Enough of this "big tent" Catholicism from the party with little room for pro-lifers.
Late last month, 55 Catholic Democrats from the House of Representatives released what they termed a "historic" Catholic Statement of Principles. In substance the statement seeks to reconcile the support for abortion embraced by the Democratic Party with Catholic social teaching and a "consistent moral framework for life."
This statement has been salt in an already festering wound for Catholic Democrats estranged from their party by its ever more entrenched pro-abortion platform. It is a position that has caused Catholics, especially practicing Catholics, to trickle away from the Democratic Party. Over the past years, pro-life Democrats have systematically been culled out of positions of importance in the party, and the official platform has come to mirror the mission statements of NARAL and Planned Parenthood. The idea of pro-life Democrats has now become something of an oxymoron, except in rare cases, like that of Pennsylvania, where the party begrudgingly trots out a pro-life candidate as the only possible way to defeat a strong pro-life Republican. This is especially disingenuous, given that the candidate's own father, Robert Casey Sr., was denied permission to speak at the 1992 Democratic National Convention because of his pro-life stance.
Father Thomas D. Williams, LC, is dean of the theology school at Rome's Regina Apostolorum University where he teaches Catholic Social Doctrine, and is a Vatican Analyst for NBC News and MSNBC.
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