Not a whole lot to report on Kerry right now, hence the lack of blogging on my part -- Beliefnet.com's keeping tabs on his latest round of media-fueled appearances at local parishes. My thanks as well to Earl for his analysis of the USCCB's "2004 Presidential Questionnaire" and to Jeff for exposing the fawning coverage of the media.
Deal Hudson, publisher of the acclaimed U.S. Catholic magazine Crisis and since 2000 the advisor to President George W. Bush on Catholics, has resigned his post as presidential advisor. The move came in anticipation of a smear campaign on Hudson in a just released article by the National Catholic Reporter (NCR), a weekly publication that features prominent dissidents in the Catholic Church in America.
Since it's only tangentially-related to Kerry, I've reserved my response to my own blog -- suffice to say I believe the liberal Reporter's taking revenge for Hudson's outing of Ono Ekeh as a vocal supporter of Catholics for Kerry (and for that reason, a liability as an employee of the USCCB); moreover, they have effectively removed him as a voice of Catholic influence on the Bush administration, striking a blow for "progressive Catholics" in the culture wars. Keep Mr. Hudson, his family and all involved in your prayers.
Readers may be interested in this article from Christianity Today on "Pro-Abortion Madness" by Ted Olson, offering a good round-up of news and recent gains made by pro-lifers:
For Kerry, the basis for keeping abortion legal isn't based in science but in the "separation of church and state." The change of rationale could be great news. It's no Herculean task to explain why banning abortion doesn't establish a government religion.
But abortion advocates aren't rallying to Kerry's view of conception, so they're not arguing church-state separation, either. In summary, they have lost ground on science, emotional appeals, constitutional law . . . What's left?
And another of our co-editers here at CKW (Oswald Sobrino) reviews the book Unfit For Command that's been making headlines recently, and sees a pattern of behavior in Kerry's actions:
From a specifically Catholic perspective, there is also a strong religious parallel with the book's portrayal of Kerry's assiduous pursuit of medals while at the same time voicing anti-war opinions in Vietnam. Many of us Catholics are as deeply offended, as these veterans are about Vietnam, by Kerry's public displays of receiving the Eucharist even though he rejects Catholic teaching on abortion and on embryonic stem cell research. Kerry also refuses to support a federal amendment to protect marriage, even though the highest court in his own state is radically changing the legal landscape by embracing gay marriage. At the same time that Kerry takes anti-Catholic stands, he is, strangely enough, eager to be seen as a devout Catholic communicant.
This pursuit of the badges of Catholic devotion--receiving Communion, publicly making the sign of the cross--while at the same time taking stridently anti-Catholic political positions parallels Kerry's pursuit of military decorations while at the same time attacking the war before, during, and after his Vietnam service . . . What is the common motivation for this strange approach to reality? Political power.
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.