Sean Hannity vs. Father Euteneuer

Lat Friday evening, Fr. Tom Euteneuer appeared on Fox's Hannity and Colmes. His appearance followed a column in Human Life International's E-newsletter in which the good Father took Mr. Hannity to task for his public apology for taking two bites of a chicken sandwich on a Friday in Lent, but continuing to publicly dissent from the Church's teaching on birth control.

You can read a transcript of the TV interview here (with a nice fisking by Deacon John G).  Hannity refused to confront the issue at hand, and instead made random attacks on the Church about the sex abuse scandals.  Hannity sunk so low as to quote one of the most frequently misused and misunderstood Gospel passages, "Judge not lest you be judged."  Sadly, Fr. Euteneuer was engaged in a battle of wits with an unarmed opponent.

As usual, a lively discussion on the topic is going on at Amy Welborn's Open Book blog.  A great quote from the comment box there:

The widespread use of artificial birth control by practicing Catholics casts a pall on the entire Church. It has led to sexual immorality, especially our young people, who flagrantly disregard the Church's teachings on sexuality. Rather than "liberating" women, it has made them mere objects of pleasure for men, who have no reason to limit their sexual desires. By insinuating that he is a "good" Catholic, and then loudly denouncing the Church for its teachings, Sean Hannity is guilty of scandal–scandal of greater proportion than most of us, because of his huge audience. He may have been in the seminary, he may have taken Latin, but you know what they say: you may be sitting in McDonald's, but that doesn't mean you're eating a hamburger.


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