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  • Douglas Kmiec Back to Defending Pro-Abortion Obama to Catholics

    11/23/2011 8:39:23 AM PST · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    Life Site News ^ | 11/22/11 | Steven Ertelt
    There he goes again. Embattled Catholic law professor and former Obama ambassador to Malta, Douglas Kmiec, is back defending the pro-abortion president to Catholics, this time over conscience issues. Writing in the National Catholic Reporter today, Kmiec essentially tells Catholics to get over the fact that the Obama administration is dangerously close to adopting new Obamacare rules that will require insurance companies and religious organizations to pay for insurance that will cover birth control, contraception, and drugs that can sometimes cause abortions. Without saying so directly, Kmiec essentially takes on the Catholic bishops and their argument that the Obama administration...
  • Doug Kmiec Gets Religion [Finally!]

    05/18/2011 10:42:33 PM PDT · by Salvation · 16 replies
    CatholicExchange.com ^ | May 18th, 2011 | Dr. Paul Kengor
    Doug Kmiec Gets Religion May 18th, 2011 by Dr. Paul KengorIn 2008, Professor Doug Kmiec was the poster-child for Catholics supporting Barack Obama’s presidential bid. Call it a triumph of “social justice” over pro-life conviction. Kmiec was a public voice among professing Roman Catholics who voted Obama president. It was fitting that among Obama’s very first moves, done literally as pro-lifers were leaving the annual March for Life, was an executive order ensuring that taxpayer dollars went to Planned Parenthood International.More recently, President Obama drew a line in the sand in the budget battle, refusing attempts by Republican Speaker of...
  • Kmiec Comes Home: Ambassador Resigns Position in the Obama Administration

    04/17/2011 5:52:39 PM PDT · by tcg · 23 replies
    Catholic Online ^ | 4/17/2011 | Deacon Keith Fournier
    Readers of Catholic Online recall the series of back and forth disagreements which flowed between now Ambassador Doug Kmiec and I during the last Presidential campaign. Doug is a friend, albeit one with whom I held a very serious disagreement. His quickly written book released during the last Presidential campaign was entitled "Can a Catholic Support Him?" and subtitled "Asking the Big Question about Barrack Obama". It made a serious impact on the last Presidential election. In the forward to the book he was kind enough to acknowledge me with these words "Deacon Keith Fournier's writing and editing of Catholic...
  • U.S. Ambassador to Malta Crashes Car, Nun Killed[Baby Killer kills nun]

    08/27/2010 12:40:33 AM PDT · by topher · 27 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | August 27, 2010
    CALABASAS, Calif. -- Authorities say a car driven by the U.S. ambassador to Malta crashed in Southern California, killing a nun and injuring a 94-year-old pastor. The California Highway Patrol says the nun and pastor were passengers in the car driver by Ambassador Douglas Kmiec. Kmiec also received moderate injuries in Wednesday's one-vehicle crash ...
  • Remember Doug Kmiec? Stiring The Anthill in Malta.

    02/02/2010 6:37:27 AM PST · by marshmallow · 14 replies · 361+ views
    What Does the Prayer Really Say ^ | 2/1/10 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    Remember Doug Kmiec? He wasn’t very well accepted in Malta. He was nearly sycophantic in his support of Pres. Obama during the campaign and after, probably because he wanted to be the ambassador to the Holy See instead of just to Malta. He was the one who said Catholics could set the problem of a candidate’s aggressive support of abortion aside and vote for him anyway. Kmiec Catholics, and others who embrace the corrosive Kmiec Compromise hold that if the candidate’s stand on other social justice issues are acceptable, then his stand on those issues outweighs his unacceptable stand on...
  • The Death of the GOP? (Dumb@ss Doug Kmiec flashback...where are you now Doug??)

    12/18/2009 3:52:33 PM PST · by St. Louis Conservative · 15 replies · 888+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | February 17, 2009 | Doug Kmiec
    After barely four weeks in office, President Barack Obama signs into law Tuesday a legislative achievement that eclipses entire terms of some contemporary presidents. The stimulus legislation has the real potential of creating more than 3 million jobs, most in the private sector and many rebuilding an aging public infrastructure. The new law assists those most in need of basic health care, job training, and in the near term, unemployment benefits and food. No one could blame Obama for being a bit chagrined at the GOP’s disengagement from all this, notwithstanding the president’s charm and offers of substantive compromise. Republican...
  • Calling Out Fellow “Pro-Lifer” Doug Kmiec

