I know, I know--rhetorical question. But you do have to wonder when you come across (late, I know) a supremely stupid article like this one:
Washington's annual Red Mass, which celebrates the legal profession, will be held this year on Sunday, October 4 -- the day before the Supreme Court begins its new term. Several justices traditionally attend, along with congressional leaders, diplomats, cabinet secretaries and other dignitaries. [...]To put it in legal parlance, Ms. Ginsburg--well, duh. You want a pro-abort religion, go to Rev. Barry Lynn's church.
Five justices attended last year's Red Mass, which was similar in tone to other recent gatherings. Cardinal John Patrick Foley, who has held several prominent positions in the Catholic Church, noted many parts of the Bible "sound very much like American ideals" and reminded the members of the high court to build a society "of justice, of peace and of love."
Critics of the service, however, find the attendance of leading decision-makers, including members of the highest court in the land, to be inappropriate.
"The truth is, this was set up as a way to basically lecture and give information to the justices," said the Rev. Barry Lynn, president of Americans United for Separation of Church and State. "There is no other institution that has this special way to talk to the justices on the Supreme Court." [...]
Lynn, an ordained minister with the United Church of Christ, noted the Mass was begun after several high court decisions that were disapproved of by the archdiocese.
"They figured if they got all the justices together and chatted them up in a worship service, they might be able to convince them to see the law their way," he said. [...]
One member of the court who no longer attends is Ruth Bader Ginsburg who, like Breyer, is Jewish. Ginsberg said she grew tired of being lectured to by Catholic officials.
"I went one year, and I will never go again, because this sermon was outrageously anti-abortion," Ginsburg said in the book "Stars of David: Prominent Jews talk About Being Jewish" by author Abigail Pogrebin.
As for the rest of the article--wow.
Let's see. It would appear that the supremely ignorant Rev. Barry Lynn a) objects even to Catholic judges going to a Catholic Mass, and b) thinks that a Mass is an opportunity for Catholic leaders to "chat up" SCOTUS judges or other influential people. Didn't he watch the Kennedy funeral? Influential Catholics are more likely to be calling the shots at most American Catholic churches than to be "lectured" by prelates as to their moral duty. And if our bishops and cardinals were more like the orthodox clergy of the past, they still wouldn't use the Mass as their personal plaything--unseemly, and inappropriate for worship. Would they preach against abortion? You know they would. Would they lecture prominent Catholics at Mass about their immoral, unjust, and wretched support for abortion? No. Would they let them receive Communion? I wonder...
But there's only one step away from Rev. Lynn's objection to judges or other politically influential Catholics attending a Catholic Mass and to objecting to having Catholics in office at all. The truth is that many Americans have already reached that point. Pro-abort Catholic quislings like Joe Biden or Sonia Sotomayor are "good" Catholics to have in public office, but any Catholic who actually takes the teachings of his Church seriously on the pressing moral issues of the day is thereby a "bad" Catholic and unfit for public office. The former, you see, will "courageously" resist being "lectured to" at Mass about what Jesus would tell us in regard to the defenseless unborn and their cruel murders at the hands of those who deny their value; the latter are likely to commit the terrible solecism of not bowing down to worship Roe v. Wade as some kind of penumbra-emanating super-duper-duper-precedent, and to consider whether the law really ought to favor the gruesome Moloch-worshipers who never met a dead unborn baby they didn't like--or a live one they did.
The message will keep getting spread by the actions of President Obama, who will only appoint quisling Catholics in his administration, and by the words of the Barry Lynns of the world, who will sharply insist that people go to Mass to be lobbied. It doesn't matter that the Church teaches the quislings that they are in error, and that the Church would utterly repudiate the notion that a homily about moral issues is any kind of lobbying. The real end game of this crowd is not the separation of Church and State; it is the separation of Church and Church.