Vatican official attacks U.S. Democrats as “party of death”

By Reuters Staff
October 1, 2008

Senator Joe Biden with Catholic priest Zhang Depu near Beijing, 10 Aug 2001/poolVatican officials seldom single out political leaders who differ with the Church on issues like abortion rights or embryonic stem cell research. But now that the Vatican’s highest court is led by an American, the former St. Louis Archbishop Raymond Burke, we can expect things to get more explicit in Vatican City — at least when when it comes to U.S. politics.

Burke, who was named prefect of the Vatican’s Supreme Court of the Apostolic Signature in June, told the Italian Catholic newspaper Avvenire that the U.S. Democratic Party risked “transforming itself definitively into a party of death for its decisions on bioethical issues.” He then attacked two of the party’s most high profile Catholics — vice presidential candidate Joe Biden and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi — for misrepresenting Church teaching on abortion.

He said Biden and Pelosi, “while presenting themselves as good Catholics, have presented Church doctrine on abortion in a false and tendentious way.”

Nancy Pelosi kisses Pope Benedict’s ring during his U.S. visit, 16 April 2008/Larry DowningPelosi drew U.S. bishops’ scorn for saying in a television interview last month that the Church itself had long debated when human life begins. Biden is a practicing Catholic who also supports abortion rights and analysts have said he could help woo wavering Catholics into Obama’s fold. Both argue that they cannot impose their religious views on others.

Burke said pro-life Democrats were “rare” and that it saddened him that the party that helped “our immigrant parents and grandparents” prosper in America had changed so much over the years.

Burke made headlines as archbishop of St. Louis for his public attacks on public figures who strayed from Catholic teaching. He suggested during the 2004 presidential campaign that Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry, a Catholic, should be denied communion because of his views on abortion. Several bishops said at the time they would not give him communion and the media staked out churches where he attended Mass to see if he received it.

“Lately, I’ve noticed that other bishops are coming to this position,” Burke told Avvenire, which is owned by the Italian bishops’ conference.

Archbishop Raymond Burke/Archdiocese of St. LouisCardinal Joseph Ratzinger, now Pope Benedict XVI, wrote a letter in 2004 to American bishops restating the Church position that a priest must refuse to distribute communion to a Catholic politician who supported abortion rights. But Burke lamented that the letter was never distributed.

Burke’s criticism isn’t limited to Democrats. Last year, he accused singer Sheryl Crow of being “a high profile proponent of the destruction of innocent lives” for defending a woman’s right to have an abortion and for being a proponent of stem cell research. He resigned as head of a children’s medical charity that featured the singer for a benefit concert.

Pope Benedict has been encouraging Catholic bishops to speak out more openly on public policy issues to make the Church’s voice heard. Any bets on when we’ll hear from Burke next?

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My head is spinning! Last Sunday our parish hosted a lecture on “Faithful Citizenship” based on material published by the US Catholic Bishops that enumerate a whole set of issues including not only abortion but torture, genocide and fouling the planet upon which we all must survive–and clearly states that “Catholics must NOT be ’single-issue’ voters”.

Now, this guy gets up in front of God and everybody, with the microphone of ecclesial authority, and says this. Although the Church proudly proclaims its devine origin, sometimes it stumbles on the human frailty of its practical foundations. This would appear to be one of those times.

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Art,

You are mixing two subjects that should be kept separate, but when we vote we are asked to view everything in priority; so legalizing abortion would take precedence over legalizing the selling of sex.

The Archbishop is actually doing his duty by addressing those who publicly proclaim to be Catholic but speaking out publicly against the teachings of the Church. Your comment makes the statement that when one official speaks out against a contradiction to the doctrines of out faith they should address all of them at the same time. This is a ridiculous claim and not feasible for as soon as a person started talking everyone would run. :)

Posted by Ralph | Report as abusive

Reading all these comments I forgot we were talking about gov’t sanctioned killing of unborn kids. I think they use a vacuum cleaner to suck them out piece by piece, and then throw them in the garbage.

Just do not know how anyone would think this was a good idea, but hey were all different.

If you believe life begins at conception then the unborn have US constitutional rights.

