But those of us who have followed the career of Archbishop Charles Chaput of Denver already knew that. After a botched interview, the New York Times gave Archbishop Chaput the opportunity to write an op-ed column on the election. He took the opportunity and ran with it. Seldom will you read a more forthright and common sense column in the pages of the Times.
This election is certainly not the election of 1960, with Catholics supporting the "Catholic" candidate overwhelmingly or with the hierarchy, beginning with Cardinal Cushing of Boston, walking hand in hand with the Kennedy family. Those days are over. Today, Bush probably leads among white Catholics and is probably tied among all Catholics.
Bishops and archbishops have spoken out against the scandal of Kerry's faux and heterodox Catholicism. The lesson is clear: heterodox Catholics like Kerry will not go unchallenged in their use of the Catholic label for political gain. In fact, these phony Catholic candidates will be vehemently challenged and exposed by both laity and bishops.
Chaput lays it on the line: pro-life Catholics will not be muzzled in the world's greatest democracy. We came to these shores for freedom, and that freedom certainly includes the freedom to proclaim the truth that infants, whether unborn, partially born, or fully born, should not be butchered. As Chaput points out, it's a matter of human rights in addition to being a religious truth. But no one, not even the secularist editors of the New York Times should be surprised at this argument. After all, the very concept of human rights was born of the Judeo-Christian religious belief in the dignity of every human person.
Religion is the source of the Western development of human rights. To muzzle religious believers in political debate is to destroy the goose that laid the golden egg. The liberals will realize this fact only when it is too late. Catholics and many others realize it today.
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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.