Tim Byrnes, a political science professor at Colgate University whose books include "Catholic Bishops in American Politics," agreed that U.S. bishops have long been seen as above the partisan fray, in part because their agenda had elements that overlapped both parties.
In recent decades, their opposition to abortion and same-sex marriage lined up with the GOP, while opposition to the death penalty and support of immigration reform and the social safety net put them in good stead with Democrats.
However, Byrnes said: "I think it's without doubt that they are in the process of squandering that special position or role in American politics. The danger is that they'll be seen as social conservatives in league with a political party whose views on economic issues are not ones that the bishops share. ... That doesn't strike me as a particularly good way of protecting the long-term viability of the church as a participant in American policy debates."
Tim Byrnes has his head up his butt if he thinks that the American bishops are going to ignore Obama's FORCING of abortion/contraception as "health" mandates. But, Byrnes is part of America's media which hates Christianity, ESPECIALLY Catholicism and evangelicals.
"special position" my aunt fanny!! What a jerk.
“Jerk” may be too kind.
This article is a case-study in cart-before-the-horse arguments, not least of which is the underlying notion that anyone but the bishops (on behalf of the pope) has the right or privilege of dictating what courses the Church may take in its own defense. The author writes that the Church’s “partisanship” happens to manifest itself in an election year without so much as a tip of the hat to what ignited that partisanship. He further neglects to recognize that this particular ‘partisanship’ happens to coincide with both the Church’s religious interests and support for the First Amendment. If that’s partisanship, God help us.
posted on 06/13/2012 7:26:15 AM PDT
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