Posted by JJ | Report as abusive

Wonderful article, prayer does work!!! My faith is far more important than partisan political doctrine from the left.

Posted by Navychef | Report as abusive

Abortion is murder for convenience sake, there can be no other interpretation, not in God’s or Man’s eyes. Margarette Sanger established Planned Parenthood as a means of practicing eugenics in America. Her goal was to reduce the number of African-Americans, which she considered a degenerate race. Abortion equates with genocide, in principle and practice. The “right to choose” (to murder one’s fetus) was also seen as a the means for women to partake in casual sex without consequences. This “right” was mistakenly thought to elevate a woman’s sexual status to equal that of men – who can have sex without concern of pregnancy. However, the psychological damage of “abortion guilt” was not accounted for. That guilt, preys on a woman’s subconscious, and results in the emotional reaction we see to pro-life advocates, such as Sarah Palin, et al. Naturally, this condition also transfers to certain irresponsible and infantile libertine men who desire promiscuous sex without commitment. Abortion allows these men to transfer all prophylactic and birth control responsibility to the woman. Abortion is but another degradation heaped upon women for the benefit of the immoral or emotionally disturbed class.

Posted by John | Report as abusive

Michael,

How many fetuses have vowed to exterminate 5 million people as Iran’s leader has?

PREVENTING that extermination is not a nobel cause?

The party of death. Yes, but why do Democrats take a Pro-Abortion position? It is puzzling. Even when a women’s “choice” is Life for the innocent, they oppose an demonize those that do. Democrats choose life for the guilty (no death penalty) and life for the monsters (tyrants and dictators that provoke war. Their position makes no sense to an individual. Of course, the individual is not important unless it is supporting the state.

Posted by Marcus | Report as abusive

You folks are WAY LATE in this summation! The Demonrats have been the death party for over 50 years!!Not only just abortion,they gave away half of Europe to the murderous communists! They gave away Cuba to the murderous communists,ditto Viet Nam,almost Nicaragua,Haiti,they chose Mao over Chang ka Shek-the agrarian farmer,kiss Hugo Chavez’rasberries,etc ad nauseum.The Dimbulb-o-rats consider LIFE EXACTLY like the Chinese do!

Posted by mike e. cooney | Report as abusive

I’m glad Archbishop Burke is forcefully enunciating Church doctrine on bioethical issues. Too many Catholic legislators are claiming that their informed Catholic consciences allow them to be for abortion, embryonic stem cell research, and euthanasia. They’ve not been challenged until now, perhaps because none of them have publicly enunciated the false reasoning which led them to their conclusion. The misrepresentation of Saint Augustine’s views by Pelosi and Biden were, I think, the last straws. To have high ranking Catholic politicians misstating Catholic theology as put forth by a Doctor of the Church just begged for correction.

I’m glad it’s come. These people need to get a copy of the Bible and the Catechism of the Catholic Church, and sit down (preferably with a study group at their local parish) and begin to truly understand the faith of their fathers.

EXCELLENT. Now, when will the excommunications start???

Posted by chiefpayne | Report as abusive

Pregnancy is always a possible consequence of sex when a woman is of childbearing age. Even if you favor abortion, why should that right be absolute? How can anyone justify a late abortion? Yet, the pro-choicers were vehemently opposed to the Partial Birth Abortion ban. How also can anyone morally justify abortions because a child will be born with Down Syndrome or other birth defects? What does that have to do with a woman’s right to choose? The woman in such cases presumably chose to carry a “perfect” child to term. Does the right to choose extend to a woman’s right to choose to have a child without birth defects (or the wrong sex, which happens in China and India)?

Posted by Arriane | Report as abusive

Anyone who presents themselves as ardent Catholics and then tries to misrepresent Church teachings to justify
their position is the worst kind of hypocrite. The Democrat party is host to several prominent such people,
Pelosi, Biden, Kennedy, Kerry, the Cuomos, father and son.
Itis unfotunate that they value their power more than their souls and defy the verdict that they should not receive the Eucharist.
They think that smarter than the Pope and the Bishops and they can do as they please. However, they would do well to mind the words of Jesus Himself, who said to Peter
“whose sins you bind on earth shall be bound also in Heaven”

Posted by Mervyn J Fonseca | Report as abusive

The Pope, as herder of the flock of followers has not only the right, but the obligation to make sure the church followers are not violating the teachings of Jesus Christ as Son of God. He is not addressing or forcing non church members to abide by the church laws. Pelosi, Biden and Kennedy profess to be church members of the Catholic Faith.

