The Hill, a must-read paper for citizens concerned about congressional affairs, continues to provide an inside view of Capitol Hill's take on abortion.
In today's issue, Klaus Marre reports reactions by two Catholic Senators on different sides of the aisle and issue to Cardinal Francis Arinze's recent declaration that "unambiguously pro-abortion" lawmakers should be denied communion.
Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA) chastized Cardinal Arinze for having "crossed a serious line." Let us pray that it's the line between mouthing empty platitudes and actually doing something for a change.
Parroting the "seamless-garment" party line, the CINO senator whined that Catholic leaders--presumably bishops like Cardinals Theodore McCarrick and Edward Egan--should "understand people shouldn't be judged on their position on one issue"--especially. a small matter like the abortion holocaust, no doubt.
Besides, Landrieu adds the abortion "issue is more complicated than laid out." Apparently, this could even be the case for Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA), "a prolife Catholic" [who] said that:
The Church has the right to establish its own standards but that every bishop could "set the rules within the boundaries the Vatican has set forth."
Santorum indicated that if he were denied communion because of a position he took as a senator, he would have to think seriously about the stance. "God comes first, then my family and then this job," he said.
But how does this self-serving sound bite square with the simple fact that Santorum not only endorsed but vigorously campaigned for his anti-life colleague Sen. Arlen Specter (R-PA), enabling him to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat (51% vs. 49%) at the hands of anti-abortion Rep. Pat Toomey (R-PA) in yesterday's GOP Senate primary?
The truth of the matter is that the seamless garment is used by politicians on the right as well as the left to cloak their support of abortion or beguile "pro-life" voters into voting for anti-life candidates by treating prenatal murder as just another issue. It is only in the political colors of the threads with which they weave their threadbare rationalizations for voting anti-life that their tailor-made garments differ.
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Sen. John Kerry stands with Kate Michelman (right) President of NARAL Pro-Choice America.
Since 1995, Michelman's group has given Kerry a 100% rating for his voting record to defend abortion.