Catholic Politicians and Abortion

Duffy wrote a post about Biden, Pelosi and abortion that bears some further comment. I posted a response saying that, although the selection of Biden was no doubt done to reach out to Catholic voters, it will likely hurt more than help since it forces the Bishops to respond and a significant number of Catholics still listen to the Bishops.

It goes beyond that though as I reflect more on the issue. This post at The Corner deals with some of the other issues that come with a Catholic pro-choicer (this was written in response to the idea of Tom Ridge as McCain’s running mate):

A pro-choice Catholic is always the very worst kind of pro-choicer to put on a national ticket. Kerry and Ferraro demonstrated why: The actions (or even the inactions) of the hierarchy always generate lots of talk. It is inescapable. The candidate is in an untenable position — e.g., I recognize that I am not in good standing with my Church and therefore refrain from receiving communion. That doesn’t look too good. The alternative: I do receive communion, even if it is in defiance of the rules. That looks even worse. There is no way to win with a pro-choice Catholic. And, of course, the candidate always has to make sure to duck trying to receive in any diocese headed by a courageous bishop! Ridge being denied communion would be a great photo-op — for Democrats.

But there’s still another issue: the appearance of honesty and trustworthiness. As the candidate is confronted about the disparity between the faith they claim to profess and their public actions, that disparity becomes more and more apparent to voters. After all, there might be one or two people in the country who don’t know that the Catholic Church is pro-life, but that’s about it. The more they hear a Catholic politician claiming to be in union with the Church’s teaching despite their pro-abortion stance, the more they have to think about the following questions:

1) Is he lying to us?
2) If so, what else is he lying to us about?
3) If he’s not lying to us, is he lying to himself?
4) If so, what other facts does he not grasp? Or how tight a grip on reality does he really have?
5) Who’s he kidding?
6) If he can cast aside opinions he claims to deeply hold, what else will cast aside when it’s convenient? What promises that he’s making now will he forget about later?

This is especially likely to be a problem for Biden, who seems fairly combative by nature. He claimed in an interview with the Christian Science Monitor that “My views are totally consistent with Catholic social doctrine.” He’s going to be called on that again and again and likely dig himself a deeper and deeper hole. He won’t be able to help himself and it will only hurt his chances of being Vice-President.

So after thinking more about it, my comment over on Duffy’s blog was incomplete. It’s not just going to hurt him among Catholics, but among all voters. They’ll see a glaring inconsistency that will be attempted to be rationalized and excused but those will ultimately fail.

Bad pick by Obama.

Advice from St Thomas More on how to deal with the Nutroots

Congratulations, then, my dear Erasmus, on your outstanding virtuous qualities; however, if on occasion some good person is unsettled and disturbed by some point, even without making a sufficiently serious reason, still do not be chagrined at making accommodations for the pious dispositions of such men. But as for those snapping, growling, malicious fellows, ignore them, and, without faltering, quietly continue to devote yourself to the promotion of intellectual things and the advancement of virtue.

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Advice from St Thomas More on how to deal with the Nutroots

Congratulations, then, my dear Erasmus, on your outstanding virtuous qualities; however, if on occasion some good person is unsettled and disturbed by some point, even without making a sufficiently serious reason, still do not be chagrined at making accommodations for the pious dispositions of such men. But as for those snapping, growling, malicious fellows, ignore them, and, without faltering, quietly continue to devote yourself to the promotion of intellectual things and the advancement of virtue.

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32 Things

Duffy tagged me with this a while back, but I’m still catching up from my vacation.

1. When were you happiest?
Probably when the Reds got Ken Griffey, Jr. (As a friend said, “Paul, you’re glowing.”)

2. What is your greatest fear?
Getting what I deserve

3. What is your earliest memory?
Hard to say for sure, but either cracking my skull on the fireplace or falling asleep on the roof of my house

4. Which living person do you most admire, and why?
Despite disagreeing with many of his positions, it’s hard not to admire John McCain for what he went through for this nation and his devotion to what he believes to be right, even when he’s wrong.

5. What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
I can be unintentionally and unknowingly harsh or cruel.

6. What is the trait you most deplore in others?
Lack of respect for those who they disagree with

7. What was your most embarrassing moment?
Not sure. Probably blocked it out from my memory.

8. Aside from a property, what’s the most expensive thing you’ve bought?
A car, or depending on if it counts, renovations to my house.

9. What is your most treasured possession?
My Blue Rocks cap that fits

10. What makes you depressed?
Not too much

11. What do you most dislike about your appearance?
My head’s so big that most baseball caps don’t fit me (Hence answer #9)

12. What is your most unappealing habit?
So many to choose from…

13. What would be your fancy dress costume of choice?
I don’t like to dress up

14. What is your guiltiest pleasure?
Books I’ll probably never read but want anyway

15. What do you owe your parents?
My values and a lot of household goods I’ve “borrowed” over the years

16. To whom would you most like to say sorry, and why?
People I’ve offended over the years either due to immaturity, hotheadness or being unaware that I had offended them

17. What does love feel like?
Certainty

18. What or who is the love of your life?
Baseball

19. What is your favourite smell?
The mix of smells you get from being in the woods (as long as no animals have left droppings recently)

20. Have you ever said ‘I love you’ and not meant it?
I made myself a promise as a child that I would never do it and I’ve kept that.

21. Which living person do you most despise, and why?
Bod Selig was the first person who came to mind. He’s destroying the beauty of baseball in favor of short-term revenue

22. What is the worst job you’ve done?
It was a programming job where the environment was so screwed up it would take a while to explain.

23. What has been your biggest disappointment?
Stealing Duffy’s answer: lack of personal improvement

24. If you could edit your past, what would you change?
Would have been more social and outgoing when in high school and college

25. If you could go back in time, where would you go?
the 50s seem like a good time

26. How do you relax?
Reading, watching TV. Shutting my brain off.

27. How often do you have sex?
I’m a serious single Catholic, so you can do the math.

28. What is the closest you’ve come to death?
Apparently as a baby there was a black widow spider in my crib one time.

29. What single thing would improve the quality of your life?
A shorter commute

30. What do you consider your greatest achievement?
I don’t know if it’s big but I’ve always been proud of some enhancements I made to a program I used to support that more than doubled its processing speed while reducing its CPU usage.

31. What is the most important lesson life has taught you?
Calm down. Don’t take things so seriously.

32. Tell us a secret.
I like Saved by the Bell.

So, he’s not the Messiah; He’s a Greek God

Obama Speech Stage Resembles Ancient Greek Temple

Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama’s big speech on Thursday night will be delivered from an elaborate columned stage resembling a miniature Greek temple.

The stage, similar to structures used for rock concerts, has been set up at the 50-yard-line, the midpoint of Invesco Field, the stadium where the Denver Broncos’ National Football League team plays.

Some 80,000 supporters will see Obama appear from between plywood columns painted off-white, reminiscent of Washington’s Capitol building or even the White House, to accept the party’s nomination for president.

He will stride out to a raised platform to a podium that can be raised from beneath the floor.

The show should provide a striking image for the millions of Americans watching on television as Obama delivers a speech accepting the Democratic presidential nomination.

Apologies for the error.