Skip to comments.Deadly Dozen senator taken to task over claims of Catholicism
Posted on 04/24/2003 10:43:55 AM PDT by topher
According to the Weekly Standard and later echoed on MSNBC's Joe Scarborough Show, Sen. Tom Daschle a member of American Life League's Deadly Dozen has been sent a letter from his home diocese of Sioux Falls informing him he can no longer publicly identify himself as a member of the Catholic Church because of his unrepentant support of abortion and other pro-death legislation. "The recent actions involving Daschle are totally in agreement with the teachings of the Catholic Church and make crystal clear the point of our Deadly Dozen ad: you cannot be Catholic and pro-abortion," said Judie Brown, president of American Life League.
Responding to the Weekly Standard article, both the bishop of Sioux Falls, His Excellency Robert Carlson, and Sen. Daschle refused to discuss what was supposed to be a private matter between the two men. Bishop Carlson has made clear that such a grave concern must be handled privately and should not be open to the scrutiny of the public. "We respect Bishop Carlson and his attempt to deal privately with the senator. It would truly add insult to injury if anyone in Sen. Daschle's office had anything to do with releasing private information to the media," said Brown. "It is obvious that Bishop Carlson takes his responsibility as a shepherd of the Church very seriously. We hope more bishops will follow his courageous example, and that Catholics across America will be awakened to the hypocrisy of those who go to Mass on Sunday and vote to destroy innocent life on Monday."
The Crusade's original "Deadly Dozen" ad which featured 12 pro-abortion, "Catholic" senators helped to bring Daschle's schizophrenic behavior to the forefront of the public debate. The Crusade for the Defense of Our Catholic Church, a project of American Life League, was established to defend and protect the integrity of the Catholic Church's doctrine from those politicians, organizations and public figures that seek to publicly undermine or abuse it.