    09/30/2009 4:34:47 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 16 replies · 707+ views
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 9/30/09 | Joseph Meaney
    Guest Commentary By Joseph Meaney (Meaney is Director of International Coordination, Human Life International )FRONT ROYAL, Virginia September 30, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) - It is now clear that the chief Catholic apologist for President Obama, Pepperdine Law Professor Doug Kmiec, ignoring the pastoral direction of many American bishops, has only increased his aggressive promotion of the most pro-abortion president in American history. For his successful efforts in confusing Catholics about the Obama administration’s stance on life issues, Professor Kmiec has been appointed to the prestigious post of US ambassador to Malta by the administration he helped to bring to power.The...
  • Douglas Kmiec Calls Obama's Pro-Abortion Stance: "My Catechism Come to Life"

    09/21/2009 3:49:34 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 32 replies · 1,512+ views
    Life News ^ | 9/21/09 | Steven Ertelt
    Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) -- In a new interview that is certain to upset pro-life Catholics, dissident Catholic professor Douglas Kmiec continues to claim that pro-abortion President Barack Obama takes a pro-life view. He says he was so excited talking about abortion with Obama during the campaign that he said Obama's views made him think his candidacy was "my catechism come to life."Kmiec, a former Pepperdine University law professor whose covering up Obama's pro-abortion views during the election drew a rebuke from Denver Archbishop Charles Chaput, receive a reward from Obama by being named as the ambassador to Malta.In an interview...
  • Maltese newspaper editor comments on Kmiec’s proposed ambassadorship

    07/08/2009 10:03:36 AM PDT · by NYer · 8 replies · 530+ views
    cna ^ | July 8, 2009
    Valletta, Malta, Jul 8, 2009 / 12:14 am (CNA).- The editor of a Malta newspaper has commented on President Barack Obama’s choice of Prof. Doug Kmiec as ambassador to Malta, describing the appointment as “somewhat of a poisoned chalice” and noting the controversies concerning Kmiec and his campaign to elect Obama to the American presidency.Noel Grima, editor of the Malta Independent Online, said that though Kmiec was a Catholic and a pro-life person he has “fallen foul” of some Catholic leaders for his public stances on abortion and other pro-life issues.Noting Kmiec’s past as a law school dean, a law...
  • Breaking News: Doug Kmiec to become US Ambassador to Malta

    07/03/2009 6:07:23 AM PDT · by tcg · 21 replies · 1,467+ views
    Catholic Online ^ | 7/3/09 | Deacon Keith Fournier
    I was one of those who went “toe to toe” with my colleague during the last hotly contested Presidential campaign in the United States of America. For me, it was never about my being an enthusiastic supporter of the other major candidate - I was not. It was about the threshold foundational concern that reveals the very heart of Catholic Social Justice thought, the inviolable dignity of every human life. This is the key to the whole social justice teaching of the Catholic Church. I contended then and now that it must also be the door through which we proceed...
  • Obama Picks "Pro-Life" Catholic Sellout Douglas Kmiec for Malta Ambassador

    07/02/2009 1:43:05 PM PDT · by SErtelt · 59 replies · 3,142+ views
    LifeNews.com ^ | July 2, 2009 | Steven Ertelt
    Washington, DC -- President Barack Obama has named Douglas Kmiec, the Pepperdine University law professor who has become a key impediment to pro-life Catholics as the ambassador to Malta. The move is sure to spark opposition in Catholic circles given Malta's strongly pro-life stance.
  • Catholic Obama Adviser Chides Archbishops for Not Taking a 'Catholic Approach' Toward...

    06/02/2009 6:19:07 PM PDT · by markomalley · 22 replies · 791+ views
    CNS News ^ | 6/2/2009 | Monica Gabriel and Edwin Mora
    (CNSNews.com) – A prominent Catholic academic and supporter of President Barack Obama says that Roman Catholic Archbishops Raymond Burke and Charles Chaput and Bishop Joseph Naumann did not take a "Catholic approach" when they insisted that prominent pro-abortion Catholic politicians should not take communion.  He also said bishops and priests who deny communion to pro-abortion Catholic politicians are engaging in “intimidation.”   “Let me tell you that to be separated from the body of Christ even once is intimidation,” said Douglas Kmiec, professor of constitutional law at Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif. Kmiec--a campaign advisor to Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama in 2008--was barred from communion by a...
  • Correcting the record: Abortions went down under Prez Bush, not up

