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To: xsmommy; redgirlinabluestate; cpforlife.org

Put your waders on - it’s deep.

Catholics ‘don’t understand alternatives to abortion.’

Oh, and Obama shows great humility. I swear someone zapped half the country with mind numbing rays.


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In this, there is no effort to address underlying cause and certainly no extension of empathy with the poverty or the ignorance or the cruelty that may lie behind the morally tragic contemplation of a woman to take the life of her own child. And with the Catholic mind so totally closed to alternative means to reduce abortion, it then often remains closed to every aspect of the social justice teaching of the Catholic tradition – whether it be providing a living wage, decent shelter, adequate prenatal care or the preservation of the created environment.

If we are to follow the model of Pastor Warren’s “civil forum,” as Catholics we need to undertake to address abortion in its full social justice context and in as great a spirit of charity and friendship as remains possible in American politics. John McCain told us what we wanted to hear. It is less clear he told us what we needed to know to open the Catholic mind – not to the acceptance of evil, but to its amelioration by means other than condemnation.



18 posted on 08/18/2008 5:43:55 PM PDT by Canticle_of_Deborah
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To: Canticle_of_Deborah

as you and i have discussed, i want an explanation from him. i would be BEATING IT OUT OF HIM, were he my friend! LOL!~
i could not let it rest. it is one thing if he decided, in the quiet of his soul, to vote for obama, but he is putting himself out there as a posterboy for a democrat Catholic and giving cover to otherwise faithful Catholics who would want to vote for obama. it is an abomination and he has to be called to account for this.


21 posted on 08/18/2008 5:47:57 PM PDT by xsmommy
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To: Canticle_of_Deborah

Sounded to me like Kmiec said the Catholic position is supposed to be somewhere neat appeasement. Ok, Doug.


27 posted on 08/18/2008 6:14:09 PM PDT by Norman Bates (Freepmail me to be part of the McCain List!)
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To: Canticle_of_Deborah
This is mind-boggling to those of us who know Doug or have followed his career. Doug's support of Obama and his nuanced analysis on abortion is one of the biggest disappointments of this entire election season (you know the other one!). ;-)

I think Doug and others like him are terribly misguided when they include social concerns like racism, immigration and health care under the "culture of life" umbrella. That's not a fatal flaw, in and of itself, until they elevate those causes to the same level of importance as the abortion issue. It's clear that they are sadly confused when they find a moral equivalence between their positions on those other social justice issues and the non-negotiable right to life.

45 posted on 08/18/2008 11:48:37 PM PDT by redgirlinabluestate
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