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Tuesday, March 14, 2006

What the Bishops Should Have Said

On March 1, 2006, I commented on the Catholic Statement of Principles issued by 55 Catholic Democrats from the House of Representatives.

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops ("USCCB") issued their response here, which was critiqued by Diogenes here.

Today at NRO, Fr. Thomas Williams, LC, offered his critique of the House Democrats' Statement. Fr. Williams' strong rebuttal is everything that the Bishop's tepid response is not. Here's a sample from Fr. Williams' piece:

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All the typical rhetoric is in the "Statement": talk of a "safety net" for those who are "most in need," a commitment to advance "respect for life" and the "dignity of every human being," and of course, protection for "the most vulnerable among us." Unfortunately it is precisely the most vulnerable among us -- voiceless unborn children -- whom the Catholics of the party have sacrificed on the altar of Moloch. If the party would only take its own rhetoric seriously, then the most important social-justice issue of our day would command center stage. There is no indication of that happening any time soon. As a result, Catholics who would otherwise be sympathetic to the Democratic Party reluctantly find themselves obliged to abandon it.

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