    05/30/2009 10:27:17 AM PDT · by topher · 11 replies · 574+ views
    Jill Stanek.com ^ | May 29, 2009 | Jill Stanek
    May 29, 2009 Correcting the record: Abortions went down under President Bush, not up During last night's "discussion" between pro-life/pro-Obama Prof. Doug Kmiec and pro-life/anti-Obama Prof. Robert George, Kmiec repeated a false statement. Kmiec said the number of abortions went UP under President George W. Bush. On Fox News Sunday May 17 Fr. Richard McBrien, a pro-Obama Notre Dame theology professor, made the same erroneous claim in a debate with Fr. Frank Pavone of Priests for Life. My friend, Professor (and statistical analyzer) Michael New, wants to correct the record: The data do not bear this out. In fact the...
  • Doug Kmiec Pushes False Claim Abortions Increased Under President Bush

    05/29/2009 1:27:26 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 32 replies · 881+ views
    Life News ^ | 5/29/09 | Steven Ertelt
    Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) -- During a debate on Thursday between pro-life Princeton University professor Robert George and pro-Obama apologist Douglas Kmiec, Kmiec continued the false notion that abortions increased during the tenure of pro-life President George W. Bush.During the debate, held at the National Press Club, Kmiec went further than those who suggested abortions rose under Bush. He also claimed that abortions rose under the first President Bush.However, as University of Alabama professor Michael New explains in a new op-ed on National Review Online, Kmiec's contention is inaccurate."Data from both the Center for Disease Control and the Alan Guttmacher Institute...
  • Catholic lawyers debate Obama abortion policy

    05/28/2009 8:04:28 PM PDT · by bdeaner · 14 replies · 449+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 5/29/09 | Julia Duin
    Two Catholic lawyers went head-to-head Thursday night on whether the Obama administration has any common ground with the pro-life movement and came down on opposing sides on the goals of the new president. In an invitation-only forum at the National Press Club attended by more than 200 people, Doug W. Kmiec, a professor of constitutional law at Pepperdine University law school, held fast to an assertion that the Obama administration is serious about reducing abortions.
  • Kmiec: Time to get government out of the marriage business (Rely on contract law instead)

    05/28/2009 5:19:11 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 37 replies · 906+ views
    HOTAIR.COM ^ | 5/28/2009 | Ed Morrissey
    I don’t agree with Douglas Kmiec often, but this may be the exception … maybe. With all of the various legal and legislative challenges to the definition of marriage in states across the nation, Kmiec tells Catholic News Agency that government should restrict itself to enforcing contract law and leave the question of marriage to the churches. Robert George, a highly respected Constitutional scholar and fellow Catholic, vehemently disagrees (via The Corner): Doug Kmiec, a prominent Catholic who backed Barack Obama’s presidential bid, has endorsed replacing marriage with a neutral “civil license,” a proposal law professor Robert P. George called...
  • Kmiec proposes end of legally recognized marriage

    05/28/2009 6:35:46 AM PDT · by NYer · 43 replies · 1,318+ views
    cna ^ | May 28, 2009
    Professors Douglas Kmiec and Robert George Washington D.C., May 28, 2009 / 04:41 am (CNA).- Doug Kmiec, a prominent Catholic who backed Barack Obama’s presidential bid, has endorsed replacing marriage with a neutral “civil license,” a proposal law professor Robert P. George called a “terrible idea” that would make the government neglect a vital social institution. Speaking to CNSNews.com, Pepperdine University law professor Doug Kmiec said that although his solution to disputes over the definition of marriage might be “awkward,” it would “untie the state from this problem” by creating a new terminology that would apply to everyone, homosexual...
  • Doug Kmiec On Obama at Notre Dame

    04/14/2009 2:08:06 PM PDT · by kklein · 7 replies · 659+ views
    What Does the Prayer Really Say Blog ^ | 4/19/2009 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    A masterful fisking of Doug Kmiec's inane defense of Obama at Notre Dame. by Fr. Z.
  • Vatican frowns on envoy prospects [Pro-choice "Catholics" don't cut it]

    04/10/2009 12:12:10 PM PDT · by rhema · 13 replies · 596+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | April 10, 2009 | John Phillips and James Morrison
    ROME | The Obama administration is having difficulty finding an ambassador to the Vatican, which has informally vetoed the appointment of Caroline Kennedy and other Roman Catholics who have supported President Obama, an Italian newspaper and Vatican specialists said Thursday. "A trial of strength between Barack Obama and the U.S. church that involves the Holy See is under way," the conservative Milan newspaper Il Giornale said Thursday in a report by Vatican correspondent Andrea Tornielli. "The tenant of the White House is very criticized indeed for his choices in favor of abortion and use of stem [cell] embryos, while the...
  • Did Obama Allow Human Cloning? (George-Kmiec debate)

