Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Prof. Bainbridge on "Obama, Abortion, & Catholics"

Professor Bainbridge writes on Obama's undying fealty to the pro-abortion agenda, noting that "(former?) conservative law scholar and Catholic Doug Kmiec nonetheless continues to strongly endorse Obama."

It's about time someone among Kmiec's conservative legal scholar peers called into question the continuing validity of using the term "conservative" to describe him. The arguments Kmiec has made on behalf of Obama are not those of a "conservative" but rather mirror exactly the rhetoric that we've heard for years from the Catholic "pro-choice" left.

Previous Pro Ecclesia posts on this subject:
Prof. Rick Garnett on Kmiec's Latest Nonsense

Deacon Keith Fournier: "Why I Disagree with Doug Kmiec, Once Again"

Professor Bainbridge: "Will Catholic Reaganites Go for Obama?"

Ramesh Ponnuru on Douglas Kmiec and "Catholic Reaganites for Obama" [UPDATED]

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At 6/11/2008 11:59 AM, Blogger Paul, just this guy, you know? said...

This is really very simple. Either a Catholic can be someone who supports abortion rights, or he can't.

If a Catholic can support abortion rights, then there obviously should be no penalties or institutional repercussions for doing so.

But if a Catholic cannot support abortion, then for you as a Catholic there should at least be some sort of penalty that attaches for publicly declaring your support for a pro-abortion candidate, and urging fellow Catholics to support a pro-abortion candidate.

Because all this talk about "proportional reasons," or a "seamless garment" and so forth is just a loophole that allows people to falsely claim to be Catholic and lie about being pro-life while campaigning for and voting for the most ardently pro-abortion candidate in history.

But again, I forget. The Holy Father has answered this. There is no consequence for being Catholic and supporting abortion; you may even receive communion at a papal mass.


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