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Sunday, April 25, 2004

Washington Notebook: More Than Just a One-Trick Pony? 

Posted by Earl at 2:34 AM

Beginining his latest Washington Notebook, Joe Feuerherd trots out the typical liberal claptrap one might expect to find on the pages of the paper Bill Cork aptly dubs The National Catholic Distorter. Thus he describes the Machiavellian machinations of the motley House band led by pro-abort Dems Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) and Nick Lampson (D-TX), as reported in The Hill [here and there] and analyzed on Catholic Kerry Watch [here and there] in the following Newspeak:
A small group of Catholic House Democrats have been meeting over the past several months to thrash out where their faith, their cultural heritage, and their jobs intersect.
...The half-dozen members of Congress meet informally, DeLauro told NCR, with a goal of promoting dialogue among Catholic elected officials and the church hierarchy. Some are pro-life, others pro-choice, but they are united in frustration that the range of issues they and the church care about—such as economic justice, immigration, foreign policy, and war—don't get nearly the attention as the 'one or two issues'—such as abortion and gay rights—that dominate public discussion of religion and politics.
"We are not having a full and open conversation about the whole range of social teachings that the church has been a leader on," whined DeLauro, whose clique had requested a meeting with Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, who recently met with the Catholic poseur par excellence, Sen. John F. Kerry, as reported by the Associated Press and discussed on Catholic Kerry Watch.

To this point it would seem that DeLauro was talking to the group's de facto press secretary.

And yet, Feuerherd goes on to report "another view" on "the obligations of a Catholic politician when it comes to abortion" from Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ):

If the actual deed of abortion is what I and Catholics and Protestants and so many others say it is—an act of violence against children—then why wouldn't you want to treat it as a severe act of child abuse, and exploitative of women, rather than something you can disregard?"
To which, Feuerherd, to his credit, responds, "Good question" before proceeding to quote Smith further:
If Kerry or someone like him were to say "I am for abortion" then they would have my opposition and I will argue against them, but I will at least respect them. But I find it very hard to respect someone who says I'm against it, but I'm going to vote for it, I'm going facilitate it, I'm going to defend it, I'm going to fund it, [and] I'm going to try to make it reach the four corners of the globe by repealing the Mexico City policy [which restricts U.S. foreign aid funds to countries with liberal abortion laws]
While I do not respect anyone who supports the murder of babies in their mothers' wombs, Feuerherd's honest response to Smith's question in the midst of his apologia for the latest anti-life scam on Capitol Hill leads us to ask, "Could Washington Notebook be more than just a one-trick pony, after all?"

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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.


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Worthy to Receive the Lamb: Catholics in Political Life and the Reception of Holy Communion, from Archbishop Donoghue (Atlanta, GA), Bishop Baker (Charleston, SC) and Bishop Jugis (Charlotte, NC).
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Catholics in Political Life U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. June 7, 2004.

Catholic Politicians and Bishops. By Most Rev. Raymond L. Burke, Archbishop of St. Louis. America June 21-28, 2004.

A Time For Honesty, Pastoral Statement by The Most Reverend John J. Myers, Archbishop of Newark. May 5, 2004.

Why Communion Could Be Denied to Anti-Life Legislators. Interview with Father Thomas Williams, dean of the School of Theology of the Regina Apostolorum Pontifical Athenaeum.

Why Don't Catholic Politicians Practice What the Catholic Church Preaches?, by Judie Brown. Washington Dispatch April 19, 2004.

How to tell a Duck from a Fox: Thinking with the Church as we look toward November, by Archbishop Chaput. Denver Catholic Register April 14, 2004.

On the Dignity of Human Life and Civic Responsibility, a Pastoral Letter by La Crosse Bishop Raymond L. Burke.

Blood On Their Hands: Exposing Pro-abortion Catholic Politicians, by Mark Stricherz. Crisis May 2003.

The Failure of Catholic Political Leadership, by Robert P. George & William E. Saunders. Crisis 18, No. 4 (April 2000).

Denying Holy Communion: A Case History, by Bishop Emeritus Rene Henry Gracida. [PDF Format].

Ten questions regarding the denial of the Eucharist, by Barbara Kralis.

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John Kerry, Abortion and the Catholic Church

Irreconcilable Differences", by Matthew Mehan. NRO Sept. 16, 2004.

John Courtney Murray and the 'Liberal Catholic' Justification of Abortion Investigative report by Christopher Blosser. August 30, 2004.

"Please answer the question, Senator Kerry", The Mighty Barrister. August 2, 2004.

You wouldn't even ask. Fr. Pavone (Priests for Life). July 2004.

Kerry isn't making abortion stand clear, by Raymond J. Keating. Newsday July 27, 2004.

Senator Kerry May Be Human . . . But is He a Person?, Catholic Kerry Watch. July 23, 2004.

Kerry's Catholic Problem, by Brent Bozell. July 7, 2004.

The Body Politic and the Body of Christ: Candidates, Communion and the Catholic Church. Debate btw/ Thomas J. Reese, S.J. and George Weigel. June 23, 2004.

The Kerry challenge, by George Weigel. May 5, 2004.

Rites and Wrongs: Why John Kerry should not take communion, by Philip F. Lawler. Wall Street Journal April 30, 2004.

John Kerry's Catholic Problem", by Cal Thomas. April 26, 2004.

Kerry Distorting Catholic Doctrine. interviews George Weigel. April 16, 2004.

"Personally Opposed, But…" Five Pro-Abortion Dodges, by Todd M. Aglialoro. Crisis April 1, 2004.

On Embryonic Stem-Cell Research

Reagan vs. Reagan and The Stem-Cell Cover-Up, Catholic Kerry Watch, August 14, 2004.

Senator Kerry dismisses religious convictions as "ideology"  Catholic Kerry Watch. August 9, 2004.

Ron Reagan & Functionalism, Revisited, Catholic Kerry Watch. July 29, 2004.

Out of Touch, by Michael Fumento. Refuting Kerry's claims on the use of embryonic stem cells. Citizen Magazine August 2004.

Stem Cell Defection, by Ramesh Ponnuru. National Review August 16, 2004.

Stem Cell Research: Fact Sheets, Letters to Congress and Articles from the USCCB.

On Voting, "Proportionality" and Cardinal Ratzinger's Memorandum

What Ratzinger Said, by James Akin. Sept. 9, 2004.

Bishops Refute Flawed Theology (of Andrew Greeley) Barbara Kralis. August 22, 2004.

Thoughts on Proportionality, Catholic Kerry Watch. July 12, 2004.

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