My colleague Oswald Sobrino has just mentioned Newark Archbishop John J. Myers' pastoral letter "A Time for Honesty"; I was particularly impressed by this clear, straight and unwavering call to Catholics on their public duties with respect to abortion (a not-so-subtle allusion to the current scandal):
"There is no right more fundamental than the right to be born and reared with all the dignity the human person deserves. On this grave issue, public officials cannot hold themselves excused from their duties, especially if they claim to be Catholic. Every faithful Catholic must be not only "personally opposed" to abortion, but also must live that opposition in his or her actions. In Robert Bolt's play A Man for All Seasons, St. Thomas More remarks, "I believe, when statesmen forsake their own private conscience for the sake of their public duties . . . they lead their country by a short route to chaos." Sadly, too few follow the example of St. Thomas More. As voters, Catholics are under an obligation to avoid implicating themselves in abortion, which is one of the gravest of injustices. Certainly, there are other injustices, which must be addressed, but the unjust killing of the innocent is foremost among them." Bishop Thomas Wenski of Orlando, FL delivers an instructive homily on the proper relationship between church and state (Gov. Jeb Bush was in attendance).
Bishop Thomas Olmstead of Phoenix continues to fulfill his obligations to his diocese, standing up for the faith (and getting the in a tizzy).
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Since 1995, Michelman's group has given Kerry a 100% rating for his voting record to defend abortion.
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