibly pro-life Catholics in honor of Barack Obama are quite right to be uncomfortable. There is little to celebrate in the fact that America has turned her back on the innocent unborn, and elected one of their declared enemies to be her leader. There is little to rejoice over in the elevation to the presidency of a man who thinks that those who become pregnant out of wedlock ought not be, in his words, "punished with a baby." There is little to smile about, and much to fear, from a man who has promised to overturn every state regulation of abortion, to override doctors' conscience exemptions and force them to participate in abortions, to force taxpayers to pay for abortions both here and abroad, and to take similar actions designed to ensure that more and more babies will be killed under his watch.
Yet the reality is that just slightly less than half of the people who will kneel near you at Mass this Sunday voted for this man, and may have celebrated--may yet be celebrating, convinced despite the inconvenient fact of the fall of Man that Obama is going to end poverty, stop war, provide everybody with free health care and other goodies, and otherwise usher in the kingdom of Heaven on Earth--well, except for his abortion ambitions, but we can overlook that, because it's not important at all, or at least not important enough to withhold our votes and celebrations.
It was widely repeated during the campaign season that we didn't need to bother voting for the Republican, because Republicans have had years to end abortion and have completely failed to do so, proving that they don't have the will to do it. That's a discussion for another time--but the sobering thought that I can't help but ponder is that perhaps the reason we still have abortion in America is because Catholics, even pro-life weekly Mass-attending ones, don't, when all is said and done, have the will to end it; or at least, they don't have the will to make ending it the slightest political priority.
It's hard to avoid coming to that conclusion when fellow Catholics write about and post pictures of their Obama victory parties. The sorrow in our hearts for our unborn brothers and sisters makes the sight of such things as jarring and unpleasant as balloons and streamers at a funeral.