The Bishops serve are arms of the Pope. Therefore any person who professes to believe in God and is a member of the church must follow the teachings of the church or face refusal of the church sacraments. It just so happens that it is the Democrat Party with Ms Pelosi and Mr Biden who are blaspheming the church by false statements. So yes the Democrat party is the party of Death in America, with over 40,000,000 babies, yes that is correct, over 40 million babies murdered under the disguise of Choice in the last ten years. Yes, 7 babies killed a second, mostly by middle class whites and thousands per year were 3rd and 4th abortions. So bad that the DNC sued with ACLU to stop record keeping of the just lazy birth control methods. And then the DNC makes such a fuss about deaths defending the freedoms of America!! What most people do not know is the abortion doctor performs the operation for 200 dollars and then sells the aborted babies to Embroy Stem Cell research labs for upwards of 2,000 dollars. Abortion on Demand is a Business of Death supported by the Democrat Party of Death in United States of America.

Really, the country is facing multi-generational issues on many fronts – The Church should teach as is its right and obligation but not weigh into politics over the heads of its lay faithful who have the duty and obligation to make prudential judgements in the secular political world. There are so many ways to preach but the finest is done with the life of the preacher. Unfortunately the Church has lost a lot of credibility because of the many scandals that they allowed to happen. So let the Bishops do their work in building up the Church and if they do their job, the laity will build a polity according to just principles.

As far a criticizing Nancy Pelosi who raised her children before becoming a politician. Or Joseph Biden, who is a family man himself. Anyone who has lived in the disfunctional American Catholic church for the past 45 years and should be applauded for staying in and not criticized for living their life according to their conscience.

Maybe the Bishops should listen to ST. Francis of Assisi who told his brothers to ‘Preach the Gospel always, and when necessary use words’ – with emphasis on teaching by their lives not their words.

Posted by john | Report as abusive

This is an article on abortion–not on “choice”. Any thinking person believes that Hitler’s murder of 6 million innocent Jews was a monstrous crime against humanity. There have been over 44 million murders–abortions–of innocent babies–not “fetusus”–in the U.S.A. in the last 40 years. How many more murders will it take until “thinking” liberals believe that too many have died for convenience’s sake?

The religious position is correct–regardless of one’s belief in God or not. And any Christian who stands before God on the final day will have a very hard time explaining their support of abortion–and their voting for candidates who support and / or this horror.

I will not vote for a candidate who supports abortion–I am afraid of Hell.

Rocketman El Paso, Tx, U.S.A.

Posted by John Bibb | Report as abusive

Biden’s statement that he would not legislate his religious views on others is simple-minded bunk. Simply stated, the laws against murder are based upon moral foundations. This is no less true of the law against abortion. The active, intentional, or negligent killing of another human being is wrong. Period. And, that is not imposing any one religion on another person. It is the essence of providing for the peace of society and the security of each person. The kid in the womb of a mother is not a blob of flesh subject to whim and fancy, but a human being with rights.

Posted by CharlieK | Report as abusive

The Catholic church has never expected that 1 billion human beings are all going to be perfectly abstinant and follow the teachings of Jesus. That is why the church has the sacrament of penance. People are going to sin and the church knows this and make no excuses for it. But the teachings of Jesus are what they are. It is hypocritical, when a public official makes a point to let the public know that he is a member of the Catholic (meaning ‘universal’) church, but somehow doesn’t feel like their beliefs extend to the entire human population; then, what do they really believe? And why are they bothering to label themselves as Catholic?

