Thursday, March 15, 2007

Shame on Sean Hannity

I just lost any and all respect I had for conservative (and purportedly Catholic) talk show host Sean Hannity. Shame on him, and bravo to Father Thomas Euteneuer of Human Life International for standing up to him on the Hannity and Colmes show about his non-Catholic stance regarding birth control (he's for it).

Watch the debacle here, courtesy of the wonderful Jill Stanek.

What Hannity is doing by his public advocacy of birth control is called "scandal" in the eyes of the Catholic Church, and Fr. Euteneuer rightly took him to task for it. And all Hannity did was try to change the subject, especially by saying, "Judge not, lest ye be judged." Puh. Lease. Translation: "Don't tell me I'm wrong when I know I'm wrong!"

Best of all was when Hannity put Fr. Euteneuer on the spot by asking whether he'd deny Hannity the Eucharist. Fr. Euteneuer calmly responded that he would. So would I, if I knew a Catholic was deliberately leading others into error.

For a long time, I didn't believe criticisms of Hannity that he was mean-spirited. I believe them now. Compare his treatment of Fr. Euteneuer to how the priest regarded him.

And to answer the question: Why is birth control wrong in the eyes of the Catholic Church?

4. The Church has always taught the intrinsic evil of contraception, that is, of every marital act intentionally rendered unfruitful. This teaching is to be held as definitive and irreformable. [emphasis added] Contraception is gravely opposed to marital chastity; it is contrary to the good of the transmission of life (the procreative aspect of matrimony), and to the reciprocal self-giving of the spouses (the unitive aspect of matrimony); it harms true love and denies the sovereign role of God in the transmission of human life.
Vatican City, February 12, 1997.

Alfonso Card. López Trujillo
President of the Pontifical Council
for the Family
+ Francisco Gil Hellín

Also, Pope Paul VI's encyclical Humanae Vitae applies here.