    03/20/2009 6:09:39 AM PDT · by Notwithstanding · 13 replies · 582+ views
    US News ^ | 3/17/2009 | Dan Golgoff
    Here's the final installment of the E-mail debate between conservative Catholic legal scholars Robby George and Doug Kmiec over whether President Obama's executive order on embryonic stem cell research authorizes federally funded human cloning. In the first E-mail in this post, Kmiec responds to George's point-by-point analysis of Obama's new embryonic stem cell research policy, arguing that Obama's policy will very likely outlaw human cloning. In the second E-mail, George closes the debate by decrying Kmiec's definition of human cloning and invites him to debate the matter in public.
  • Some Catholics Disappointed in Obama

    03/19/2009 7:21:26 PM PDT · by anniegetyourgun · 186 replies · 2,619+ views
    FoxNews ^ | 3/19/09 | Shannon Bream
    He garnered the majority of Catholic votes in the 2008 election, but a number of Catholic groups now say President Obama is showing a complete lack of regard for their beliefs. They count his decisions to lift restrictions on abortion and stem cell research among the most offensive. "As far as the Catholic church goes, there's no bigger priority for Catholics than human dignity and human life," said Cathy Ruse, senior fellow at the Family Research Council said. "And the Obama administration has just been an assault on those values again and again in just two months."
  • Christians Optimistic But Disappointed in Obama

    03/12/2009 8:49:59 PM PDT · by anniegetyourgun · 62 replies · 1,417+ views
    FoxNews ^ | 3/12/09 | FoxNews
    Conservative evangelical and Catholic leaders who went out on a political limb by aligning themselves with the Obama administration are expressing feelings ranging from disappointment to optimism in their reaction to the president's decisions so far on culture war issues. Although most of President Obama's moves on abortion and stem cell research have been expected, some right-leaning Christian leaders who took a risk sitting down at the table with a Democratic president feel that several major decisions fall short of the common ground Obama had promised on divisive social issues.
  • Catholic Obama Apologist Douglas Kmiec Defends President's Pro-Abortion Record

    03/11/2009 12:42:10 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 47 replies · 976+ views
    Life News ^ | 3/11/09 | Steven Ertelt
    Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) -- Douglas Kmiec essentially voided his Catholic and pro-life credentials during the president election with his steadfast defense of Barack Obama despite his clear pro-abortion views. Now he's given pro-life advocates no reason to take him seriously by explaining away Obama's pro-abortion actions as president.Kmiec is more impressed by Obama's words claiming to want to reduce abortions than his deeds of promoting more abortions at every turn."I am especially pleased that the President deliberately highlighted at the national prayer breakfast the abortion reduction expectations he has for this Office," he told U.S. in an email on...
  • 26 prominent Catholics back Sebelius pick

    03/02/2009 2:13:48 PM PST · by madprof98 · 67 replies · 1,315+ views
    National Catholic Reporter ^ | 3/1/09 | Thomas C. Fox
    A group of 26 Catholic leaders, scholars and theologians Mar. 1 publicly expressed support for the nomination of Governor Sebelius as the next HHS secretary . They issued a statement calling attention to Sebelius’ successful efforts at reducing abortion in Kansas as well as the Catholic faith’s long standing support for universal health care. Sebelius Feb. 28th accepted President Obama's request to become his Health and Human Services secretary. “As faithful Catholics we proudly offer our support to Governor Kathleen Sebelius, who has been nominated to head the Department of Health and Human Services,” statement read. “Governor Sebelius is a...
  • Obama’s Friday order to Catholic hospitals: Shut up, commit abortions or I’ll shut you down

    03/02/2009 5:53:22 AM PST · by jmaroneps37 · 190 replies · 6,246+ views
    The Collins Report ^ | March 2, 2009 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    The underhanded Obama administration has quietly moved to rescind the “conscience clause” found in agreements between the federal government and Catholic hospitals. This “conscience clause” has always protected practitioners from being forced to commit abortions in violation of their consciences. Its removal means Catholic hospitals will be forced to choose between federal funds for committing abortions and closing down to maintain a clear conscience. Phonies with egg on their faces Nevertheless, phony “Catholic” judas goats like Douglas Kmiec are still beating their chests with pride at having delivered 52% of the Catholic vote to the abortion team last fall. In...
  • Kmiec's epic fail in Time (point-by-point critique of his flawed arguments)

