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Someone should have paid more attention in catechism classes. March 6, 2006

Posted by ultor in politics.
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55 Democratic members of Congress who are Catholic issued a letter on how their faith informs their public lives, saying they were tired of being judged purely on one issue — abortion. Some are pro-life, some pro-choice, but they all agree that we need to look beyond the single issue.

“We envision a world in which every child belongs to a loving family and agree with the Catholic Church about the value of human life and the undesirability of abortion — we do not celebrate its practice,” the statement said. “Each of us is committed to reducing the number of unwanted pregnancies and creating an environment with policies that encourage pregnancies to be carried to term.”

The statement also said that though the Catholic Democrats “seek the Church’s guidance and assistance,” they “accept the tension that comes with being in disagreement with the Church in some areas.”

That’s an admirable statement, in my opinion (full disclosure: I’m a practicing Catholic and a Democrat). But the reaction from Focus on the Family was just stunning. Their vice president for government affairs is Tom McClusky, who claims to be Catholic but should really take a refresher catechism class, because this is about as wrong as it gets:

“What is at the core of being Catholic is the life issue, and that’s something the pope has never strayed from,” he said. “While other issues are important — such as helping the poor, the death penalty, views on war — these are things that aren’t tenets of the Catholic Church.” (emphasis mine)

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