Monday, October 6, 2008

Democrats Are Loosing The Catholic Battle

A Fight Among Catholics Over Which Party Best Reflects Church Teachings

As the Roman Catholic Church observes its annual “respect life” Sunday in this heated presidential election season, the unusually pitched competition for Catholic voters is setting off a round of skirmishes over how to apply the church’s teachings not only on abortion but also on the war in Iraq, immigration and racism.

In a departure from previous elections, Democrats and liberal Catholic groups are waging a fight within the church, arguing that the Democratic Party better reflects the full spectrum of church teachings.

It is a contest for credibility among observant Catholics, with each faction describing itself as a defender of “life.” The two sides disagree over how to address the “intrinsic evil” of abortion.

The escalating efforts by more-liberal Catholics are provoking a vigorous backlash from some bishops and the right.

In Scranton, Pa., every Catholic attending Mass this weekend will hear a special homily about the election next month: Bishop Joseph Martino has ordered every priest in the diocese to read a letter warning that voting for a supporter of abortion rights amounts to endorsing “homicide.”

Read the full piece in the NY Times (here) .

Priests For Life (here)

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

even if we lose the election, if the majority of Catholics refuse to vote for Obama, then we will have a voctory of sorts.

Keep the faith!
MJ Anderson