In the early 1980s, the concept of the "seamless garment," which received considerable impetus from a series of addresses by Joseph Cardinal Bernandin, wreaked havoc in the largely Catholic pro-life movement of the time and provided a convenient cover for anti-life Catholic politicians, the predecessors of Senator John Kerry (D-MA), to pose as "pro-life" candidates.
Thus ratings soon appeared that demonstrated, for example, that the infamously pro-abortion Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-MA) was as pro-life, if not more so, than the stalwart defender of the unborn Sen. Jesse Helms (R-NC). There are those, such as this writer, who believe that the camouflage thus afforded pro-abort Catholic liberals like Teddy Kennedy was the hidden intent behind the creation of the seamless garment, while other more charitable souls maintain that the original concept was hijacked, much in the style of the so-called "spirit of Vatican II."
What is indisputable, however, was the seamless garment's disastrously detrimental effect on the pro-life cause--an adverse impact that continues to this day, as can be seen in an article in today's issue of The Hill, in which Michael Rochmes and Albert Eisele report:
House Democrats are preparing a "Catholic Voting Scorecard" in an effort to show that Catholic Democratic lawmakers have adhered more closely to the position of the U.S. Catholic hierarchy on key issues than their Catholic Republican counterparts.
Nearly 27% of the House members are Catholic, as are Reps. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) and Nicholas Lampson (D-TX), who are spearheading the scorecard sham. A former Executive Director of the anti-life PAC Emily's List, DeLauro earned a 100% rating from the National Abortion Reproductive Rights Action League, better known by its old acronym NARAL, in 2003. From 1995 through 2001, Lampson voted the position favored by the Planned Parenthood Federation of America 80% of the time.
With this pair of Catholics In Name Only (CINOs) heading the effort, should we be surprised that pro-abortion votes are more than offset by votes on such other "pro-life" issues as child tax credit refunds, global AIDS relief, HIV/AIDS funding, increased welfare assistance, and raising the minimum wage?
After all, as a document accompanying the scorecard complains:
Under the misconception that single issues such as choice or gay rights best represent their interests, Catholics are voting for Republican candidates with increasing frequency.
This despite the fact, the document concludes, that:
Democratic House members vote with the Catholic interest much more often than their Republican counterparts.
"Just how much more often?" you ask. Consider this:
A preliminary copy of the scorecard obtained by The Hill...shows that the 67 Catholic House Democrats received an average score of 76 percent, while the 49 Catholic Republican members averaged 64 percent....
Seven Democrats received 100 percent ratings on the preliminary scorecard: Reps. Jerry Costello (IL), Mike Doyle (PA), Dale Kildee (MI), James Langevin (ME), Michael McNulty (NY), Michael Michaud (ME) and Tim Ryan (OH). Six others had scores of 90 percent or better, while Rep. Ellen Tauscher (CA) scored the lowest, at 60 percent, only slightly lower than Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (CA), who had 63.6 percent.
It is high time to bury the seamless garment for once and for all lest it continue to serve as a burial shrowd for millions of defenseless unborn babies unseemly murdered in the abortion holocaust it treats as just another issue.
Ongoing commentary by the editors of CatholicKerryWatch
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.