Roe vs Wade decriminalized abortion for the Doctor, never made it OK for the Mother to Murder her baby. The Christian church teaches life starts at the moment of conception. No ands, ifs, or buts about it. Aborting the baby is murder, goes against thou shall not kill. I nor anyone else will say Joe Biden or Ms Pelosi are doomed to hell. Just that they are trying to tell the sheep that the Catholic Church DOES NOT TEACH LIFE BEGINS AT MOMENT OF CONCEPTION. This is blasphemy and must be dealt with. One does not have to say Democrat Party of Death,
one only has to say Party of Death. Then one asks, what Party condones Abortion? Dah. is not Independents, is not Green, is not Republicans, etc, only one left is Democrat. Look at their party platform. Listen to Cathy Couric asking Sarah Palin? One does not have to be a rocket scientist to figure out which Party is the party of Death!! Does not just apply to babies either. How about the little gal on life support in Florida the Republicans could not get Democrat support to stop the Court ordered execution? You remember Schiavo feeding tube removal in 2005? But at the same time Democrats with try to stay the jury ordered execution of a multi person murderer, don’t make logical sense at all.
I will never forget Gore lawyer at the Florida Supreme Court arguing “Who is listening to the voices of the Hanging Chats”, and I thought “who is listening to the voices of the little baby about to be killed by abortion on demand”. 40 million babies aborted in ten years is just crazy. And is in America founded for LIFE, LIBERTY AND THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS. Is a Farce.

If you take a political job such as senator, governor, representative, mayor, president, vice president, ANY appointed spot, you are agreeing to represent the people who elected you and not your church or your religious views.

The seperation of church and state was created for a few reasons. One was to allow freedom of religion and a state sponsored religion would be in direct contrast with freedom of religion.

It is quite fine for the church to spread it’s beliefs and values. That’s part of the religious freedom we ALL enjoy.

However it is a seperate issue entirely when politicians begin legislating their religious doctrines on an entire society of people. By accepting office, these politicians are affirming that they will seperate their religion from their civic duties.

Whether you like it or not abortion is wholly a religious/moral debate, and not everyone is in agreeance.

You have the freedom of choice to not ever take part in the practice you deem un-holy and evil, so you’ve already made your decisions. But don’t get all savior and believe you need to make abortions illegal. Let God judge those people that choose to make that choice, since it’s a sin and all and only God can judge.

And what’s funny is how the Church is so against abortions because they are supremely pro-life. What’s so hysterical about that is that the Church is responsible for more death over the last few thousand years than any other institution.

Look up all the religious wars that have claimed millions of lives. From the Crusades to modern day, war and death created in the name of God, Allah, and other religions haven taken a huge toll on human life.

Posted by Dave | Report as abusive

Michael Cecil your just like the standard punched out cookie dough liberial.. when you cant defend a position just on its own merits you have to go into the atmosphere and pull down some well spun correlation. the fact is that liberial as a fact will fight visously to save the life of a violent killer… but applaud the right to end the life of infant that has no voice. they end the life so that they wont have to be responsible for thier actions… the one that will be responsible for that action is ironically the one that had no voice for their action… you and those who believe like you are not progressive… but canine

Scientists know when life begins in the womb so that’s no longer an excuse.
At this very moment, babies are being partially delivered, having their brains suctioned out, heads crushed, and being delivered dead. Many of them would be fully funtional babies and could grow up to be wonderful people.
In this country, abortions are done in which babies are born alive and left to die. Ask any nurse who works where abortions are performed.
You are voting for a man who has voted to support all of this without a blink.
Give this more than a thought if you are able.

Religious people, including priests and pastors, have every right – check the Constitution – to discuss religious beliefs wherever they wish. You just don’t like what they are saying. My pastor can’t MAKE me vote for anyone, but he has a right to talk about elections issues and the positions that he believes in. Otherwise, you are removing his rights. Is that okay with you too?
The people who wrote the Constituion knew that religion was very necessary to society. Check their letters – there is lots of history out there about their beliefs.

Posted by Dee | Report as abusive

this whole system of the world smells of death
but how dare the vatican talk any way what about the
sixty eight million jews they put to death
and there evil venom doctrine that poisens peoples minds
to believe a lie and be damned by it.

Posted by Denver Morgan | Report as abusive

I guess he’s just upset because the more abortions, the less toddles there are for him to molest.

