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NARAL Catholics Line Up for Obama
Wall Street Journal ^ | June 24, 2008 | William McGurn

Posted on 06/24/2008 2:50:31 AM PDT by Zakeet

You are the Democratic candidate for president. You want to reach out to Catholics. So what do you do when the majority of the elected officials on your National Catholic Advisory Council have the seal of approval from NARAL Pro-Choice America?

That's the position Barack Obama now finds himself in. A few months ago, his Catholic advisory council was announced with great enthusiasm, and Sen. Bob Casey (D., Pa.) was listed as a national co-chair. His appearance at the top of the council sent a clear message: This campaign is determined to recover some of the lost Democratic sheep who have gravitated to the GOP over abortion.

This council does indeed include some Catholics whose pro-life credentials are impeccable, including Minnesota Congressman James Oberstar. But let us also stipulate the obvious: Of the 21 senators, congressmen and governors listed on the council's National Leadership Committee, 17 have a 90%-100% NARAL approval rating. Even Mr. Casey now enjoys a 65% NARAL approval rating.

It's not as if these NARAL scores are outliers: Sen. Obama himself boasts a 100% NARAL rating, and for good reason. In a speech before Planned Parenthood, he declared that the right to an abortion is at stake in this election, and vowed that he would not yield on appointing judges that would uphold Roe v. Wade.

Mr. Obama is for using tax dollars to fund abortions, and against restrictions on partial-birth abortion. In the Illinois Senate, he voted against legislation protecting a child who was born alive despite an abortion. In sum, if you want to know what Mr. Obama's policies mean, it's this: taxpayer-funded abortion on demand.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2008election; abortion; catholic; catholicvote; naral; obama; oxymoron; proaborts; religiousleft

Catholics for Obama?

1 posted on 06/24/2008 2:50:32 AM PDT by Zakeet
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To: Zakeet

Sure, why not? Jews, too.

2 posted on 06/24/2008 2:53:41 AM PDT by Past Your Eyes (You knew the job was dangerous when you took it.)
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To: Past Your Eyes

Why not schmucks for OBAMA!

3 posted on 06/24/2008 2:58:51 AM PDT by wmileo (I miss Ronald Wilson Reagan. POTUS #40)
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To: Zakeet

There is no gray area in the Catholic teaching on abortion. Casey and the rest of them can say whatever they want for political reasons, but they are either Catholic or they are not. Can’t have it both ways.

4 posted on 06/24/2008 2:58:59 AM PDT by ishabibble (ALL-AMERICAN INFIDEL)
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To: Zakeet

I honestly don’t see how any Catholic could support him. It will be interesting to see how this plays out.

5 posted on 06/24/2008 3:30:53 AM PDT by livius
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To: Zakeet

NARAL Catholics... That’s like Jack Daniels drinking tee-totalers.

6 posted on 06/24/2008 3:42:23 AM PDT by AmericaUnited
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To: ishabibble

Casey does have it both ways. He enjoys having his fathers reputation attached to his own political star. Casey claims pro life ideals but he is far from it. He is an opportunist with a popular father. He milks it every election.

7 posted on 06/24/2008 3:45:15 AM PDT by oldironsides
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To: oldironsides

Has Bishop James Clifford Timlin of the Catholic Diocese of Scranton who is a supporter of Casey Jr. ever spoke out about his Pro Abortion Protege?

8 posted on 06/24/2008 4:33:42 AM PDT by ethics
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To: ethics

Why would he after (most likely) the generous donation casey made to his diocese? Why wont the Archbishop of Boston discipline Kerry or Kennedy? You dont think it has anything to do with donations, do you?

The Roman Catholic Church has evolved into the oldest, and most profitable mutlinational corporation.

9 posted on 06/24/2008 4:38:22 AM PDT by slapshot (""USAF- when you absolutely, positively need it delivered on target, on time, right away)
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To: Zakeet

“Even Mr. Casey now enjoys a 65% NARAL approval rating.”
How many dunces voted for this scumbag over Santorum and his 92% ACU rating, because they were soooooooooo offended by foley and cunningham and ney and oh let’s not forget spending. Yes zipperheads you made your point, now sit on it.

10 posted on 06/24/2008 4:44:39 AM PDT by jmaroneps37 (Conservatism is truth. Liberalism is lies.)
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To: slapshot

Is there any Catholic Politician who promoted the Pro Life Agenda with more vigor and dedication that Senator Rick Santorum?

How many honorary degrees has Senator Rick Santorum ever received at Catholic Universities?

11 posted on 06/24/2008 4:45:33 AM PDT by ethics
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To: livius

No orthodox Catholic will support Obama. Given his position on the lives of the unborn, which is considered a GRAVE wrong, no Catholic should ever vote for Obama in this election.

