As my brother noted, it's interesting to see Kerry's little Catholic scandal making "front-page news" on CNN.com. This is not something that will fade into the woodwork or be put on the back-burner -- it should rather be a burr in Kerry's saddle all the way to the White House, as faithful Catholics should raise their voices in protest and demand a response from their bishops.
But let us be clear on one thing: in their presentation of Kerry, CNN simply recites the ever-pervasive "personally against" formula of liberal Catholics:
Kerry says he is personally opposed to abortion, but supports the rights of others to make that choice. He argues that church doctrine allows Catholics the freedom of conscience to choose that stance.
Like many other Catholic politicans in his position, Senator Kerry tries to have it both ways. Assuming for a minute that Kerry means what he says when he proclaims his "personal opposition," this might very well imply his recognition that abortion takes a human life -- indeed, why else would anybody be opposed?
But if this were the case, it only reveals the hypocrisy in his position, for one can no more be "personally opposed to abortion, but respectful of other's right to choose" than one can be with regards to slavery, cannibalism, racism, sexism, [insert the evil of one's choice here].
I for one have a difficult time believing Kerry's "personal" opposition to abortion as presented by the media, for the following reasons:
And now, Kerry campaign has launched a television ad campaign blasting the President for his efforts to stop abortion.
Simply put: Kerry's actions and statements as a politician are not those of a committed Catholic "personally opposed" to abortion and yet regretfully duty-bound to serve the political will of his constituents. Rather, he strikes me as one doing everything in his power to support and promote it. As Cardinal Chaput put it:
Candidates who claim to be "Catholic" but who publicly ignore Catholic teaching about the sanctity of human life are offering a dishonest public witness. They may try to look Catholic and sound Catholic, but unless they act Catholic in their public service and political choices, they're really a very different kind of creature.
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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.