One of the various bastions of conservative politics on the net, the National Review, has been taking aim at the glaring discrepancies of Senator Kerry's "Catholic" faith:
Not In Good Conscience (National Review Online, Oct. 12, 2004) -- Prof. Robert P. George of Princeton University and Gerard V. Bradley of Notre Dame respond to the recent endorsement of Senator Kerry by Mark W. Roche, dean of the College of Arts and Letters at the University of Notre Dame (New York Times Oct. 11, 2004). Roche tried to make the case why Catholics could vote for Kerry in good conscience.
Mark Brumley ponders what Senator Kerry means by his description of Catholic morality on abortion as an "article of faith" (NRO, Oct. 14, 2004):
What article of faith was Kerry talking about? That abortion kills an innocent human being? That's not a peculiarly Catholic belief or "article of faith." Plenty of people who aren't Catholics think abortion entails taking an innocent human life. President Bush does, and he's a Methodist, not a Catholic. So too many Lutherans, Baptists, Nazarenes, Presbyterians, and Episcopalians agree with faithful Catholics and President Bush. Then there are non-Christians, including many Jews, Muslims, and Hindus, for whom abortion is the killing an innocent human being. Indeed, some people with no religion at all or who deny God's existence take the same position.
How, then, can opposition to abortion rights be "an article of faith"? Or if it is, why should that preclude opposing abortion on other grounds held in common with people who don't necessarily share one's faith?
. . . Indeed, if Kerry had a proper Catholic upbringing, he wasn't taught -- as he puts it -- to "respect" the view that life is sacred; he was taught to accept it as truth. It's not as though Catholics are instructed to respect fundamental tenets of the church as if they are the exotic beliefs of Zen Buddhism due a polite and inoffensive tolerance.
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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.