View from the choir

I am a Catholic layperson and Secular Franciscan with a sense of humor. After years in the back pew watching, I have moved into the choir. It's nice to see faces instead of the backs of heads. But I still maintain God has a sense of humor - and that we are created in God's image.

Thursday, March 02, 2006

Catholic Democrats squat on principles

by Steven Ertelt Editor
March 1, 2006

Washington, DC ( -- A group of Catholic Democrats in Congress have released a "Statement of Principles" claming to respect the sanctity of human life even though they support abortion. The move appears to be an attempt to respond to the nation's Catholic bishops, who have called on churches and colleges not to give a platform to pro-abortion politicians.

The 55 signatories say they "acknowledge and accept the tension that comes with being in disagreement with the Church in some areas."

They declare they are "proud to be part of the living Catholic tradition -- a tradition that promotes the common good, expresses a consistent moral framework for life."

However, the lawmakers call abortion a "religious issue" and claim supporting legislation banning or even limiting abortions would be a violation of the religious freedom of those who back it.

"As legislators, we are charged with preserving the Constitution, which guarantees religious freedom for all Americans," the explained. "In doing so, we guarantee our right to live our own lives as Catholics, but also foster an America with a rich diversity of faiths."

Hmm. Some people backed slavery on religious grounds. Guess we should have kept that.

Some folks thought women should be “protected” and denied certain rights on religious grounds. Guess we should go back to the old ways.

Some folks believed they had a right to practice polygamy on religious grounds. In the name of religious freedom we should allow that.

Some folks hold religious beliefs opposing the intermarriage of races. We’d better restore those laws.

Some people believe on religious grounds that they should be allowed to have sex with children. We shouldn’t deny that particular religious freedom, right?

Oh, and some people maintain on religious grounds that Catholics should not be elected to office (don’t want the pope controlling the U.S.!).

In the case of these Catholic Democrats, that last point sounds about right.


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