Camden, NJ, Bishop Joseph Galante, a prominent figure in the U.S. Bishops' Conference, has gone on the record stating that he will deny the Eucharist to New Jersey's pro-abortion Governor James McGreevey. Bishop Galante is to be installed today as the new bishop for the Camden Diocese. Bishop Galante cited the fact of McGreevey's irregular marriage and anti-Catholic positions on life issues. As David O'Reilly reports in today's Philadelphia Inquirer [requires free registration]:
Galante said he was taking the stance primarily because the divorced governor, who is Catholic, remarried without receiving a church annulment. Also, he said, McGreevey's record of "pushing" for legalized abortion, stem-cell research, and other positions the church views as immoral "is almost like he throws the gauntlet down."
Add Bishop Galante to the list of no nonsense bishops like St. Louis, MO, Archbishop Raymond Burke and Lincoln, NE, Bishop Fabian Bruskewitz. Even if the majority of bishops are quiet at the moment, something is changing in the American episcopate. And make no mistake that Galante is a leading member of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. Here is an excerpt from a diocesan news release noting Galante's credentials in the conference and the fact that he holds a doctorate in canon law:
He holds a Doctorate in Canon Law (1968, Lateran University, Rome) and a Master of Arts in Spiritual Theology (1991, University of St. Thomas, Angelicum, Rome).
Bishop Galante serves on the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' Committee on Communications, Committee on Canon Law, Ad Hoc Committee on Sexual Abuse and the Ad Hoc Committee on Economic Concerns of the Holy See. Previously, Bishop Galante was Chair of the U.S. bishops' Committee on Communications and Chair of the U.S. bishops' Religious Life Committee, as well as committees on Science and Human Values and African American Catholics.
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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.