"Conservatives Try to Exploit Catholic Democrats' Views" reads the headline in this morning's New York Times but just who is exploiting whom?
"Members of Congress are used to being judged and graded by every organization from the Chamber of Commerce to the League of Conservation Voters," reports Robert Toner.
But some Democratic politicians say it is quite another matter to have their standing as Roman Catholics called into question because of their votes in support of abortion rights. Some conservatives are urging church leaders to do just that, most prominently in the case of Senator John Kerry, the presumed Democratic presidential nominee, a self-described "believing and practicing Catholic" who attends Mass, receives communion and has a 100 percent voting record with Naral Pro-Choice America.
If you yet doubt that Catholic-for-convenience Kerry sees Mass as a photo op and communion as a way to brand himself "Catholic" for political gain, reread the preceding paragraph.
"This debate is taking place against the backdrop of a fiercely competitive election in which Catholics are considered an important swing vote," Toner continues. This is indeed a case of exploitation, and it is the junior anti-life Catholic Senator from Massachusetts who is exploiting the faith he has betrayed to win the Catholic vote that is so critical to capturing the White House.
John F. Kennedy, the nation's only Catholic president, drew a distinct line between his religion and his public responsibilities,...[and] Mario M. Cuomo, New York's governor in 1984, tried to update the Kennedy standard in a speech at Notre Dame...Mr. Cuomo said that while he accepted the church's teachings on abortion, he could not impose his personal faith on a pluralistic society....
The Rev. Richard P. McBrien, a professor of theology at Notre Dame and the man who invited Mr. Cuomo to deliver his 1984 speech there, said that the bishops may be conservative religiously but are "pragmatists at heart" and well aware of the risks of stepping too far into politics.
Yet another pro-abort Catholic, Terry McAuliffe, Democrat Campaign Committee chair agrees. "I doubt it will come to that. I think it would be a huge mistake for the Catholic Church."
Judging from reports stemming from the April meeting between the compromised Senator John Kerry and the compromising Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, they may be right.
In an interview on Fox News, Cardinal McCarrick said "every archbishop has the right to make his own decision in his own area," but added that "many of us would not like to use the eucharist"—communion—"as part of the sanction." The McCarrick guidelines may not be ready until after the election. For now, the old debate simmers.
And unborn babies continue to be butchered by abortionists. How terribly inconvenient for these little ones! How very convenient for the big man with the small heart who has betrayed them! Or is that big men?
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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.