It irritates me to no end that Mass intentions at my church NEVER addresses the horror of abortion for fear of upsetting Catholic Democrats - most likely representing the majority in attendance. This is Davison, Michigan after all, the birthplace of that slovenly propagandist film hack, Michael Moore. Instead, Mass intentions stick to generic and supposedly non-controversial messages, like "Peace on Earth" and "a chicken in every pot", but still manages to do it in such a way as to always give me the impression everyone around me is winking and nodding knowingly for more socialism - as if THAT would help the poor.
But is Nancy Pelosi right in stating that the Church is undecided on this issue? Not according to San Francisco Archbishop Niederauer, who responded to Pelosi that "Authentic moral teaching is based on objective truth, not polling." Melanie Morgan blogs her interpretation: "It turns out that stabbing unborn babies in the head and suctioning out their brains isn't exactly what the Catholic Church has in mind when it teaches its pro-life position."
Me: "Not even hypothetically to an infant Michael Moore?"
Conscience: "Not even."
Me: "Boy, talk about testing one's convictions on a subject."
I guess some Catholics are Democrats because they feel there is some kind of moral equivalence between abortion and - say, tax rates. Government sponsored health care. The freakin' environment. A so-called "unjust war".
Rev. Dwight Longenecker argues that Abortion and the Iraq War Are Not Equivalent.
People of good conscience may be opposed to a war they consider unjust. They may also be opposed to abortion, but to pretend the two are of equal moral culpability in order to justify their support of one particular candidate is irresponsible, untrue, and unjust.
My 8th grader just brought a graded paper home from school. The students were asked to write a paragraph on who they supported for President, and why. My son wrote: "Vote for McCain if you respect human life. Across the country, people are debating about which candidate should be elected as our next President. John McCain fought in Vietnam behind enemy lines, so he has the experience. He also is trying to reverse Roe V. Wade. Finally, he will lower taxes, helping the economy. Therefore, you should vote for McCain."
The teacher attached a sticky note stating, "Like you, I tend to value experience and pro-life philosophy over a handsome face that says little of import."
That made my day. Sending him all the way to Flint to be exposed to teachers with TRUE Catholic values is well worth the tuition.
Good video on this topic via Hot Air.