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.

Friday, December 26, 2008

Congress more Catholic?

Catholic News Service (via Rochester's Catholic Courier) has an article about the the number of Catholics in Congress growing.

My question is: Catholic in what sense?

The article notes that Catholics will constitute more than a fourth of the new Congress to be sworn in January 6, but that there's a definite tilt toward the Democratic Party (also known in some circles as the Party of Death).

Four years ago, there were 153 Catholics. Two years later it was up to 155 Catholics in the 110th Congress. The new Congress will have "162 members who identify themselves as Catholics."

The key phrase there is "identify themselves as Catholics." One of them cited, for example is Senator Joe Biden, who until January 20 when he becomes VP or until he resigns is still a Senator. But he has clearly gone against church teachings (especially on abortion), and there have been questions raised about whether he is excommunicated, or should receive Communion.

Another nominal Catholic in the new Congress who has gone against Church teachings is Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

How many other of the "Catholics" in the new Congress will be of the Biden/Pelosi brand of "Catholic"? How well will they represent the Church on such issues as abortion, embryonic stem cell research, marriage, suicide, etc?

As public figures who present themselves as Catholic, they do represent the Church.


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