Posted by Lola | Report as abusive

Democrats who are Roman Catholic and approve of gay marriage and abortion are really not Christian in the opinion of the Roman Catholic Church.

They have chosen a political party over their own beliefs and greed. They will regret it when their time comes.

Posted by Lelande | Report as abusive

I was raised Roman Catholic and the Church has every right to say one party is the “party of death.” However, if they want to press it as an election issue and thereby support one party over another, they should lose their tax exempt status.

Posted by Frank | Report as abusive

Liberals try to sidetrack the truth with idiotic sidebars about war. What Bishop Burkd is referring to the doctrine of the Catholic church with respest to when life begins. We hold that life begins at conception, something which Joe Biden states that he believes also. Pelosi has no idea what she is taling about, trying to refer to St. Augustine. Where is her degree in theology. This truth has existed in the faith for 2000 years. If you cannot respect life at it most elemental, what good are all your so-called programs. Also, I think it shows a degree of arrogance to want to kill a child, while you so smugly enjoy your own existence. Whether you will admit it or not, Barack Obama fought the bill that would aid those children born as a result of a botched abortion. He promotes infanticide, not a very messianic stance to take.

Also, you need to speak to those children who find out that their sibling(s) was aborted. They wonder, why not me?

It is NOT the woman’s body. She is carrying a body within. These arguments are a case of misguided compassion. The situation of Down’s Syndrome children was brought to light in an episode of Quincyt ME, A doctor allowed a Down’s Syndrome child to die in this episode, and Dr. Quincy discovered that it was an abvious case of murder. In this episode there were children with that syndrome, acting and it was brought to light that they are not only trainable, but educable as well. Life goes on had a Down’s Child who was mainstremed in school and played a character named Corky Thatcher. These children are loving, and good-natured and have a RIGHT TO LIFE!! Trouble is that feminists don’t want to be bothered. Don’t want that less thsn perfect child. Baby Louise, the test tube baby blew a big part of Roe V. Wade, because she proved that the fertilized egg could be viable in a test tube as opposed to the womb. That was a huge point in R V W., fetal viability. It is easy to be smug when your parent chose your life.

And, just for your information the Vatican spoke out against the Iraq war.

Posted by dana | Report as abusive

Part of the scandals of the Church arose out of the 60s and being told by the APA (American Psycholigical Association) that behaviors could be rehabilitated. Why do you think that we are still fighting against sexual predators. Just look at the issues with Vermont not passing Jessica’s law.

Plus let us put abortion into a more recognizable perspective. Take the Kennedy family for example. Their sister Rosemary was born simple, I hate the word retarded. Her father had her lobotomized and made things much worse. Yet, she did give joy to her family in her simplicity. What if Rose Kennedy took the option to abort her, knowing how her daughter would suffer.
Segue to John F. Kennedy. His Addison’s disease was kept a secret. We now have ways to identify the gene that identifies the disease. If Joe and Rose Kennedy knew, and that the disease would elaborate at the age of 13 in John Kennedy, they might have chosen to abort him, so that he would not have to suffer. And, lastly Ted Kennedy, the ninth child. What if Rose said to Joe, “We already have 8 kids and I don’t want another baby, I am getting too old, don’t want morning sickness, don’t want to get fat again. Then, where would we be?

Abortion is just a matter of women, relegating their children to the nature of a product. The abortion result is referred to as the products of conception, no Janey, Tiffany, Dave, but a product. And they are referred to as “Therapeutic abortions”. How is saline burning a child, therapeutic? And for whom? Or, shredding the curretage through curretage? The neural tube is developed in the 1th week. I gurantee you that the child feels pain. Plus partial-birth abortion. The child is delivered breach, feet first, which is a way that many woman died in childbirth in the past. Then the child in removed and the brain is crushed. Pleasant, huh.

Women need to grow up and afford their children the same rights that they fought for. That screeching argument that it is my body is idiotic. The whole thing in a nutshell is that they do not WANT the child. The sexual revolution of the 60s had led to irresponsible adults. we went from a mere 5 STDs to a whopping 28! For those of you: that is sexually transmitted diseases. How about teaching your children some personal responsibility? How about the baby boomers getting off the acid and acting more mature.