    02/23/2009 9:41:17 AM PST · by NYer · 8 replies · 596+ views
    WITL ^ | February 23, 2009 | Thomas Peters
    When I found out Doug Kmiec had shot out an article for Time magazine in the wake of Pelosi's meeting with Pope Benedict, I geared myself up for yet another point-by-point critique of his flawed arguments. This time, however, I don't even need to take the trouble, because the entire premise of Kmiec's latest piece is factually in error. To see why, first I will summarize Kmiec's argument. Kmiec says: "If you read [the pope's statement to pelosi] carefully, the statement is actually quite radical — perhaps unintentionally so. The brief message — just two short paragraphs — draws...
  • Kmiec considers himself a candidate for Vatican ambassadorship

    01/27/2009 3:15:55 PM PST · by NYer · 48 replies · 811+ views
    CNA ^ | January 27, 2009
    Malibu, Jan 26, 2009 / 07:23 pm (CNA).- Pepperdine University law professor Doug Kmiec, a pro-life advocate of President Barack Obama’s election, has stated that he thinks he will be considered as a choice for U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See.Kmiec and his wife attended a private worship service with President Obama the morning of the presidential inauguration and also attended the Illinois inaugural ball that evening, Pepperdine’s student newspaper The Graphic reports."The President is nowhere close to determining such things because of the order of events … everyone's first order of business is economic recovery," Kmiec said, according to...
  • Catholic bloggers respond to Kmiec criticism

    01/16/2009 12:04:26 PM PST · by NYer · 25 replies · 819+ views
    CNA ^ | January 16, 2009
    Prof. Douglas Kmiec, Mark Shea and Thomas Peters Denver, Jan 14, 2009 / 06:02 am (CNA).- Several leading Catholic bloggers have responded to Doug Kmiec’s criticism of “right-wing Catholic bloggers” whom he characterized as “online tormenters” who personally attacked him, distorted his position, and potentially poisoned the relationship between the Holy See and the incoming administration of President-elect Barack Obama. Kmiec, a law professor and a prominent pro-life Catholic supporter of the pro-abortion rights President-elect Obama, had written his essay “A Tangled Web: The Election & the Blogosphere” for Commonweal Magazine. In it, he assailed the “right-wing Catholic blogosphere”...
  • "A pervasive web of falsehood" ( Pepperdine Prof. confronts Catholic bloggers on abortion & Obama )

    01/14/2009 3:08:26 PM PST · by kellynla · 39 replies · 1,584+ views
    California Catholic Daily ^ | January 14, 2009 | staff
    Washington, DC, Jan. 13, 2009 (CNA) -- In his first lengthy article explaining his position after the election of President Barack Obama, Pepperdine University Professor Douglas Kmiec is accusing “right wing Catholic bloggers" of distorting his position, attacking him personally, and potentially poisoning the relationship between the Holy See and the future administration of President Barack Obama.
  • Douglas Kmiec Blasts Pro-Life Advocates For Criticizing His Pro-Obama Position

    01/13/2009 1:50:50 PM PST · by wagglebee · 22 replies · 753+ views
    Life News ^ | 1/13/09 | Steven Ertelt
    Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) -- To hear pro-life advocates tell it, attorney and Obama apologist Douglas Kmiec sold out his alleged pro-life, Catholic views for backing the man who could become the most pro-abortion president in history. In a new editorial in Commonweal, Kmiec strikes back at the pro-life people who blasted him. Kmiec claims the so-called "right-wing Catholic" bloggers were the ones leading the charge -- as if to say that they are out of touch with the pro-life views of the Catholic Church. Never mind that mainstream pro-life groups of every stripe called Kmiec on the carpet for underplaying...
  • Prof. Kmiec accuses ‘right wing’ Catholic bloggers of character assassination

    01/13/2009 9:34:33 AM PST · by NYer · 86 replies · 1,342+ views
    CNA ^ | January 13, 2009
    Professor Douglas Kmiec Washington DC, Jan 13, 2009 / 11:53 am (CNA).- In his first lengthy article explaining his position after the election of President Barack Obama, Professor Douglas Kmiec is accusing “right wing Catholic bloggers" of distorting his position, attacking him personally, and potentially poisoning the relationship between the Holy See and the future administration of President Barack Obama.In the article entitled “A Tangled Web. The Election & the Blogosphere,” written for Commonweal magazine, Professor Kmiec explains that “as the author of a book whose title asked Can a Catholic Support Him? –and whose contents answered with an enthusiastic...
  • The ‘Don’t Worry’ Catholics

