"Okay, let's get one thing straight," Justin Katz begins his recent commentary "Politicians Without Conscience" on the ever interesting Dust in the Light.
In our system of government, citizens vote for a certain number of representatives, depending upon where they live and what governing body they're voting to fill. Those leaders then vote and otherwise create the laws under which we all live. Unless I've failed to notice it across the decades of my citizenship, there is nothing in the Constitution or the law that dictates what criteria or areas of thought legislators must utilize in deciding their votes.
The point he makes is basic, as most sound points are.
One can disagree with the Catholic Church's position on abortion. One can even disagree with the Catholic Church's internal derivation of that position. Such a person would be wrong in both respects, but we are free to be wrong. However, I have lost patience with the argument that it violates some objective principle that the Church declares pro-abortion politicians to be out of communion with their Church and, therefore, not appropriately situated to take Communion.
You'll want to read the rest of Mr. Katz's cogent comments to discover the straw that broke the camel's back, but here's a hint. Like the editors of Catholic Kerry Watch, the creator of Dust in the Light appears to have a low tolerance level for such secularist drivel as the following:
It is a lawmaker's sworn duty to argue and vote as he deems best for his nation. That's the burden of office. That's the price of its prestige and perquisites. For anyone to make that burden worse in an attempt to coerce the lawmaker into changing his position against the dictates of his conscience is deplorable. It is morally unacceptable.
No, what is unacceptable is to muzzle the Church founded by Our Lord Jesus Christ and drive Her from the public square, for while men are free to be wrong, it is truth, not error, that has rights. And rest assured that while Roman Catholics yet live, we shall defend those rights. It is vice, not virtue, that is "morally unacceptable," after all.
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.