12 posted on 06/24/2008 4:51:30 AM PDT by SumProVita ("Cogito ergo sum pro vita." .....updated Descartes)
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To: slapshot

“The Roman Catholic Church has evolved into the oldest, and most profitable mutlinational corporation.”

No, it has not. However, there are many who call themselves Catholic and there are some clergy who do not follow the teachings of the Church and who do not have the intimate relationship with Christ that they should have. St. Augustine once said that the floor of hell is paved with the sculls of bishops.

The teachings of the Church, however, have not changed....nowr will they.

13 posted on 06/24/2008 4:56:03 AM PDT by SumProVita ("Cogito ergo sum pro vita." .....updated Descartes)
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To: Zakeet

I’ve always found it interesting that you could lay claim to being a man of God while at the same time be supportive of killing babies in the womb.

I wonder what God thinks of that?

14 posted on 06/24/2008 5:05:20 AM PDT by reagan_fanatic (This tagline is completely naked - STOP STARING!)
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To: jmaroneps37

Santorum received some strong criticism on this site for his support of Specter in the primary v. Toomey. I suspect that constituted a small but not insignificant contribution to his loss. Santorum became a primary target of the gay lobby that used its vast resources to assure his defeat.

15 posted on 06/24/2008 5:17:41 AM PDT by EDINVA (Proud American for 23,062 days.... and counting!)
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To: AmericaUnited

NARAL Catholics is a great phrase. It rings like “limousine liberal”.

Pelosi, Mikulski (my senator), Kennedy come quickly to mind.

16 posted on 06/24/2008 5:30:25 AM PDT by maica (Peace is the Aftermath of Victory)
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To: Zakeet

Pardon my French but WTF is a NARAL Catholic? There can be hardly a more repulsive misappropriation of the Catholic term!

17 posted on 06/24/2008 5:42:38 AM PDT by newzjunkey (Obama will dismantle America and remake it as his marxist paradise.)
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To: maica

Just watch when TED Kennedy dies, you will see all of the Catholic Cardinals, Archbishops, Bishops, priest and other Clery come to praise this leading proponent of abortion.

It appears that the Catholic hierarchy have more time for the PRO ABORTION CATHOLIC and ignore the PRO LIFE CATHOLICS like Senator Rick Santorum!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

18 posted on 06/24/2008 6:29:05 AM PDT by ethics
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To: Zakeet
Pro-abortion Catholics? No such thing.

Once you announce you're pro-abortion in public, you're no longer Catholic. Latae Sententiae, baby.
19 posted on 06/24/2008 6:44:45 AM PDT by Antoninus (Every second spent bashing McCain is time that could be spent helping Conservatives downticket.)
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To: Antoninus
Pro-abortion Catholics? No such thing.

Pro-abortion Christians? No such thing. That is what a pastor once said.

"I don't know how anyone can attend a church on Sunday, and vote for a democrat the following Tuesday."

20 posted on 06/24/2008 9:15:07 AM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (A vote for any Democrat from BO on down the ticket is a vote for $10 a gallon gas.)
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To: Zakeet
These are Catholics in Name ONLY! Read Catholics will not vote for Obama!

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21 posted on 06/24/2008 5:19:30 PM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: SumProVita

**No orthodox Catholic will support Obama.**

Totally right!

22 posted on 06/24/2008 5:20:33 PM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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enter the Table of Contents of the Catechism of the Catholic Church here

1: CCC Search Result - Paragraph # 2271  (618 bytes )  preview document matches
1 Since the first century the Church has affirmed the moral evil of every procured abortion. This teaching has not changed and remains unchangeable. Direct abortion,

2: CCC Search Result - Paragraph # 2272  (580 bytes )  preview document matches
2 Formal cooperation in an abortion constitutes a grave offense. The Church attaches the canonical penalty of excommunication to this crime against human life. "A

3: CCC Search Result - Paragraph # 2322  (290 bytes )  preview document matches
2 From its conception, the child has the right to life. Direct abortion, that is, abortion willed as an end or as a means, is a "criminal" practice (GS 27 § 3),

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gravely opposed to the moral law when this is done with the thought of possibly inducing an abortion, depending upon the results: a diagnosis must not be the equivalent

23 posted on 06/24/2008 5:22:19 PM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: Salvation

How I do wish the leaders of the Church would put into practice what they preach. Any supposed Catholic politician who endorses, advocates, or promotes abortion ought be denied participation in Communion. It is a scandal to the Church that this “grave offense” is not treated as such.

24 posted on 06/24/2008 5:33:14 PM PDT by Robwin
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To: Robwin

Agree with you. And more and more bishops are stepping up to the plate to do just as you suggested.

25 posted on 06/24/2008 9:41:10 PM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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