    12/06/2008 3:37:51 PM PST · by GonzoII · 15 replies · 800+ views
    National Catholic Register ^ | Saturday, December 06, 2008 | Tom Hoopes
    Russell Shaw warns that “Assorted Catholic voices have been raised lately calling on Catholics to give President-elect Obama a chance and look for common ground between him and the Church. Part of the message is: ‘Don’t worry about the Freedom of Choice Act...’”
  • Doug Kmiec’s Departure from the Pro-life Movement

    11/28/2008 10:31:23 PM PST · by Salvation · 48 replies · 1,279+ views
    CatholicExchange.com ^ | November 29, 2008 | Steven Mosher and Colin Mason
    Doug Kmiec’s Departure from the Pro-life Movement November 28th, 2008 by Steven Mosher and Colin Mason The more incredible the claim, the greater the number of column inches the liberal media devotes to making it. That’s why The Washington Post, on November 18th, gave over such a large swath of its front page to religion writer Jacqueline Salmon, who fantasizes at length about the “growing number of anti-abortion pastors, conservative academics and activists [who] are setting aside efforts to outlaw abortion and instead are focusing on building social programs and developing other assistance for pregnant women to reduce the number...
  • Morality Ploys: Big Bailouts & Culture War Maneuvers You Can Expect

    11/28/2008 5:56:36 AM PST · by Caleb1411 · 8 replies · 530+ views
    Touchstone ^ | December 2008 | James Hitchcock
    If 2008 is remembered as the year of the “bailout,” when the federal government spent billions to rescue the nation’s financial system, it should also be recalled for another kind of bailout—Christians with impeccably pro-life records who suddenly abandoned what they declared to be a sinking ship. Abortion seemed to be one of the few issues on which Senator Barack Obama had an unambiguous and unchangeable position during the campaign, as he promised that “the first thing I’d do as president is to sign the Freedom of Choice Act,” something that would nullify all existing laws restricting abortion. The most...
  • Kmiec for Vatican Ambassador

    11/24/2008 3:40:59 PM PST · by Alex Murphy · 13 replies · 531+ views
    America - The National Catholic Weekly ^ | 2008-11-23 | Michael Sean Winters
    Ambassador to the Holy See is not like most ambassadorships. For starters, the First Amendment notwithstanding, it is the only position in the U.S. government that involves formal recognition of religion. Ambassadors are not accredited to the Vatican City-State, the 103 acres on the west bank of the Tiber that give territorial reality to papal independence. Ambassadors are accredited to the Holy See, that is, to the Pope in his capacity as leader of the Catholic Church. This was the grounds for opposition to the establishment of formal diplomatic relations from both conservative, evangelical Christians and from the ACLU, two...
  • Abortion realities

    11/24/2008 5:55:34 AM PST · by NCDragon · 50 replies · 689+ views
    Raleigh News & Obstructor ^ | November 24, 2008 | Editorial Staff
    A number of anti-abortion activists across the country have looked fully in the face of a Barack Obama presidency and foreseen that, with this ardently pro-choice president in place, chances that the Supreme Court will overturn Roe v. Wade in the next four years will be nil. They prudently have decided to put their energies toward making abortion a less-attractive choice by strengthening the social programs that would help more pregnant women choose life for the unborn. Other activists have said that this nod to practicality is selling out, that it undermines the progress the pro-life movement has made. No...
  • Douglas Kmiec: Barack Obama More Catholic Than Previous Pro-Life Presidents

    11/21/2008 5:31:08 PM PST · by wagglebee · 46 replies · 975+ views
    Life News ^ | 11/21/08 | Steven Ertelt
    Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) -- The Pepperdine law professor who calls himself a pro-life Catholic but was one of the leading apologists for perhaps the most pro-abortion presidential candidate in history is at it again. Douglas Kmiec is now saying Barack Obama is more Catholic than previous presidents who were pro-life. Kmiec's comments come in response to some from Cardinal J. Francis Stafford, head of the Apostolic Penitentiary of the Holy See, who called Obama on the carpet on abortion in a speech at the Catholic University of America last Thursday. In an address sponsored by the John Paul II Institute,...
  • Kmiec: Barack Obama More Catholic Than Previous Pro-Life Presidents (Total Moron Alert)

    11/21/2008 8:46:55 AM PST · by St. Louis Conservative · 23 replies · 828+ views
    Lifenews.com ^ | November 21, 2008 | Steven Ertelt
    Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) -- The Pepperdine law professor who calls himself a pro-life Catholic but was one of the leading apologists for perhaps the most pro-abortion presidential candidate in history is at it again. Douglas Kmiec is now saying Barack Obama is more Catholic than previous presidents who were pro-life. Kmiec's comments come in response to some from Cardinal J. Francis Stafford, head of the Apostolic Penitentiary of the Holy See, who called Obama on the carpet on abortion in a speech at the Catholic University of America last Thursday. In an address sponsored by the John Paul II Institute,...
  • Kmiec defends Obama support in lecture at Catholic seminary

