Every hour, it seems, another bishop registers a comment or complaint about the comments made by Sen. Joe Biden or House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on abortion.
The latest came out this afternoon: the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops finds the matter of politicians commenting - inaccurately they say - on matters of Catholicism and abortion a serious enough manner to merit a place on the agenda of their annual meeting in Baltimore. Their statement is here.
Sounds like they have had it with politicians “misrepresenting” Catholic teaching, as they put it. For those of you who’ve been on Mars for the past three weeks, all the fuss is about an Aug. 24 interview Mrs. Pelosi had on “Meet the Press” where she made several remarks about church teaching and abortion that lit lots of fires. Eleven bishops at last count put out manifestos criticizing her and setting the record straight for their flocks.
One would think that pro-choice Catholic politicians would avoid “Meet the Press,” but no, on Sept. 7, Sen. Biden appeared and made more remarks on abortion and faith that got the bishops going again. See this letter, released today by Tulsa Bishop Edward Slattery for a typical reaction.
Although yours truly had a story this morning about an very irate response to remarks made on Sunday by Mr. Biden on abortion and Catholic doctrine, it was already out of date. Turns out the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops released a statement later the day before chastising the Delaware senator. Not to be outdone, Washington Archbishop Donald Wuerl sent a letter to his priests about the Biden kerfuffle Tuesday afternoon that took the more scholarly route of explaining by the senator’s read on St. Thomas Aquinas is faulty.
And I’m sure I’ve missed several bishops’ comments. In April, Pope Benedict told the American bishops to use their positions as public platforms to broadcast Catholic teaching and as entrees into the public square. Well, they’re sure doing it now.
Anyway, the date for the annual USCCB gathering is Nov. 10-13. That sure is going to fill up the press galleries.
— By Julia Duin, assistant national editor/religion, The Washington Times