ABC News' Matt Jaffe reports:
President-elect Obama is still two months away from taking over the Oval Office, but one U.S. cardinal is already having visions of the apocalypse before the abortion-rights-supporting lawmaker's tenure has even begun.
Cardinal J. Francis Stafford, speaking last Thursday at the Catholic University of America in Washington, denounced Obama's agenda as "aggressive, disruptive and apocalyptic," as reported by the school newspaper, The Tower.
Stafford, who has worked at the Vatican for 12 years and heads the Apostolic Penitentiary, said that, on Nov. 4, "a cultural earthquake hit America" when Obama was elected, after campaigning on an "extremist anti-life platform.
"He appears to be a relaxed, smiling man. His rhetorical skills, as I mentioned, are very highly developed," Stafford noted.
"But under all of that grace and charm, there is a tautness of will, a clenched jaw, a state of constant alertness, to attack and resist any external influence that might affect his will."
Specifically, Stafford railed against a speech Obama gave July 17, 2007, to the Planned Parenthood Federation of America when the Illinois lawmaker reiterated his support of Roe v. Wade, saying he didn't want his two daughters, Malia and Sasha, to be "punished by a pregnancy."
However, it should be noted that despite the cardianal's claim, Obama never made such remarks during his speech to Parenthood Federation of America.
Also last week, as reported here, a South Carolina priest was repudiated for saying Catholic Obama supporters need penance before taking communion, "lest they eat and drink their own condemnation."
One such Catholic Obama supporter would be Vice President-elect Joe Biden. No word on if the Delaware senator has taken any action.
- Matt Jaffe