I have been a Democrat and a Catholic all of my life. The Democrat party has paralleled the profound social justice teachings of the Roman Catholic Church in many ways. The defense of the poor, the immigrant, the non-combatant in war and the person in need of health care have been Democrat doctrine and Catholic dogma. Opposition to Capital Punishment has been a Democrat platform plank and an article of the New Catholic Catechism.
Catholic denunciation of abortion and Democrat defense of a woman's right to choose has been the moral controversy over which the two groups have failed to reach communion. No doubt this is a serious diversion from the central beliefs of both and no small matter.
However this reader finds the decision of some US Catholic Bishops to selectively single out the new Democrat leadership of the nation on the abortion issue to be the worst in "cafeteria Catholicism". The very shepherds who have been silent or at best only murmurred in hushed tones about an administration that has been the purveyor of torture, civilian war casualties and the vetoer of children's health care, suddenly find their prophetic voices. They speak out against a national movement that has manifested a sign of the Catholic vision of racial equality in their own pastoral letter " Brothers and Sisters of Us All" and promises conformity to much of Catholic social teaching.
This is in my opinion is the worst of single issue politics and narrow religious bias. Signed, Theo Logian, Catolicus
It is not often that AssFrFred gets such a literate and intelligent letter. Most of my mail is prurient, perverted or pornographic just like me. Is it possible that this was sent to the wrong internet religious journalist? But since your pearls have ended in my swine trough, allow me to try a response.
First of all get your head out of the clouds and your ass off the ivory tower. Just look at the names of the US Catholic Sheep Herders that have attacked Obama-Biden: Martino, Naumann, George, Egan. These are clearly the surnames of the solid block of old generation white immigrant racists. Their fathers competed with blacks for jobs and taught them to be H8-ers. If they were normal progressive people they would have got married and raised some kids, left the backward church and found some happinessas I suspect you have.
Instead they plied their troth with a dying institution in which they could rise to power by competing with other less competent single white celibates who long to live in all male communities and wear dresses in public ceremonies. Do you really think is about faith and reason?
PS If you ever wish to backslide and find some TLC in the arms of holy mother church's perverted clergy, I suspect you know where to find me...