    11/15/2008 6:42:26 AM PST · by Alex Murphy · 29 replies · 558+ views
    Catholic News Agency ^ | Nov 15, 2008
    Camarillo, CA, Nov 15, 2008 / 06:11 am (CNA).- Doug Kmiec, a pro-life Catholic who vocally supported President-elect Barack Obama’s presidential candidacy, defended his support for the pro-abortion rights politician in a lecture Tuesday at St. John’s Seminary in Camarillo, California. About 30 to 40 protesters against Kmiec’s speech stood in silence outside the seminary gates, an attendee who requested anonymity told CNA. Inside the seminary, nearly 300 people listened to Kmiec’s speech, the Thirteenth Annual Newman C. Eberhardt lecture. Father Eberhardt was a long-time history professor at the seminary. “Several of his students wished that he could be there...
  • Catholic professor draws protesters Conservative voted for Obama

    11/13/2008 8:38:25 AM PST · by RGPII · 20 replies · 831+ views
    Ventura County Star ^ | November 13, 2008 | Tom Kisken
    More than 50 protesters with anti-abortion signs recited the rosary outside St. John's Seminary because inside a politically conservative Catholic was explaining why he voted for Barack Obama. The Democratic president-elect supports abortion rights. And though Douglas Kmiec, former constitutional law counsel for presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush, is adamantly opposed to abortion, he not only voted for Obama but campaigned for him and wrote a book about his reasons.
  • Doug Kmiec to give election ‘post-mortem’ at Calif. seminary [Catholic Caucus]

    11/07/2008 1:49:37 PM PST · by NYer · 29 replies · 1,102+ views
    CNA ^ | November 6, 2008
    Sacramento, Nov 6, 2008 / 07:47 am (CNA).- St. John’s Seminary in Camarillo, California has invited Pepperdine University law professor and Obama backer Doug Kmiec to give an election “post-mortem” lecture.According to the California Catholic Daily, Kmiec will give the Thirteenth Annual Newman C. Eberhardt Lecture next Tuesday. The seminary’s web site says his lecture will examine “the prominent role played by the American Catholic community in the 2008 election, from Bishops educating candidates on ensoulment to alternative ways to be pro-life to the selection of running mates.”Kmiec, former legal counsel for Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush, has...
  • Archbishop Chaput Eager to See Kmiec Deliver a Pro-Life Obama

    11/06/2008 11:43:11 AM PST · by marshmallow · 13 replies · 1,080+ views
    Denver, Nov 6, 2008 / 01:10 am (CNA).- In a genial but critical exchange reproduced on The Witherspoon Institute’s web site Public Discourse, Pepperdine University law professor Doug Kmiec and Archbishop of Denver Charles J. Chaput have exchanged further remarks concerning Kmiec’s advocacy for President-elect Barack Obama. The archbishop told the professor he welcomes a civil dialogue but also called on Kmiec to convince Obama to change his position on life issues. Kmiec, a pro-life Republican, wrote in response to the archbishop’s Oct. 17 address to an ENDOW dinner, titled “Little Murders,” in which the archbishop commented that Kmiec has...
  • Douglas W. Kmiec on 'Obama's Miracle'

    11/05/2008 4:32:56 PM PST · by tcg · 16 replies · 1,268+ views
    Catholic Online ^ | 11/06/08 | Douglas W. Kmiec
    Of course, as John Paul II taught in Veritatis Splendor, no democracy should set itself against the truth of the human person. When John McCain proclaimed himself to be “pro-life,” many thought we would hear from him a call for some effort to bring the Constitution in line with the protection of life. Ronald Reagan was a champion of this idea though he did not succeed in achieving it. The Reagan amendment would have included the unborn in the constitutional definition of “person” and it had the benefit of simplicity. Yet, given again the related criminal liability for mother and...
  • Dishonesty [ Mark Levin Rips Doug Kmiec: "This is pathetic" ]

