Congressman Cao: Courage, Conscience, and Catholicism
(Hat tip: The Cranky Conservative)
At Creative Minority Report, Matthew Archbold highlights a statesman with a true appreciation of what St. Thomas More meant by "conscience" - not as the fruit of individual judgment as being placed above other authorities, but as the fruit of educating oneself in and conforming oneself to "the truth":
Rep. Anh "Joseph Cao announced today that he'll be voting against ObamaCare because...he'd rather save his soul. Yeah, that's right. A politician interested in saving his soul.[Read the whole thing]My Comments:
Here's the key quote and this one will knock your socks off. Cao, according to CNA, said:“I know that voting against the health care bill will probably be the death of my political career,” Cao said, “but I have to live with myself, and I always reflect on the phrase of the New Testament, ‘How does it profit a man's life to gain the world but to lose his soul.’”
My friend The Cranky Con contrasts the Moresque statesman Cao with that modern-day Richard Rich, Doug Kmiec, who prostituted his beliefs and his pro-life credentials in selling his soul for an ambassadorship to Malta.
By the way, how long before Congessman Cao is trashed by the Catholic Left as Ambassador Glendon was after she declined receiving the Laetare Medal?
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Young Faithful Catholics Jump into Political Ring
Jesuits Produce a Great Political Candidate