- The Washington Times - Friday, September 12, 2008

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Bishop Robert C. Morlino put aside his prepared notes at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Madison, Wis., last Sunday to preach on politics (“Wisconsin bishop joins critics of Biden, Pelosi,” Nation, Wednesday). Bishop Morlino has joined the chorus of Catholic prelates criticizing Sen. Joseph R. Biden Jr. and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for supporting abortion rights. As he put it in The Washington Times, “This [sermon] is not because they are Democrats… it’s because they claim to be Catholic.”

Denver Archbishop Charles J. Chaput - an ardent pro-life Catholic - was not invited to speak at the Democratic convention last month. In short, Catholic politicians who willingly inveigh against the teachings of the Church raise serious questions about their integrity - especially during an election year. If Americans are truly concerned about protecting the unborn, many voters will have second thoughts about electing public officials - Catholic and non-Catholic alike - who have departed from the principles of their faith. As Archbishop Chaput and Denver Auxiliary Bishop James D. Conley put it in a letter: “Although NBC probably didn’t intend it, ‘Meet the Press’ has become a national window on the flawed moral reasoning of some Catholic public servants.”

BRIAN STUCKEY

Denver

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There are four Catholic dioceses in the state of Kansas. Their bishops jointly came out with a statement telling all Catholics in Kansas that they cannot in good conscience vote for political candidates who are pro-abortion. They did not mention candidates by name, but they did say that Catholics must follow informed Catholic consciences. Historically, most Catholics voted the Democratic Party line, but today the bishops are telling their people that voting a strict party line is no longer an option. This is powerful news, because if Catholics listen to their bishops, they will sink Democratic politicians.

ANTHONY LUTZ

Vienna

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