After 9/11, people went back to Church because they found solace in their faith. Maybe we need to act like every day is 9/11, because you never know when you are going to need God.

Posted by tick | Report as abusive

This is my problem with organized religion. You must accept dogma or you really aren’t a real or practicing member of that faith. Given the Catechism of the Catholic church is about two inches thick (last I saw it) that is a lot to swallow while suspending your own mental processes.

When are we going to quit letting everyone else (church, government, commercials with lots of boobies etc., corporations, political parties) do all of our thinking for us?

Personally I think the people singled out should simply quit the Church. Much cleaner and more honest.

Posted by Bob D. | Report as abusive

If people can start leaving unwanted babies at church doors knowing they’ll be taken in and fed, go for it.

You think you can force Mommy and Daddy to take good care of a child if they do not wish to do so?

Unfortunatly, more cases that not, what will happen is that the child will be murdered by their parents after a while anyway.

No? What parent could do that? Children are killed by parents every day… Homicide is one of the leading causes of death of children under age four.

So make them give birth and give them the choice to sin first.

Posted by Jus'saying | Report as abusive

Homicide is one of the leading causes of death of children under age four.

Posted by Jus'saying | Report as abusive

John Adams said it best

“Our Constitution was made only for a religious and moral people. It is wholly inadequate for the government of any other.”

It is both a good thing and a sad thing that the Catholic Church speaks alone on moral ssues when there is a deafening silence from all other quarters. Killing a child because you cannot enact enough self control or have such a lax moral compass is beyond discusting. People in the country want to scream about freedom but are silent and resentful of the tradeoff that must occour, responsibility.

Posted by Andrew | Report as abusive

Same argument was used to justify slavery.

The “I’m personally against it, but I can’t impose my views on those who do” is getting old – centuries old.

Posted by Gladys | Report as abusive

At least they dont choose child molesters and rapists over their victims.

At best he is nothing more than a hypocrite.

Posted by Vince | Report as abusive

So, how about this: let\’s actually implement Catholic social teaching across the board and not just on abortion ?

For libs this means no abortion, no gay rights

For cons this means no big military all over the world just one at home for defense, no executions and tax rates plus government intervention in the market like nobody\’s business in the name of social justice.

For all no sex outside of marriage, no contraceptives plus a return to the office of the censor and the guardian of the public morals to make sure that all media and arts pass moral muster. In addition, say bye bye to sunday shopping. You will be searched for porn and contraceptives on the way into the country, mass will be televised at least once a week, catholic church figures will be major celebrities and appear on the serious talk shows, and the angelus will be on thrice daily at the appropriate times. Why we might even estabilish facilities where the wayward women could work off their sins in this life….

How many of you want to sign up for all of this because this is what it means to live in a fully Catholic country ?

If we are to implement Catholic social teaching, let’s implement it wholesale or leave it out totally.

Posted by borderjumper | Report as abusive

Nice, lots of ‘intellectuals’ on this thread. The absurdity of comments from both sides is pretty high. I’m glad the average ‘internet messenger’ doesn’t represent the views of average Americans.

Posted by Mark | Report as abusive

Interesting… Somehow the Vatican is able to overlook the party that lied us and our allies into a senseless war that killed tens of thousands of innocent Iraqis and thousands of Americans and coalition troops… Yet it’s the Democrats that they choose to demonize.

Posted by Frank | Report as abusive

The anti-Catholic lies in these posts are appalling-especially in regard to the Holocaust. If they bothered to read books, like historian, Rabbi David Dalin’s book on Pope PiusXII and how the Church SAVED thousands of Jews from the Nazi’s. But I guess it’s easier to check scan those Jack Chikk tracts anti Catholic websites for their sources.

Posted by Veronica | Report as abusive

I never thought I’d live to see the day when the RCC actually started censuring American Catholic politicians for ignoring RCC doctrine. It looks like our new Pope Benedict has the spine that I kept thinking that the last one would find. I’m Lutheran, not Catholic, but good on him all the same. It’s about time the RCC started cleaning house. It will be better for it.

