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.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

50 U.S. Bishops: No to Obama

The Tablet has an interesting article by Rocco Palmo claiming that 50 U.S. Bishops - about one fourth of the total - have said that the most important issue for Catholics when voting should be abortion.

A quarter of America's bishops have said that the most important issue for voters in the forthcoming presidential election is abortion - comments that may help boost the fortunes of Republican candidate John McCain.

Some 50 out of the nation's 197 active bishops have published articles or given interviews during the run-up up to the election urging abortion as the key issue on which voters should decide which way to vote. ...

Bishop Robert Hermann of St. Louis, for example, wrote in St. Louis Review, that "the issue of life is the most basic issue and must be given priority over the issue of the economy, the issue of war or any other issue."

He said "Saving our children or killing our children. This is the overriding issue facing each of us. All other issues ... have to take second place to the issue of life."

As I've been saying all along, the other issues are important, but the killing of approximately 1 million children a year trumps the others.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Realistically, the next president will be able to move nowhere on abortion, even if he or she wanted to. The Dems control the Senate if Senator McCain wins, maybe with a filibuster-proof 60. Any radical pro-abortion legislation will get tied up in lawsuits till SCOTUS hears it. And it will die there. If there were ever a year in which abortion doesn't figure into presidential politics, this is it.


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Blogger Lee Strong said...

A Democtratic Congress will pass the Freedom of Choice Act, which will further entrench Roe v Wade policies.

Obama has declared that it will be a priority with him to sign it. Even with court battles, it will be a further step in keeping abortion as is in place.

Moreover, there are some ways a President can directly affect abortion policy. Obama would change current policies when it comes to public funding for abortions and embryonic stem cell research.

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