Harrison Butker and a vision of the United States of the 1950s

Harrison Butker speaks during the Benedictine College 2024 commencement address.Harrison Butker speaks during the Benedictine College 2024 commencement address.
Harrison Butker speaks during Benedictine College 2024 commencement speech. (Photo: YouTube screenshot)

Harrison Butker, kicker for the NFL’s Kansas City Chiefs, gave a commencement speech at Benedictine College, a conservative Catholic school.

In his speech, he urged the students not to remain silent in the face of the day’s controversies. For him, this included issues such as abortion and women accepting the title of housewife. He then attacked our community, pointing out “the pride of mortal sin to which an entire month is dedicated.”

Some of this is not surprising, since he is a devout Catholic, but perhaps he has gone too far. Or maybe not far enough, depending on his perspective.

While he took the time to talk about the church’s leadership and its constant fundraising, stating that “the only time you listen to the bishop is when it comes time for the annual appeal,” he went on to state that it is the local priests who are founding the church, mentioning their leadership.

When a church member attacks our community, it is always a good idea to remind them that they are supporting the dogma of the largest pedophile organization in the world. Literally hundreds of thousands of children have been raped or abused by those priests he holds in high regard. Did he call that a mortal sin? No. his only condemnation was for the existence of the LGBTQ+ community.

What surprises me about your logic is that you take that idea from Leviticus. Chances are you haven’t read it in depth, as there are several other rules in Leviticus that I’m sure you broke. How about not eating fat, blood in rare steaks, pork products, shrimp, crab or any type of seafood? He carefully selects the deadly sins for him. I’ve called that “Bible on Demand” since my days on “The Phil Donahue Show.”

It seems I’m not alone in my opinion of his direction. The Benedictine Sisters of Mount Saint Scholastica issued a statement on Facebook:

“Rather than promoting unity in our church, our nation and the world, his comments appear to have fostered division. One of our concerns was the assertion that being a homemaker is the highest calling for a woman. Our community has taught young men and women not only how to be ‘homemakers’ in a limited sense, but rather how to create a compassionate, Gospel-centered home within themselves where they can receive others like Christ, enabling them to be the best versions. themselves. We reject a narrow definition of what it means to be Catholic. “We are faithful members of the Catholic Church who embrace and promote the values ​​of the Gospel, Saint Benedict and Vatican II and the teachings of Pope Francis.”

Nothing like getting slapped by an order of nuns. They were right. Graduation is a time of celebration and unity. All you brought was hatred and censorship (of which you accused others) and a vision of 1950s America.