Posted by plaasjaapie | Report as abusive

Why doesn’t the one true cult excommunicate these politicians then? Are they leaders of the one true fairy tale cowards?

Posted by Tito | Report as abusive

Nothing angers a Democrat more than someone exposing their true views on an issue…

Two incredibly difficult and morally challenging issues: abortion and embryo research.

In response, what do you get from Democrats? A mantra (It’s just a choice…It’s just a choice…It’s just a choice…)

When you crush a 7 month-old baby’s skull and then use a vaccuum to pull his body out of his mother’s womb, that’s not a “choice.”

When you leave a helpless infant who has just survived an abortion lying in a linen closet, slowly dying, alone and unloved, that’s not a “choice.”

In our hearts we all know what it is.

It’s pure evil.

And it’s THE DEFINING POSITION of the left’s choice for president: Barack Obama.

Posted by stickety | Report as abusive

Nice to see the hopelessly partisan bigots are out in force.

Abortion is prohibited clearly by the Roman Catholic Church’s teachings on human life. Support for at-will abortion is seen as a clear moral violation without room for differing opinions on the life or value of an unborn child. It is an issue restricted exclusively to Faith and Morals.

War is not. The invasion of Afghanistan was not protested by the Vatican. The Holy See did venture forth a geo-political opinion that war against Saddam Hussein did not meet the criteria of a just war. It was not, however, judged to be a clear moral violation and Catholics are understood to have differing opinions on the Geo-Political realities leading up to operation Iraqi Freedom (rather than Faith and Morals).

As long as the Democratic Party puts Abortion-at-Will as a plank on its platform it will have to deal with the scorn of the Roman Catholic Church and the Church’s rebukes against politicians who claim to be Catholic and then misrepresent Church Teachings on Abortion or vote contrary to the moral stance of the Church on Abortion.

Posted by Marty Lund | Report as abusive

I look at it as one less dem in the world.

Posted by Jim-Chicago | Report as abusive

Sometimes I wonder why I am not Catholic. Their leaders take stands on issues that some protestants would not touch. I respect them for standing up for Church doctrine.

Posted by Robert | Report as abusive

I think it is a shame that such hateful speech is tolerated. I cannot wait until we can put these people, and the Republicant’s into internment camps for re-education when Obama wins next month.
Our country will be perfect when will elminate the ones who spread hate, and try to undermine our values from abroad.

Posted by Big Gay Frank | Report as abusive

Abortion will go down in history as a crime against humanity, worse than any other. To destory a human in it’s own motehr’s womb is the height of terror.

Posted by Doc | Report as abusive

Peaceful purposes Mike? I have some beachfront property for sale in Colorado, interested?

Posted by pjc | Report as abusive

Is it so hard to either keep it in your pants, keep it out of your pants, put on a sheath, or pop a pill – instead of killing a kid? What the hell is the matter with people? Why not just kill anybody cause you are lazy? WTF people!

Posted by Eddie | Report as abusive

Wow, there are some great responses in here, especially for a link from the drudge report. I never thought I’d here about “Corky” again. My favorite episode was when he was a rapper and he sang, “Fight The Power,” by Public Enemy. Corky rules

Posted by Steve | Report as abusive

Catholic Leadership is asleep at the altar. 35 YEARS of this outright friend of satan feed, and now they dibble babble, “Scussey, scussey pweaze. Um, maybe, if it would be all right with you all, could we probably, suggest we might ask that you think about maybe not or maybe so, auh, well, its just that Catholics aren’t supportive of abortion, and maybe, you as a strong Catholic politician who votes in favor of every murder stateside and beyond in the womb war, shhhhhh, did I say …..? well, just think about it.”

Yeah, we got ‘cha, C-Leadership. JOKE!!! Thanks for NOTHING! Lord Have Mercy on Us ALL. Over It!

Thank God for ArchBishop Burke!!! It is wonderful to see
a Bishop speak out and defend Church teaching – especially to defend Our Lord in the Eucharist. We are seeing now that more and more Cardinals, Bishops, etc. are speaking out because of the courageous stand of this Bishop, one of the heroes of out time!