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Monday, February 23, 2009

American Papist Corrects Kmiec, Once Again

I was pleased with how the Vatican handled the "ardent, practicing Catholic" Nancy Pelosi last week when she visited the Pope. First, the Vatican indirectly and diplomatically chastised Pelosi for her pro-abortion stance. Second, the Vatican made sure no photo-ops were taken, which could later be used by Pelosi to boost her Catholic credibility.

Now our old friend Doug Kmiec is at it again. Kmiec has written an article in Time on the Pelosi story, not discussing the implications of being a pro-abortion politician and a Catholic, which would be the natural commentary to this story. (I wonder whether Kmiec is dodging this issue because it would reveal the weaknesses in his position that "Obama's policies are Catholic and pro-life.") Instead, Kmiec jumped on the Vatican statement as being a radical call for Catholic judges to betray their oaths upholding the written law and to legislate from the bench.

Well, Kmiec's criticisms of the Vatican are entirely unmerited. American Papist absolutely embarrasses Kmiec by pointing out that the Vatican never made any such radical claim, and that Kmiec needs to check the original Italian text before conjuring up such criticisms out of thin air. And why is Kmiec still being called on to offer thoughtful commentary?

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