    10/31/2008 7:50:07 PM PDT · by Diago · 11 replies · 1,496+ views
    NRO ^ | Friday, October 31, 2008 | Mark Levin
    Friday, October 31, 2008 Dishonesty   [Mark R. Levin] This is pathetic. Doug Kmiec, I remember when you came to my office at the Justice Department — where at the time I was serving as associate deputy attorney general under Attorney General Ed Meese — seeking an appointment.  I remember processing your papers and sending them to the White House for political clearance.  I remember advocating for your appointment to a deputy assistant attorney general post in the Office of Legal Counsel and securing your appointment.  And from there, Doug, you became the acting assistant attorney general for the Office of Legal...
  • Dishonesty (Mark R. Levin is pissed off)

    10/31/2008 1:10:49 PM PDT · by RobinMasters · 50 replies · 2,728+ views
    NRO ^ | October 31, 2008 | Mark R. Levin
    This is pathetic. Doug Kmiec, I remember when you came to my office at the Justice Department — where at the time I was serving as associate deputy attorney general under Attorney General Ed Meese — seeking an appointment. I remember processing your papers and sending them to the White House for political clearance. I remember advocating for your appointment to a deputy assistant attorney general post in the Office of Legal Counsel and securing your appointment. And from there, Doug, you became the acting assistant attorney general for the Office of Legal Counsel in the last days of the...
  • Breyer, Souter are Obama’s Models for Supreme Court Choices, Advisor Says

    10/31/2008 10:43:51 AM PDT · by truthandlife · 27 replies · 906+ views
    CNS News ^ | 10/31/08 | Pete Winn
    A top advisor to Barack Obama says, if elected president, the Democratic candidate will look to appoint Supreme Court justices in the mold of Justices Stephen Breyer and David Souter. “Of course, he’s interested in people of integrity and competence, that’s a given,” Pepperdine University law professor Doug Kmiec told CNSNews.com. “He’s also indicated that he’s most attracted to the kind of justice represented by Justice Breyer and Justice Souter.” Kmiec, who supports Obama and has been serving as a campaign “surrogate” for the Illinois Democratic senator, said Obama admires the qualities Souter and Breyer represent. “These justices are individuals...
  • Little Murders [Bishop Chaput Slams Obama on Abortion & Blasts Kmiec for Misleading Catholics]

    10/17/2008 5:32:11 PM PDT · by Diago · 85 replies · 3,573+ views
    Publ;ic Discourse ^ | Oct 18, 2008 | Charles J. Chaput
    <p>In an address delivered on October 17, Archbishop Charles J. Chaput stated that ''Prof. Douglas Kmiec has a strong record of service to the Church and the nation in his past. But I think his activism for Senator Barack Obama, and the work of Democratic-friendly groups like Catholics United and Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good, have done a disservice to the Church, confused the natural priorities of Catholic social teaching, undermined the progress pro-lifers have made, and provided an excuse for some Catholics to abandon the abortion issue instead of fighting within their parties and at the ballot box to protect the unborn.''</p>
  • For Obama But Against Abortion

    10/17/2008 6:00:34 AM PDT · by kellynla · 24 replies · 866+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | October 17, 2008 | Douglas W. Kmiec
    Barack Obama has held himself out as a bridge builder across even divisive issues. No topic fits that description more than abortion. In the final presidential debate Wednesday, Obama had seemingly finished giving his view on abortion when he added these words: Abortion is "always a tragic situation," he said, and we should "try to prevent unintended pregnancies by providing appropriate education to our youth, communicating that sexuality is sacred ... and providing options for adoption and helping single mothers if they want to choose to keep the baby. ... Nobody is pro-abortion. ... We should try to reduce these...
  • GOP Catholic backs Obama (Gag me with a fork!)

    10/14/2008 12:12:55 PM PDT · by IbJensen · 55 replies · 1,021+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | October 8, 2008 | Mary Schmich
    Doug Kmiec went to mass, as usual, at Our Lady of Malibu on Tuesday morning. Then he drove up the hill to his office to talk to me by phone about how a Republican Catholic opposed to abortion could endorse Barack Obama. You may recognize Kmiec's name. He teaches at Pepperdine University in California now, but he's a Chicago guy.
  • Pro-Life Obama and Douglas Kmiec

    10/05/2008 6:49:34 PM PDT · by Gordon Greene · 10 replies · 526+ views
    prolifeproobama.com/ ^ | October 5, 2008 | Gordon Greene
    Please take the time to check Prof. Kmiec's website and respond to him at the address at the bottom of the post if you desire. I ask that you keep your correspondence polite and reasoned... If I receive a response I will post it.Prof. Kmiec, I could not help but send you a message concerning your support of Senator Obama's "Pro-Life" stance. I assure you I have no desire to attack you for your stance; I just want to understand something more of your motives. What I seek is further clarification of exactly what pro-life means, in your opinion. I...